Welcome to Kihei
An oceanside oasis with a sunny climate
Located on Maui’s southwest shore, Kihei is known for its picturesque appearance and easygoing ambiance. This community features six miles of beautiful beaches and boasts one of the sunniest, driest ends of the shore. On a clear day, you can soak up the views of islands in the distance, including Molokini and Lanai.
Kihei once served as the home to many of Maui’s original fishermen and remained so until the mid-1900s. However, it is also known as once being a regular destination for sojourning Hawaiian royalty, and once you’ve laid eyes on the beauty here, it’s not hard to understand why.
What to Love
- Enjoying a sunny afternoon at Kalama Beach Park and Skate Park
- Catching the waves at The Cove Beach Park
- Enjoying a night out at Kihei Kalama Village
With just over 22,000 residents, Kihei is known for its more laid-back and traditional lifestyle. It’s an excellent option for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
With so much to offer, Kihei understandably attracts a diverse range of individuals. The majority of residents are retirees looking to settle down and families searching for a safe place to raise their children. However, this community is also a popular option for those who want to be close to nature and all it offers.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Life in Kihei is far from boring. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy browsing the small shopping malls, stop by the bustling farmers market or dine at an assortment of restaurants. Nightlife options include everything from karaoke spots, dance clubs, and bars, guaranteeing that your nights in Kihei will be just as fun as the days.
Spend your afternoon at Azeka Shopping Center, one of the largest shopping centers in Kihei. This complex features independent stores, service providers, and casual dining options. Rainbow Mall also offers plenty of options when it comes to eating, drinking, and shopping. Satisfy your cravings at Maui Thai Bistro or perhaps Cafe Ole. If you’re craving something sweet after dinner, grab a sweet treat from Beach Street Shave Ice.
Things to Do
Explore the great outdoors at one of Kihei’s dozen beaches. In addition to six miles of coastline, Kihei offers oceanfront parks that border South Kihei Road. Spend a sunny afternoon at Kalama Beach Park + Skate Park, where you can choose from plenty to do. This park offers beach volleyball courts, a roller-skating rink, a skate park, basketball and tennis courts, two baseball fields, picnic pavilions, and a playground designed for younger kids.
Meanwhile, Cove Beach Park is considered one of the best surfing spots in town and is a popular place to learn how to surf. The waves are better here than most south beaches, which means Cove Beach Park gets crowded fast. It’s a good idea to get here early! You can also explore nature at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Spreading over an expansive 691 acres, this is one of two refuges in Hawaii that are open to the public.
Kihei is served by the Hawaii Department of Education. Top educational institutions include:
- Kihei Elementary School, PK-5
- Lokelani Intermediate School, 6-8
- Kihei Charter School, K-12