In the aftermath of the devastating August 2023 wildfires that struck Maui, our thoughts are with those who were affected by this tragedy. As we stand in solidarity with the recovery efforts, we invite you to discover the enchantment of Maui beyond Lahaina. In this blog, we will focus on the charming towns of Kihei, where our Maui Beach and Maui Banyan resorts are nestled, and the incredible experiences that await in the surrounding areas. We’ll also provide essential travel tips to ensure a safe, respectful, and eco-conscious visit to this exquisite island.
Kihei: A Hidden Gem
Amidst the lush beauty of Maui, Kihei emerges as a hidden gem. This charming town is a testament to nature’s splendor and offers a wealth of adventures for travelers seeking solace and serenity.
Discovering Natural Beauty: Kihei boasts a myriad of natural wonders, including the breathtaking Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can witness the harmonious coexistence of native and migratory birds in their natural habitat.
Catching Waves: For those seeking a more adventurous experience, Kihei is also an ideal destination for surfing. If you’re new to the sport, seize the opportunity for surfing lessons, readily available for newcomers.
Immersing in Hawaiian Culture
Maui’s rich cultural heritage is something to be celebrated. While in Kihei, you can dive deep into the heart of Hawaiian traditions.
Traditional Luaus: Participate in a traditional Luau to savor Hawaiian cuisine and witness mesmerizing hula performances. It’s an immersive experience that connects you with the island’s vibrant history.
Snorkel Trips to Molokini: Embark on a snorkeling adventure to Molokini, a crescent-shaped volcanic crater. Explore the colorful marine life and crystal-clear waters, offering a glimpse into the island’s vibrant underwater world.
Maui is a playground for adventure seekers, and Kihei serves as an ideal launchpad for exploring its wonders.
Haleakalā Tour: A visit to Maui wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the ethereal beauty of this dormant volcano and its breathtaking sunrise vistas.
Journey Along the Road to Hana: This winding road unveils waterfalls, lush rainforests, and panoramic ocean views, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.
Travel Tips: Responsible and Respectful Exploration
To ensure a respectful and eco-conscious visit:
Ocean Safety: Prioritize safety, follow lifeguard warnings, and respect local marine life.
Cultural Insights: Learn about Hawaiian culture, show respect for sacred sites, and practice cultural sensitivity.
Support Local Businesses: Contribute to Maui’s recovery by supporting local businesses.
Environmental Stewardship: Protect Maui’s natural beauty by disposing of waste properly, using reef-safe sunscreen, and participating in beach clean-up initiatives.
The first phase of Lahaina’s reopening, which covers tourist accommodations from north of Lahaina to Kahana, began on October 8th. The final phase, encompassing the rest of the region down to Kaanapali, began on November 1st. By visiting Lahaina during these phases, you can actively contribute to the economic recovery and support local communities as they rebuild after the wildfires. Stay updated on the wildfire situation and travel availability by visiting our website.
Your visit to Maui and participation in activities, along with learning from locals and immersing yourself in traditions, is actively supporting Maui in one of many ways and helping the island get back to what it once was. While not everyone can help in some ways, there are alternatives, and visiting Maui and participating in activities is a way to do that while contributing to the well-being of Native Hawaiians and the entire community.
By exploring these incredible destinations and practicing responsible tourism, you can make a positive impact on Maui’s recovery and leave an indelible mark of respect and admiration for this beautiful island. Maui’s spirit remains unbroken, and together, we can help it flourish once more.