Protect Our Future

Save Makena provides an independent voice for citizens coming together to protect and take care of Makena State Park and the lands of Honua’ula (from Wailea, south).


Status of Makena Resort August 2015

Makena Resort has been under new ownership since the 2010 bankruptcy of the Dowling partnership. The new owners (ATC Makena) have partnered with Discovery Land, a high end resort developer, to gain permits to close the Makena Resort Hotel and repurpose it into a “members only” spa and resort condos (2014).

The partnership and Discovery Lands are now proposing to continue the “members only theme” and create an exclusive resort neighborhood of around 150 luxury units and a number of commercial units on 47 acres directly across from Makena Landing and Makena Bay.

The proposed project map shows 26 “custom estates” , 20 “canoe cottages” around a pool and clubhouse, 10 single family Transient Vacation Rental units and 14 condo buildings with a total of 86 units in 6 to 8 unit clusters on the steep hillside site.

Previous proposals by Dowling company were for around 40 individual estates on one acre lots on the same land.

Maui Tomorrow is part of a community advisory process with Makena Resort. Maui Tomorrow is concerned about drainage, cultural site and water quality impacts; potable water supply; traffic impacts and loss of the iconic Makena-Ulupalakua Road.


Status of Wailea 670/Honua’ula August 2015

The developer of the proposed 1150 unit housing and 100,000 sq. ft commercial development on 670 acres adjoining Maui Meadows has informed state and federal wildlife biologists and State Historic Preservation Office that a 130 acre preserve will be created in the southern portion of the land to protect rare and endangered flora and fauna and thousands of archaeological sites.

Additional areas will also be left undeveloped along natural gulches, totaling over another 100 acres.

Maui Tomorrow volunteers, working with native Hawaiian group, Maui Cultural Lands, have been monitoring populations or endangered awikiwiki plants on the property, and have recorded several new populations over the past few rainier years.

Maui Tomorrow ally, Sierra Club Maui, challenged the project’s Environmental Impact Statement in 2013, and the project is on hold while settlement negotiations are finalized in that challenge.

If a settlement is finalized, the project will be free to move forward to complete its Phase II Project District approval at Maui Planning Commission.

This is the last review of the proposed development where public input is involved.

250 units of the Wailea 670/ Honua’ula affordable housing is required to be offsite on land that was once part of the proposed Piilani Promenade (“Kihei Mega Mall”) development which Maui Tomorrow has challenged.

Maui Tomorrow is asking that the entire 88 acre site where the Wailea 670 affordable housing and “Mega Mall” commercial development is proposed follow the conditions set during its 1995 Land Use Commission (LUC) approval. That matter is still before the LUC.

Your Voices Have Been Heard

The 130 acre preserve announced for Wailea 670 (“Honua’ula” project) to protect native forest and cultural sites has been restored!

Investors proposed only 40 acre preserve before citizens took action.  See more at Maui Weekly.

Wailea 670 WANTED PosterVictory

Oneloa Cleanup

Invasive mangrove and thorny non-native palm trees will not be impacting cultural sites or taking over the forest area behind Oneloa Beach thanks to the efforts of volunteers who showed up to “malama Oneloa” (Big Beach) in Makena State park.

Volunteers clean up Oneloa Beach on Maui for Save Makena

Volunteers remove invasive mangrove and hundreds of seed pods before they can take over the forested area mauka of Oneloa Beach.

Mahalo to hardworking volunteers Joseph Allbright, Keith and Charlene Echeverri and Theresa Jensen, all of Kihei. The project was organized by Save Makena, a project of Maui Tomorrow, in cooperation with DLNR and state park staff. If you would like to volunteer for future Malama Oneloa projects email:


Thorny, invasive palms are cleared to help protect area around cultural sites.

Thorny, invasive palms are cleared to help protect area around cultural sites.


Malama Oneloa

May 18, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Save, a project of Maui Tomorrow Foundation, invites visitors and community members to help care for Oneloa (“Big Beach”), at Makena State Park on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Malama Oneloa morning cleanup will meet at the park’s second entrance parking at 9am.

Volunteers will remove alien plants and clean the beach and wooded areas around a designated area of the park, working in coordination with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks. Cleanup supplies will be provided with volunteers asked to bring work gloves; cold water and watermelon will be served. Save provides a voice for citizens coming together to protect and take care of Makena State Park and the lands of Honua’ula. For further information or to volunteer, please call 214-0147

Sierra Club Files Challenge to Wailea 670 EIS

Rare native wiliwili forest occupies planned shopping center location, Wailea 670.

Rare native wiliwili forest occupies planned shopping center location, Wailea 670.

The Sierra Club and Maui Unite have filed a legal challenge the Maui Planning Commission’s approval of a final environmental impact statement for the Honua’ula project in South Maui.

Old growth native wiliwili forest plants need 130-acre preserve to survive. Wailea 670 EIS says 40-acres is all that is needed. Does the EIS follow the law? View more plants of the Wailea 670 native forest we need to protect here
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