Top things to do in Kihei & South Maui

Top Choice Beach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a mile …
Top Choice Beach in Kihei

Keawakapu Beach

From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back from the main road and is less visible than Kihei’s main roa…
Top Choice Beach in Wailea

Wailea Beach

To strut your stuff celebrity-style, make a beeline to this sparkling strand, which fronts the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it …
Top Choice Pub Food in Wailea

Monkeypod Kitchen

Happy hours are crowded but convivial at Chef Peter Merriman’s latest venture, where the staff, your fellow drinkers and the 36 craft beers on tap keep the alohas real. But microbrews are not the only draw. Gourmet …
Top Choice Health Food in Kihei

Fork & Salad

Local farms strut their stuff at this glossy new salad emporium winning raves across Kihei. Step up to the counter, choose a classic or signature salad – or build your own – then add a deliciously seasoned protein, …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Kihei

Café O’Lei

This strip-mall bistro looks ho-hum at first blush. But step inside: the sophisticated atmosphere, innovative Hawaii Regional Cuisine, honest prices and excellent service knock Café O’Lei into the fine-dining big le…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Kihei

5 Palms

For sunset cocktails beside the beach, this is the place. Arrive an hour before the sun goes down because the patio bar, just steps from stunning Keawakapu Beach, fills quickly. During happy hour, sushi and an array…
Top Choice Italian in Wailea

Ferraro’s

No other place in Wailea comes close to this breezy restaurant for romantic seaside dining. Lunch strays into fun offerings, such as a lobster melt with avocado and sriracha ailoi, and the black truffle pizza with c…
Japanese in Kihei

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Maui is laid-back, but sometimes you have to plan ahead. Dinner at Sansei is one of those times – make a reservation or queue early for the sushi bar. The creative appetizer menu offers everything from a shrimp cake…
State Park in Makena

Makena State Park

Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a Hawaiian beach – beautiful and expansive, with virtually no dev…