Kihei is one of the smaller cities on the island of Maui, and full of entertainment. There are ten things you will not want to miss, including a visit to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Kihei has six miles of beaches and is approximately twenty-five minutes from Kahului airport. It was once a destination place for Hawaiian royalty.
From the beaches, you can enjoy views of Molokini, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and West Maui. Swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and whale watching are just a few of the entertainments in this area. Birdwatchers will enjoy Kealia Pond, on the north end of Hawaii. Nature lovers have plenty of places to go from boat tours to island tours. The list of ten things to do in Kihei is just a start for you to discover the hidden gems.
Redline Rafting Snorkel Tour to Molokini
Hawaii is known for their pristine waters, with sea turtles, whales, and reefs. If you visit Kihei, you will not want to miss the Redline Rafting companies snorkel tour to Molokini. Boats leave early in the morning to get you to Molokini Crater before most of the other tours. Visibility in the area can exceed 180ft on perfect days. Redline Rafting Snorkel Tour to Molokini includes snorkeling on the back wall.
Coconut’s Café is a fish restaurant most famous for their fish tacos. The restaurant started in 2009 and quickly became popular with locals and tourists. Coconut’s Café has grown to have more than one location, although this is the only one in Hawaii. They have received several awards like the 2013 Zagat award. Enjoy surfboard tables, bamboo throughout, and the island décor and feel you desire when in Kihei.
Kamaole Beach Parks
Kamaole Beach Parks consist of three parks in South Kihei. The parks are between Wailea and Azeka shopping centers. If you ask locals about the parks, make sure you use Kam 1, Kam 2, or Kam 3 to find the right one. Kam 1 provides plenty of fun on the beach and in the water. It is also the largest of the three parks. You can barbecue, picnic, or enjoy a small party at this park. Kam 2 has volleyball courts, slip-n-slide, and swimming. Kam 3 is the place to go for birthday parties, group picnics, and water fun. The largest man-made slip-n-slide is set up at this park. All three parks have public restrooms, showers, and lifeguards. The three parks make up 36 oceanfront acres, with shady lawns and palm trees.
Redline Rafting Whale Watching (In Season)
Redline is tour company for all manner of water activities, including whale watching tours when it is the right season. The whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii each year, spending their winters in Hawaiian waters. They arrive in January and leave after April. You can see the North Pacific Humpback whale from one of the Redline boats. Their tours offer twenty-three spots per trip, with educational information provided.
Surf Lesson at the Cove
Kihei offers several instructors to teach you how to surf, and many of them will take you surfing at the Cove. The Cove surf break is a prime location for those who wish to learn how to surf. Unlike other areas on the island that are secrets to the locals, the Cove is open to the public and welcomes visitors to try surfing. The waters are shallow, and the waves are minimal to give you a chance to keep your balance.
Kihei 4th Friday Party
Every Fourth Friday, Kihei hosts a party. It is an opportunity to support, shop, and buy local. Dancing, food, and fun for the entire family await you. There are activities for children and teens, main stage events, and plenty of restaurants around for any cuisine you might be in the mood for. Head to the Azeka Plaza on the fourth Friday, to take part in the evening entertainment.
The Marriott in Wailea is only five minutes from downtown Kihei and technically a part of the city. The Marriot hosts a luau, Te Au Moana, which is a cultural performance to show the changes of the ocean tide and how it has impacted the shores. Te Au Moana is a constant for islanders. It shows the skills of island people through dances and songs. As a luau, dining is part of the show. You will see the fire dance among others when you book a reservation.
Eskimo Candy for Lunch and to go Poke
Eskimo Candy is a seafood market and café offering lunch and boxes to go called pokes. Located at 2665 Wai Wai Place in Kihei you can place a phone order or take the time to enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant. Menu items include fish-n-chips, shrimp, fish burgers, and various hamburgers.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddle boarding offers you a way to travel around Kihei from the sea. You will discover a unique perspective from the water when you look back on the island. Stand up paddle boarding is a low impact workout and easy to learn. You can take lessons in Kihei before you go out on your own or if you already know how to SUP, then rent a board. Stand up paddleboard tours are available for anyone who wants a guided tour of the islands best spots.
Island Art Party
Curt and Alma run Island Art Party. They offer a dream that combines art and Maui. Island Art Party is an art gallery, as well as a place you can decorate your work. At Island Art Party you can take art classes, sip some beverages at the bar, and enjoy learning how to create masterpieces. It is also possible to book the location for parties, such as birthday parties, wedding parties, and more. There is usually a painting on feature for the night. Your party artist provides step-by-step instructions on how to create your masterpiece.