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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.
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Surrounded by shops and restaurants, this seven-story hotel is across the street from Kamaole Beach Park I, 3 miles from upscale Wailea, and 7 miles from Maui Ocean Center.
This Maui hotel offers budget lodging across the street from Kamaole III—the largest of three public beaches, and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
Set on a splendid stretch of sand 2 miles from Kihei, this low-rise hotel is 3 miles from the championship golf courses of Wailea Resort; Maui Ocean Center is 8 miles away.
Situated near the beach, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kamaole Beach Park 3 and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Wailea Beach. Kamaole Beach Park 2 and Keawakapu Beach are also within 15 minutes.
Situated on the beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Waipuilani Park and Kihei Regional Park. Maui Nui Golf Club and Kalama Beach Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Kihei condo is within a 15-minute walk of Waipuilani Park and Kalepolepo. Maui Nui Golf Club and Kihei Regional Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Across the street from Kamaole Beach Park II, this 11-acre Hawaiian resort is within a quarter-mile of Kihei's shops and restaurants; Wailea's shops and golf courses are three miles away.
Located within a mile of Kihei shops and restaurants, this 15-acre condo property is across from Kamaole Beach Park III and three miles from the championship golf courses of Wailea.