Friday, August 18, 2006
Maui Is Still the Best, and Kihei May Be the Future of Maui
Everyone has different views regarding the Islands. I know folks who even think Kawaii is the best place to stay. And, truth is, different folks want different things. Since my goal when vacationing is to do things I wouldn't do otherwise, and to see God's creation, and marvel at His handiwork, Maui is the big winner for us.
On my first visit to Maui I was able to get free accomodations in Kihei. This was 35 years ago, and Kihei was basically the split in the road. The vast majority of the folks who hit that split went North to Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, and Napili. You stayed in Kihei because you couldn't afford anything else on the West side of the Island.
Then came Wailea to anchor Kihei. Possibly the most beautiful resort area on any of the Islands, this planned community is also the most expensive. The support services necessary to make Wailea work created a growth spurt for Kihei. Lacking the charm of any of the other Westside cities, it nevertheless has come into its own. 1500 square foot townhouses with a small beach view are almost $1m. The cheapest condos are around $500,000.
Best of all, Kihei is now the central point for all island activities, 45 minutes to Lahaina, 2 hours to Hana, 20 minutes to the airport. It has several docking areas with whale watching, snorkling, and other boating adventures.
In another post, I will tell you of three great new finds on Maui that just add to its wonders. This is my 15th or so visit, but these three stops are just amazing (one is pictured at top of this post.) Remind me to also mention the Lavender gardens.