Staying in one of the many budget Kihei vacation rentals is a great way to enjoy this scenic part of western Maui without spending all of your dollars on accommodations. This peaceful and picturesque beach at Kihei is a favorite of watersports enthusiasts and family wishing to enjoy the many attractions of Maui while avoiding the high tariffs at the large resort hotels.
Kihei, on Maui's southwestern coast, is one of the resort areas on the island to be developed later for tourism. Once this area was a favorite fishing spot of Hawaiian King Kamehameha I. It was also here that British explorer George Vancouver offloaded the first head of cattle on Hawaii. Today, the area is a casual, affordable place to enjoy the beach and nearby parkland. It's particularly popular with families and retirees. Among the many attractions in and around Kihei are:
- Kalama Beach Park - There's always something happening on this 36-acres stretch of oceanfront park. Whether it's a craft fair, a concert, or a skateboarding event, there's always an activity planned. The park also boasts baseball fields, an in-line hockey rink, and a children's playground.
- Kealia Pond - Popular with bird watchers and nature lovers, this national wildlife conservation district at the north end of Kihei, is easily visible from the road and home to a variety of wildlife, including Hawaiian stilts and coots.
- Shopping - Shopping is never more than a few steps away in Kihei. This beach town boasts ten shopping malls, scattered in and among the area's condo developments. Among the highlights are Azeka Place, the area's largest mall with over 50 stores and restaurants, and the Piilani Village Shopping Center, located just outside of town, and town to 150,000-square feet of retail space.
- Golf - Golfers will find an excellent public golf course in Kihei as well as several championship courses in the nearby resort towns of Wailea and Makena.
Finding a Vacation Rental in Kihei
Unlike many other tourist areas in Hawaii, most of the affordable accommodations in Kihei are located within steps of the beach. Over 60 condo developments in this busy beach town compete for visitors' attention.
Condo rentals generally require that you pay a deposit with the balance due 45 to 60 days prior to your arrival. Policies vary by property, but with many companies, your payment is non-refundable if you cancel unless they can re-rent your unit.
Another thing to keep in mind is the amenities offered with the condo rental. Many developments offer at least bi-weekly maid service, but some do not. Also, ask about what comes with the rental, such as kitchen equipment, towels, and linens. It's also best to have few surprises.
Booking Budget Kihei Vacation Rentals
Most budget Kihei vacation rentals are located in developments as opposed to the privately-owned rentals you'll find in other areas. A large number of companies act as brokers for these condo developments, seeking to rent their units. Among these are: