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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)

Wailea

Top hotels in Kihei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,663 reviews)

"The ambiance of the property made the trip much more worth it"…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ulua Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Wailea Beach and Kamaole Beach Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (926 reviews)

"We loved staying at the Andaz Maui. The staff was top notch and so friendly and accommodating. We had chosen a room overlooking the property expansion for a less expensive rate so we understood there might be some construction noise. The only time it was even slightly bothersome was in the morning. ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
5 out of 5
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI
NZ$1,335
per night
6 May - 7 May

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! (1,257 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

Popular activities 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

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$228
Per adult
Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$193
Per adult
Cycle to the Sea: Bike Ride Down Haleakala
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Cycle to the Sea: Bike Ride Down Haleakala

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$288
Per adult
Guided Kayaking Adventure from Wailea Beach
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Guided Kayaking Adventure from Wailea Beach

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$118
Per adult
Private Road To Hana Tour
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Private Road To Hana Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$505
Per adult
Family & Couple Beach Photos
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Family & Couple Beach Photos

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$77
Per adult

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

David

21 Jan. 2019

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

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