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Three beach parks—Kamaole I, II, and III—stand like golden jewels in the front yard of suburban Kihei. This trio is popular with local residents and visitors alike because each is easily accessible and all three have shady lawns. On weekends, they’re jam-packed with picnickers, swimmers, and snorkelers. The most popular is Kamaole III, or “Kam-3.” It’s the biggest of the three beaches, with wide pockets of gold sand, a huge grassy lawn, and a children’s playground. Swimming is safe here, but scattered lava rocks are toe-stubbers at the water line. Both the north and south shores are rocky fingers with a surge big enough to attract fish and snorkelers; the winter waves appeal to bodysurfers. Kam-3 is also a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and lifeguards. There’s plenty of parking on South Kihei Road across from the Maui Parkshore condos.