Why this location?

Our story…

In 2010, tired of the long North Idaho winters, we packed up the cat the dog and the children and moved to Maui. While living there, we totally immersed ourselves in the island, the culture and the people. We are a very active family and tried to experience EVERYTHING Maui. Before our sad move back to the mainland, we purchased a condo in the Kihei Shores complex in South Kihei. We didn’t choose the location at random. On the contrary, our time and experience on the island gave us great insight into where we wanted to live. The island of Maui has a number of incredibly beautiful natural features, but nothing stands out quite like its beaches. Furthermore, the series of world-class beaches that extend south from Kamaole I to Big Beach arguably make up the greatest stretch of beaches anywhere in the world. Kihei Shores is located across the road from Kamaole III on the northern end of the string of world-class beaches. Each of these beaches has different sand, different waves, different corral and different beachgoers. You can easily change your scene by simply hopping to the next world-class beach (which is usually less than ½ a mile away). In summary, we chose a condo that was on our favorite island, in our favorite town, across from one of our favorite beaches. We love it and know you will too!

Why Maui?

Most mainlanders looking for a tropical vacation look to one of three areas: the Caribbean/Florida, Mexico or Hawaii. We have never vacationed in Florida or the Caribbean so we cannot provide guidance on that area. Mexico has some great resort areas. However, the current unrest in that country creates a scary backdrop and we would prefer to go to a more stable area. That leaves Hawaii. The State of Hawaii is officially made up of 8 islands. Each island is quite unique and different from the others. Maui is best summed up by a quote from the book Maui Revealed.

“Maui is the undisputed playground of Hawaii. No other island has the range of activities and scenery available to you here. There’s almost nothing you can’t do on Maui: hike in pristine rain forests, snorkel in an extinct crater, coast a bicycle 10,000 feet down a volcano, walk along miles of beaches, frolic under a waterfall, dive into a natural freshwater pool, lie on a black or even red sand beach, or sip a drink as the sun sets over nearby islands. Whatever the fantasy you have, Maui is bound to deliver.”

Even after living on Maui and vacationing there many times, the island still makes me say “wow” almost every day I am there.

Why Kihei?

Hawaii’s famous trade winds consistently blow from the Northeast. This means that the north side of the island receives the most amount of rain. Conversely, areas on the southwest side of Maui are very dry because they are in the island’s rain shadow.
Pe'ahi (Jaws) big wave surfingPe'ahi (Jaws) big wave surfing
Pe'ahi (Jaws) big wave surfing
Most visitors to Maui stay on the dry side in either Kihei or the Lahaina/Ka’anapali area. While both areas are nice, we prefer Kihei because it has more of a local feel. Kihei’s temperatures usually range from 79 to 85 during the day and drop into the mid 60’s at night. The daytime temperatures are accompanied by the aforementioned afternoon trade winds, which makes for some of the most enjoyable temperatures anywhere. Rain in Kihei is usually pretty rare. While some of the tropical areas on the north side of the island receive over 360 inches (that’s 30 feet) of rain per year, Kihei usually gets about 15 inches per year.
In addition to great weather, Kihei has great beaches, parks, restaurants and shopping. You can always find something to do in Kihei. One of our favorite activities is watching the sunset. Each evening a crowd gathers on the grassy area of Kam III.

All your hard work has enabled all your guests to feel at home. We have felt so relaxed and rested since we came here. KH February 2013

Kihei Shores – Unit A304

Now, a little about the condominium. The unit has a good location within the

Top of HaleakalaTop of Haleakala
Top of Haleakala
complex, on the top floor, with a limited peek-a-boo view of the ocean. The condo has two bedrooms; the master has it’s own en suite bathroom, queen size bed, and a ceiling fan, and the other bedroom has a queen over queen bunk bed set, and its own air conditioning unit. All beds have high quality memory foam mattresses. In the living room there is a VERY comfortable sectional sofa, which is perfect for lounging after a hard day of beach hopping. Additionally, the living room has a flat screen TV, a DVD player, wireless internet and an air conditioner. Our large kitchen is fully equipped with all new appliances, dishes, silverware and glassware. The condo has been freshly renovated.

Many of the vacation rentals in Kihei are located right on Kihei road, which can be surprisingly noisy. Kihei Shores is located about 250 yards off of Kihei road and offers a very short distance to the beach and a buffer to give residents an extremely quiet surrounding. The condo is within walking distance to Wailea along the hiking path. You can even walk to the Shoppes at Wailea or into the center of Kihei to enjoy lunch or drinks. And across the street at Kamaole III, you can snorkel in the morning, and later watch the whales and those one-of-a-kind Maui sunsets.

The place was wonderful and it felt like home. B.L. December 2013