Makena is located on Maui's southwest shore in one of the island's most prestigious vacation destinations. With sunny weather, immaculate beaches and close access to shopping and dining, staying in a Makena condo provides everything you need for your dream Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Many activities await you in the Makena region from snorkeling, kayaking and sunning on the beach to hikes and other adventures. Golfers can enjoy the Makena Golf Course as well as The Wailea Golf Club which offers three spectacular courses called Blue, Emerald and Gold with great ocean views. They also have a pro shop and on-site restaurants. Just past Makena is Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve which is a marine life conservation district with excellent snorkeling. The coral and lava rock coastline has plenty of shallow water for all skill levels revealing myriad fish and marine life including green sea turtles. Make sure not to step on the coral because it's alive and can be harmed if touched. A world-class snorkeling and scuba diving spot is located about three miles offshore at Molokini Crater, and during the winter months these are some of the best waters in all of Hawaii to see humpback whales, either from shore or on a whale watching tour. For a fun day trip take a drive out to "Heavenly Hana" to see waterfalls or through the scenic Maui Upcountry to Haleakala National Park.
Makena is known for its beautiful beaches including the expansive Makena Beach which is comprised of Big Beach and Little Beach. These two beaches are separated by Puu Olai (Earthquake Hill) which was created by volcanic activity in 1790 and now divides the two sections of the coastline. Big Beach has picnic tables and shaded areas that are nice for relaxing, and snorkeling and swimming are excellent here when the water is calm. Offshore you can see Molokini Crater and the islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. Nearby to Makena Beach are the beaches of Wailea which are equally beautiful and include the lovely Ulua Beach which is fronted by a paved beach side walkway in the heart of the Wailea Resort area. Wailea Beach is the largest, and snorkeling is good at both Keawakapu Beach and Polo Beach.
The Makena region offers an abundance of fabulous dining choices including upscale restaurants at the nearby Shops at Wailea as well as at the posh hotels of Wailea Resort where you can also find live nightly entertainment and seaside dining. Just to the north is the vibrant commercial district of Kihei with many more restaurants and also plenty of food choices at Piilani Shopping Village. A bit farther north is Lahaina town offering a range of cuisines and fun night life scene.
More than 70 merchants can be found at the upscale Shops at Wailea offering everything from fine apparel and jewelry to Hawaiian collectibles and art. More fun shopping can be found at the resort hotels of Wailea Resort where there are boutique gift shops to browse. Just to the north in Kihei is a bustling commercial district with shopping centers and a wide variety of stores. Piilani Shopping Village is a convenient place to go for basic goods and services. For more fun shopping head north to Old Lahaina town as well as Kaanapali Resort where there are fun shops to browse along the Kaanapali Beachwalk and at Whalers Village.
A rental car is recommended when staying in a Makena condo so you can visit the area's beautiful beaches and attractions as well as day trips to Haleakala National Park and "Heavenly Hana" town. Maui's public bus system operates daily and provides service between most major towns of West, South and Central Maui including Haiku, Kula and the Maui Upcountry. Makena is located just south of Wailea and Kihei and approximately 30 minutes from Kahului Airport.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Makena is known for its abundant sunshine with very little rain making conditions ideal throughout the year. Temperatures are usually between 70 and 80 degrees F., getting a bit cooler during winter and warmer during summer with the trade winds providing a pleasant, cooling effect.
Makena area beaches often have very nice conditions in the morning hours providing excellent snorkeling opportunities. The trade winds may blow a bit stronger in the afternoons. Ocean conditions change from day to day and through the seasons, and intermittent swells sometimes bringing high surf and strong currents. For swimming and other ocean activities it is best to visit lifeguarded beaches and ask the lifeguards about the safest areas for the water sports of your choice.
Makena condos provide the ideal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the comforts of home and the luxuries of resort living including close access to dining, shopping and entertainment. Browse through our Makena condo rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer.
Our goal at Hawaiian Beach Rentals is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Makena accommodation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality condominiums in Makena and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Makena condos or which Maui destination is best for your Hawaii vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. See below for an overview of some of the finest resorts in the Makena area.
Makena and the West Maui region have an interesting past and there are many historic landmarks throughout the area. Training of US Marines occurred in this region during World War II with amphibious vehicles landing on the beaches. After master planned resort development began to the north in Kaanapali in the 1960s, development in the Makena and Wailea areas followed in the 1970s. Today this area is one of the world's premier vacation destinations. To learn more about the history of the West Maui region follow the self-guided Lahaina Historic Trail which includes bronze informational plaques on the various landmarks.
Overview of Some of the Finest Condo Resorts in the Makena Area
Makena Surf is a beachfront condominium resort offering two, three and four bedroom units with full kitchens, dishwasher, central AC, large lanai, free DSL and washer/dryer. Amenities include pools, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and barbecue areas. Close to the Shops at Wailea for shopping and dining. Also close to a child-friendly beach great for swimming and snorkeling.
Wailea Beach Villas amenities include adult and family swimming pools, two whirlpool hot tubs, botanical gardens with ponds and waterfalls, poolside fitness center with showers and locker rooms, business center, recreation room and concierge. Beautiful tropical landscaping and 24-hour security personnel. This is a gated vacation resort. Close to golf, tennis, shopping, dining and spa services.
Kihei Bay Vista is located right near the beach in Kihei town with a pool, hot tub and barbecue area. One bedroom, one bath units have kitchens, washers/dryer and high speed internet. Close to shopping, dining and Kalepolepo Beach as well as Wailea and Makena.
Hoolei at Grand Wailea is a gated residential condominium resort a short walk from beautiful Wailea Beach and adjacent to the Grand Wailea. Condos feature upscale interior with fully-equipped modern kitchen, air conditioning, large lanai, washer/dryer and attached garage. Amenities include ocean views, fitness room, free WiFi, swimming pool, sauna and two whirlpool spas. Close to golf, dining and shopping.
Grand Champions at Wailea Resort offers washers/dryers, lush and well-manicured landscaping and adult as well as family swimming pools with jacuzzi spas and barbecue areas. Next door is the Wailea Tennis Center. Close to the beach as well as shopping and dining at the Shops at Wailea.
Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach offers hotel amenities and services in a luxury condominium setting at Kaanapali Resort. Close to shopping and dining at Whalers Village and Kaanapali Beachwalk. Amenities include pool, beachside barbecue area and nearby Royal Kaanapali Golf Course.
Outrigger Palms at Wailea offers spacious, Mediterranean-style condos with full kitchens and washer/dryer. Amenities include swimming pool and whirlpool spa. Close to beaches, golf, shopping and dining at the Shops at Wailea. Beautiful landscaping complements a Mediterranean style architecture.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa offers studio and specialty suites with private bathrooms for each bedroom, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer, elevator, concierge, restaurant/deli and sundry shop. Infinity edge pool and two more oceanfront pools.
Please browse through the Hawaiian Beach Rentals condo listings in the Makena region including Makena Surf Resort and Wailea Beach Villas. In the Wailea Resort area we offer Castaway Cove at Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea Grand Champions Villas, Wailea Ekahi Village Condos, Wailea Elua Village Condos, Wailea Ekolu Village, Palms at Wailea, Hoolei at Grand Wailea Resort, Aston Maui Hill, Floral Gardens at Wailea Beach Villas, Polo Beach Club and Outrigger Palms at Wailea. In the Makena area is Makena Surf Resort and Wailea Beach Villas.