Located past Paia town, just past "Mama's Fish House", on Hana Hwy is Ho'okipa Beach Park. After you pass "Mama’s”, the scenery opens up to views of the vast Pacific Ocean on your left. From here Ho'okipa Beach is less than one mile on your left. As you’re starting downhill into the parking lot there will be a turn-off to your right. This is Ho'okipa Lookout, a great place to take in the scenery of the West Maui Mountains and the surfing action below.
Ho'okipa is known as the wind surfing Mecca of Maui. It is also one of the best places for surfing when North swells are hitting the island. There are three main surf spots. The east end is known as “Pavils,” is a right-breaking wave and is usually crowded with groms. In the middle of the bay is a left-hander appropriately named “Middles”, and on the west end is “the Point”, a right- and left-breaking wave. On the east and west side of Ho'okipa Beach there are sandy patches to sit and enjoy the sun and scenery.
The middle of the beach has rocks with intermittent sandy patches where you can find your own spot. Swimming is not recommended because there is not much sand and there is mostly reef under the water. On the east end, under the lifeguard station there are some patches of sand among the reef in waist deep water. This area is good for snorkeling in the summer when there are no waves. At the west end of the beach is a small baby pool created by water washing over the reef. The water gets held in this little lagoon and the reef keeps out any dangerous waves. Ho'okipa Beach is a nice area to wade and explore the tide pools.