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A taste of paradise from Kihei vacation rentals

Surf's up! If jumping out of bed and onto your board is your idea of the perfect getaway, then a Kihei vacation rental is just the ticket. Here, you can have fun on the sand, playing beach volleyball with friends or building sandcastles with family. You can surf or snorkel, take a whale watching tour, go birding at Kealia Pond, or shop at the farmers' market. In the evening, you can dance the night away or dust off your best Axl Rose impression at one of the town's karaoke bars.


Once the summer haven of Hawaiian royalty, Kihei's a significant location in Maui's history – and a long-time vacation spot. But by venturing from the comfort of your Kihei vacation rental, you can get a glimpse of Maui's intriguing past at landmarks like the Iao Valley State Monument in nearby Wailuku, the site of the battle between King Kamehameha I and the soldiers of Maui in 1790. Or you can drive all the way to the eastern side of Maui to visit the grave of the great aviator Charles Lindbergh in Hana.


Sightseeing in and around Kihei

Are you searching for things to do during your stay? Travelers enjoy Kihei for its snorkeling, swimming and surfing. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Kihei a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Maui Ocean Center (3.9 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course (20 mi / 32.2 km)
  • Maui Nui Golf Club (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • The Dunes at Maui Lani (6.4 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Wailea Blue Golf Course (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Wailea Emerald Golf Course (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)

Seasonal weather in Kihei

Travelers speak highly of Kihei for its snorkeling and surfing. If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, September and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Kihei

Kihei is famous for its breathtaking sunsets, island views and seaside. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Kihei is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Kaanapali Beach (18.5 mi / 29.7 km)
  • Haleakala National Park (19.6 mi / 31.5 km)
  • Wailea Beach (6.4 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Iao Valley State Park (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Hookipa Beach Park (12.6 mi / 20.2 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Kihei

Fly into Kahului, HI (OGG), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Kapalua, HI (JHM-West Maui), which is 19.3 mi (31 km) away.

How to get around

Get around from Kihei vacation rentals – no wheels necessary

Wheels can be handy for daytrips outside Kihei, but you won't really need them if you're just going out of your vacation home rental for coffee or a shopping run. You can easily get from place to place in central Kihei on foot, or you can rent a bike and pedal your way around town. If you want to visit the extreme ends of Kihei or neighbouring communities like Wailuku or Kahului, you can hop on the Maui Bus service, which runs a couple of routes with hourly trips through Kihei.

Food & drink 

Savour tropical delights from your Kihei vacation rental

When you're hungry, all you need to do is to head to Kihei Kilama Village, Kihei's shopping and nightlife hub, on South Kihei Road. Whatever you're craving – be it pizza, sushi, Thai food, or something else entirely – you'll likely find it in one of the many restaurants there. But if you want to eat like a local, you can explore the farmers' market and see what's available. A bowl of rice topped with generous helpings of kalua pig (similar to American pulled pork) or laulau (baked pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves) is sure to hit the spot.

Essential info

Fast facts to help you pick your ideal Kihei vacation rental

Kihei is on the south side of Maui, 15.6 kilometres from Kahului, the island's main commercial centre, and 17.8 kilometres from Wailuku, the administrative heart of Maui County. It's the driest and sunniest part of Maui, enjoying more than 270 days of sunshine a year. Kihei boasts of a beachline that stretches nearly 10 kilometres facing Maalaea Bay. Just like most Hawaiian destinations, Kihei is busiest from December to February, with visitors flooding the town to escape chilly mainland winters. These months are also prime whale-watching and surfing season. It's quietest in September and October.

How many vacation rentals are available around Kihei?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 4,630 house rentals around Kihei. From 3,986 Condos/Apartments to 296 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Kihei is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kihei?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kihei:

  • Halama Street: 289 vacation rentals
  • Historic Lahaina Front Street: 529 vacation rentals
  • Montage Kapalua Bay: 477 vacation rentals
  • Haiku: 21 vacation rentals
  • Kaanapali Hillside: 297 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Kihei?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Kihei. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Waipuilani Park: 5,924 home rentals
  • Maui Nui Golf Club: 5,106 home rentals
  • Kalepolepo: 6,595 home rentals
  • Kihei Regional Park: 5,101 home rentals
  • Maui Fish Pipe: 5,094 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kihei listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Kihei?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,986 Condos/Apartments in Kihei. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kihei include:

  • Houses: 296 lodging choices
  • Villas: 120 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 47 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kihei?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,983 vacation homes with pool available in Kihei.

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