Free public swimming pools in Maui

One perk of living in Maui is the free swimming at the beach and in public pools. There are three pools in Kahului, all with their own unique features.


Kahului Community Pool has salt water

Kahului Pool next to Salvation Army is the smallest of three but features a deep end and salt water, heated. The one in the park is cold and shallow but very quiet. My favourite is the Olympic-sized Sakamoto Pool on the way to Wailuku (after the College). Get there early before the schools hawk several lanes for their classes and competitions.

For lap swimmers like me, what is more heavenly than to swim outdoors under the big blue skies?

  • Free
  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Plentiful
  • Clean and clear waters

Here’s a webpage of the various pools, locations, and hours of opening. I might visit each of them and see if the hours are still correct. The pool hours are updated daily on a voicemail recording at tel: (808) 270 8208.


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6 Responses to Free public swimming pools in Maui

  1. concertblog says:

    Glad I went swimming in the pool. Breaking news – Sunday afternoon 16-year old boy bitten by shark in Kahului Harbour:–16–shark-bite-victim.html?nav=10


  2. Bummer! Sakamoto Pool is closed for repair until further notice. The telephone number doesn’t work either. What a shame — this indefinite closure — for such a fine pool for lap swimming in deep, deep waters!!!

    And such a convenient location too – next to Baldwin High School. Where do the students go swimming?

    And a big pool !!! ah! Beats Kokua nearby – which is much smaller and noisier.


  3. Doug says:

    Is the public pools open to everyone, or just Maui residents. We will be spending the month of January on Maui and am looking for a place to swim.


    • BLOGmaiden says:

      The good news is: the public swimming pools are free to everyone: residents, visitors, etc. Nobody checks who you are. There are lifeguards on duty. The other thing I learned is that they are now open 7 days a week, unless it’s a public holiday or advance notice for events, maintenance, training etc.

      So you have free, outdoor swimming pools manned by lifeguards, open 7 days a week from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

      Sakamoto Pool is still closed.

      There are also early morning lap swimming for adults, such as on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 6 am to 8 am at the Kokua Pool in Kahului. On Monday & Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 11:45 am or so, the Kahului Pool has water aerobics (free class). Best to phone the pool in advance.


  4. BLOGmaiden says:

    Kahului Pool (behind the Post Office and next to the Salvation Army in Kahului) is the first pool to close if there’s a shortage of lifeguards. Although open 7 days a week like other public pools in Maui, it is closed to the public when the Water Aerobics Class is on between 10:30 and 11:45 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It also closes at 3 pm for Baldwin High School Water Polo each of the 5 weekdays. That, said, it’s open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily except Sundays and Thursdays when it opens from 10 am. What I like about the pool? It gets very deep at one end. It’s not crowded like the Kokua Pool near the Kahului Community Center.

    The Pukalani Pool upcountry is heated — and very nice.


  5. BLOGmaiden says:

    A better link is from the Maui County website which also shows pictures of each pool and details:


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