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Maui's best beaches with up to date information about things to do, points of interest, and how to get the most out of your day at the beach.

The 22 Very Best Things to Do in Kihei for 2024

Kihei Things to Do

Having lived on Maui since 2010, I've been lucky enough to get to try almost every activity and experience. around the island. While I can't say I have a 'favorite' area of Maui per se, Kihei does hold a special place in my heart with its beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle. Kihei offers residents and visitors alike plenty of amazing experiences to enjoy.

Located on Maui's South shore, Kihei is the ultimate destination for everything from ocean sports like snorkeling and surfing to more leisurely activities like great dining, shopping or getting a massage. Having gotten to personally experience just about everything in Kihei, here are some of the best things to do, places to eat, and best…

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Wailea vs. Ka'anapali: Which Resort Area is Better?

Wailea vs. Kaanapali

Maui covers more than 727 square miles and is home to more than 164,000 people. The landscape is diverse with stunning beaches, tropical forests, volcanic formations, and numerous towns and small communities. As you plan your upcoming trip or plan for a purchase on Maui, you understandably want to be close to top-rated activities and hot spots.

West and South Maui are both popular destinations for visitors, and Wailea and Kaanapali in these regions are both brimming with things to do when you visit the island. Before choosing a specific Maui resort to stay at, a closer look at the differences between Wailea and Kaanapali can be very helpful.

Wailea: A Premier Maui Resort Community

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What Are The Things to Do in Ka'anapali? Here Are 16 of The Very Best Activities

Ka'anapali Things to Do Maui

While Maui offers beautiful scenery and fun activities from coast to coast, Ka’anapali is one of my favorite and one of the most popular areas to visit for many reasons.   Ka’anapali is filled with recreational activities, cultural experiences, and opportunities for relaxation, and well, you get the point, there’s a lot to do and see! This makes it easy to plan the perfect day regardless of what you are in the mood for. If you’re looking for a few specific things to do and see in Ka’anapali, here are the best things to do from my experience having lived there and having spent a great deal of time in the area since moving to Maui back in 2010.

1. Enjoy a Beach Day at…

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Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project

Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project

Growing concerns about sea level rise and coastal erosion in Kahana on West Maui have led the Maui County Planning Department and the Kahana Bay Steering Committee to develop a comprehensive plan of action to not only protect the condominiums along the coast but to restore the Kahana beach entirely. This plan is currently known as the Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project. 

Looking at the picture above it's hard to imagine that just 30 to 40 years ago a large beach existed in front of the Kahana coastline. Kahana Bay beach is all but gone today and the coastal condos in Kahana along with one residential property are in danger of being destroyed by rising sea levels. 

What's Being Done in Kahana To Restore…

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The Kapalua Coastal Trail is For Nature Lovers

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Even if you're not staying in Kapalua, getting out and exploring the natural beauty of the Kapalua area on foot is a wonderful idea. Three of Maui's best hikes originate in Kapalua, and these are the Coastal Trail, the Village Trail, and the Mahana Ridge Trail. Each provides a different experience for you to enjoy. The Kapalua Coastal Trail is popular among locals and visitors, and it provides you with a relaxing way to explore beautiful beaches, discover popular attractions, and admire gorgeous resorts. Before you embark along this oceanfront trail in Kapalua, there are a few things that you should know.

Getting There and Where to Park

Many people who hike along the trail take advantage of…

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Wing Foiling on Maui

Wing Foiling on Maui

The opportunities for ocean adventures on Maui are seemingly endless. In fact, all of the great wind sports are here to enjoy such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, foiling, and wingfoiling. Maui is the perfect destination for wing foiling due to our predominant winds, particularly on the northern and southern shores.

Wing foiling has become increasingly popular in recent years and enjoying this unique-looking sport on Maui will undoubtedly deliver the adrenaline rush that adventure seekers are looking for. In fact, the sport looks a little tricky and it can be, here's what should you know before wing foiling on Maui?

What Is Wing Foiling?

While the idea of using a foil for lift dates back to the 19th century, Jim…

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Makena Will Take Your Breath Away

Makena Maui

One of the most appealing aspects of real estate in Makena is the presence of some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches anywhere in the world. The splendor of the oceanfront property in Makena makes it some of the most sought-after real estate anywhere in the world. 

While there is certainly plenty to do in the area thanks to the presence of great restaurants, world-class shopping facilities, snorkeling, hiking, and more, most people who choose to buy Makena real estate do so because they love the quick access to some of the world’s most glorious beaches. While all of the beaches in Makena are incredible, these are my five favorites.

Big Beach

Big Beach is the most prominent beach in the…

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Makena's Hottest New Golf and Beach Development

The Fabulous Makena Golf and Berach Club

This lovely coastal spot in the southwestern part of Maui enjoys a scenic setting with privacy and elite properties. Nestled between world-class beaches like Maluaka Beach and the lush green foothills of Haleakala, many of the outstanding properties surrounding the Makena Golf and Beach Club will command exceptional Pacific Ocean views.

An Exciting New Development

Planning continues for the construction of a number of proposed residential enclaves in the Makena area. The Maui Prince Hotel stood along this section of coastline for many years. The 310-unit Makena Beach and Golf Resort subsequently replaced it. Recently, Discovery Land Company commenced renovations near the site to erect the…

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A Beautiful Beach and Reef

Napili Bay Beach Maui

Lovely Napili Bay lies approximately 12 miles north of Lahaina, just a short distance south of Kapalua Bay. This crescent-shaped golden-white sand beach contains rocky outcroppings along both ends. Several luxurious condo developments overlook this scenic West Maui beachfront.

About Napili Bay

Similar to some other beaches along the far northwestern shores of Maui, this one receives protection against high waves. Coral reefs located about 100 feet offshore form a natural barrier. They help create excellent conditions for many different types of water activities: wading, swimming, snorkeling, paddling, and surfing.

Lovely tropical vegetation adjoins some portions of this section of coastline. A fine sand carpet in…

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Surf, Paddle, and Get Together at Launiupoko Beach Park

Launiupoko

Just south of Lahaina, Launiupoko Beach Park is a wonderful place to enjoy mellow waves, great paddleboard conditions, and a large grassy area perfect for parties and get-togethers. Located at the base of the hill up to the Launiupoko residential subdivision, this beach park offers several picnic tables, showers, and restrooms as well.

About This Idyllic Beach Park in Lahaina

The park stands at Mile Marker 18 (Kai Hele Ku), along the Honoapiilani Highway just south of Lahaina (adjoining the only stoplight on the roadway between Lahaina and Ma'alaea). This beach park encompasses some 6.7 lush acres and includes both sections with thick vegetation, as well as a grassy lawn overlooking the…

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