The legend of the Night Marchers
If you're staying in Makena in South Maui listen for echoing steps, blowing conch shells and pounding of drums at night while passing through Kahakuloa. The Night Marchers, also known as huaka’i po, are considered to be the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors chanting as they travel in rows. Some claim they've seen them hovering above the ground. Other's claim they leave footprints on the trails they follow and carry torches to light their way.
Hawaiian historians believe the marchers are on ceremonial excursions. Should you come across this phantom band, myth warns to strip naked and lie face down in their paths – and never, ever look at them. These are the King’s men, appointed to shield the holiest chiefs from common man.
Where is the best place to by groceries in Kihei?
One of the more frequent questions I get asked by my guests is, “Where to Grocery Shop on South Maui?” There are several options as you can imagine from CostCo and Whole Foods, to smaller chains and local shops, not too mention there are some grocery delivery services as well.
If you are staying in a vacation rental condo while on your visit to South Maui, it is a great idea to take a trip to Costco on the way in from the airport. This way, you can stock up on snacks for the beach, breakfast foods, fresh fruit and seafood, lunch meat, cheeses, drinks and even meat to grill at your vacation condo if you wish to stay in for dinner and soak up some time at your lanai.
Maui's Costco is rumored to be one of the highest volume stores in their chain (and the lines on the weekend back this up). If you are a member you can get some good deals on bulk items and their Poke is good! Perfect if you’re having a big party or plan to be on island for awhile. It’s located by the Airport and a good 1st stop on your way to Kihei. Drive Time to B 201 at Maui Kamaole: 25 minutes (15 miles).
One of the many great things about choosing a vacation condo is the convince and savings of cooking at home. Shopping and planning in advance can help save time and money as you enjoy beautiful Maui. Make sure to get something to grill while your here. There are BBQ's located next to our building at Maui Kamaole and a few at the lower pool for the guests and owners to enjoy.
Top Grocery Stores in South Maui
1. Safeway is a well known mainland chain carrying brand-name and house-label Kroger groceries, plus a deli, bakery and more. What I like about it is the layout is exactly like the store up the street from my mainland home making it really easy to get what I want quickly. It is located in the Piilani Village Shopping Center at 277 Piikea Ave, Kihei, HI 96753. Another plus is the fact Safeway is open 24 hours and has a pharmacy. Drive time from B 201 at Maui Kamaole: 15 minutes (4.5 miles).
2. Foodland in Kihei. Foodland is open from 5 am to 12 am daily and is located at 1881 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753. There are weekly specials and dedicated bakery, deli, meat and seafood departments. HINT: Sign up for their discount card: The Makika’i Card. My daughter used mine on her last visit and saved over $17 !! Drive time from B 201 at Maui Kamaole: 10 minutes (depends on South Kihei Road traffic) just 3 miles away.
Times Supermarket is a bargain brand store with some great prices. It's not a slick as Safeway but the prices are very good. This is my choice for staples. Open from 5am till 2 am. Located at 1310 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753. Drive time from B 201 at Maui Kamaole: 10 minutes (depends on South Kihei Road traffic) just 3.25 miles away.
My favorite is Hawaiian Moon Natural Food Store open from 8am - 9pm. Good variety of organic produce, local breads and most well known health brand products. I love the salad and hot dish bar. There is also a deli with smoothies made to order. Located in the heart of Kihei at 2411 S. Kihei Rd. Kihei Hi 96753 and walking distance from B 201 at Maui Kamaole.
For more snack and local foods, as well as souvenirs to take home, check out any ABC Store. They are located everywhere across the island. Very low priced tee-shirts and other tourist gifts.
We hope this is a helpful guide to grocery shopping on South Maui.
Looking out from South Maui you'll see the atoll of Molokini rising above the ocean surface. Snorkel trips to Molokini are one of the most unforgetable expereinces for visitors. Formed by an eruption over 230,000 years ago and roughly two and a half miles away—and little more than fifteen minutes by boat from Kihei. The cone is half submerged in water and looks not only lovely from shore but also it's sheltered area offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving you will see. It is rated one the the top ten diving sites in the world which make it one of the best choice for experienced divers and novice snorklers.
The atoll of Molokini is small, only 23 acres and reaching only 161 feet above sea level but the water that surrounds it is some of the clearest on Earth. The clarity reaches up to 80 feet deep and 250 marine creatures call the crater home: yellow tang, Bluefin, Moorish idol, octopuses and large whale sharks....
The land mass is an official Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary and is the home for wedge-tailed shearwaters, Bulwer’s petrels, and great frigatebirds to name a few. Thanks to the watchful eye's of the tour boat operators the marine life feel safe around people and offers a rare opportunity to see marine and seabirds relaxed in their natural environment.
Experienced divers love the back wall of Molokini, a vertical wall that drops 350 feet with approximately 150 perceptibility. The back side is considered a drift dive that’s subjected to currents, good buoyancy control is a must, as well as an ability to descend and ascend without a line and maintain a 15-foot safety stop.
Since the back side was used by ancient Hawaiians for the fishing fishing lures and old sinking stones can still be found by delighted divers. The variety of marine life is amazing: pyramid butterfly fish and long-nose hawkfish to white-tip reef sharks and jacks—as well as moray eels, slipper lobsters, eagle rays, cauliflower and Elkhorn coral, cleaning stations, and deep crevices that provide residence to pipefish, crabs, and shrimp. Molokini offers the chance to see some of the ocean’s largest and most astonishing creatures. Given that part borders the open sea, one never knows what will come in from the Pacific, whether it’s a manta ray of epic proportions, a pod of sleek spinner dolphins, or a Humpback whale during the winter months.
Researchers measuring ancient ocean levels believe Molokini Crater would have been on land rather than on water at the end of the last ice age, in which sea levels, due to melting ice caps, were believed to exceed 400 feet. This fits with Hawaiian mythology which tells that Molokini is the tail end of a mo’o—or sacred lizard that Pele cut in half in a fit of jealousy; the head is “Red Hill,” the literally red cinder cone of Pu’u O’lai across the channel.
1. Ho’okipa Beach is a go-to surfing spot on Maui. This beach is located on the North Shore and works best with north, northwest, west, and east swells. It’s also a world-class windsurfing destination. Surfers should be aware that there can be riptides, relentless wave sets, and some sharp rocks and reef to watch out for. We suggest visiting Ho’okipa Beach if you are a more advanced rider.
2. Lahaina ReefsFun reef breaks for riders of all levels make Lahaina a great place to surf on the West Coast of the island. Check out Kammies and Shark Pit at the south end of town, or surf the popular Breakwall up against Lahaina Harbor. The harbor also has a fun peak that comes out of deep water. You’ll definitely see a few resident pro’s surfing here.
3. Honolua BayGet ready to catch the longest ride of your life! Honolua Bay is one of the best surf spots in Hawaii, boasting a powerful, hollow reef break point and a world-class wave. It was even described as “the best wave in the world” by four-time world champion Mark Richards. The bay can get very crowded in the summertime so be sure to respect the locals.
Did you know? Honolua Bay offers incredible Maui snorkeling when the water is calm. Pick up some snorkel gear and explore the waters for tropical fish, turtles, eels, and more.
4. Pe’ahiWith a nickname like “Jaws Beach”, it’s no surprise that Pe’ahi on the North Shore is the most powerful surf spot on Maui. Its fast-moving, massive waves make Jaws strictly for professional surfers only. When conditions allow, pro’s from all over the world get behind a jet ski, let go of the tow rope, and risk their lives to get a taste of the most impressive wave on Earth. Visitors are welcome to stand on the beach and watch the action unfold.
5. Olowalu BeachJust off the Honoapiilani Highway, Olowalu is the easiest spot to access on the island. You can literally go from driving the highway to riding a wave in two minutes. When ocean swells are right, the waves provide consistent fun for intermediate to advanced surfers. However, only a few people can go at the peak at one time. Caution: These waters are known to be some of the sharkiest around.
If the tropical sun wasn't relaxing enough:
A huge honor, three of Maui's restaurants made the 2018 of 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America by Open Table. They are Mama’s Fish House near Pā‘ia, Honu Seafood & Pizza in Lāhainā and The Mill House in Waikapū.
I'm only familiar with Mama's Fish House, which everybody raves about. It is on the pricey side but for such a stunning venue it's worth the splurge. Reservations are a must and I would suggest calling before you get to the island just to be safe.
What makes a golf course great? We have world class courses on the island and the following list can help you choose what matters to you. I tend to suggest the golf courses in Wailea to my guests since it is minutes from my south Kihei condo.
Best Golf Courses in Maui
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.