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August 25, 2020

Best Portrait Locations on Maui – Kanaha Beach Highlight


Last Updated on April 30, 2024 by Karma Hill

Easily overlooked, Kanaha Beach is located just minutes away from Kahului Airport. Portrait locations on Maui don’t get more convenient than this! Whether you’re planning your session the day you arrive or the day you say “a hui hou,” this Maui gem is sure to fill you with the Aloha spirit. Follow along and we’ll highlight the details that make Kanaha Beach one of the best portrait locations on Maui.

Our company’s founder, Karma Hill, considers Kanaha Beach one of the top sandy shores on the island! So there’s sure to be something extra special about it! With deeply hued waters paired against the greenery of the West Maui Mountains, your portraits will showcase a unique side of Maui that not many visitors have the luxury of seeing.

portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui

Kanaha Beach Park Details

This portrait location on Maui is located so close to the airport you could literally walk there. Honestly, it would be a hot and uncomfortable walk so we don’t recommend it but it’s close enough that you could! It features a variety of backdrops and areas to explore at this tree-lined beach. Located on the coastal line of Kahului, Kanaha Beach Park is a rare gem in the busy(ish) Maui city.

  • 15 minutes from the Paia area
  • 40 minutes from Kihei
  • 1 hour from Lahaina

There’s plenty of parking at this portrait location on Maui. Our photographer will meet you in the lot and guide you to the best spots for capturing your special memories. Morning hours here are vivid and blue, while sunsets tend to be a bit more subdued.

portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui

Other Considerations

  • With several parking lots, there’s plenty of parking at this portrait location on Maui
  • The park has picnic areas and showers to rinse off under
  • It can be a bit windy so we recommend hairstyles that can withstand the elements
  • Kitesurfers can often be spotted in the distance
  • Sea turtles are frequently seen in the ocean
  • This beach is somewhat secluded so there are days with very few beach-goers

portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui
portrait locations on Maui

At this portrait location on Maui, the sun sets behind the West Maui Mountains, but sunsets here still offer dreamy and magical skies.

You can find more gorgeous photos captured at Kanaha Beach here. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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