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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Sunset Views on Maui

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Haleakala Summit

Haleakala Summit

Haleakala is more than a one-trick pony when it comes to watching the sun. Already famous for its breathtaking sunrise, the summit offers views from the Big Island to Moloka‘i (almost the entirety of Maui) that are just as spectacular at sunset. On days when the summit is above the clouds, explosive oranges and pastel pinks seem to float on a sea of white. Warm jacket required!

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Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach

Every beach in Kihei is a prime sunset-watching viewpoint, but hidden Keawakapu is special for its perfect angle and a stretch that’s refreshingly free of crowds. The middle of the beach is often emptiest, and the sun hits the beach in a particular way that reflects off the smooth wet sand.  

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Lahaina Pali Trail

Lahaina Pali Trail

This is the best place on Maui to watch the sunset—but getting here requires a little bit of work. A 15-minute hike from the Ukumehame trailhead lets you climb 500 vertical feet, and the panoramic view gazes due west over a white-capped swath of ocean (in winter, you can count the whales you spot). Be sure to pack a flashlight for the walk back down.

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Aboard a Ka‘anapai Sunset Sail

Aboard a Ka‘anapai Sunset Sail

It’s not just the sunlight reflected on water that adds to the offshore romance. Nor is it the calming ukulele rhythms that float from the deck of the sailing catamaran. It’s the view of West Maui bathed in twilight, a rainbow stretching over Ka‘anapali, or a full moon rising over Mauna Kahalawai to complement the setting sun.

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Kahekili Beach Park

Kahekili Beach Park

Pack a beach chair and a cold drink and then settle in for the show at this sweeping shoreline. Not only does the beach face due west; the surrounding grassy park and towering palms create the perfect sunset amphitheater. The ample parking and restrooms are a logistical bonus, and the beach is over a mile long if you feel like a sunset stroll.


Visit the Best Sunset Views on Maui

Kahekili Beach Park
Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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Aboard a Ka‘anapai Sunset Sail
Wharf St. (Across from The Pioneer Inn), Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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Lahaina Pali Trail
Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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Keawakapu Beach
Kīhei, HI 96753, United States
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Haleakala Summit
Crater Rd (Haleakalā National Park), Kula, HI 96790, United States
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