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Ho‘okipa

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Ho‘okipa is a beach on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii, United States, perhaps the most renowned windsurfing site in the world. A combination of large, well-shaped waves breaking across a system of reefs that extend across the bay and consistently strong winds make it ideal for the sport.

Waves there are largest during the winter, smaller in summer. In addition to windsurfing competitions surfing contests are held there as well.

The name Ho‘okipa means "hospitality" in Hawaiian. Ho'okipa Beach Park is located on Maui's North Shore alongside the Hana Highway. There are picnic facilities and observation decks for visitors.

Surf breaks

There are four distinct surf breaks at Ho'okipa. Pavilions is the break furthest east, off the lookout parking. West from it, facing the main parking, is Middles break. Usually these are both left to surfers. The area between the two, which catches fewer breaking sets, is sometimes referred to as Girlie Bowl or Green Trees. Next further west, facing the lifeguard tower and the narrow sand beach launch, is H‘Poko or Point. It is the most popular break for windsurfing, and generally breaks as a right. With the prevailing trade wind direction being east to east-north-east, this is most frequently down-the-line sailing on starboard tack (wind from right when standing on the beach). Yet further west, past the rocky point, is Lanes, which generally breaks as a left. Under relatively rare conditions, known as Kona, the prevailing winds become southwest, and Lanes is ridden down-the-line on port tack(wind from left when standing on the beach). This only occurs a few days out of every year.

Attractions

Over the years Ho'okipa has been the site for organized windsurfing competitions in the Wave discipline. A long-running annual event is the Aloha Classic, a Pro-Am competition with age categories for contestants. The Red Bull King of the Air international kitesurfing competition was held at Ho'okipa from 1999-2005.

Like many locations on the Maui and Oahu North Shore, Ho'okipa Beach is occasionally a tourist attraction in the winter time because of spectacularly large surf. In the afternoon on 15 December 2004, for example, tourists visited the beach to see waves as large as 30 feet pound the shore; officials warned visitors to stay away from the water, as the surf was very deadly. Despite this, Ho'okipa is not an ideal site for true big-wave riding, as the waves close out when their faces approach about 25 feet. During such episodes, other deep-water breaks offer more rideable waves (an example of which is Jaws, offshore Peahi, Maui, which is a very short car ride from Hookipa.)

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Ranu Rajkarnikar
13 July 2016
Shallow waters to wade and snorkel in and tons of turtles on the beach. This might have been my favorite beach in Maui.
Maui Hawaii
10 May 2011
DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT surf here unless you are an advanced surfer. Heavy currents, shallow sharp reef, and narrow entry/exit points make Ho'okipa a dangerous spot to surf. Great to watch though!
Angela Heine
17 August 2014
Bring your water shoes and snorkel. Lots if fish, eels and of course turtles. Remember the turtles are protected, do not touch or harass them :)
Nikki Foster
8 May 2021
I love this beach for the sea turtle bathing! You will find sea turtles napping and bathing on the beach but easily look like large rocks, not nowing they are live animals!! Such a treat!!
Rachel Luciano
9 April 2019
Tide is high, but the view is majestic and if you venture down to the waves, you may spot sea turtles!!!
Kat ????
14 March 2016
Great place to watch advance surfers! You can spot some huge sea turtles as well :)
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0.2km from Hookipa Park, Haiku, HI 96708, USA

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