Current conditions at D.T. Fleming Park

Beach & Nearshore

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Approach the water with caution. Be aware that ocean conditions can change. This is the safest level of nearshore conditions.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

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Be cautious and maintain alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind, wave, and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
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83°F
Partly Cloudy
Winds from the Northeast at 13.8 gusting to 20.7 MPH (12 gusting to 18 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG EAST FACING SHORES WILL BE 2 TO 4 FEET THROUGH SUNDAY.

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Beach ID: 207

Background

Location: Hono a Piʻilani Highway, Honokahua Bay.

Description: Honokahua Beach, fronting Fleming Beach Park, is a straight 1,500-foot long and 150-foot wide white sand beach that lies between two lava points. Large ironwood trees dominate the low sand dunes in the backshore. The prevailing wind elevates the dunes near Makaluapuna Point, the south point of the bay. A shallow sandbar fronts most of the beach and extends offshore to the surf line, except at the east end, which is fronted by a shallow reef. The foreshore is steep, the result of the high winter surf sweeping across the beach. Facilities in Fleming Beach Park include restrooms, showers, and parking.

Precautions: During periods of high surf, especially during the winter months, a powerful shorebreak forms on the Fleming Beach Park sandbar, generating dangerous rip currents along the entire length of the beach. High surf may also generate a strong backwash across the sandbar. Lifeguards are on duty daily. Check with them before going in the water.

Highlights: Fleming Beach Park was named for David Thomas Fleming (1881-1955), a former manager of Honolua Ranch. Fleming introduced pineapple to West Maui as a commercial crop
and converted the cattle ranch to a pineapple plantation. This was the beginning of Maui Land and Pineapple Company, an industry that continues today. Fleming's home, completed in 1915 and named Makaʻoiʻoi ("keen eyes"), is now the Pineapple Hill Restaurant.

Fleming Beach Park is situated on Honokahua Bay, one of the six famous bays of West Maui, which are collectively known as Hono a Piʻilani or the "bays [acquired] by [Chief] Piʻilani." The name of each bay begins with "hono," or "bay," and in order from north to south they are Hononan  ("animated bay"), Honokohau ("bay drawing dew"), Honolua ("two bays"), Honokahua ("sites bay"), Honokeana ("cave bay"), and Honokowai ("bay [for] drawing water").

Fleming Beach Park is the most popular bodysurfing and bodyboarding site on West Maui. Surf breaks almost daily on the sandbar fronting the park, even during the summer months, as long as the trade winds are blowing. This break attracts many visitors and residents. Occasionally, surf on the small reef at the east end of the beach is good enough for surfing.

This description is from John R. K. Clark's Beaches Series: Beaches of Oʻahu, Beaches of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau, Beaches of Maui County, and Beaches of the Big Island published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing beach descriptions for use on this site.
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