There are a number of Kihei attractions that will make your Maui vacation a truly memorable experience. Some of our favorite south Maui activities are listed below.
Explore the Beaches: Relax on the shores of Charley Young Beach, take a leisurely morning stroll along Sugar Beach, or grab a beach chair and watch the sunset from Kama’ole III Beach Park. If you’ve come to Maui to enjoy a lot of beaches, you’re in the right place!
Fourth Friday Celebration: Each Friday evening, Maui County hosts a free town party for residents and visitors, featuring live music entertainment, dancing, food trucks, shopping, local vendors, and more. This family-friendly event is held monthly on each fourth Friday in North Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center.
Shopping: Kihei is home to several open-air markets, which are great for browsing local artwork, stocking up on souvenirs, and even taste testing goods from local farmer’s markets. Our guides recommend Aloha Open Air Market, Rainbow Mall, Dolphin Plaza, and the Azeka Shopping Center. Stock up on reef-safe sunscreen, beach accessories and snorkeling gear at places like the ABC Store, Maui Dive Shop, and Boss Frog’s.
Whale Watching: During winter months, Maui sees the largest concentration of North Pacific Humpback Whales in the Hawaiian Islands. Kihei is one of the best areas for whale watching, which can be done from a kayak, outrigger canoe, stand up paddleboard, and even from shore! Keep an eye out for common behaviors such as breaching, pec slapping, spy hopping, fluke diving and more, and let our marine naturalist certified guides show you the time of your life during Hawaii’s famed whale season! Visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center in North Kihei to learn more about the past, present and future of humpback whales in Hawaii.
Ono Grinds: Some of Maui’s best restaurants and bars are in Kihei Town. For early morning breakfast options, we highly recommend a quick stop at Safeway, Sugar Beach Bake Shop, or the ABC Store to breakfast.
For late breakfast or lunch, head to Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice for a cool treat in the sunshine, or enjoy a hearty breakfast at Kihei Caffe, acai bowl at Wow Wow Lemonade, sandwiches and salads at 808 Deli, Maui mex at Taqueria Cruz, or plate lunches at Da Kitchen.
In the evening, some of our favorite places to grab happy hour and/or dinner include Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Maui Brewing Company, Cow Pig Bun, and Fabiani’s Italian Restaurant.
Kayak, SUP, & Outrigger Canoeing Tours: Join us for a private kayak tour, stand up paddle boarding lesson, or outrigger canoe tour! Departing daily from Makena Landing, only a 10-15 minute drive from Kihei Town, you’ll see the best areas in south Maui. Enjoy scenic views of Maui’s shoreline as well as Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle sightings and many endemic tropical fish, all while learning more about Hawaiian history and culture from your certified private tour guide.
We hope to see you out on a tour with us soon, and in the meantime, enjoy your stay in Kihei!