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Kihei is a fabulous little beach town on the south shore of Maui in Hawaii. It’s sunny and warm year round, with a dozen golden sand beaches. Nearby resort area Wailea hosts hundreds of business conferences and corporate getaways each year that might bring you to Maui. Check out this list of great places to eat and things to do after work in Kihei.
Don’t leave Kihei without snorkeling at Molokini Crater. Molokini is a crescent shaped volcanic crater, located just a couple of miles offshore from Kihei. It is world renowned as one of the best dive/snorkel spots in the world. If you only do one activity during your time here, choose Molokini.
How to Get to Kihei, Maui
Kihei is just a 20 minute drive from the Kahului-Maui airport (OGG). Most people pick up a rental car at the airport.
Most folks drive around Kihei. There is a public bus system, and Uber and Lyft are both present as well.
Where to Eat in Kihei, Maui
808 Deli // I love the Spicy Chicken Ranch for $10. You can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches here.
South Shore Tiki Lounge // If you like thin crust pizza, this your place. I drool over the Thai Chili Sauce. You can enjoy live music here 4-6pm daily too. Turns into a hoppin bar by 10pm.
Sansei // This is where you will find the best sushi in Kihei. Try the Shrimp Dynamite ($12) along with their perfect sushi rolls, and edemame.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse // Mmmm the best barbecue on Maui. Not only are their meats just perfect, they make some really excellent sides like cornbread, chili garlic beans, and my favorite, the jalapeno hush puppies.
Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food // The best Thai of the FOUR Thai restaurants in Kihei. I like the chicken satay for $9 and the Masaman curry with chicken for $13.
Things to See in Kihei, Maui
Go to the Te Au Moana Luau at the Marriott. // It is a culturally traditional Hawaiian hula performance, with a breathtaking ocean backdrop, delicious food, and an open bar.
Attend a street party // Every Fourth Friday of the month you’ll find a street party in Kihei’s Azeka Mauka shopping center. From 6pm to 9pm, they close off the shopping center and one street to cars, and fill the space with all the best food trucks, local pop-up booths selling arts and crafts, clothing, cookies, and jewelry. bouncy castles, games for kids, and a stage with live bands.
Experience the Sunday Sunset Drum Circle at Little Beach // People will be dancing, swimming, singing, and doing cartwheels. The vibe is full of positive energy and pure happiness and gratitude for being in such a beautiful place. After sunset a group of fire-dancers start in, and the drummers turn up the volume. It’s an experience unlike anything else in South Maui.
Get under the water and SCUBA Dive // Yes, you can dive at night! There is a company doing shore dives that will provide all your gear and show you what comes out in the dark under the waves.
Finish your night at the Kihei Kalama Village // THE best spot for Maui nightlife. The action is centered around the area known as the “Barmuda Triangle” or to locals just “The Triangle.” This place has eight bars that are all just a short walk apart, with plenty of parking available onsite. The crowd will be a mix of locals and tourists depending on the bar and the time of night.
Also check out:
- North Shore, Oahu, HI After 5:00 pm
- St. Petersburg, FL After 5:00 pm
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm