Welcome to your new community! You have joined an ohana in a part of Maui that has a vibrant history. In the beautiful Hawaiian language, Makena means "abundance" or "peaceful calm," both of which are reflected in the lush setting and meticulous planning of this property.
For hundreds of years, Hawaiians lived in small villages up and down this coast. Almost 500 years ago, Maui's King Pi'ilani and his son built his "King's Highway" around the entire island. It was a monumental task, and sections of it are still in use today. Old Makena Road (now Makena Keoneoio) was part of that trail.
In the 1800's, the Makena area became part of the huge Ulupalakua Ranch. Nearby Makena Landing was used to ship Maui produce to the other islands, and to ship sugar and cotton to the Mainland. It was also a bustling port for shipping cattle from Manui to Kaho'olawe, which was then a large cattle ranch.
Up until 1912, every steamer en route from Honolulu to Hilo called at Makena, and there were more than 100 families in this thriving community. When Kahului Harbor was expanded in the 1920's, it became the economic center of the Island, and Makena Landing - as did the pier at Kihei - fell into disuse. There was little to attract people to South Maui, other than the commercial harvest of kiawe (mesquite) and good fishing. Makena became a sleepy community and remained that way for decades.
In recent years, Makena has been rediscovered for its magnificent climate, its superb beaches and its abundant sea life. Na Hale O Makena is well-positioned to take advantage of the best of the Makena area, and was designed to be the first low-density, apartment-style residential community with the feel of single-family homes.
As a resident of Makena, you are part of the unfolding history of this magnificent area of Maui. May Na Hale o Makena truly be your "home of peaceful calm!"