Things to Do in Kihei, Maui

Things to Do in Kihei, Maui
Located on Maui's sunny southern shore, Kihei might well be called the "condo capital" of the Valley Isle for its plethora of vacation accommodations for visitors. Outdoor adventurers need not fret, however, as Kihei also unveils much to do, from hiking beautiful, shoreline trails to partaking in plentiful ocean activities. With acres of parkland, accessible beaches and a nearby harbor for easy departure on a snorkel cruise or deep-sea fishing charter, Kihei presents a convenient and laid-back setting that is also close to fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques and shopping.

Shoreline Nature Trail

A meandering path that hugs the coast for 1.5 miles between Kihei and Wailea, the Shoreline Nature Trail reveals an abundance of native plants like noni and naupaka, along with a smattering of archaeological sites and old Hawaiian house foundations. Scenic vista points unveil stellar views of nearby islands. During winter months, you can see migrating humpback whales in the distance. If you like to jog, this path offers an excellent workout destination in the morning or at sunset.

Kalama Park

Showcasing expansive lawns shaded by fluttering palm fronds, Kalama Park unveils a variety of recreational opportunities, from tennis and basketball courts to an inline skating rink, skateboard park, baseball and softball fields, playground, gazebo and picnic areas. Fronting the ocean near the beach, the 36-acre park often hosts concerts, craft fairs and family events.

Kalama Park
1910 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-4364
co.maui.hi.us/Facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=207

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Located in Kihei, this 700-acre wetland preserve and bird sanctuary is home to Hawaiian stilts, coots, ducks, herons and more. Take the self-guided tour along a scenic boardwalk, where interpretive signs and shaded areas entice nature lovers to learn more about Hawaii's native wildlife. The endangered hawksbill turtle also frequents this area, coming to shore to lay eggs.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Milepost 6, Mokulele Hwy. (Hwy. 311)
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 875-1582
fws.gov/kealiapond

Kama'ole Beaches

Beachgoers will love Kihei's vast expanse of beaches ideal for snorkeling, swimming, bodyboarding and stand-up paddleboarding. Known as Kama'ole I, II and III, this stretch of beach is easily accessible from shoreline access points. Kama'ole I features everything from picnic areas with barbecue pits to outdoor showers, restrooms and a lifeguard station.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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