Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Kihei Wharf was the start of Kihei town on Maui

Kihei Wharf was the start of Kihei town on Maui

A little bit of history from Maui....

Kihei Wharf was first built in 1899 by Henry Baldwin, to service his new Kihei Sugar Plantation in the area now known as Kihei.  The raw sugar product was shipped out to California for processing, and supplies were brought in here.  People started using the wharf for fishing, and small boats would come and go.  Plantation housing was built across from the wharf to house the workers from Japan, Portugal, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  Pretty soon the activity attracted a Chinese merchant who opened a small general store.   Families started settling in and buying land, building homes, and the community of Kihei was born. 

Kihei Wharf - a historical spot in Kihei Maui

Kihei Wharf - a historical spot in Kihei Maui

The little wharf has long since faded away, but a rocky pier-like structure still exists today, and you can often see local fishermen trying their luck at catching dinner.  You can relax on the park bench and watch the paddlers from Kihei Canoe Club getting exercise.  It's a nice sandy beach to spend some time while remembering the humble roots of this lively town.  Across the street are some businesses and sometimes a farmers market.  A lot has changed, yet in some ways, not much has changed since those days.

Kihei Wharf today is a simple jetty

Kihei Wharf today is a simple jetty

Kihei is now one of the fastest growing towns on Maui, and it stretches along the shore for about ten miles.  South Kihei Road runs north to south along the shoreline for the most part, and will offer some great ocean views.  The newer Piilani Highway parallels South Kihei Road to the east and travel is generally a lot faster on this multi-laned highway.

Sandy beach next to the Kihei Wharf

Sandy beach next to the Kihei Wharf

Kihei offers a lot of housing options, including townhomes, hi-rise condos, tract houses, luxury homes, and oceanfront estates.  There really is something for every budget.  Find a Kihei home for sale here. Many vacation resorts line the coast, offering comfortable accomodations to visitors who love to travel here every year.  If you have a favorite resort you can search for Maui condos for sale by name.

oceanfront resort condos in North Kihei Maui

oceanfront resort condos in North Kihei Maui

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Comment balloon 8 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • November 29 2016 03:10AM


Georgie, your photos are bringing back memories!  I remember that place!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Hi Georgie

What a neat history lesson! I thought Kihei was very charming, although we did not spend much time there. Next trip perhaps!!

Those are wonderful photos!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 2 years ago

The wharf was long gone by the time I made it to Hawaii in 1975 Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 2 years ago

It may have started out small but now it is six miles long!

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 2 years ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 Thank you for the historical perspective on this stunning location in the Islands. Just beautiful!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) almost 2 years ago

Thanks for dropping by and learning a little about the history of Kihei Maui.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 2 years ago

Kihei Wharf  is simply beautiful. There have been many changes along the way and yet, it's always beautiful! I love how you tell the history of your Island. You have a great knack for it too! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 2 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing this history lesson on Kihei.

Have an outstanding December.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

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