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Perfect South Maui Day

Molokini off the shore of South Maui, picture courtesy Dom Marino

The South Maui region is favored by locals and visitors for its access to some of Maui’s best beaches, dining options, and sumptuous views. The area covers approximately 37.6 square miles and includes the areas of Maalaea (to a degree), KiheiMaui MeadowsWailea, and Makena.

With so much to see and do, here is a quick guide for exploring the South Maui coast.

8am: Don’t Skip Breakfast

Starting off the day right with breakfast will make sure of plenty of energy to make the most of the entire day. Options abound with quick bites to go like an acai bowl or protein shake, while a more hearty breakfast at a cafe will be a nice way to spend a relaxing morning.

  • Kihei Cafe: highly regarded as Kihei’s best and most popular breakfast spot. We suggest going early than later as the lines can tend to pile up. With everything from macadamia nut french toast and benedicts to breakfast burritos and waffles, Kihei Cafe will hit the spot.

9:30am: Traverse the La Perouse Lava Fields

Tucked away on another windy road past Maui’s famous Big Beach is La Perouse Bay or the Ahihi Kinau Reserve. Note La Perouse is not an ideal swimming beach like Big Beach, but is an oceanfront hike. There are natural wonders on the mauka (mountain) side of the reserve, while on the makai (ocean) side is teaming with ocean wild life.

12:00pm: Shops at Wailea

Opened in 2000 as the hub and heart beat of the Wailea resort, the Shops at Wailea are the preferred shopping destination for visitors with more than 70 stores, restaurants, offices, and art galleries. The shops are the perfect place to take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat. With a variety of options, it’s a great place to relax before heading back to the beach.

3:00pm: Head to Big Beach

Big Beach in South Maui, picture courtesy Dom Marino

Just off of Makena Alanui Road is quite possibly the best beach in Hawaii. Big Beach stands heads and shoulders above some of Maui’s best beaches. You’ll find just under a mile of perfect sand, the beautifu backdrop of lower Haleakala, and water that’s a virbant blue green. It is one of the largest beaches in Maui, extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide of golden Maui sand.

7:00pm: Eat Dinner

Cap off a long day of shopping and fun with a dinner at a South Maui favorite. With many options dotted along South Kihei Road and into Wailea, there are many price points for all. Wailea will be home to your fine dining options, while Kihei will have a mix.

  • Pita Paradise: The Wailea location is now their flagship location that succeeds their previous Kihei Kalama Village restaurant. Tucked away at the beginning of Wailea in the Wailea Gateway shopping center, Pita Paradise is serving a mesh of Mediterranean and Italian recipes with dashes of Hawaii to round out their menu.
  • Cafe O’lei Kihei: Dana Pastula is the creative genius behind the popular establishment of Cafe O’lei which has been in business for over 10 years now. It has grown from a small six table operation and into three restaurants operating under the Cafe O’lei name, a thriving catering business, and two other fine dining restaurants under original restaurant names.
  • Ko: Executive Chef Tylun Pang heads the culinary masterpiece of Kō restaurant in Wailea, boasting the only fine dining menu on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by the sugarcane plantation era. The ample menu size features local island favorites inspired out of family recipes that have been passed down for generations, including Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese favorites. The utilization of the island’s fresh produce, meat and seafood, allows Chef Pang to gives these authentic recipes a farm-fresh, contemporary twist.

Wailea Condos For Sale

18 POAILANI PL 6

18 POAILANI PL 6
Price: $1,250,000
Beds: 3
Baths Total: 2.5
Sqft: 2369
Acres: 8.4
City: Kihei
State: HI
Zip: 96753

321 KAI MALU PL 59A

321 KAI MALU PL 59A
Price: $1,750,000
Beds: 3
Baths Total: 2.5
Sqft: 1852
Acres: 25.16
City: Kihei
State: HI
Zip: 96753

1 LA'I LOA 4E

1 LA'I LOA 4E
Price: $3,745,000
Beds: 4
Baths Total: 4
Sqft: 2587
Acres: 12.991
City: Kihei
State: HI
Zip: 96753

52-3 HOOLEI CIR A3

52-3 HOOLEI CIR A3
Price: $3,750,000
Beds: 3
Baths Total: 3.5
Sqft: 2619
Acres: 30.167
City: Kihei
State: HI
Zip: 96753

3800 WAILEA ALANUI BLVD PH-401

3800 WAILEA ALANUI BLVD PH-401
Price: $5,475,000
Beds: 3
Baths Total: 3
Sqft: 2180
Acres: 10.74
City: Kihei
State: HI
Zip: 96753

See complete list of Wailea Condos For Sale 

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Hoolei 52-6 ocean views

The view from Hoolei Villa A6, the ultimate privacy and seclusion in the Wailea Resort

Please consider me to be your trusted Maui Real Estate and Lifestyle Advisor. I was born and raised on the island, and spend a considerable amount of time to inform my clients about the best deals currently on the market. Please do not hesitate to call me for your Maui real estate needs. I am more than happy to assist you in your home search.

Aloha,

Anthony Sayles R(S)

808-280-6532

Anthony@DanoSayles.com

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