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Kihei Maui

The Best of Maui, Hawaii

All you need to know for the very best trip.

Our family just came back from the best trip we have ever been on. We spent 2 weeks in Hawaii, visiting both the islands of Maui and Oahu and what an experience. If Hawaii is not on your bucket list it needs to be!


Since I am now loving video blogs I have created one from our visit to Maui. There is so much to see and do that I have created separate videos for Maui and Oahu.

There is a lot of information in the Maui video blog about the different islands, where to eat, where to stay and what to do so I have put a little itinerary below if you want to be able to plan your own trip to Hawaii from our incredible experience (and hours of planning).

Kihei Maui, Hawaii Itinerary:

Day 1:

Exploring Kihei. Great town on the south west coast of Maui. Lots of condos to choose from (VRBO is how we booked ours). Kihei is less expensive than Wailea which is just a little further south. In Kihei, look for a unit on the beach side if you can find one.

A great breakfast spot is the Kihei café, you order and they bring it to you. Similar to many other restaurants. In the south Kihei area we also enjoyed the Eskimo Café, Coconuts Fish Cafe and especially the Paia Fish Market. Yum.

Ululani’s Shaved Ice is a must visit.


Day 2:

I think the Surf lessons we took were the highlight of the whole trip for my kids and my husband. We chose Waves Surf School because it was smaller and had great reviews. It was amazing, great instructors, personal attention and we all got up!

Lunch at South Maui Fish Company which is a food truck pretty much across the street from our surfing lessons and number one rated for best fish in Kihei. Best Poke and fish tacos ever!

Visit to Maluaka Beach. Hard to find but a great beach for snorkeling and beautiful sand. Best way to find it is through the directions on the ‘Boss Frog’s ‘ website.

Day 3:

Hiked the south tip of Maui on the volcano lava field. It is called the ‘Hoapili Trail’ in Makena State Park. Bring lots of water but worth the hike, about 4 miles.

Treated ourselves to ice cream after at the Maui Gelato in the Dolphin Plaza. We made many visits here and each one delicious!


Day 4:

Our helicopter ride was the highlight of the trip for me. Definitely book it through Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tours, they were great and we felt totally safe. We did the shorter 3o minute trip through the West Maui Mountains but there are lots options like flying over the island of Molokai or over the Haleakala Crater.

Another favourite of the trip for me was the Old Lahaina Luau. I did a lot of research and everyone said this was the best as it was the most authentic. They were right! Definitely do this Luau, worth the setting, great dinner and how they brought the traditional story of Hawaii to life.

Sunset at the Old Lahania Luau

Day 5:

Visit to the town on Makawao in the mountains in up country. So cute with unexpected beautiful little boutiques, cafes and coffee shops. Our ziplining at Piiholo Ranch was just up the road so we had breakfast at the famous Komoda Bakery and lunch at the cute Makawao Garden Café in town.

Explored ‘The Road to Hana’ but just the upper part (not the scary south end). Visited the Twin Falls which are right off the road to Hana and made our way to Peahi Beach (aka Jaws Beach) to watch the surfers.

Day 6 & 7:

We moved locations and went just 15 minutes south to The Grand Wailea Hotel in Wailea. It was a beautiful hotel where we celebrated New Years. Definitely luxurious although also quite busy compared to our chill little condo in Kihei. Lots of great shopping and dining just a short walk away at the ‘Shops of Wailea’.

The Grand Wailea Hotel, Maui, Hawaii

Now you have all the details so time to take a watch on YouTube and enjoy Maui!




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