Kihei, Hawaii

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Kihei, Hawaii

Introduction to Kihei, Hawaii

Kihei, Hawaii, in Maui county, is 99 miles SE of Honolulu, Hawaii. The town has a population of approximately 16,749.

Kihei History

Kihei was originally called Kama'ole (meaning barren) by the natives. In 1950, the land was developed for the purpose of farming. Gradually, water was piped into Kihei from Central and West Maui and the town started to progress. The city replete with condominium units and malls and became a tourist spot in the later years.

Kihei and nearby Attractions

  • Azeka Place Shopping Center
  • Ma'alaea Beach
  • Hale Piilani Park
  • Kamaole Beach Park
  • Hawaii Space Center

Things To Do In Kihei

There are several parks that can be visited including the Kalama Park, Cove Park, Kamaole Beach Park, and Hale Piilani Park. Shopping is a great activity for tourists at the Kukui Mall Shopping Center and the Azeka Place Shopping Center. Hawaii Space Center is also another popular place that tourists can experience. Sugar Beach is the favorite beach of the tourists there.

Kihei Transportation

Kahului Airport offer air transportation facilities.

Kihei Higher Education

There are many higher education institutes available for the residents of Kihei including Kapiolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Honolulu Community College, and Brigham Young University - Hawaii campus.

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High Points

Kihei strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Hawaii):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Kihei Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Kihei Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Kihei Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Kihei, Hawaii

Comparing Kihei to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Hawaii (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 7
Racial Diversity 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 9
Well-Paid Single Women 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Age of the Population 4 4
Female Share of the Population 1 4
Senior Citizens 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 2
Portion of People Married 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 6
Median Family Income 6 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
People Above Poverty 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Working at Home 9 7
Short Commute Times 6 8
Public Transportation Use 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 3
People Living Alone 4 9
Affordability of Rents 2 4

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Kihei Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 99 miles SE of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Maui
Standard Zip Codes 96753
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 20.73
Longitude -156.44

Kihei Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 70 F
Jul Temp 57 to 74 F
Oct Temp 57 to 74 F
Annual Precip 28.6 inches
Station KULA BRANCH STN 324.5
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 69 F
Apr Temp 54 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 76 F
Oct Temp 58 to 75 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 66 to 78 F
Apr Temp 67 to 80 F
Jul Temp 71 to 85 F
Oct Temp 71 to 85 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches
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Kihei Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,749 100%
Male 8,502 50.8%
Female 8,247 49.2%
Under 18 4,202 25.1%
18+ 12,547 74.9%
65+ 1,177 7%
Median Age 35.3
Average Family Size 3.31
White 7,999 47.8%
African-American 124 0.7%
Asian 4,140 24.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 81 0.5%
Other 265 1.6%
Mixed Race 2,825 16.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,259 7.5%

Kihei Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.6%
German 8.7%
Irish 6.7%
English 5.1%
Italian 4.2%
Portuguese 3.1%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
US/American 1.6%
Scottish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.4%
Polish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
European 0.9%
Dutch 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
British 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kihei, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wailea (96753)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kihei 16,749 $50,738
Kahului 20,146 $52,610
Lahaina 9,118 $54,879
Makawao 6,327 $50,145
Paia 2,499 $57,981
Pukalani 7,380 $65,087
Wailuku 12,296 $51,441

Starbucks in Kihei

(As of 2005)
Kihei 2 (Kukui Mall)
1819 S. Kihei Rd.
Piilani Village Shopping Center, Bl
247 Piikea Ave
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Kihei High Schools (2004)

300 OHUKAI ROAD #214
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 72.5

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