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Quiet beaches, friendly locals and the rain-free climate make Kihei one of the best places you can stay in Maui. While I was visiting Hawaii for 5 days to shoot a wedding, we had some free time to spend, and it was so cool to explore this less-resort flooded part of the island. So if you are ever lucky enough to spend a couple days in Kihei, here are 5 things to do!

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1. Big Beach (Makena Beach)

One of the first things I got to experience in Kihei was Big Beach – an impressively beautiful beach with unreal views. Once we got there, we climbed up the giant rocks to get the view from above (which was definitely worth it, even if it was a bit of a struggle). Big Beach is also known for its rough shore-break, and the waves were definitely harsher than some of the other beaches we visited, so if you aren’t a strong swimmer, this beach might not be for you.

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2. Luau

Who goes to Hawaii and doesn’t attend a luau??? On Saturday night, the entire wedding party and the guests attended a luau right alongside the ocean. The sights were unreal and the show was incredible – it combined Hawaiian history and dance (and drinks), and we were even greeted with purple lei’s!

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The bride & groom! <3

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3. Poolenalena Beach Park 

If you want to swim with the sea turtles (without paying for a private tour to Molokini or Turtle Town), then look no further than Poolenalena Beach Park! This spot was actually given to us by one of the groom’s local friends, so most of the people who go here aren’t tourists. This public beach had so many turtles I could not even believe it – however, they are closer to the rocks so you’ll have to swim over to them! If you love to snorkel and experiencing a sea turtle is on your bucket list, make sure you visit this spot!

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4. The Cinnamon Roll Place

This specialty bakery has been in Kihei for over 30+ years making the most mouth-watering cinnamon rolls . If you’re not a sweets-until-afternoon type of person, they also have breakfast bagels & lunch sandwiches. Another option for breakfast is to walk across the parking lot to S and Q’s Coffee & Shaved Ice Shack, a cute little hut that serves killer acai bowls with fresh fruit!

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5. Kamaole Beach Park

The first day I got to Kihei I spent exploring Kamaole Beach Park. The calm waves and less-crowded beach made for the perfect shore to walk along. There were even some sandy paths along the top of the rocks that led to some amazing views.

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But for real, you can’t go wrong with anything you decide to do in Kihei. What’s your favorite spot in Maui? Let me know below!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Olga
    September 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    We are planning to stay in Kihei – where was the luau you attended? In Kihei – do you know the name?

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      cearakirk
      December 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Olga! We went to the Luau at the Wailea Beach Resort! It was truly one of the best experiences I had in Hawaii and I definitely recommend!

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    Josie
    September 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Which luau did you go to? And what is the name of the cinnamon roll place?

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      cearakirk
      December 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      We went to the Luau at the Wailea Beach Resort! And the bakery is actually called “The Cinnamon Roll Place” (confusing but so delicious)! ❤️

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    Oscar Manzano
    February 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I saw your post on “Pinterest”, Nice website ! You have nice photos also in Maui. I feel proud after reading your article because we are from Kihei. lolo xoxo.. Yes there are lot of very beautiful places to travel in Maui. As a travel guide of Maui Fantastic Tours (https://www.mauifantastictours.com/) we are always living with beauty of Maui – Hana, Haleakala ect ect… What do you think about Maui compare with other countries?

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      cearakirk
      February 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Oscar, thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad I shared some “local approved” spots! 😊 I have been to Maui twice and can definitely say it is incomparable to most other countries I’ve been to! Each time I’ve gone, some things I’ve noticed: Maui has less crowded beaches with unbelievable views (being able to see other islands in the distance), unmatched experiences (watching the sunrise from Haleakala and then biking down, boating to Lanai for the day, etc.) and beautiful scenery! I haven’t been to any other country that has all of those aspects combined!

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    Priscilla
    April 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I was in Maui 2 was ago and stayed in Wailea. Drive to Kihei almost every morning and had breakfast as Kihei Cafe. Love that place. Also try the Paia fish market.

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      cearakirk
      April 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Those are some great recommendations, next time I am there I will definitely try those out!!!

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    Mai
    May 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Great pics- thanks for sharing! Visiting Maui next month and staying in Kihei (can’t wait)!
    Also love your swimsuits! Where are they from?

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    Poi Dog
    May 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    DUDE! I am so excited right now after reading this! Thaaaaankkk you!

    • Reply
      cearakirk
      June 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

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