Kihei is the second largest town of Maui and located on the incredible south coast of Maui. This region is mainly known for its incredible beaches and unique coastline. In fact, it’s the sunniest region of the island, making it the perfect destination for some relaxing beach holidays. Whether you want to swim, snorkel, kayak or surf - in Kihei, you can find a beach for every kind of watersports.
Whale watching and birdwatching in Kihei are also very popular activities, thanks to the huge variety of both land and sea life that can be found on the south shore of Maui. In the town of Kihei, you can enjoy a range of different restaurants, bars and other fun activities to make your holidays in Kihei even more fun.
- Our favorite beach: Kamaole Beach Park
- Our favorite restaurant: Cafe O'Lei Kihei
- Our favorite watersport in Kihei: Ocean mermaid swimming lesson in Maui
Language and currency in Kihei
English and Hawaiian (the name given to the original Hawaiian language) are spoken in Maui and in Kihi, and both are considered official languages throughout the state of Hawaii. English will get you by in Kihei’s tourist areas without much difficulty. If you take the time to learn a few basic Hawaiian phrases like Aloha (Hello and Goodbye) and Mahalo (Thank You), however, you will encounter far more friendly locals.
The United States Dollar (USD) is the official currency in Kihei and Hawaii in general, and converting money at any of the city's banks is quick and easy. Credit cards are accepted at most Kihei’s sites.
Getting around in Kihei
Kihei and the surrounding area provide a multitude of attractions and activities. Rental cars are the most convenient and time-efficient method of getting around in Kihei. Renting a car in ihei is easiest if you do it online in advance and pick it up at the airport. Most car rental services can be found easily on the web. By car, you can easily reach the quiet beaches and other attractions of Kihei.
You can easily get around Kihei, and you don't even have to rent a car if you don't want to. For example, there are a number of tour operators who specialize in day trips to remote locations. Taxis and rideshare apps like Uber are also available in Kihei. If you want to go about the island fast and effortlessly, you can hire scooters and bicycles in Kihei. It is up to you and what you want to experience how you want to get around in Kihei.
Best things to do during your holidays in Kihei
Around the charming town of Kihei on Maui there are a lot of things to do during your holidays. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your family or friends, you will have a great time exploring the fantastic activities Kihei has to offer!
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
This Humpback Whale Sanctuary is located in Kihei, on the South Coast of Maui. The North Pacific Humpback Whale population migrates by the Hawaiian island of Maui, and uses the region for breeding and nursing their offspring. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center educates visitors about this unique species and also shows provides a protected area for their breeding. You can also use binoculars at the center to spot whales and dolphins out at sea.
Island Art Party
The Island Art Party is the only art studio on Maui open for the public, and offers fun activities for tourists and residents! Come to the Island Art Party to connect with fun people, learn new painting techniques and create your own and personalized souvenir from your holidays in Maui! Of course a good bar is also available, making it the perfect place for a fun night out while also creating a painting! You can book your Island Art Party for your group or join a shared event!
Maui Nui Golf Club
Another fun thing to do in Kihei is playing a round of gold at the Maui Nui Golf Club. It’s located close to the center of Kihei, and a great activity during your holidays in Maui. The Maui Nui Golf Club prides itself with very affordable prices, making it accessible to more people. It’s also a very fun golf club, where you can simply have a good time without worrying about your appearance or skills! The beautiful view and the delicious food and drinks are a plus with this Golf Club!
The best watersports in Kihei
One of the watersports Kihei is most famous for is the Mermaid School! Have you ever met a real-life mermaid? Well, in Maui you can fulfill this dream! One of the best watersports in Kihei we have to offer is the Ocean mermaid swimming lesson in Maui. Transform yourself into a mermaid and learn how to swim like one in the Pacific Ocean. During this one-of-a-kind experience, you also get to explore the beautiful underwater world of the coast of Maui!
Wanna keep some memories of this unique experience of being a mermaid? Book the Mermaid photoshoot and receive 50-150 incredible photos of yourself as a mermaid. It’s a great gift for your kids or even a person who always dreamt of living underwater as a mermaid! With the new Ariel movie being released, this photo shoot will be a dream of many little girls!
If you prefer meeting mermaid instead of becoming one, we suggest the Mermaid Meet & Greet in Maui. This is great for kids, and takes place on the beach where a mermaid emerges from the sea to bring some magic in your kid’s day!
What and where to eat in Kihei
Kihei has some of the same traditional regional food as the other Hawaiian islands. Kihei is home to a wide variety of restaurants serving both local favorites and international delicacies.
Fish dishes such as spam and poke, which are considered specialties in Hawaii, can be found at most grocery shops and restaurants. Loco Moco, a typical Hawaiian meal including meat, rice, sauce, and a fried egg, may be found on the menus of many Maui restaurants. Da Kitchen serves a variety of traditional Hawaiian dishes, including the restaurant's famous Loco Moco.
Cafe O'Lei Kihei is another fantastic choice if you're looking for affordable, genuine Hawaiian cuisine in Kihei. At Sugar Beach Bake Shop, you can get some of the greatest breakfast selections on the island, such warm bagels and flavorful coffee. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast here, and then head out to see all that Kihei has to offer.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches around Kihei
On the southcoast of Maui there are some really amazing beaches. If you’re staying in the town of Kihei, you will be able to reach many beautiful beaches by car or public transport. White sand beaches and green lush plants in the background are standard at the beaches around Kihei!
Kamaole Beach Park I, II & III
The Kamaole Beach Park are located in the Southern part of Kihei, and are very close to the center, depending on where you’re standing. The Kamaole Beach Park is actually divided by rock formations into three single beaches, Kamaole Beach Park I and II being the biggest parts of the beach. The white sand beaches are a real gem on the coast, and both Kam I and II are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Kam I and II are perfect for visiting with children, while Kam III is a bit less protected and there are usually some rougher waves. Bodyboarders actually love Kamaole Beach Park III!
Charley Young Beach
But the best beach for swimming around Kihei is actually Charley Young Beach! It’s located a bit north of Kihei town, and is very easy to get to by car or other transportation. The golden sand invites for a relaxing sunbath, and you don’t have to worry about slipping on rocks or coral reefs. Charley Young Beach is super protected, and the calm waters are amazing for swimming and snorkeling. It’s a very popular beach amongst locals, and the long sand strip is also great for walking and jogging.
Keawakapu Beach is another great beach for long beach strolls by the sea. Golden sand in front of the blue Pacific Ocean and green palm trees in the background make for a perfect setting for a Maui beach day. There are usually some waves at Keawakapu Beach, so it’s less popular for swimming but very good for bodyboarders and surfers, depending on the conditions. It’s located at the end of South Kihei road, and thanks to the long stretch, you can always find a quiet spot to relax at.
Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in Kihei, we promise you will love the boat tours and watersports. Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.