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Kihei has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. It is home to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which hosts informational lectures twice a week, and has a number of interesting exhibits.
The Hawaii Space Center is also located in Kihei and has a visitor’s center that is open daily. Or take a self-guided nature walk through the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Preserve. There’s a boardwalk that starts at North Kihei Road and ends at Ma'alaea Harbor, and there are signs along the way that describe the wildlife and plants. Detailed directions to the preserve and nearby snorkeling beaches can be found in the Maui Trailblazer guidebook.
For more physical activities, there’s always snorkeling, rafting, hiking, and sailing. Whale-watching tours are also a great activity for families, as well as the Atlantis submarine tours, where passengers are taken down in a submarine to view sea life. Tours aren’t too long for kids, and most of the tours have divers that will do a sort of show-and-tell presentation at the submarine windows.
Families might also stop by the Whale Watch Center, which has activities for kids and has free admission, or the more adventurous can take a helicopter tour to get a bird’s-eye view of the island.
Most of the resorts and hotels also sponsor activities for kids like scavenger hunts, sand castle contests, or movie nights.