The most populous town on Maui’s southern shores, Kihei is a vibrant beachside hub packed with atmospheric restaurants and shops. It boasts a range of water sports and bird-filled wetlands, while offering easy access to two of Maui’s most spectacular natural destinations.
Things to do in Kīhei
Learn to surf on the gentle waves at Kihei Cove, with boards and lessons available. Alternatively, snorkel the colourful coral reefs off Kamaole Beach Park III or jump aboard a snorkel cruise from the local boat ramp to venture further afield.
Bird watchers should visit the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, a strip of coastal salt marsh between Kihei and Māʻalaea. Many of Hawaii's endangered wetland birds can be spotted from its elevated boardwalks, together with migratory species from Alaska and Canada.
A short drive east of Kihei takes you to Haleakalā National Park, home to a towering volcano and endangered Hawaiian geese. Tackle the summit walking trail that leads past lava flows and cinder cones, then photograph the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o nestled at the base.
Visit Iao Valley, a densely rainforested landscape dominated by the lava remnant of the Iao Needle. Follow the Iao Stream through the valley, then discover Maui’s multicultural history in the Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens where ethnic buildings reflect the Hawaiian, American, Portuguese and Asian influences.
Getting around Kīhei
Kihei is a 25-minute drive from Kahului Airport where there are flight connections to Honolulu International Airport. Buses are the main means of getting around Maui and connect Kihei with Lahaina and Kahului.