Slaughterhouse Beach (Mokuleia Bay)

Slaughterhouse Beach, Maui

This beach has a name that truly doesn't sound appealing, but don't judge it by this name. Slaughterhouse Beach got its name from a slaughterhouse that used to be above the cliffs that back the beach. The slaughterhouse was built by Honolua Ranch right at the edge of the sea cliffs, but was torn down in the mid-1960s. The beach has since then been known as Slaughterhouse Beach. Its Hawaiian name, Mokuleia, means “district (of) abundance.” This name describes this lovely beach much better.

Located near Kapalua in West Maui, this beautiful beach features a large pocket of white sand backed by sea cliffs. During the winter months, the surf can be strong and often pounds the beach, washing sand offshore and exposing large rocks. During the summer, the waters are calmer and then the conditions are good for swimming, snorkeling, surfing and bodyboarding.

Because the area is a protected marine preserve, fishing and spearing are not allowed on Slaughterhouse Beach. Harming or taking any marine life is prohibited. You can reach the beach by hiking down a trail leading down from the highway.

Slaughterhouse Beach Overview

  • Its unfortunate name comes from a slaughterhouse that used to be near the beach (it was torn down in the mid-1960s)
  • Secluded beach with a nice sandy beach, backed by sea cliffs
  • Good beach for all kinds of water activities when the waters are calm
  • Stone stairs lead from highway down to the beach
  • Green olivine crystals in the beach sand near the rocks
  • Part of the Honolua-Mokuleia Bay Marine Life Conservation District

Honoapiilani Hwy, Kapalua HI 96761

Directions: There is a parking lot between mile marker 31 and 32 on Honoapiilani Highway. From here a stairway leads down the cliff to the beach.

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