All beaches in Hawaii are public beaches. Well, most all of them. I do know of one on Kauai that is controlled by the government. They have some missiles or something close by. It is one beach that I don't really want to be on.
This particular beach is one of those public beaches of Maui. It is called Polo Beach Park...thus the creative name of the photo. We parked on the side of a road in a neighborhood. This was a pretty upscale place and once we made it to the beach we knew why. What a pretty chunk of sand.
I set up the tripod and started shooting. Directly behind me was a fence connected to one of those nice homes near the water. The gate opened up and out came the home owner to check out his view. Wine glass in hand, he shared how he enjoyed the view I was capturing most every night. I felt a little awkward...like I had intruded into his space. He assured me that he enjoyed neighbors and made us feel at home.