Where can you find six miles of lush, tropical beaches once the holiday destination of choice for royalty? Kihei, of course! Kihei is located on the southwest shore of the Hawaiian island of Maui, and from its beaches you can see views of Lanai, Molokini, Kahoolawe, and West Maui. The Kalama Beach Park in Kihei features palm trees providing shaded and grassy areas perfect for stretching out and relaxing. The northern portion of Kihei features Kealia Pond, a birdwatchers' paradise where endangered species such as coots and stilts are protected.
Further north, tourists can find Maalaea Bay. This is the home port for a fleet of whale watching boats as well as services taking tourists out on the water so that they can learn to snorkel or spend the day fishing in the bountiful Hawaiian waters. In Maalaea, tourists will also find the Maui Ocean Center.
Kihei is more than sand and ocean, however. Shopping is available along both the beach road and further inland, with small corner malls dotting many areas of the city. There is even a farmer's market, and if you arrive in season, you might be able to sample a rare treat: a sweet and fibrous length of sugar cane. When it comes to nightlife, Kihei can keep pace with much larger cities, offering tourists a wide selection of clubs, bars, and restaurants. Kihei vacation rentals are available 12 months of the year.