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!
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.
Break real quick because this is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE swim suit I’ve ever owned and I take it on every trip! I always get messages/comments asking where it’s from, so I’ve linked here where I purchased the top & bottoms! https://rstyle.me/~awtEq https://rstyle.me/~awtEy
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!
The bride & groom! <3
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!
Using a water dome on your GoPro is a MUST while in Maui. I mean LOOK AT THAT you can take pictures/videos showing below water & above water – I got mine really cheap off Amazon here: (GoPro 6 & 5) https://amzn.to/2tneM8z (Go Pro 4, 3+, 3): https://amzn.to/2tnf8vV
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!
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.
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!