Maka‘ala = Alert, vigilant, watchful, wide awake, paying attention.
It is unfortunately common for injuries and fatalities to occur when visitors underestimate the power and wildness of East Maui.
Please follow to these basic tips to ensure your safety:
Respect private property – stay on well-maintained trails and visitor facilities.
Inform yourself about the regular flash flooding events in East Maui on the Maui County ‘Flash Flood Precautions’ page.
Pay attention to all weather advisories, including flash flood and high surf watches and warnings – check the County of Maui Emergency Management Agency for active advisories and watches before traveling or entering stream or ocean water.
While you’re visiting, sign up for the Maka’ala Maui County Emergency Alert System to receive important updates, such as severe weather and unexpected road closures.
East Maui beaches do not have life guards on duty, but look for Rescue Tubes located on most popular beaches. For more information visit RescueTubeFoundation.org.
Learn more at the County of Maui Ocean Safety page and Flood Hazards page.