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On the southern end of Maui’s resort coast, development falls off dramatically, leaving a wild, dry countryside of green kiawe trees. The Makena Beach & Golf Resort sits in isolated splendor, sharing the resort’s 1,800 acres with only a private golf course and a necklace of perfect beaches. The strand nearest the hotel is Maluaka Beach, notable for its uncrowded beauty and its views of Molokini Crater, the offshore islet, and Kahoolawe, the so-called “target” island (it was used as a bombing target from 1945 until the early 1990s). This sun-kissed sandy crescent is bound on one end by a grassy knoll and has little shade, so bring your own umbrella. Swimming is idyllic here, where the water is calm and sea turtles paddle by. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and parking. Along Makena Alanui, look for the shoreline access sign near the hotel, turn right, and head down to the shore.