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Ukumehame Beach Park is located near the 12 mile marker along the Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy 30) in West Maui just a couple of miles north of the tunnel which separates the west side from Maalaea Harbor and the central valley. Ukumehame takes its name from the huge valley which can be seen directly behind it which carves a spectacular "V" in the West Maui Mountains. These dangerous valley ridges eventually lead to the pass that that was taken by King Kamehmeha's army of Spartan like warriors who successfully attacked Maui's warriors from behind in the decisive battle of the Iao Valley.

Ukumehame Beach Park is primarily a beach that is used for surf outings or kayak launches as the sand beach itself is fairly small and the ocean is relatively shallow and filled with coral which eliminates it as a good beach for a lengthy swim but does put it in a good category for a snorkel if the waves aren't two large. Surfers love this spot however and it is usually a good place to learn the sport. The surf breaks are numerous along the ocean here and this area is often referred to as "thousand peaks" because of all the wave activity.

 

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Taken on January 5, 2020