If you have been searching for a spot that feels like summer all year round, Kihei is the perfect place to visit. Many homes in this area have stunning ocean views with Kahoolawe, Molokini and Lanai on the horizon. Sunny days are plentiful here, and the salty afternoon breeze makes it difficult to resist the miles of beaches that are only minutes away.
Stop by the popular Kalama Beach Park, home of “the Cove” surf spot to try your hand at surfing, beach volleyball, or even some skating at the roller-skating rink. Across the street has many local shops to check out, as well as some places to find the best shave ice.
Wailea is a resort area located towards south of Kihei, where luxury is at its best. Upscale hotels, condos and restaurants populate the area, and are perfect for a true world-class retreat. Head a little further south and you will find yourself in Makena, home to the popular wedding destination Paako Cove or Secret Cove. Marine life is plentiful throughout Makena, and snorkeling is must-have on many visitors itineraries.
Kihei is also home to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Humpback Whales travel to island in the winter, and can be found into early spring. Many of the wonderful creatures can be seen playing from Kihei’s shores, as well as from one of the many whale watching cruises available.
Nature lovers can head towards Maalaea to find Kealia Pond, home of many endangered species including the ae’o (Hawaiian stilt), ‘alae ke’oke’o (Hawaiian coot) and Hawaiian hawksbill turtles. During the day, many of the creatures can be spotted from the Kealia Costal Boardwalk that runs beside Maalaea Bay.
Kihei is a special town that has many amenities to keep tourists and locals busy, and close enough to visit without even needing to jump in the car. Its home choices are diverse and can fill many homeowners checklists, from quaint oceanfront condos, to luxury resort homes.
A town rich in farmland, botanical gardens, and “farm to table” dining are just few things to describe Kula. Located in Upcountry Maui, you may find yourself taking a visit when you are looking for somewhere to have an adventure.
Many locals enjoy Kula for its cooler temperatures and its rural country atmosphere, and prefer to live here rather than the more crowded sea level towns. Kula also has some of the best views of Upcountry Maui; with vast stretches of sea, mountains, as well as a few of the neighboring islands able to be seen on clear days.
Other than the stunning views, Kula is a town with many options to discover with your family and friends. Stop by Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery to get a taste of some Maui made spirits, or take your Keiki to the Surfing Goat Dairy to get some goat cheese cheesecake, and maybe even try milking a goat.
Head further up the Haleakala mountain and you can find yourself at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Here you can uncover some unique lavender creations you may not have seen before. Make your way another few minutes up, and you will be at the Haleakala Summit, where you might be able to see some snow on cold winter days. Go back down into Ulupalakua to visit Maui’s Winery. Check out the tasting room to try some of their special Maui Splash Pineapple Wine or sweet Pineapple Snow.
When you start to get hungry, you can dine at one of the quaint restaurants such as Kula Bistro, La Provence, Kula Sandalwoods Café, Grandma’s Coffee Shop, or Kula Lodge and Restaurant just to name a few. Plenty of the eateries here offer local cuisine, made with fresh ingredients grown just miles away.
Many of the properties in Kula have amazing views with large stretches of land for each property, while the homes themselves are transitioning into more cutting-edge styles. If you enjoy the country vibe, yet don’t want to miss out on the most modern advances, Kula may be the perfect spot for you.
While many consider Maui a famous beach destination, it is also home to charming towns and thriving art communities. On the mid-slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano lies Makawao; a diverse community consisting of many artists and paniolo or Hawaiian cowboys. Makawao is a trip to the Maui’s plantation past, dominated by agriculture and ranch land.
Unlike many other areas on Maui, its days and nights are cooler than much of the neighboring towns, and you won’t find a stoplight in sight. At its heart you will find a small collection of shops, including the popular family owned T. Komoda Store and Bakery, selling their delicious “stick” donuts to those who get there early. Down the short street you can find glassblowers and painters creating beautiful works for patrons in their shops. Locally owned boutiques and fresh eateries can also be found dotted down the road.
The Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center is an art lovers dream and a great place to check out when visiting Makawao. It features art classes for visitors and a free exploration of their beautiful gallery exhibits. Don’t forget to stop by to de-stress with some yoga at Mangala Yoga Studios, or get acquainted with Maui’s history at the Makawao Public Library. You can also take your pets to explore Makawao’s Forest Reserve on the Kahakapao Loop Trail. Its tree lined paths create the perfect canopy to protect you from the hot sun while hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
Makawao is a pleasing community full of old school charm and traditions. It is just a few minutes drive from the commotion of Kahului, yet feels like a whole new world. If you have an affinity for art, nature and a mellow country lifestyle, Makawao is certainly a town you can enjoy being a part of.
Paia is a fun and diverse community with many areas of the town reflecting the history from its plantation era. It has many one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques you won’t find anywhere else on Maui. You won’t have trouble finding a unique and locally made item here to bring back home.
Many of the restaurants in Paia are geared towards healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. You can try fresh caught fish at the world famous Mama’s Fish House, seek out a vegan pizza at the Flatbread Company, or sample some new drinks at the Rock & Brews Restaurant. Many tourists and locals here feel at home in a family style atmosphere and enjoy making friends with people from around the globe.
Paia is a surfers paradise with Ho’okipa Beach, the “windsurfing capital of the world” just a few minutes from town. Here you can watch the windsurfers catch the waves, or do some surfing of your own. An abundance of turtles can be found laying their eggs or basking in the sun along its shores; more than many other places on Maui. You can also get a birds eye view of the shore from the Ho’okipa Beach Lookout.
Head a bit further from town and you can find yourself at Pe’ahi Beach, otherwise known as JAWS. Surfing Pe’ahi Beach’s legendary waves is best kept to the professionals, but offers a great view for those who want to witness the daredevils in action.
Paia is a laid-back historic town with no shortage of Aloha spirit. It captures the hearts of nature lovers, beachgoers, and those who enjoy being a part of the family-like community. Many of the homes here are right on the beach and have their very own special slice of Maui’s north shore, or are just across the street and overlooking the ocean.