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Kihei in late February 2013

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Kihei in late February 2013

We just got back from Oahu (first trip to Hawaii). We enjoyed it but we believe we would like Maui better and are now planning a 2 week trip for next year. We are a 50+ couple that are fairly active and mobile.

My already extensive research tells me Kihei fits the bill for the following reasons:

1) good beaches for snorkelling and swimming.

2) central island location as a base to explore from.

3) drier climate due to its Leeward location on the Island.

4) large selection of Condo's reasonably priced compared to other parts of the Island.

We plan to rent a car from www.discounthawaiicarrental.com for the 2 weeks we are there. We plan to cook at least 1/2 of our meals so we need a Condo with a kitchen.

Can anyone suggest a Condo complex that would be suitable for us and web sites used for booking. We know about VRBO. Main criteria would be:

1) Condo price range $90 - $130.00 per night - staying 2 weeks (descent weekly rate?).

2) Clean, safe room. We don't mind if its a bit dated, we are not overly fussy or picky.

3) Pool not mandatory but hot tub would be nice.

3) Close to beach access.

4) Free parking.

5) Not too busy or noisey.

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1. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

You will really enjoy Kihei during whale season. You are in for a real treat. Look at the Hale Pau Hana, Kamaole Sands, Maui Kamaole just to name a few. Here's a link to a map of all the condo's to choose from in Kihei. At this point you can have your pick!!


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2. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

I think you'd be lucky to find anything in that price range during the end of Febr. Its peak time and prices are at their highest - except for Christmas week.

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3. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

Hmm. what about prices in early April, any cheaper?

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4. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

Check out the Surfside in Kihei. It is on the beach, just south of the Kihei Boat Ramp, right on the border with Wailea. We are staying there the first two weeks in May, 135.00 a night. Not sure about early April. We used Rosie's Rentals. Larry also has other properties in Maui, so you might find something else through him as well.

Parking is free, washer and dryer on site, pool, no hot tub. Barbecue is free for use as well. All the units have ocean view. Most have 1 1/2 bathrooms. The beach is rocky in front, but across the parking lot is a gorgeous beach, Keawakapu Beach.

Hope this helps.

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5. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

Try Maui Vista:


For the car rental, try costco.

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6. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

look on that map above for condos between numbers 36 to 59 for the best beaches.

you have lots of time to find everything you desire with pool/hot tub and a view. it is busy this time of year, still those prices can be found and some have discounts for early bookings and two week or longer stays.

how late in February? one thing that sells out here is Valentines day reservations.

Edited: 18 February 2012, 23:18
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7. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

It's very doubtful you could get Maui Kamaole for that budget between Christmas and May. It's not just price, it's season.

Try Maui Vista and Kihei Kai Nani. Also look in North Kihei and Maalaea for less expensive condos. These are not on swimming beaches, but not too far away from the Kamaole Beach Parks. Maybe Grand Champions in Wailea -- trade-off of newer and more space for being farther from the beach.

'Off seasons: September; early December (after Thanksgiving guests leave but before Christmas). May used to be slow, but hasn't been at our condo for the last three years.

Don't shortchange yourselves by renting something drab. That may be OK for a couple of days, but when you are doing 'home away from home' for two weeks and more (as we do), you appreciate something more than 'bare bones'.

Edited: 19 February 2012, 04:05
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8. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

First off – Kihei and Maui a good choice! I agree with the previous reply about not short changing yourself for a two week stay. We did this on the Big Island and regretted it. The extra money for a good Hawaiian feel and a little more comfort is worth it. If you decide to increase your budget, take a look at Maui Hill in south Kihei. I believe it is an Aston property but some units are privately owned and you can often find private rentals. There are also some timeshares (Maui Lea @ Maui Hill) on site so rental possibilities are there also. Try Googling Maui Lea or Maui Hill rentals. We own timeshares there and have also done non-timeshare rentals through their reservation system.

They are not beach front but an easy walk (there is a hill so some units have more of an uphill walk than others) or a short car drive to a free public beach that gives you access to beautiful Keawakapu Beach (great for all types of beach activity), Kamaole Beach Parks, boat ramp, restaurants, etc.

The units are a nice size and very comfortable. There is a pleasant Hawaiian feel to the place - lots of trees, flowers and birds. All units, including 1BR, have at least 2 baths, a kitchen, AC, ceiling fans, nice large lanais, and a washer/dryer in the unit (really nice for a 2 week stay). Living area has a sleep sofa also. Staff can sometimes find chairs/umbrellas, etc you can “borrow”. Parking is free; there is a pool, hot tub, tennis court, putting green and barbecues throughout the property. Some units provide a distant ocean views and some more of a mountain view. It is a quiet place located close to a residential neighborhood. We have always found the staff very helpful and friendly and demonstrating a true Aloha spirit.

Costco is near the airport and a great way to help cut some costs. Also, a good spot to purchase beach chairs /umbrella as the total cost may be less than rentals for two weeks. A good local restaurant in Kihei is Da Kitchen – very reasonable, large portions of local food (makes great carry out option). They have another larger location not far from the airport. Two good grocery stores in Kihei are Foodland and Times Supermarket both on S Kihei Rd). Times Supermarket sells plate lunches on Wednesday and Friday at a very reasonable price and makes up great sandwiches ( good for return flight). Skip Safeway in Piilani Village Shopping if possible – in our opinion they often rip you off.

Good luck and enjoy!

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9. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

Given your price range, take a look at the Luana Kai (www.luanakai.com ). It's a low-rise, 4 building condo complex in North Kihei on the beach. DW and I are in our 50's and we love it there. There is a small pool, hot tub, gas grills and a full kitchen at the pool area (in addition to the one in your unit).

Good deals can be found on vrbo, but if you contact the resort directly, ask for a better rate than their rack-rate. It worked for us!

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10. Re: Kihei in late February 2013

We just booked for early Feb of next year at Kihea Alii Kai, and got a one bedroom with air for $120. We are in Maui right now and we went and looked around the place, it looked fine. It is across the Street from Kami 1.

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