: Kahului Airport
: Expeditions Ferry, Lahaina
: Sugar Cane Train Lahaina
: State Highway 31
: Kalepolepo Beach Park
: Stella Blues Cafe (great music)
: variety within 1-3 miles
Kihei is adjacent to the upscale town of Wailea, which features world-class luxury resorts, fine dining, and shopping. Both towns are along the South Maui coast and are popular because of the consistently great weather conditions. The money you save renting D-202 versus an expensive Wailea luxury resort can be used towards a variety of Maui activities such as golf, spa, zip-lining, water sports, helicopter sight-seeing and more.
Across the street is Kalepolepo Beach Park, a small but lovely beach which was once the site of a thriving Hawaiian village and is now a significant archeological site for Native Hawaiians. The stone walls of Ko'ie'ie record the kinship that Native Hawaiians had with the ocean long ago, blocking off the ocean to create a shallow pool for children (keiki) to enjoy a wonderfully accessible ancient Hawaiian fish pond. This fish pond is fed by natural springs just under the surface, which is one reason why it was reserved only for the use of Hawaiian royalty. Just down the road is Ma Poina Oe Lau Beach Park, a famous windsurfing and kite surfing beach when ocean conditions are right.
The Humpback Whale Sanctuary Education Center is also diagonally across the street. The back deck of the Visitor Center is THE most perfect spot for joining a few locals to watch the sun set over the neighboring islands of Molokini and Lanai -- and perhaps catching a glimpse of a frolicking whale. This experience is unbeatable -- one we enjoy almost every evening we're 'home.' The Education Center offers exhibits, artifacts, a marine science library and 45-Ton Whale Talks.
Birdwatchers and nature lovers will find what they’re looking for at Kealia Pond on the north end of Kihei. This National Wildlife Conservation District features endangered Hawaiian stilts and coots.