Golden Hour in Kihei: The Ultimate Sunset Spots

Posted by Island Sotheby's International Realty on Friday, June 7th, 2024 at 8:52am

Welcome to Kihei, where every sunset paints the sky with a palette of colors that could rival any masterpiece. Known for its stunning coastal views and vibrant community, Kihei also offers some of the best locations to watch the sun dip below the horizon. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil beach, a vibrant social scene, or an upscale dining experience, Kihei has it all. From the serene sands of Keawakapu Beach to the lively atmosphere at Maui Brewing Co., discover the best places to catch a stunning Hawaiian sunset.


Keawakapu Beach

3035 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

For a serene sunset experience, head to Keawakapu Beach, stretching along the south end of Kihei. This hidden gem, extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, offers soft sand and clear waters that create a stunning foreground for twilight’s spectacular colors. The sunsets here are especially vibrant during the winter months.

Arrive early to take a leisurely stroll along the shore or find a perfect spot to lay down your beach towel. Bring a beach chair, a blanket for cooler evenings, and a camera to capture the ethereal Hawaiian susets. With three beach access points, all equipped with outdoor showers, Keawakapu is ideal for a beach day that extends well into the evening.

After the sunset, enjoy a post-sunset dinner at the nearby 5 Palms Restaurant, where you can dine on fresh seafood while overlooking the ocean. Can you imagine a better way to end a perfect day in paradise than with a vibrant Hawaiian sunset over the Pacific Ocean?

Photo By James Wheeler. 


Maui Brewing Co.

Daily: 11:30 AM-10:00 PM

Happy Hour:  Monday – Friday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm



For a vibrant and social sunset experience, head to Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. Perched on a hilltop, this spot offers breathtaking panoramic vistas that pair perfectly with their craft brews. The brewery fills up quickly on clear days, so arrive early to snag a prime spot.

Savor a variety of local beers and a full dinner menu in an expansive outdoor garden seating area and open-air interior. The family-friendly vibe celebrates the brewery’s history, passion for craft beer, and deep Maui roots. As Kihei is the brewery headquarters, it's the ideal place to experience the artisanal, island-inspired cuisine. The bar features 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, including year-round favorites and special releases from other small breweries.

Add in the restaurant, lanai, and beer garden to your weekend itinerary for a brewery-to-table dining experience in the heart of paradise. No reservations needed—just come, relax, and enjoy the sunset!


Kamaole Beach Park I

Alanui Ke'ali'i, Kihei, HI 96753

Kamaole Beach Park I, known for its crystal waters, sandy beaches, wide green lawns and excellent beach facilities, is a favorite among families and locals for sunset viewing. The grassy area right on the street is perfect for picnics and provides a comfortable spot to watch the sunset without getting sandy.

Just down the boardwalk, the beach welcomes everyone with calm waters for swimming, an on-duty lifeguard, and sea turtles. There's a beach volleyball court on the grass area that fronts S Kihei Rd, making it a great spot for some fun before sunset.

With wonderful sunsets, convenient food and drinks right across the road, and the option to rent chairs and umbrellas from nearby shops, Kam I is an ideal spot to end your day.


Charley Young Beach

Map to Parking

Charley Young Beach, located at the north end of Kamaole Beach Park I in downtown Kihei, is an intimate and serene escape. The dramatic rocky outcrops make it perfect for stunning sunset photos.

Access the beach through the north part of Kamaole I, with street parking available along South Kihei Road. Enjoy spectacular swimming and snorkeling in the reef area and top off your day with a peaceful evening sunset.

For a picturesque and tranquil sunset, Charley Young Beach is one of the prettiest spots on the island. Plus, shopping and dining options are just across the street.


Cove Park

2126 Iliili Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

For a perfect sunset experience, head to Cove Park in Kihei. Known for its laid-back Aloha spirit, Cove Park offers a scenic spot to watch the sunset while relaxing by the ocean. Located just south of Kalama Park, this beach is also the best place to learn to surf in South Maui, with many instructors available every day of the week.

Enjoy surfing and stand-up paddleboarding at this popular spot favored by visitors, locals, and surf schools. After enjoying the sunset, explore the nearby restaurants, shops, food trucks, a farmer’s market, and nightlife—all within walking distance. Whether you’re catching waves or simply unwinding, Cove Park is the perfect place to embrace Maui’s coastal charm and witness stunning sunsets.


Sugar Beach

145 N Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

The hidden gem of Sugar Beach in north Kihei, is a more than ideal spot to experience Maui’s stunning sunsets. With the longest stretch of sand on the entire island, covering approximately 6 miles, Sugar Beach offers plenty of room for everyone to enjoy.

Watch the fiery transition from day to night as the sun sets behind the silhouette of the West Maui Mountains. Walking along this expansive beach in the evening is a truly magical experience.

Located at Kihei's northern end, where Maui takes a sharp turn toward Maalaea Harbor, Sugar Beach provides convenient parking off Kihei Road. Please note there are no facilities or lifeguards.


Hilton Grand Vacation Beach Club

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Sunday: 12:30 pm – 8 pm


For an upscale sunset dining experience in Kihei, visit the newly opened Hilton Grand Vacation Beach Club! Perfect for date nights, Beach Club offers a serene ambiance with stunning ocean views, making it an ideal spot to unwind and watch the sunset.

Enjoy signature cocktails, fresh salads, and Pupus, along with delicious pizza, burgers, and ice cream—all al fresco. Whether you're looking for a romantic evening or a relaxing spot to savor the beauty of the evening, Beach Club is the place to be.


Fred’s Mexican Cafe 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm



For the perfect sunset dining experience, come to Fred’s! Enjoy stunning sunset views while savoring “Fresh Mexican Food.” Their funky decor, great music, and high-energy atmosphere make it the ideal spot to relax and soak in the evening beauty.

Complement your sunset with our signature recipes, blending traditional Mexican cuisine with a healthier California twist. They use the finest meats, Certified Angus Beef, boneless skinless chicken breast, and fresh fish. All sauces and salsas are made fresh daily using the freshest ingredients. The best combination for an unforgettable sunset experience!

Whether you're clinking glasses on a lively brewery deck or sinking your toes into the soft sand of a quiet beach, these spots in Kihei offer the perfect end to any day on Maui. Remember, each sunset is unique, so why not return often and see how the sky surprises you next?

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