Property at a Glance: Kihei Akahi
These spacious condos sit right across the street from the three sandy beaches of Kamaole Beach Park. After a day splashing in the Pacific or picnicking in Kam 3's grassy park, head back to a homey and roomy unit equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV, air-conditioning, and a private lanai for enjoying the beautiful Maui sunset.
- Cool off with a swim in one of the two pools.
- Challenge your friends to a match on the tennis courts or a cook-off at the barbecue pits.
- Stock your kitchen by making a trip to one of the nearby grocery stores, including Safeway and Foodland.
- Catch a sunset: Maui's western coast is a particularly gorgeous spot to watch the sun sink below the horizon.
Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous Beaches, Haleakala Volcano, and Seasonal Whale Watching
Voted the best island in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is considered one of the Pacific’s most beautiful spots and a favorite among Hollywood's elite. The town of Lahaina, along Maui’s western coast, served as Hawaii’s royal capital before 1845. Throughout the mid-19th century, it was known as a whaling town—Herman Melville sailed from Lahaina during this time, gathering inspiration for Moby-Dick. The humpback whales that were once hunted are now protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and their population has flourished. The seas around Lahaina boast some of the world’s best whale watching from December to May, when female humpbacks give birth in the warm Pacific waters.
Arguably, Maui's biggest attraction is Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano, which technically encompasses 75% of the island. A paved road leads up to Haleakala's summit, where you can stretch your legs and walk around the rim of the lunar-like crater. The towering peak is especially popular with bicyclists, who coast down the slopes all the way to the beach town of Paia.
Elsewhere on the island, it’s a rite of passage to drive the Road to Hana, a 68-mile route that zigzags along the scenic northeastern coast with more than 600 hairpin curves. There are several points of interest along the way, including botanical gardens, tiny villages, and waterfall pools you can swim in.