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Popular amenities for Kihei vacation rentals

Stay near Kihei's top sights

Maui Coast Hotel7 locals recommend
Kihei Kalama Village37 locals recommend
Kamaole Beach Park I31 locals recommend
Maui Sunset5 locals recommend
Maui Beach Boys17 locals recommend
Kihei Caffe185 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Kihei

  • Total rentals

    2.6K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    900 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.4K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    30 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    980 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    121K reviews

Your guide to Kihei


Blessed with six miles of coastline, the beachfront town of Kihei is located in one of the driest and sunniest sections of Maui. It’s a beach lovers’ destination where once-in-a-lifetime sunsets seem to happen daily, affordable shopping and dining options are numerous, and condo rentals are near safe, swimmable beaches like Kamaole Beach Park III that invite underwater exploration with just a mask and snorkel. Kihei is also central to many of the island’s more popular destinations, such as ʻIao Valley, Lahaina, and Maui’s North Shore. Unlike the highly developed and resort-laden Kāʻanapali, Kihei retains a laid-back dose of local flavor, including roadside food stands, farmers’ markets, and families selling homemade wares.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kihei

Like all of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is both blessed with pleasantly warm weather year-round as well as a variety of microclimates capable of delivering sun, drizzle, and sometimes a deluge of rain in a matter of minutes. The South Shore, Kahului, Kihei, Wailea, and Makena are drier, while the northern end of the island, from Kaanapali toward Kapalua, deliver a greater chance of rain. Pack for daytime temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit, with evening temperatures usually falling between the mid-60s and low 70s across the island.

The only destination warranting special attention is the Haleakalā Visitor Center, situated 9,740 feet atop Haleakalā National Park, where temperatures can drop into the 40s or lower and wind is likely.

Top things to do in Kihei

Road to Hana

If you’re a fan of scenic road trips, this winding 10-hour, 64-mile journey defines “unforgettable,” delivering around 600 hairpin turns, 60 bridges (many one-way), and countless waterfalls along the way. Most visitors will stop in the quaint town of Hana before turning back, but if weather permits, you can take the road less traveled for another 44 miles to complete the entire loop, where the Pools at 'Ohe'o in Haleakalā National Park and the young lava fields of Haleakalā await.

Humpback Whale Watching

If you’re planning to visit Maui between November and May, there’s a good chance you’ll spot North Pacific humpback whales migrating offshore. Whale-watching tours depart from the harbors of Lahaina and Maʻalaea. Those who prefer to stay on land can watch the whales from Maʻalaea Bay. Just remember to bring binoculars for optimal viewing.

Haleakalā Crater

Even if you don’t wake up early enough to watch the sunrise from this spectacular 1 million-year-old, 10,000-foot summit, the 2-hour drive up the mountain from the base of Haleakalā National Park can offer a dramatic four-seasons-in-one-day adventure. Just be sure to bring a jacket or sweatshirt, as high winds and 40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures are not uncommon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Kihei?

    Kihei, Hawaii, experiences a tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Average daytime temperatures hover around 85°F (29°C), dipping slightly during the cooler months. The town is located in Maui's rain shadow, resulting in less rainfall compared to other parts of the island.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Kihei?

    Popular activities in Kihei include snorkeling in Molokini Crater, visiting the Kihei Farmers' Market, and exploring the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, water sports like surfing and paddleboarding are frequently enjoyed on Kihei's beaches.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Kihei?

    The most popular time to visit Kihei is from April to November, with peak tourist season occurring during the summer months. During this period, visitors can explore the Maui Film Festival and the Maui Whale Festival, both celebrated in the area.

  • What are the best places to stay in Kihei?

    Popular areas to stay in Kihei include South Kihei, known for its beautiful beaches and dining spots, and North Kihei, close to the airport and noted for its quieter, more relaxed vibe. Central Kihei is often recommended for its proximity to local shops, restaurants, and parks.

  • What are the best places to visit in Kihei?

    Popular places to visit in Kihei include the Kihei Regional Park, Maipoina Oe Iau Beach Park, and the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Art-enthusiasts might appreciate a trip to the East Maui Taro Festival and Maui's Winery.

  • What are some hiking trails in Kihei?

    For hiking enthusiasts, Kihei has several notable trails. These include the Wailea Beach Path for its stunning coastal views and the Keone'e'io The Kings Trail, which takes you through ancient Hawaiian history.

  • What are some family activities to do in Kihei?

    Families visiting Kihei can enjoy activities like swimming and snorkeling at the Kamaole Beach Parks, exploring the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, or strolling through the Kihei Regional Park.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Kihei?

    Day trip ideas from Kihei often include a drive to Lahaina, a historic whaling village, a visit to Haleakala National Park to catch the sunrise, or a trip to Hana to explore its beautiful waterfalls and beaches.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Kihei's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Kihei's top attractions. We offer over 7,540 vacation rentals near Cafe O''Lei Kihei, over 7,540 vacation rentals near Fred''s Mexican Cafe - Kihei, and over 6,950 vacation rentals near Coconut''s Fish Cafe, and so much more! Experience the best of Kihei right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Kihei?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Kihei. From over 1,890 condo rentals to over 100 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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