Kauhale Makai: Information and Real Estate Insights

Overview of Kauhale Makai

Kauhale Makai is a beachfront resort in Kihei, Maui, offering ocean and mountain views, suitable for a primary residence, second home, or investment. The resort provides spacious condos and various amenities, including a children’s wading pool, an ocean-view pool, a whirlpool spa, saunas, a putting green, shuffleboard courts, and barbecue facilities. It’s conveniently located near shops, restaurants, golf courses, and some of Maui’s most beautiful beaches.

Kauhale Makai Map

Unit Configurations

Kauhale Makai consists of 169 units, including 12 studio units at 433 square feet each, 108 1-bedroom units ranging from 624 to 799 square feet, 48 2-bedroom units ranging from 745 to 975 square feet.

The floor plan below is not to scale or guaranteed. Individual owner modifications may result in differences. For unit-specific confirmation, please feel free to reach out.

Kauhale Makai Floor Plan

What We Love

Kauhale Makai is an affordable option if you’re looking for a Kihei Vacation rentable unit. The setting of the complex is great; you have a state land strip between Kauhale Makai and the beach, giving you a great buffer against erosion while still giving you an oceanfront feel.

What We Could Do Without

There isn’t much to dislike about Kauhale Makai. The only downfall may be the occasional parking lot flooding when heavy rains overwhelm the storm drains, but that hasn’t seemed to be a big issue or a deterrent.

Onsite Amenities

  • Pool
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Recreation Area
  • BBQ Area
  • Putting Green
  • Shuffleboard
  • On-site Security

Nearby Amenities

Some of the most well-known Maui golf courses are only around the corner. If shopping is your favorite pastime, The Shops at Wailea’s offers extensive options. Not to mention the proximity to some of Kihei’s great beaches (Cove Beach ParkCharley Young Beach, and Kamaole Beach 12, and 3)

Kauhale Makai Sales Statistics

Please feel free to reach out directly for active listings, pending sales, specific sales data, current price opinions, or any other data.

The report below is real-time data sourced from the Realtors Association of Maui. The statistics include Kauhale Makai’s average sales price and average price per square foot. These graphs will update automatically with the most recent data.

Studio Unit

1 Bedroom

2 Bedroom

Association Information

For up-to-date information on Homeowner Association (HOA) fees and related matters, don’t hesitate to reach out via call or email. (This information is prone to regular updates and changes.)

Here are the Association rules and information.

Primary Uses

Short-Term Vacation Rental

Maui vacation rental demand has consistently performed well throughout the years due to the desirability of being in a tropical setting yet still within the United States. During the peak winter season, Maui’s population can shift from the baseline resident population of 165K or so to over 300K people.

Historically, the typical vacation rental condo averages 75-80% occupancy; we have some clients and property managers that consistently keep their units 90%+ booked. High-end units may see lower occupancy than mid to low-end vacation rental units.

As a guide for our clients, we apply the 10% rule to help them identify properties with a gross annual income of 10%+ than their acquisition cost. An example would be a $1M property grossing $100k or more yearly. The net income to the seller would be based on how they operate the unit and the work they’re willing to do. Self-managed units net the highest income but also require the most work. Front desk management usually has the lowest income but less involvement and flexibility. Independent property managers are often the happy medium between excellent service and solid revenue. Please reach out if you’d like a proforma or rental projection for a particular unit. We’d love to help.

Long-Term Rental

Long-term rentals are considered six months or longer here in Maui. You avoid some operations costs such as cleaning, higher management fees, and higher tax rates; however, you are likely to get more income running your unit as a short-term vacation rental. Long-term rentals also offer you less flexibility for owner stays.

Second Home

If your goal is not to maximize your ROI and simply use the unit as you please, you can do so. You would pay the highest and best use for real property tax, but you would not be subject to the TAT and GET taxes (see below) associated with income-producing short-term units.

Owner Occupant

If Maui is where you want to call home, the owner-occupant is the one for you. If you spend 270 days out of the year on Maui and your unit is your primary residence, then you can apply for the Owner Occupant exemption (frequently asked questions)


The zoning for Kauhale Makai is A-2. As per Maui County Rules, vacation rentals are allowed. This property is listed on the Minatoya List.


Taxes to consider when owning at Kauhale Makai:


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Why Tim Stice?

I love what I do and I’m here to offer my clients outstanding service. My team and I have seen almost every scenario imaginable (at least, we’d like to think). Through solution-based problem-solving, transparent communication, and unrivaled market knowledge, we have successfully navigated over a half billion in closed transactions. We care about our clients and are eager to earn the title of your real estate representative.

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