Puamana Maui is a gated resort community with a collection of townhomes nestled on 30 acres of pristine Lahaina beachfront. While the complex is located just a mile from the bustling shops, bars, and attractions on Front Street, Puamana feels like a world away in terms of pace. This relaxed, quiet village features several pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts, a children's playground, and round-the-clock security. The community is a mix of permanent residents and vacation condos and makes for an idyllic, homey getaway for families.
The village comprises 230 one to four-bedroom townhomes; some situated less than 50 feet from the ocean. Homes are spread across 60 buildings and are designed side by side rather than stacked on top of each other. In turn, privacy is ample, and noise from neighbors is minimal. The layout and interior differ in each rental, but visitors will have no trouble finding a unit that suits their taste. Homes range from luxurious, modern, two-story units to one-bedroom beach bungalows. Guests can expect fully-applianced kitchens, air conditioning, wifi, access to laundry, spacious private lanais, and designated parking spots.
The Puamana community boasts three swimming pools — the Mountain Pool, Dolphin Pool, and Ocean Pool. The Mountain Pool is ideal for swimming laps, while the Dolphin Pool appeals to families because of the nearby playground and shallow end. Meanwhile, the Ocean Pool is the star of the show as it sits directly on the ocean. Pools are equipped with life rings, pool chairs, and showers. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Most of the year, Puamana guests have premier access to a mellow, sandy beach near the southern end of the community — although the sand can disappear from time to time depending on the swell, season, and currents. Regardless, visitors can find soft sand and calm waters year round at Shark Pit Beach, just a half-mile to the north. (Don't be deterred by the name!)
Several surf breaks front the Puamana community. The first and most forgiving is located just offshore of the beach. This break has a myriad of unofficial names, but the most common ones are Hot Sands, Beaches, or simply Puamana. Another beginner surf break is located past the very southern edge of the complex at Puamana Beach Park. The mellow waves here are ideal for beginners. However, the reef can be sharp and shallow, so invest in water shoes or be extra cautious. (At the time of publishing, Puamana Beach Park is closed. The public can still access the surf break, but there is currently no parking at the beach park.)
Lastly, a fast, A-frame peak dubbed Pools sits directly in front of the Ocean Pool. This break is for experts only. Getting out here requires a shimmy over a concrete pillar that stretches into the ocean, and coming in demands a rock dance over extremely sharp tube coral. Pools has even sent local pros to the ER to get stitched up. Plus, beginners run the risk of getting smashed into the Ocean Pool wall. If you're a beginner, stick to Beaches or Puamana Beach Park, and you'll enjoy yourself much more.
Pools and beaches aside, there are countless ways to spend your time at Puamana without leaving the property. The community features a tennis court, badminton court, recreation area, gym, and library. The property's large lawns and community veranda offer ample space to relax with a book, gather with friends, or enjoy the sunset. If you want to sneak away for a morning walk or head to Lahaina Town, a pedestrian gate at the northern edge of the property makes it easy to do so.
There are countless things to do near Puamana. Lahaina Harbor is located just one mile away and serves as West Maui's central hub for snorkel tours, fishing charters, and whale watches. Also in the area are attractions like the Lahaina Banyan Tree, surf lessons at Lahaina Breakwall, the Feast at Lele luau, and fantastic eats, nightlife, and shopping on Front Street. In addition, guests can find great snorkeling at Olowalu and excellent golfing in Kaʻanapali, just a short drive from the property.
Before 1920, the land at Puamana was mainly used for sugarcane interests. A sugar cane train once ran down to the water, where it stopped to collect sand to use for braking along the tracks. In 1923, Puamana's elegant clubhouse was erected as a residence for the manager of the Pioneer Mill. After the Pioneer Mill manager retired in 1966, the property was sold for development, and the rest is history.
Before your stay at Puamana, be sure to review the community rules. Since Puamana is both a residential and vacation community, there are rules in place to keep everyone happy. Most of the regulations focus on parking, quiet areas, and safety.