What It’s Like to Live in Kīhei

October 28, 2015, 8:36 AM HST · Updated October 28, 8:37 AM
Alexandra Mitchell · 0 Comments
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Kihei image from Google Maps.

Kīhei image from Google Maps.

Kīhei is located in South Maui. People either love or hate the idea of living in Kīhei, all based on personal preference.

When you live in Kīhei, you are close to over six miles of gorgeous South Maui coastlines and beach parks and it’s super-convenient for enjoying the beach on a daily basis.

The Kīhei area is full of convenience amenities, such as shopping, restaurants, gyms, art studios, small businesses, family activities and great communities to be a part of.

Kīhei beach photo from Wikipedia.

Kīhei beach photo from Wikipedia.

Kīhei sees some of the least rainfall per year on Maui, and is known to be hot, hot and hot—sometimes, really super-dry and hot. Hey, some folks love it. But, others prefer lower temperatures and the more secluded locations on Maui.

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Compared to other Maui towns, Kīhei is full of action all day long and into the night. Kīhei is also definitely a popular tourist destination for all kinds of travelers. Many seniors from Mainland USA and Canada own condos in Kīhei, so you see many elderly travelers and part-time Maui residents in the beach condo communities.

Kīhei image from Google Mags.

Kīhei image from Google Mags.

Kīhei is also a popular tourist destination for those who come to Maui to do the beach thing all day and party into the night. There is a high number of bars and small clubs in Kīhei, so you get the party vibe here, too.

In addition, it is less expensive to stay at a Kīhei hotel or vacation condo compared to the resorts located in nearby Wailea, so Kīhei attracts tourists from all over the world that may be staying on Maui for the first time on a vacation package.

Kīhei also happens to be one of the areas on Maui with many property opportunities for a residential buyer, investment property buyer and commercial buyer. Those looking for single-family homes in Kīhei can expect a median price of 540,000. In Wailea, just five minutes away, the median price for a singly-family home is 1.5 million. Yes, there is a absolutely a different vibe in Kīhei versus the luxury energy of Wailea, but both are still in South Maui, close to the same amenities and conveniences.

Schools Near Kīhei

Pi‘ilani Preschool
Kīhei Elementary School
Kīhei Charter School
Kamali‘i Elementary School
Lokelani Intermediate School
Montessori Hale O Keiki
Kīhei Charter Middle School and High School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School

Conveniences & Amenities

Grocery stores
US Post offices
Libraries
Gas stations
Banks
Police station
Fire station
Community centers
Restaurants, cafes & coffee shops
Shopping centers
Movie theaters
Golf courses
Stage shows
Gyms
Nightlife
Yoga & fitness
Public parking lots
Historical & cultural attractions
Close to beaches
25 minutes to Kahului (OGG) Airport

Kīhei Highlights

Pluses
Lively town center full of activities and events
Close to six miles of amazing beaches and ocean activities
Close to many hotels and resorts and many job employment opportunities in the service industry
Kīhei 4th Friday Town Parties
Five to 10 minutes to The Shops at Wailea
Five to 10 minutes from Wailea and Mākena beaches and golf courses

Minuses
Transient and homeless derelict population near beach parks
Car break-ins in public parking lots (evening)
Occasional sugarcane burning ash
Close to many hotels and resorts; lots of tourists

Weather/Climate

62 to 95 degrees seasonally
Less than 12 inches of rainfall per year
Average of 34 rainy days per year
Average of 276 sunny days per year

For more information about Kihei, go online.

Mahalo for reading! What’s your opinion about living in Kīhei—pros and cons? Let us know in the comment section below.

Alexandra Mitchell
Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, luxury vacation rentals and Hawai'i real estate. With her valuable insider's perspective, she exposes readers to unique glimpses of "Old Hawai‘i," new destinations to explore, local events and all the best things to do in Hawai‘i…

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* The opinion of this writer do not necessarily represent the opinions of MauiNow.com

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