Aloha and farewell to Makena Beach and Golf Resort on Maui

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

The Makena Beach and Golf Resort in Makena Maui has closed it's doors as a resort.  We were lucky to spend one more night there on the 29th, our anniversary, and it was bittersweet.  Many happy memories are attached to this resort we love like an old friend.

 Mahalo from Makena Beach Resort

It was always nice to stay at this unpretentious hotel on the south shore of Maui, because it was far from the more touristy resorts like the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons. We appreciate that it was quiet and tranquil, as that's what we're used to.  As usual, the staff were all very friendly and sweet and we were welcomed with shell lei and cold hand towels. Our oceanfront room had island views and a large private lanai, along with all the usual amenities.  So sad to think they are closing.

 The pool at Makena Beach Resort, Makena Maui Hawaii

We're going to miss the Makena Beach Resort. Watching this beachfront location change from a keawe forested scrub land to a luxurious tourist destination has been a long story since the early 1980's. Our first connection was before the hotel was built, and there was just a little shack on the grounds where our friend was staying.  So much has changed since then.

 the island view from room 130, Makena Beach Resort, Maui Hawaii

Going forward, there are plans for this to be transformed from a 300 room hotel into 50 private residences, more or less.  They will surely be fabulous luxury homes in a treasured location, with a tropical palm fringed beach. As a Realtor I'll be able to get first hand access to the remodeled vacation apartments and I look forward to seeing this place morph into the next phase.  This won't be the last time we stay, but it won't be the same.

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 sailing into the sunset at Makena Maui Hawaii

Sailing off into the sunset at Makena Beach and Golf Resort

Thanks for reading my Maui blog...

Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779
E-mail or call/text: 808 283-0635

Comments (9)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Georgina,  It is bitter sweet. Those 50 homes will be something else!  Perhaps you can sell many of them. 

Jul 04, 2016 07:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Georgie

Sad to see a place you have treasured for so long to be closing, and becoming something else. But what a wonderful setting for those 50 homes. How nice to be able to spend 1 last night there. Keep us posted! I don't think we got that far south when we spent a few hours...our last the Wailea area last October.


Jul 04, 2016 07:44 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Kathleen Daniels Jeff Dowler CRS  thanks for visiting and offering feedback about the resort that's closing!  Have a great holiday!

Jul 04, 2016 08:21 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Georgie.  I am so happy you were able to enjoy a special stay one last time before the transformation.  It is like our parents who enjoyed dancing to the scratchy 48's.  The crisp clean sound of cd's just was not the same to them.  Mark

Jul 04, 2016 10:43 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Georgie

That's to bad, looks like a beautiful place and I hope you enjoyed Independence Day 

American Flag by Robert Swetz

Jul 04, 2016 11:38 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Happy belated anniversary. I am sorry to read that they will close  down the resort.

Jul 04, 2016 08:32 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Georgie. I felt your emotion as I read this and I'm sorry the change will happen.

Jul 04, 2016 10:22 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks again everyone!

Jul 05, 2016 07:26 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is really sad and I'm glad you got a final stay to say good bye Georgie Hunter R(S) 

Jul 08, 2016 07:27 AM