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You may not be able to find a free lunch on Maui, but you can find free parking if you know what to look for and where to look.
Certain areas of Maui try to provide a small amount of free parking to access public beaches. These spots are sometimes hard to find and may be marked with a small sign.
In and near Wailea, there’s parking at Keawakapu Wailea-Elahi Public Beach and Wailea Beach.
Near Kihei, there’s public beach access parking at Kamaole Beach Park I, Kamaole Beach Park III.
Lahaina has a public parking lot near the Lahaina Harbor on Front Street between Mokuhina Place and Prison Street.
In the Ka’anapali area, you’ll find public beach access parking (sometimes only a handful of spots) near most of the big resort hotels, such as the Sheraton Maui Resort and the Hyatt Ka’anapili, and Whalers Village. At the very north end of Ka’anapali when it becomes Honokowai, a large free parking lot just north of Honua Kai Resort & Spa off of the Lower Honoapiilani Road provides access to the beach and boardwalk.
Near Napili Bay area, there’s free parking with access to the Kapalua Coastal Trail and beach in a small lot and along the road just north of Napili Kai Beach Resort.
Note: The featured photo is by Nick Brugioni via Unsplash.