Kihei Travel Guide

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Kihei Highlights

  • Pro
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     AWESOME SNORKELING AND BEACHES 

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     bad traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     Why do you think I live here? :-) 

Kihei Things to Do

  • Road to Hana

    Taking the Road to Hana Tour with Valley Isle was a vacation within a vacation. Why? Because for the first time on vacation we didn't torture ourselves with driving a long way to see something fabulous. We usually do our own driving as we trust that our driving skills are safe and we can take the time to not be rushed, but there are some 600 turns...

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  • Road To Hana Tour

    Taking the Road to Hana Tour with Valley Isle was a vacation within a vacation. Why? Because for the first time on vacation we didn't torture ourselves with driving a long way to see something fabulous. We usually do our own driving as we trust that our driving skills are safe and we can take the time to not be rushed, but there are some 600 turns...

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  • Surfing Lessons

    My daughter was driving me nuts about surfing lessons while we were on Oahu. We didnt get a chance to do it there but when we got to Maui we decided to do it here. I ma glad we did because it was so much cheaper and less crowded in Kihei.We booked the surfing lessons with Maui Beach Boys. We met up in Cove Park. It isgreat to learn here because its...

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  • Golf at Kahili

    Kahili is up on the west maui mountain slopes overlooking the isthmus of Maui. Great views for the course. Course was long enough, challenging enough without making for too hard of a day. Fees were reasonable at $125 per person with cart. Nice little snack shop with warm hot dogs at the turn. Great restaurant in the clubhouse at the end.Good tip:...

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  • Kihei, family oriented fun!

    Beautiful village with a fantastic beach...Life is Good! So much is available within a walking distance. Park the rental and head out into town, to the park or the beach.Taste the local coconuts and ice cream.Rent a surf board, a kayak or be carefully daring and rent a wind surfer.Go for a swim, a walk, explore the beautiful plants and terrain.Just...

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  • ROAD TO HANA

    Although many people said that this was a terrible road I didn't find it to be that way at all. We have worse roads up here in Montana. Now granted my daughter who gets car sick at the slightest curve in the road wasn't feeling very good ( next time remember the motion sick pills). I did find a lot of people traveling on it and it does make it...

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Kihei Restaurants

  • While the same - not the same

    We had been informed from friends of the Da Kitchen Express in Kihei and decided to give it a whirl. While I and the kids liked it, the mother in law had a difficult time eating some of the food, in part due to the heavy salt content and the enormous amount of food. It is more expensive, but they were able to eat it the next day for lunch too. This...

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  • Freds Mexican Cafe

    I was afraid to try Mexican food in Hawaii. I had tried some on Oahu and I was disappointed but my kids saw this place and had to eat here.Its definatley not authentic Mexican food but it was good. Thank God.The funny this is that they are known for their famous fried rice. Not Mexican.I have to say the Fried Rice was the best I have had next to...

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  • Steer away from this dump

    Although the view is spectacular and the ambiance is pretty nice, if you are looking for food that tastes good, this is not the place for you. At fine dining prices I would expect, at the very least, edible food. But they managed to screw up every dish we ordered. The food tasted horrible, and things which should have been cooked (ie. shrimps,...

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  • Kihei's Best Breakfast

    It is worth staying in Kihei to have breakfast here every morning. First of all, the outdoor patio with views of the ocean put you in the aloha state of mind immediately. Most importantly, the food is delicious. The cinnamon buns were heart stoppers - it was hard to stop at one. The omlettes we had were delicious, as was the fried rice breakfast...

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  • Don't let the strip mall fool you

    Frighteningly located on the second floor of a strip mall in central Kihei....but WOW really great food and REALLY great ambience on the inside. The food was very good. We ordered a host of h'ordearves (calamarri, tuna, other) which were excellent. The main entrees were excellent too....AND, they must be passing on the savings from being located in...

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  • Friendly service, great food, intimate...

    Located in a shopping center next to a Foodland grocery store and an ABC store, Aroma D' Italia is a nice little restaurant. It serves traditional Italian dishes and nightly specials. Our server, Robin was warm, friendly and totally interested in helping us have a great meal and experien My wife and I had fairly traditional fare, but from the...

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Kihei Nightlife

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  • Willie K, Blues, Rock, Jazz Guitarist,...

    I believe he plays most Monday nights. I would go out of my way just to see this guy, he was amazing, and it was a life moment I will never forget. He rocks out, then will play an amazing version of Somewhere over the Rainbow. His genre I would say is influenced heavily by, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Buddy Guy.... Take some extra money to pick...

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  • Limited

    Kihei is probably not the best place on Maui to stay if you're heavy into nightlife. There are a number of great restaurants and some local 'watering holes', but not much in the way of entertainment such as music, clubs or dancing.

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Kihei Transportation

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    by ywoof Written Nov 6, 2006

    As tempting as it is to rent a large car, you'll want a small one to get into all the tiny parking spaces on Maui. From the market, to the hotels and condos, they make 'em small there to fit more tourists! Our Neon fit everywhere, and after a week, it only cost $18 to fill up before dropping it off.

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Kihei Shopping

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    by malianrob Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    We stayed at the condo that has a full kitchen so to save money we wanted to buy groceries to save money. We had the kids with us so this was convenient. OMG the price of food in Maui grocery stores is expensive. Everything is literally double the price you would pay on the mainland. I paid close to $300 for a weeks worth of groceries that I would normally pay about $150 for. So be prepared.
    There is a Costco near the airport but I didnt go to it. I dont know what their prices are like but I suggest to check it out and hope that its cheaper.

    What to pay: Double the prices on the mainland.

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Kihei Local Customs

  • by cbogacki Updated Sep 10, 2007

    Before you enter anyone's home, please remove your shoes. It is customary and really should be done out of respect. When staying in a B&B I even leave mine outside the door. It's strange, but I've only lived here 10 years but I feel its disrespectful and ask people to remove their shoes/slippas when entering my home. It is common to see a PILE of footwear upon entering a home with a party.

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Kihei Warnings and Dangers

  • by pegmontana Written Jul 30, 2005

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    When you come to Maui you will notice a lot of trashed cars along the highways. If you ask a local why they will tell you that cars left overnight will usually be vandalized or stripped. In fact, the rental car place will highly recommend that you not leave your valuables in the car for any amount of time.

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Kihei Off The Beaten Path

  • Good bar on the beach

    As I mentioned before, Kihei through Wailea have lots of hidden little beaches. We were staying accross from one, Keawakapu beach. There is public access, with gravel parking lot. Nice clean little beach, some acreage for walking around too. Even better, there is a bar right up to the beach (part of this hotel/condo units). The Five Palms Beach...

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  • Climb to the top of a volcano

    Haleakala is just over 10,000 feet high - and beautiful. You have to park your car and walk the last little part, but it is not difficult. It can get cold up there, so take a jacket!

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  • $50 Jeep Rental, Take the top off and...

    Kihei Car Rentals, Behind Marco's Restaurant, close to Lipoa Street, Kihei Maui. Just call them up or drop in, they are very helpful! They also have reasonable rates for van rides to/from the airport. Here is the jeep I rented. We could not find mopeds to rent, or the mopeds were more expensive than the jeep, so we rented this cool jeep, and went...

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Kihei Sports & Outdoors

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    La P��rouse Bay

    by derats Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Ahihi-Kinau Natural Preserve is another terrific place; it requires more effort to reach it, but it's worth it, because it's home to Maui's tropical marine life at its best. You can't miss in Ahihi Bay, a 2,000-acre state natural area reserve in the lee of Cape Kinau, on Maui's rugged south coast, where Haleakala spilled red-hot lava that ran to the sea in 1790. Fishing is strictly kapu here, and the fish know it; they're everywhere in this series of rocky coves and black-lava tide pools. The black, barren, lunarlike land stands in stark contrast to the green-blue water.
    After you snorkel, check out La Pérouse Bay on the south side of Cape Kinau, where the French admiral La Pérouse became the first European to set foot on Maui. A lava-rock pyramid known as Pérouse Monument marks the spot. At Cape Kinau, there are three four-wheel-drive trails that lead across the lava flow; take the shortest one, nearest La Pérouse Bay. If you have a standard car, drive as far as you can, park, and walk the remainder of the way

    Equipment: All you need are a mask, a snorkel, fins, and some basic swimming skills. Floating over underwater worlds through colorful clouds of tropical fish is like a dream. In many places, all you have to do is wade into the water and look down.

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Kihei Favorites

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  • Maui No Ka Oi

    Maui is amazing. Anyone who loves to travel and loves beautiful places must go to Maui. Avoiding the tourist season helps. The island is breathtaking. Unfortunatly, from the time of my first visit 16 years ago until now, the destruction tourists have caused is a disgrace. Garbage on beaches that only a few years ago were deserted. Please respect...

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  • Grocery Stores

    The three main grocery stores in Kihei are Foodland, Star, and Safeway. Be prepared for 'sticker shock', as grocery prices on Maui are VERY high.If you are going to be staying in a condo, I highly recommend you make a grocery list on the plane and hit Costco as soon as you land. Costco is located at the airport exit, so you have to drive by it no...

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  • Eat at Safeway. The Safeway...

    Eat at Safeway. The Safeway deli has delicious miniture spicy meatballs, chicken wings, potato wedges, salads, etc. etc. The great thing about eating at Safeway, besides the flavor, is the variety. You can get fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, breads, all to go and even buy a cooler and ice if you want to wait a while before eating it.

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