My Maui Recap Part 2: Kihei

On Monday I wrote a post about my personal travel guide for Kaanapali.  Today I am going to summarize the second two weeks of our month long Maui trip which we spent in Kihei.  As I mentioned in my previous Maui post, there are an abundance of beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants and tons of activities to do.  This summary is simply from my personal experience of what we got up to during this particular holiday with our children.  If you are heading on a kid free vacation to Maui, I could give you a boatload of different suggestions!!  These are my family friendly recommendations for the Kihei area:

Staring up at the palm trees.. so relaxing!
Staring up at the palm trees.. so relaxing!

Restaurants:

When I am eating at a restaurant in Maui, one of the most important thing to me (besides tasty food!)  is being outside with a view!

Kihei Cafe– This was our go to breakfast restaurant!  It is a total local spot, super casual with delicious food!  Nothing fancy which makes it perfect for eating with kids.  Just huge portions of homemade yumminess!  I would say my favourite menu item is tied between the pineapple coconut french toast and the banana macadamia nut pancakes!

S&Q’s Shaved Ice & Coffee– A little walk up spot next to the Rainbow Mall.  It seriously has the BEST Acai bowls!  I would grab one as a quick-lunch and then take it down to the beach to eat on the sand… almost daily!

Fred’s Mexican Cafe– This restaurant is so fun, the food is delicious and they have a fantastic happy hour- (cheap & strong margaritas!)  There isn’t necessarily a patio to sit on, but it is open air dining right across from the ocean- pretty awesome!

Paia Fish Market– We ordered the shrimp & chips and fish tacos.  The fish was Mahi Mahi, perfectly seasoned and delicious.  It isn’t fancy, just tasty food and good-sized portions.  We loved the outdoor seating- covered picnic tables with a breeze off the ocean, which was right across the street.

Cafe Des Amis– This restaurant is in Paia town.  (We visited here during our stay in Kihei, hence why I am including it in this section).  It is one of my must go to’s!  I am obsessed with their shrimp and coconut rice curry wrap.  It is seriously to die for!  They have the cutest little patio to sit on.  If you make a trip to Paia I can’t say enough about the yummy food here! (If you end up making a trip to Paia Town, The Flatbread Company is super tasty as well with delicious, organic and local ingredients on their pizzas!)

Roadside Patio at the Kihei Cafe
Roadside Patio at the Kihei Cafe
Acai Bowls- I could eat these everyday!
Acai Bowls- I could eat these every day! (and almost did…)
Local Boys- Our favourite stop for Shave Ice
Local Boys- Our favourite stop for Shave Ice
Breakfast at the Kihei Cafe
Breakfast at the Kihei Cafe
S&Q for Acai bowls
S&Q for Acai bowls- I tried them all

Beaches:

Charley Young– This was the beach we spent the most of our two weeks at.  It was walking distance from our condo and the ocean was picturesque so we really didn’t feel the need to venture far from it! It was more of a local beach so it didn’t seem as busy as some of the others.  Essentially along South Kihei Road there is a long stretch of sand which is divided into Kama’ole Beaches I, II and III, with Charley Young at the North end of Kama’ole I.

Kama’ole I, Kama’ole II, Kama’ole III– We spent a day at each of these beaches.  They are all beautiful.  As I mentioned above, they are one long stretch of sand divided by rocky points.  You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Makena (Big Beach)– This beach is beautiful and we enjoyed playing in the sand, but the waves were way too big to play in with my boys and the current was crazy strong.  So from a scenic point of view it is worth a visit, the stretch of sand is huge.  We got a kick out of watching the boogie boarders, but I personally wouldn’t recommend swimming at this beach.  Not during the time we visited anyways.

Playing at Kama'ole Beach with my littlest babe
Playing at Kama’ole Beach with my littlest babe
Can't get enough of the gorgeous Maui sunsets!
Can’t get enough of the gorgeous Maui sunsets!
Running from the waves at Charley Young beach
Running from the waves at Charley Young beach
Turtles swimming by to say hello!
Turtles swimming by to say hello!
Juggling my babes at the beach!
Juggling my babes at the beach!

Activities:

Paia Town– A really colourful, cool little surf town with lots of interesting shops, restaurants and galleries to wander through.  On our way to Paia, we stopped at Ho’okipa Beach Park to watch the surfers, windsurfers and to check out all of the turtles resting up on the sand.

Road to Hana– (this isn’t an activity to do in Kihei, just an adventure my husband and I took during this time).  Plan an entire day if you want to do this drive.  The drive has many curves (over 600) and many are hairpin.  The one lane bridges are a little nerve-racking, but the scenery is absolutely stunning.  We grabbed coffees and my favourite curry wraps from Cafe Des Amis (as mentioned above) for the drive.  If swimming in picturesque waterfalls is something you like to do then I definitely recommend this trip!

Mahina– Go shopping! This is my favourite little boutique in Maui.  There are four locations: Paia, Lahaina, Wailea and lucky for me, walking distance from our condo in Kihei (and half a block from Starbucks.. yet another bonus.. lol!) I actually visited all the locations on this trip and came home with so many cute things.  They have the most affordable, stylish fun clothing and accessories!

Paia surfboard wall
Paia surfboard wall
Turtles resting on the sand at Ho'okipa Beach Park
Turtles resting on the sand at Ho’okipa Beach Park
Swimming at Ching's Pond on the Road to Hana
Swimming at Ching’s Pond on the Road to Hana
Driving the Road to Hana
Driving the Road to Hana
And of course my favourite thing to do in Maui is play in the sand & ocean with my boys!
And of course my favourite thing to do in Maui is play in the sand & ocean with my boys!

I am already planning our next trip back to Maui!  It is honestly one of my favourite places to visit and a wonderful destination to vacation with children!  My boys both loved playing in the sand and ocean and I loved seeing the sheer joy on their faces, and how they would squeal with delight as we ran away from the waves. Travelling with kids is a lot of work, but in my opinion totally worth the effort!  I love experiencing new things through their eyes!  If you have any recommendations for me for future trips, I would love to hear them in the comments below 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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