SOUTH KIHEI ROAD - Kihei KIHEI GOOGLE MAP
Maui's friendly resort town on the south shore.
On Maui's south shore you'll find the resort areas of Kihei, Wailea and Makena, all rolled into one zipcode.... 96753.
Back in the early 1970's there was not much in Kihei but a few beach homes, a small shopping center (Azeka's - You might remember the famous Azeka Ribs!) with a post office and some fruit orchards. All that changed when the planners decided to allow 6-story condo buildings for Kihei, and a major building boom ensued.
South Kihei Road was the only road then, a narrow 2 lane road that pretty much followed the coastline from Maalaea Bay south to Wailea. Beyond that was just a dusty trail leading to Makena Beach further south. There were no traffic signals, and the road was bumpy and filled wit pot holes.
Today South Kihei Road still follows the coast, and it's more built out. There's traffic lights on some of the corners now. The newer Pi'ilani Highway is located inland, encompassing most of Kihei between it and the sea. The 6 mile strip consists primarily of various styles of condo buildings and little malls, beaches and parks.
I drove along South Kihei Road yesterday and took these pictures... they are all looking north. The first one is up near the north end of the road, where there are some '70's beachfront condo buildings such as Koa Lagoon, Village by the Sea, Menehune Shores and Waipuilani. Most of these condos are zoned for vacation rentals, so they're very popular with visitors who like to come over every year in the winter time.
The original shopping center - Azeka Place - is what would pass for Downtown Kihei. Here is where you'll find the Post Office, the movie theaters, many restaurants and shops, a medical center and professional offices. The cross street is Lipoa Street.
Just a little further south in the middle of Kihei is Cove Park, which has a nice little surf break, and Kalama Park, which hosts the Whale Day Celebration each year... coming up soon by the way.
Mid-Kihei has some streets with oceanfront homes and condos. Halama Street has some expensive oceanfront single family homes that come on the market from time to time, well over $4M. Uluniu Rd has beachfront condos and homes.
Kihei shopping covers it all, except the big box stores. You'll find plenty of open air markets for clothing and trinkets, and local produce including pineapples.
Churches of many kinds are located along South Kihei Rd, including St. Teresa Catholic Church. The larger hotel resorts have wedding chapels for those who want to have a romantic Maui wedding by the sea.
On the south end of South Kihei Road, you'll find all the best Kihei beach parks... Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, and III. These parks have bathroom and shower facilities, picnic tables and barbecues, and lifeguard stands. Golden sand and small waves make for some very fun beaches that can be enjoyed by everyone.
If you come to Kihei you can do lots of fun activities right here:
- canoing and kayaking
- snorkeling and diving
- surfing and body-boarding
- whale watching
Kihei Maui is not only a travel destination, but also home to a growing population of people of all ages.
Are you thinking of relocating to Kihei Maui? How can I help you with the information you need? Are you working with an agent yet? Call an experienced and friendly Maui Realtor to be your guide.
Georgie Hunter R(S) - 808 283-0635
Aloha from MAUI