Stayed In Kihei and Loved it!
"Great People, Beaches, Music, Food, A Superb Place"
Visited Kihei Maui in Early / Mid December 2005, it was a total blast!
We had lots of fun the entire time. We did not plan too many things which gave us great opportunities to hike up and down the beaches and just relax and enjoy the nice weather. The first day we hiked 8+ miles (round trip) past the Kihei Boat Ramp. There are lots of very nice beaches all along the way and walking along the road was fun as well since it is filled with Restaurants, outdoor malls, and gift shops.
We found the pool at the condo, Waiohuli Beach Hale, to be one of the biggest and best, even when compared to the Hotels and other condos. We liked that it was big enough to swim laps and play around. We bought a special neoprene football and enjoyed playing around in the pool with it.
We were debating driving the Hana Road through the rain forrest but we really did'nt have a car and dont like to be in cars for long periods of time! Luckily the Helicopter ride we booked through Expedia.com / Mauiscape Helicopters went over and through the volcanoe and then toured the Hana rain forrest which was beautiful! They played music most of the time and the pilot was very witty and gave some great information all about the island, it was well worth it!
When we did'nt have anything planned we found Expedia Fun shops very helpful, and we like to support Seattle local companies. There is a Expedia fun shop about 3/4 of a mile south of Lipoa Street. We would go there every other day and ask what was going on the next couple days. They helped us book a Luau at the Maui Prince Hotel, which was exceptional. At the Maui prince we found out that it has good snorkelling with Turtles on their beach. We went there the next morning and went snorkelling. It is a very nice beach and we enjoyed swimming in the Ocean.
Every day we ejoyed eating out, our favorite places to eat that were not too expensive were, Marcos South Side Grill, they have the biggest sandwiches in the world, and the building has a very nice ambience to it, we ate their 3 times. We also enjoyed Lu lu's, pita paradise, and Stella's Blues. Lu lu's has great nachos for about $10. We were so full after the nachos we did'nt even order anything else, so we went back there another day, and I had the fish and chips which were exceptional. Another good place is the Kihei Cafe, it is super for breakfast, and you sit outside right on the main strip. The Pupu Lounge was yet another great place, possibly the best food. Molly and I both agreed we had the best fish and chips there in the world. It was made with fish they had caught that morning, I believe it was called Heppa or Heba. The portions were huge, it was serverd very aesthetically, and the waitress was very happy and fun.
We also went to two expensive restaurants, one was Tommy Bahamas in a Fancy mall called Wailea, the other was Mamas Fish House. Both were good but definately on the expensive side. Next time I will probably skip those places and substitute one of the above mentioned restaurants. However it was a nice adventure/opportunity/experience to try both of these places. We had heard many great things about Mamas Fish House, and it definately has a wonderful ambience, right on the beach.
"Rent a Cool Jeep $50"
Molly and I are not too much into the night life scene, but we did find some places where we could dance and have a great time. If you have an appreciation of music you must go and see Willie K. He plays about 100 yards from the Condo at a place called Hapa's. It was an amazing show that I will never forget. If you enjoy music such as BB King, Santana, Buddy Guy, and Jazz/Fusion, you would most likely really enjoy the music. Even if you don't like the genre of music I would recommend going, just to appreciate the true musicianship and talent that this guy has. We also had fun at Henry's bar and grill, they had a fun band there one night and we danced the entire time. It could be classified as a little bit on the rough side, but worth poking your head in and seeing what is going on.
We did not have a car intitially but found Kihei car rentals a few hundred yards from the Condo behind Marcos. We were able to rent a jeep there for $50 a day, and that was lots of fun and allowed us to explore the Norhtern part of the island. One of our favorite beaches ended up being way off the beaten path, called Kite beach. There you can watch Kite Surfing which is a pretty amazing sport. It is also one of the #1 places for Windsurfing because of the consistent winds. This beach was not too far from the airport off of a road called Amala Plce. I dont believe the beach actually has a name, the parking lot is dirt, but you will see lots of cars parked there, and almost everyone on the beach with their kites and wind surfing equipment.
Overall we had a wonderful time, it was hard coming back to Seattle. I would have to say the highlights of the trip would be playing in the waves at Kamoale Beach 1 and 2, both very good beaches, Making a turtle Sand Castle, eating out, the helicopter ride, the Luau, Kite Beach, and seeing Willie K at Hapas.
On Some beaches we could see for miles, and not see another person. It is my understanding Dec 1-14th are slow times for Maui, before the big rush of people. So we really enjoyed going this time of year.