What to do in Kihei

Located on Maui’s South Shore, Kihei was once referred to as Kama Ľole, meaning barren; and for many years Kihei was just that. It receives fewer than 13 inches of rainfall annually, thus an attempt to farm the land went kaput in the early 1900s, leaving it virtually desolate. However, if you are a betting man, you should have put down your stakes in the 30s when prime beachfront real estate was barely selling for five cents per square foot. In the 60s, developers saw potential in Kihei as a sun-drenched island town with mile after mile of sugary-sand beaches, and thus the 70s brought strip malls and timeshares, and the official birth of a warm-weather getaway. Today, Kihei still sports much of the 70s architecture, but it’s all right with the budget-conscious travelers who flock here for a piece of Hawaii on half the dime.