Current conditions at D.T. Fleming Park

Active Alerts

High Surf Warning

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 3:51pm to Friday, November 24, 2017 - 6:00am
Issued Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 3:51pm

Beach & Nearshore

Extreme Hazard

Conditions are extremely hazardous. People are advised to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

Extreme Hazard

Offshore conditions are extremely dangerous. Kayakers and users of other unpowered craft are advised to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
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71°F
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Winds Northeast at 4.6 MPH (4 KT)

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SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 10 TO 14 FEET THIS MORNING.

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Beach ID: 207

Getting There

D.T. Fleming Park is located on the Maui West Shore.

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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 book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his beach descriptions for use on this site.
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