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“Truly Paradise”
Review of Kihei

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Orange County - California
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Truly Paradise”
Reviewed 28 March 2008

Incredible beaches, quiet and relaxing...this is an amazing vaction spot for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Hawaii. Can't say enough about all the immaculate beaches, especially Secret Cove and Makena. Not wanting to take anything away from all the other wonderful sandy spots, but these two stood out for me. People are very nice and friendly, food and shopping were plentiful and diverse with an abundance of activity for nature enthusist. Loved the road to Hana, got to swim in a waterfall and see a black sand beach. Tranquility and comfort was always evident as when my girlfriend and I took an extending evening nap on one of the main beaches right by our condo without a soul around to bother us. Worth spending the money to share in this experience with those you love.

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Florence
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Great Maui Locatin\on”
Reviewed 1 August 2007

We chose Kihei for its central location in Maui and were glad we did. The beaches were especially great. We went snorkeling at a different beach each morning from Kihei south to Makena (Big) Beach. We recommend early snorkeling--7AM to beat the crowds. Maui Dive Shop has great equipment--look for coupons in guide books. The Maui Coast Hotel worked perfectly for us. Across the street from the beach was fine as we went to a different beach every day. The pool was clean and refreshing with comfortable lounge chairs. Poolside grill/bar was excellent for happy hour and bar food (we loved the mahi mahi sandwich and the fish taco). You can order from Spices restaurant also. Our room had an extremely comfortable king size bed. The washer/dryer availability worked well for the end of the week. All our day trips were easily accessed from Kihei: up to top of Haleakala (we went in the afternoon to escape the heat), road to Hana was terrific ride with the top down on the convertible (we loved the ocean views best, especially at the end), We ate breakfast in Paiea to begin the trip to Hana at Charlie's (pancakes and coffee) and then dinner on the return trip at the Fish Market (fish quesadilla!) Lahaina for shopping and lunch on the ocean. Our favorite place for breakfast in Kihei was the Kihei Cafe (interesting set up but GREAT food). Da Kitchen had the traditional Hawaiian Plate lunch.

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San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
86 helpful votes
“up and coming location”
Reviewed 5 July 2007

Kihei gets a bad rap for being the lower-end alternative to Wailea and a bit of a locals joint. This is an outdated view not in line with its growth in the last 10 years. We stayed at the Four Seasons in Wailea but frequented Kihei for great restaurants and better access to activities.

Tourists should definitely stay at the southern end of Kihei close to Wailea. A Kihei address will drop the prices but the luxury will stay the same. However, look into the food choices around town, which are quite reasonable.

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wisconsin
1 review
4 helpful votes
“First time in Hawaii”
Reviewed 10 November 2006

Spent 10 days on Maui. Maui Sunset condo o.k. clean and well kept. Could not swim in front of condo, too much seaweed. Am use to all inclusive resorts, so packing to go to beaches was a hassle. Was surprised how hard it was to find Hawaiian music for entertainment. Found Mulligans on the Blue for dinner show which was fun but we like to dance. Nightclubs with dancing hard to find, we liked one of the only clubs available: Yormans on the Sea in Kihei,great food, jazz music and dancing.Dont bother with dinner cruise was dissappointed. Road to Hana was beautiful, dont forget to wear water shoes in order to get to waterfalls. Best restaurant: Sorrentos in Kihei. Would I go back? My husband says yes, I say no. Why? I love all inclusives and 10 hour flight to Hawaii is too long when Mexican carribean is oh so close.

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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Maui - too many people.......”
Reviewed 13 August 2005

Stay on the Big Island - Maui, even though it's touted as paradise, now has way too many people!

When we go back to Hawaii, we will most likely go to Molokai, or Kauai.

We stayed in Kihei - when we went south, tons of great places to snorkle - you can get away from the people and have your time to yourself.

Of course, the cities of Kihei and Lahaina - tons of people shopping for little trinkets made in TAIWAN - I'm sorry, but buy things made in Hawaii - and that will last. Just another tourist trap - I would stay away from the main cites, and enjoy the natural beauty, if I were you.

Problem is, if you want dinner out, you have to get into the mix. It's almost as if I were at just another resort on the mainland. And the kids - parents need to learn to control their bratty kids (I never got to go to Hawaii as a kid - and man, these people must have money, because Hawaii is expensive for 2 - let alone 4 kids wanting everything they see!

The Big Island is where it's at - you have Kona, then you have Hilo. Go to Maui for a day or 2.

But, here's a wonderful shot of a sunset in Kihei.

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