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KiheiUnited States of America

With charm and a beautiful shoreline, this Maui town is filled with fun and unusual attractions worth a daytrip or a lengthy stay.

In the tiny area of Kihei in Maui it’s hard to tell fantasy from reality as you look out over clear water while feeling the softness and warmth of sand between your toes. Surf, swim or relax as you would at any beach. Bring your sunscreen and a camera to make your own postcard of the gorgeous setting.

Any trip to Kihei centers on the Kamaole Beach Parks in the south half of Kihei. Pristine sand, handsome palms and breathtaking spreads of volcanic rock make these beaches you’ll always remember. Linger in the water all day or find the best place to read a book and wait for the sunset.

The water in Kihei is delightful. Rent snorkeling gear and swim with the turtles. Scuba dive in the company of friendly dolphins or visit the ocean floor and examine urchins and other sea creatures. Paddleboard across the surface and spot colorful varieties of fish. Make a trip to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center to deepen your understanding of the area’s precious wildlife.

Stroll along the boardwalk of the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the quiet meadows. This refuge is a favorite among bird-watchers, who lie in wait to spot coot, stilt and other species. Watch for nests while you’re here. These delicate bird homes tend to be at ground level and are full of colorful, delicate, variegated eggs.

For a change of pace, stand at the sidelines of the Maui Raceway Park. Hot rods, drag racers and muscle cars come together here to create a spectacle that’s truly out of the ordinary. Check before your visit for fees and scheduling.

Fly into Kahului Airport and drive south 12 miles (19 kilometers) to reach Kihei. Rent a car at the airport so that you can continue exploring Maui afterward. Once you sit down for a fresh plate of seafood and tropical juice, you may be tempted to extend your stay in Kihei.

Where to stay in Kihei

Maluaka Beach featuring landscape views, tropical scenes and a sandy beach

Wailea

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Wailea is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Wailea Beach and Makena State Park Beach.

Wailea

Top hotels in Kihei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Maui Coast Hotel
Maui Coast Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2259 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI
The price is NZ$384 per night

Situated in Kihei, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamaole Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Keawakapu Beach and Maluaka Beach are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,009 reviews)
Excellent!

"Had the best time here! The restaurant food was delicious, and the hotel included a free bike rental which was very convenient!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Maui Coast Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
5 out of 5
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI
The price is NZ$1,236 per night

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wailea Blue Golf Course, Wailea Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Kamaole ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)

"Resort was amazing, They did the best they could during the Covid-19"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.5 out of 5
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Kamaole Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Amazing Park like grounds.. Fantastic views!! Best pools ever!!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2020

Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Popular places to visit in Kihei

Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach

4.5/5(32 reviews)

With its smooth sandy shoreline, temperate waters and fantastic sporting facilities, it’s little wonder that Wailea Beach is one of Maui’s most popular destinations.

Makena State Park Beach
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Makena State Park Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

The three beaches and soaring volcano which make up Makena Beach State Park provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Keawakapu Beach
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Keawakapu Beach

5/5(4 reviews)

This long white sand beach is a hidden gem on Maui’s popular and crowded southern coastline, providing an escape from the tourist hotspots.

Top activities in Kihei

Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop
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Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop

NZ$226
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

NZ$190
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Road to Hana Premium Picnic via Luxury Limo-Van
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Road to Hana Premium Picnic via Luxury Limo-Van

NZ$435
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Maui Meditation Dance Class
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Maui Meditation Dance Class

NZ$39
Per adult
Group Surf Lesson
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Group Surf Lesson

NZ$117
Per adult
Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup
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Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup

NZ$309
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Kihei

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep. 2019

Very nice area, beautiful drive around the area and lovely beaches.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Aug. 2019

Like a lot of Hawaiian property once built no renovations just rake in the money,very out dated mahalo

5/5 - Excellent

Dave

4 Jul. 2019

Paradise.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb. 2019

Nice relaxing place with a lovely beach, shopping and markets; central location for drives around both East and West Maui, and close proximity to Haleakala NP and Airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jan. 2019

Paradise. Very relaxing and exactly what we wanted before hitting Waikiki Beach for the remainder of our Hawaii trip.

Cities near Kihei

Kahului showing tranquil scenes and farmland

Kahului

Wailuku showing signage

Wailuku

Makawao showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makawao