Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): South Kihei Road - Kihei Maui HI - 96753

South Kihei Road - Kihei Maui HI - 96753

SOUTH KIHEI ROAD - Kihei                     KIHEI GOOGLE MAP

Maui's friendly resort town on the south shore.

South Kihei Road looking north - north end

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.  kihei maui post office - 96753

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 dining - cafe o lei


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.

driving north on south kihei road maui


If you come to Kihei you can do lots of fun activities right here:



kihei maui sandy beach


Kihei Maui is not only a travel destination, but also home to a growing population of people of all ages. 

Kihei has vacation condos, residential condos, and single family homes.  Are you shopping for a vacation condo... why not let a local expert help you decide?

Are you thinking of relocating to Kihei MauiHow 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.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • February 16 2008 07:11PM


Kihei is beautiful!  My wife and I enjoyed a week in a time share (Worldmark), what a beautiful place!  I wish that we could relocate there!
Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Tony - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves on Maui for a week.  A week is not enough is it?
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Goodness, what beautiful photos.  With everything so gorgeous, how does one ever decide where to live in Hawaii!?!?!
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Georgina, You are so lucky to be working in paradise. I was in Maui about 10 years ago it truely is gorgeous. I remember beautiful homes in Makena.
Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) over 11 years ago

Margaret - it's not easy!  But there is quite a varied climate, so it's a matter of weather I suppose, and jobs, and affordability. 

Mitchell - Makena is the cream of the cream.... it's always a pleasure to see homes in that neighborhood.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Georgina - One of these days I will get out there - it looks so wonderful!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
BJ - I'll be here waiting...
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago

i lived in kihei in the 70s. the royal mauian, haleakala shores and halama street were some of my addresses. i used to surf at the cove and makena was a local beach. i went to kihei school and st anthonys high school in wailuku. i sure do miss those days, life was simple and easy going. just thought i'd share that with you, thanks for listening, or reading as the case may be. aloha! just in case my email address is

Posted by dave perrotti over 10 years ago

Dave - thanks for sharing!  I have lots of great pictures on mauihunter  Maybe you'd enjoy seeing some more Maui.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hello, I will be traveling to Kihei for 20 days in June with my family. We are renting a condo with a kitchen and would like to know which grocery store is affordable. I have 2 young children under the age of 10 that are CONSTANTLY hungry! We are on a budget. Also, is there a farmer's market in Kihei? Thanks!

Posted by Zarin over 9 years ago

Hi Zarin - thanks for asking about that.  If I was you, I would find the farmers market in Kahului - either at the Maui Mall or the Queen Kaahumanu Center on any given day.  I believe there is also one in North Kihei, down along South Kihei Road, at the very north end.

Costco will give you pretty good prices too, it's near the airport.

I hope your time on Maui is the very best!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 9 years ago

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