D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui’s northeastern shore is a beautiful, half-mile long crescent of fluffy white sand that is a local favorite. Named the “Best Beach in America.” in 2003, it’s often empty of the crowds you will find at more touristy beaches; on any given weekday, you might find you have DT Fleming beach in Maui all to yourself.
D.T. Fleming Beach Maui History
Originally an ancient Hawaiian kalo (taro) growing and fishing community, D.T. Fleming Beach in Maui and the surrounding lands were awarded to Laura Kunia, King Kamehameha I’s granddaughter, in 1848. A number of land transactions occurred in the late 1800s, including leasing and purchasing of large West Maui tracts by Henry Perrine Baldwin. Baldwin’s enterprises included Honolua Ranch and pineapple growing. After Baldwin’s death in 1911, David T. Fleming took over management of Honolua Ranch, converting ranch operations into a pineapple plantation. In 1915, Fleming moved his family and pineapple operations to Nāpili. In 1962, Maui Land and Pineapple was formed, and currently holds the surrounding pineapple lands and Kapalua Bay Resort.
D.T. Fleming Beach Maui Facilities
Well-maintained facilities include paved parking, restrooms, showers, pavilions, picnic tables, brick barbecue grills, and drinking water.
D.T. Fleming Beach Maui Swimming Conditions
D.T. Fleming beach on Maui is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling, though it can get windy in the afternoon and is at times subject to high surf. As with all Hawaiian beaches, check the current conditions and pay heed to all posted signs regarding ocean conditions and safety.
How to Get There
From Lāhaina, take Highway 30 north to Kahana Village – you’ll see McDonald’s on the left. Turn left at Ho‘ohui Road. Go to the end of the road then turn right on Lower Honoāpiʻilani Road. Just past the Kahana Outrigger condos on the left you’ll find D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui.