Welcome to Wailea
A slice of heaven on earth
Located in South Maui, Wailea has plenty to offer, including 1,500 acres of pristine beaches, resorts, and endless attractions. It is situated just 35 minutes from the Kahului Airport, making it easily accessible for tourists and locals. Wailea is known for its five stunning, crescent-shaped beaches, top-notch golf courses, and its serene, private, and modern ambiance.
The origins of Wailea can be traced back to the mid-1960s when the area was first developed as a residential resort community. Since then, it has evolved into a flourishing and highly sought-after place to reside. Today, Wailea consists of over 2,000 exquisite homes and condominiums, six major resort hotels, three shopping centers, and three world-class golf courses.
What to Love
- Connecting with nature at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
- Shopping until you drop at The Shops at Wailea
- Attending the Maui Film Festival
With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that people from all walks of life are drawn to Wailea. Just over 6,000 individuals reside here, allowing residents to enjoy a tight-knit sense of community that is hard to find elsewhere. Although Wailea is home to individuals from all walks of life, retirees and outdoor enthusiasts make up most of the population.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
When it comes to dining, shopping, and entertainment, Wailea certainly doesn’t disappoint. If shopping is your guilty pleasure, you’ll be sure to love The Shops at Wailea. A destination in itself, this premier center features a wide array of restaurants and shops as well as regular entertainment programs. Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Prada, Billabong, and Banana Republic are just some of the shops that await you.
Whether you’re visiting for vacation or embarking on a staycation, Wailea offers a rich assortment of resorts, hotels, and spas. From the Wailea Beach Resort to Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, you can create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
Things to Do
Regardless of your interests or hobbies, Wailea has something for everyone — starting with a handful of luxurious beaches. Polo Beach, Ulua Beach, and Keawakapu Beach are worth exploring and offer plenty of recreational activities.
Wailea is also home to events such as the Maui Film Festival, which takes place in the fall. This open-air film festival consists of screenings, premieres, and tributes. The Maui Whale Festival is another famous event that attracts visitors from across Hawaii and even the world. This celebrated festival offers a series of notable events during the peak of humpback whale season.
Wailea is served by the Hawaii Department of Education. Top educational institutions include:
- Kamali’i Elementary School, grades PK-5