THINGS TO DO...
More than just a 'honeymooners paradise' Maui offers amazing sights and activities sure to impress any traveller. Top rated things to do are:
1. Relaxing at one of the many glorious beaches
2. Shopping in Pa'ia and Makawao - Stunning scenery!
3. Watching the sunrise over Haleakala Crater
4. Snorkelling at Molokini Crater
5. Warren & Annabelle's Magic Show or Ulalena in Lahaina
6. Maui Zipline, Wailuki
7. Browsing the shops at Wailea
8. Watching the sunset and eating Pupus
9. Lunch or Dinner at Mama's Fish House in Paia
10. Going to a Luau
11. Enjoy the warm sand and clear waters of Polo Beach
12. Relish in the Frank-Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse at King
Kamehameha Golf Club
13. Learn to surf, or try paddleboarding
14. The Sunny Days on Maui, about 300 per year!
15. Spectacular maui sunsets
16. Horseback riding in Hana
17. Stunning scenery and fragrance of Maui's upcountry drive
18. Hike the 'Iao valley State Park
19. Farmers Markets and Saturday Swap Meet
20. Be a part of the Aloha Spirit!
beaches close to kihei...
Kama’ole Beach Parks I, II & III
Ample parking, lifeguards, volleyball courts and excellent swimming conditions make the Kama’ole Parks local favourites.
Classic views and varied conditions mark this beach. A beachcomber’s delight, this beach offers a half-mile walk to the Wailea Resort.
A series of beaches, coves and tide pools along six miles of Kihei coastline. Some areas offer lifeguards, restrooms and picnic facilities.
behind the Maui Prince. A favourite of ours, for snorkelling.
Mai Poina ‘Oe La’u Beach Park
Excellent swimming, kite surfing and windsurfing. Facilities include picnic tables, showers and restrooms. Wintertime whale sightings are almost guaranteed.
For more beaches on Maui visit the Maui Visitors website
Beach Bums Bar and Grill
Great Ribs .. very casual .. in Ma’alaea Harbor area
Charley’s in Paia
Fun place for breakfast; Macadamia pancake (one is all you need!)
95 Lipoa Street: Italian fare .. excellent place for lunch or dinner or for a great latte/cappuccino breakfast
Thai and Vietnamese Restaurants
The two in Azeka I are good.
In Azeka II – very casual; good, delicious and fresh fish tacos
In Azeka II; fun place for a burger and shake!
Great for Breakfast, or brunch this place is SURE to fill up even the heartiest of eaters! Make sure to try their sticky-buns.... heaven. CLICK HERE to visit their website and preview the breakfast deliciousness!!! Best cure EVER after one too many Mai Tais the night before! ;-)
Address: 1945 South Kihei Rd.
Hours: 5am - 3pm Daily
Cinnamon Roll Fair
The best cinnamon buns on Maui are located right down the street from HKOK... Baked daily in small batches, If you're lucky, you'll get one when they are fresh out of the oven! Look for a white van with a large cinnamon bun printed on it, parked in front of the strip mall.
Addresss: 2463 S. Kihei Rd
A beautiful drive up country, takes you to the Kula Lodge. Nice food .. and if you go on the weekend, you can enjoy the outside pods in the gardens below, and fresh Kula greens and a thin-crust pizza from their wood burning oven!
In the Wailea Shopping Centre – good place for lunch, or some nice appies, etc.
Worth a drive and a look-see through the lovely hotels. Beautiful beaches and a great walk along the water makes for a lovely morning stroll, or a sunset drink (although pricey) is a memorable time.
Shops in Wailea
Shopaholics BEWARE!!! Tiffanys, Coach, Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Cache, Betsy Johnson.... if that isn’t enough to make your inner shopoholic dance there are plenty of chain stores like Gap, Black & White, Tommy Bahamas, and Sunglass hut stores to choose from.
Wailea Golf Club - 3 courses
Three 18-hole golf courses, rated among the best golf courses in the country by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest
4 miles from Kihei www.waileagolf.com
Fun place to drive to, about 45 minutes on the other side of the island. Lots of little “joints” to have lunch, such as Bubba Gumps, Cheeseburger in Paradise, etc.
Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show
You’re invited into the beautiful and intimate theatre where you will laugh and truly be amazed at this highly entertaining and interactive 2-Hour magic show. Voted Favourite show/activity on Maui by Hawaii Magazine! Be sure to catch this unique experience and make it a MUST-DO on your Maui itinerary of fun. Warren and Annabelle’s is open Monday through Saturday evening, and run two shows; at 5:00pm, and at 7:30pm.
Shows tend to sell-out in advance, so make your reservations early! Tickets available via telephone (+1 808-667-6244) or online:
Don’t miss this stunning performance, with elements comparable to the famous Cirque de Soliel shows in Vegas! Traditional theatre is blended with acrobatic feats of strength and beauty. Hula is combined with modern dance. Rich costumes, lighting and stage design are woven together into a filigree of fantastic images drawn from Hawaiian legend and history.
Ulalena explores relationships between people, nature, and mythology. The use of metaphors integrates Hawaiian chants and dances, original music and choreography, lighting and projections to support the talents of the unique performers.
Tickets available via toll free line 1-877-688-4800, or online:
The closest and probably the nicest shopping is at the Shops of Walea, south about half an hour toward Wailea. Lots of higher end shops, but also some “normal” ones. In Kahului, the Ka’ahumanu Shopping Centre is fairly decent, with Macey’s and several smaller shops within. There are many little “joints” for shopping in the Kihei area, which are fun, including a large area down toward Kalama Park.
Saturday Swap Meet in Kahului.
Located at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.
Outlets of Maui
Find great brands at outlet prices at the Outlet mall in Lahina!
GOLFING NEAR KIHEI
Maui Elleair Golf Club
18 holes over 6,404 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
2 miles from the center of Kihei
For information on the 20+ golf courses on Maui visit the Maui Visitors website at www.visitmaui.com/mauigolf.html
A number of local dive shops offer day trips to Molokini Crater, one of the most popular, and scenic dive spots on the island. We like to use “Insert name of dive company here” because they depart closer to HKOK than many other companies who launch from Lahaina.
For those who are not yet scuba certified, Four Winds charter company offers “Snuba” diving where participants can have a scuba-like experience with a brief training session on the boat, and without having to wear all the traditional “Scuba-gear!”
want to pamper yourself...?
A Pedicure, manicure, facial or massage at the Nail Shop in Azeka II is always a treat. Another thought is the Massage School in upcountry Makawao. If you can get in, the massages are inexpensive .. nice, and worth the drive up! Massages are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-9 pm or Thursdays from 1-5 pm. They are located at 1043 Makawao Avenue, in Makawao.
rent a motor bike
Feeling adventuresome? Steve and some of our friends have rented Motor Bikes for a nice upcountry drive from the local Harley shop, close to Walmart on Dairy Road.
MORE UPSCALE DINING
Located in the Hotel Wailea this restaurant offers beautifully romantic, outside tables, nicely prepared and presented entrees!
For Steak and Seafood, check out the vibrant Cafe O’Lei located right down the street from the HKOK. They have sushi here toooooo!
Address: 2439 South Kihei Road
Beautiful setting; good food – South about 20 minutes down the road
Mama’s Fish House
Very pricey, but wonderful. Nice to go for lunch, to see the view, or an earlier dinner to see the sunset. Fabulous fish!
Hali M’aile General Store
Fantastic food .. worth the drive up country. We prefer lunch, as the drive on the highway in the dark isn’t our favorite. Beverly Gannon also has Joe’s Bar and Grill at the Tennis Club in Wailea and Gannon’s at the Wailea Golf Club (spectacular views)
Makawao Steak House
In up-country, Maui; Great Prime Rib, steak and salad bar
A beautiful Restaurant on the Beach with Mediterranean Rim cuisine. Located 10 minutes from the HKOK, we’ve shared MANY lovely dinners there over the years... To check out their website: CLICK HERE
Address: 2980 South Kihei Road
Hands down the best sushi we’ve had!! Seriously, this place is unreal. Check out the Early Bird specials where everything is 1/2 price before 6pm. Get there EARLY though - always a lineup...
Check out their webiste HERE!
Address: 1881 South Kihei Rd.
Three’s Bar & Grill
Nice food and presentations. 1945 S. Kihei Road
(Kihei Kalama Village)
haleakala crater sunrise
Although waking up at 3:00am can be a rough way to start the day when you’re on holiday, we highly recommend catching a sunrise during your stay in Maui. From Haleakala (which translates to House of the sun), the view is sensational– a contender to the beautiful sunsets at HKOK! Seeing the sunrise above the clouds is a magical experience... As put on the official website, The trek to Haleakala at sunrise is a defining moment for any Maui visitor. New Age spiritualists believe it holds cosmic significance. One of Maui’s biggest fans, Mark Twain, called the experience "the sublimest spectacle" of his life. And you’re complaining about missing some shut-eye? ;-)
Tip: If you go before sunrise, bring a jacket! Dressing in layers is best. In one day, temperatures can vary as much as 50 degrees from the crater floor to the summit. SERIOUSLY... it’s cold up there. Wearing layers is highly recommended!!
Road to hana
The Road to Hana is world famous for the natural beauty of its unblemished landscapes and towering waterfalls. Maui is understandably proud of Heavenly Hana's successful fight against overdevelopment and the destruction of their Hawaiian culture. When you make the trip over to Hana Maui, you'll see why it's referred to as The Land That Time Forgot.
You can find a “Road to Hana” guided tour CD-ROM in both 107 & 308 to borrow with our compliments. Enjoy!
You can find further information on this scenic drive on the Maui Information Guide located here: http://www.mauiinformationguide.com/road-to-hana.php
Fun to head up to Paia town, a fun little “hippy-ville” place with some neat shops and fun little restaurants. Mana grocery store is an interesting place! It’s great to head up to Ho’okipa Beach and watch the surfers and para-gliders, etc. We then enjoy the upcountry drive from Paia to Makawao .. and just poking around the funky little shops.