Located in the sunny southernmost part of Maui, Makena enjoys ideal weather year-round. Potential home buyers seeking sumptuous seclusion will find exactly that in this desirable community on the Valley Isle, often voted best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Less developed than many parts of the island but a quick drive to every possible amenity and service, Makena contains some of the most sought-after properties in the state of Hawaii.
Maui’s first settlers arrived from the Marquesas Islands and Tahiti between 450 and 700 A.D. Near the turn of the 19th century, as Kamehameha I united the islands, the west Maui town of Lahaina became the original capital of the kingdom. Europeans arrived soon after, focused on trade, whaling, logging, and missionary work. Maui eventually served not only as a training center in the Pacific Theater during World War II, but as a location for troops to rest and recuperate.
Sugar production continued as a major industry on the island until the end of 2016, and as a result, a considerable portion of Maui retains an agricultural feel. The remainder of the varied landscape includes a 10,000-foot dormant volcano, bamboo forests, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and a red sand beach. In recent years, the island has become a destination for surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders. Because humpbacks congregate in the channel between south Maui and its neighbor islands to the west, its winter whale watching is considered the best in the Hawaiian Islands.
Makena’s location in south Maui means that it also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, with views of the islands of Kaho’olawe and Lana’i, the Molokini crater, and the West Maui Mountains. Makena State Park, known as Big Beach, provides a wide expanse of golden sand about a mile and a half long, bordered on one side by a volcanic cinder cone. Nearby Keawakapu Beach, nearly a mile long, also offers opportunities for walking, swimming, sunset views, and snorkeling with sea turtles.
Just south of Makena, residents and visitors alike enjoy snorkeling in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve and hiking in La Perouse Bay, where lava fields meet the sea and provide glimpses of wild goats and spinner dolphins. Makena’s neighbor to the north, Wailea, allows easy access to world-class golf, tennis, and spas. The Shops at Wailea feature upscale shopping and fine dining, as well as live music and hula performances.
At the foot of the majestic Haleakala volcano, the exclusive community of Makena offers beachfront condos, homes overlooking golf courses, and expansive estates with generous acreage. Despite the privacy of its location, a 15-minute drive leads to grocery stores and other conveniences, a 30-minute drive to the hospital, and a 35-minute drive to the airport. For those with discerning tastes, Makena may be the perfect Hawaiian hideaway!