Located on Maui’s spectacular South Shore, Kihei is globally renowned for its picture-perfect beaches and nearly-perpetual sunshine. And while Lahaina and Paia might be considered the two biggest shopping destinations on the island, Kihei has carved out a reputation for its array of specialty boutiques and brand-name stores.
South Maui Gardens
Kihei’s perennially warm climate lends itself well to strolling and browsing in the great wide open. South Maui Gardens doesn’t just capitalize on this: It redefines the idea of an outdoor plaza. Situated on seven lush acres just up the street from Cove Park, stepping into this space is akin to walking into a slice of paradise. An enormous tortoise roams in his own enclave, butterflies flit about, and plants ranging from torch ginger to unusual orchids abound.
Mahina has become the go-to spot for women on the prowl for the perfect beach coverup or Saturday night outfit. The clothes at this welcoming store are designed and made in Hawaii, and every last piece has an islander in mind. Whether you need a piece of stunning jewelry for an upcoming date or a linen scarf for “winter’s” cooler temps, Mahina is sure to satisfy you.
The Man Cave
Searching for a quirky gift for the Mr. in your life? Head to the Man Cave in South Kihei. Tucked into the Island Surf building, this vibrant space is filled with presents you may not have even thought of — from home entertainment gadgets to kegerators. It’s not all jokey, either: The intimate space features one-of-a-kind (and beautiful) bar accessories and apparel that evoke old Hawaii. (Think: tees featuring Babe Ruth and Duke Kahanamoku.)
Honolua Surf Company
Sure, Honolua Surf Company stores are peppered around the island, but we have a soft spot for one directly across the street from the ever-glorious Kamaole II Beach. This is where you will find an assortment of island styles, from adorable Billabong dresses to an array of high-end sunglasses. “Shop local” with this company that got its start on the island—and sponsors a yearly surf competition at, yes, Honolua Bay on the lovely West Side.
The Bikini Market
If you’ve been fortunate to call Kihei home for some time, you may recall The Bikini Market’s original shop in Kukui Mall. Its new iteration in Wailea Village is even more expansive and exciting. All of the greatest swimsuit brands are sold here, from Acacia and Rhythm to Mai and Aloha. It’s also an excellent place to discover the latest, hottest designers or a beach towel that’ll keep you sand-free and dry.
Gracefully handcrafted stationery may be sold in countless pockets around the island – check out Hawaiian Moons and That’s a Wrap for evidence – but no place holds a candle to Paper Garden. Located directly upstairs from The Bikini Market in Wailea’s newest shopping plaza, this place teems with cards that run the gamut from hilarious to poignant. Art classes and other community events give the boutique soul, but it’s Paper Garden’s wonderful staff and their thoughtful touches around the store that will have you coming back for more.
Stocking up for a fête? Include Wailea Wine on your to-do list. The boutique wine shop brims with the highest-quality vino on the island. This is where you’ll discover Domaine Tempier and Leflaive, in addition to a carefully curated selection of artisan beers. Wailea Wine also carries a spread of gourmet foods, with several crafted by local favorites such as Ono Gelato and Maui Cheese Co. After stocking up, pause at Bella Bloom. Even if you don’t pick up one of their exquisite bouquets, you’re bound to be floored by their stunning blossoms and wonderful fragrances.
Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
The chocolates sold at Sweet Paradise Chocolatier in Wailea Gateway Plaza are almost too extraordinary to touch. (Almost.) Handspun dark chocolate sourced from local ingredients and dotted with everything from lilikoi to strawberry captured in turtles, hearts, and bite-sized, beautiful squares. Go with any kiawe-smoked salt confection, and you’ll certainly be thrilled.
SoHa Living may be surrounded by the most swoon-worthy brands on the planet – Gucci, Prada, Tiffany Co., and Louis Vuitton are just a few among them – but this spot in The Shops at Wailea is “where it’s at.” Whether you need new Hawaiian-themed throw pillows to beachify your island home or are angling to find a unique gift, SoHa Living has got you covered.
Turn your bedroom into an oasis with the assistance of Cariloha. Located across the floor from SoHa Living in The Shops at Wailea, this boutique is filled with organic, sustainable linens and towels made out of bamboo. Translation? Material that is almost too-good-to-be-true soft.