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Kihei
Travel Guide

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

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $996 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

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! (995 reviews)

"This was our second time at the property and even with covid restrictions we loved it. Several things were closed but we still had a great time. Our only complaint was that the pool staff wasn't enough and the poor folks serving food and drink seemed like they needed more help. Other than that it ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

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
The price is CA $951 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (953 reviews)

"I liked the adult only pool and the beach chair lounge set up"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 31, 2021

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
The price is CA $1,560 per night from May 4 to May 5

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! (993 reviews)

"Four seasons living up to its reputation. Great location and kids friendly. Kids club is superb!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 30, 2021

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Castle Kamaole Sands, a Condominium Resort
Castle Kamaole Sands, a Condominium Resort
3 out of 5
2695 S Kihei Road, Kihei, HI
The price is CA $412 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30

Situated near the beach, this condo building is steps from Kamaole Beach Park 3 and Wailea Beach. Keawakapu Beach is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (1,898 reviews)

"Location is right across the street from a really good beach. Pool and hot tubes open late. Our condo was full upgraded everywhere. Granite counter tops, island in the kitchen and a table. Kitchen was stock with all appliances and dishes. Both bathrooms full updated as well. We found chairs, boogie ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Castle Kamaole Sands, a Condominium Resort
Maui Beach Vacation Club
Maui Beach Vacation Club
2.5 out of 5
515 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI
The price is CA $348 per night from May 4 to May 5

Situated in Kihei, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kalepolepo Beach Park, Waipuilani Park, and Waipuilani Beach. Kealia Pond National Wildlife ...

4/5Very Good! (343 reviews)

"Nice near ocean comfortable near amenities Wheat her was bad this time of year"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2021

Maui Beach Vacation Club
Aston Maui Hill
Aston Maui Hill
3 out of 5
2881 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI

Situated in the historical district, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Keawakapu Beach and Kamaole Beach Park 3. Wailea Beach is 0.5 mi (0.9 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (626 reviews)

"These condos were roomy with 2 big double french doors with screens in the living room, 1.2 big double fresh doors with screens in the master bedroom, with a huge deck off the back and a deck off the 2nd bedroom! There were also slat windows that we could open and let the breezes blow through, I ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Aston Maui Hill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kihei

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5/5 - Excellent

Ada

Mar 30, 2020

Not much to see in Kihei, but the location is very convenient if you would like to go to Makena Beach or to Lahaina.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Love Kihei! Been there 6 times. Just very disappointed about the rental property location to the construction. We couldn’t sit out side and even have a conversation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Great place to stay as it is central to the rest of the island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 27, 2020

Cute town. Not a big night life but great chill vibe. We later stayed in Lahaina and that was soooo touristy, wish we would of stayed jn Kihei.

4/5 - Good

Jenn

Jan 20, 2020

Road to Hana is a must

5/5 - Excellent

Ying

Dec 16, 2019

My favourite area in Maui. Very low key and casual. Close to many restaurants, shopping and beaches.

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