Wailea, South Maui
Welcome to Wailea! Situated between sunny Kihei and the beautiful beaches of Makena, Wailea is the perfect place to go in Maui if you're looking for high-end shopping, golfing, celebrity spotting and a relaxing day at one of the many golden sand, crescent-shaped beaches.
Popular visitor activities in Wailea include browsing art galleries and shops in the Shops at Wailea, enjoying a spa day at one of the five resorts in the area, playing tennis at the award-winning tennis center and teeing up at one of the three beautiful, world-class golf courses. There are also several great restaurants in the area, including Capische? at Hotel Wailea, Spago, Duo and Ferraro's at the Four Seasons Resort, Ko in the Fairmont Kea Lani, Longhi's at the Shops at Wailea, and Monkeypod.
'Ulua and Mokapu are great for scuba diving while, Polo, Keawakapu and Wailea Beaches are better for swimming and laid-back snorkeling around the natural lava rock that still encompasses several of Wailea's beaches.
Each year, Wailea hosts a number of events that attract visitors from around the globe, including the Maui Film Festival, Taste of Wailea, Wailea Food & Wine Festival, and Wailea Restaurant Week.
With several culinary soirees, an extraordinary film line up, and a number of impressive venues, the Maui Film Festival is the crown jewel of Wailea events. Held annually in June, the Maui Film Festival celebrates the art of film and honors some of the best talents in cinema today. Over the course of five days, festival-goers can enjoy some of the most illustrious events of the year on Maui, including the Celestial Cinema, held under the stars on the slopes of the Wailea Golf Club, and the Taste of Wailea event, where some of Maui’s top chefs come together to showcase their work. Lovers of film will also enjoy screenwriters panels, award ceremonies, and a handful of premieres and screenings.
Wailea History & Legend
Like most areas of Maui, Wailea has its own share of Hawaiian history. Lea, the goddess who watched over canoe builders, was said to have transformed into a forest bird called 'elapaio and fly down from Haleakala along the shores of South Maui. This area later became known as Wailea, or the "waters of Lea".
Maui Art Gallery
Fifteen minutes away from Wailea, you’ll find the Maui Art Gallery in ever-sunny Kihei. This bright, inviting venue features striking pieces by the founder of the gallery, Michael John Peters—a self-taught artist who works with everything from bubble wrap to surf combs to create masterful paintings. One of the biggest pleasures of all? You can often catch Peters in the middle of a painting at the front of the gallery, where he uses a variety of materials to make incredible creations.
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