Cool Cats Open in Kihei Now!

July 5, 2024

Kukui Mall

Cool Cat Cafe, a beloved local restaurant that was destroyed in the Lahaina fires, announced its grand reopening at a new location in South Maui. The grand reopening took place on June 15, 2024, at Kukui Mall, located at 1819 S. Kīhei Road. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Owners say Cool Cat Cafe is known for its friendly atmosphere, delicious food and exceptional service. The restaurant’s signature item, their burgers, have been voted Best Burger on Maui since 2004. In addition to their familiar favorites, the new location will offer featured items from their sister restaurant Captain Jack’s Island Grill like their Philly cheesesteak, fish and chips, and Baja fish tacos.

“We are beyond excited to offer a place for our staff and community to feel a sense of familiarity,” said Sean Corpuel, owner of Cool Cat Cafe. “As a family-owned and operated company, it was important for us to be able to bring back many of our Lahaina staff, most of whom lost everything, and help give them a reason to stay on the island.

We feel fortunate for the home away from home we have found in Kīhei and the outpouring of support we have felt even before opening. The support from our community has been overwhelming, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to our new location at Kukui Mall. We’ve worked hard to recreate the warm, inviting atmosphere that our patrons love, and we’re looking forward to serving up our signature dishes once again.”

Kukui Mall was the 3rd location for Kihei Rent A Car in the 1990s. We built our own kiosk in the very back and were allotted 20 parking stalls. After a few years, when we were cut off from washing cars, we found our own lot in the Kihei Industrial Center where we still operate from today in 2024

Kihei Rent A Car employees pose for a quick photo at the back door of the Kukui Mall kiosk.

Kihei Rent A Car "the shack" in 1990 when it first opened. Courtey photo.

All those years ago; we moved up when we moved from “The Shack” to “The Kiosk” in the Kukui Mall.

There is the Kukui Mall Kihei Rent A Car Kiosk!


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