Mauka: On Land
During the late 1900s, Makena is transformed into an area of resort and leisure. Much of the industrious nature of the past has made way for hotel, residential and recreational uses.
Paniolos nearly disappear
Many landholders leave in search of new lifestyles
In the late 1970s, visitors’ attention shifted to exotic and unique destinations recognized for ‘non-Waikīkī’ experiences
Tourism became the primary economy in Makena
During 1981, the Robert Trent Jones II – designed golf course was built
In 1986 Seibu completed construction on the Maui Prince Resort
Makai: By Sea
Following the ranching period, the ocean and shoreline were used for residential and resort recreation.
Although locals continued to fish in Makena, there was a general decline of fishing practices
Snorkeling and Whale watching tours began
Ocean recreation was common in the area
Boat tours to Molokini began