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Things to do in Wailea-Makena

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
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“ The Shops at Wailea is an upscale mall located in the Wailea Resort. This luxurious, open air mall features some of the top names in the fashion industry, as well as local favorites. There are also art galleries and restaurants. Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Tori Richard and Honolulu Cookie Company are just a small sample of some of the fabulous stores located at the mall. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar is the perfect place to grab a Mai Tai and just relax. Not only are there plenty of shopping opportunities, but The Shops at Wailea mall holds free events and activities, and offers live entertainment. Consult their website for the most current schedule.”
  • 81 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Monkeypod is a lively restaurant with terrific food, a large selection of craft beers, a renowned mai tai, and great service. The place is usually packed at dinner time, is loud, and is a better spot for a happy gathering of family or friends than a romantic dinner. The menu is varied and contains “modern twists” on traditional dishes. Food is primarily locally-sourced. It seems that any time I talk to someone who has also vacationed in the Kihei/Wailea area, they ask me if we ate at Monkeypod. It seems to be the “it” restaurant in the area. Even though it can be really crowded at dinner we have enjoyed our time there. We often go for an early or late lunch and avoid the crowd. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Fun place to hang out on the grassy area. Small grocery store with pre-made salads, sandwiches and drinks. Happy hour& pupus at Bar and watch sunset !”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“3.3 miles South. $2.00 taco Tuesday! Moose McGillycuddys is connected (2 for 1 breakfast coupons in magazines)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Beach
“This beach's water is like glass in the morning, which is great for Stand Up Paddling. Awesome picnic and BBQ area4”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“great beach for everyone. Lots of sand so no overcrouding. Check out Makena and Wailea area on the way there. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
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“Happy hours, bingo, trivia nights. Fun place! Go and watch the sunset across the street!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“We love stopping in here to grab lunch to take to the beach. Great sandwiches and salads! Tip, call ahead and order before hand to avoid the line!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tasty food, outdoor seating, partial ocean view breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Sarento’s is a great beachfront open-air restaurant just across the lawn from the Mana Kai. From 8 am to 2 pm they offer what they call their brunch menu with about half of the items being traditional breakfast items and the rest more in line with a mid-day meal. Starting at 5 pm, the tablecloths come out, the menu becomes more sophisticated, and the prices go up as it transforms into a fine dining experience. It is a great place to watch the sunset and a romantic evening. Also great for groups of six to twelve or so people who are looking for a quiet setting. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
“Kings trail hike. Beautiful ! Go early since it can be windy in the pm. Take a small lunch and enjoy the private small beaches.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
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“Nightlife! Great bands, located in Wailea! Check online for the entertainment schedule.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Beach
“ The coral reef right in front of the resort is one of my favorite places to snorkel. I frequently see turtles, eels, dozens of different types of colorful tropical fish, and once a monk seal. There are other great spots as you travel south along the coast with convenient shore access. They are easy to find with a google search of best places to snorkel in South Maui. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Perched on the Wailea Gold Course w/ wonderful views for breakfast, lunch, happy hour & dinner!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Great family beach. Good snorkeling by the reef, just a 15 minute walk from here. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Maui Wine is a working vineyard where you can enjoy a wine tasting (pineapple wine!) and take a tour to learn how they make their wine, the history of the land and how they are redirecting the use of the land. A gift shop offers a chance to pick up some unique gifts.”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Monkeypod is a lively restaurant with terrific food, a large selection of craft beers, a renowned mai tai, and great service. The place is usually packed at dinner time, is loud, and is a better spot for a happy gathering of family or friends than a romantic dinner. The menu is varied and contains “modern twists” on traditional dishes. Food is primarily locally-sourced. It seems that any time I talk to someone who has also vacationed in the Kihei/Wailea area, they ask me if we ate at Monkeypod. It seems to be the “it” restaurant in the area. Even though it can be really crowded at dinner we have enjoyed our time there. We often go for an early or late lunch and avoid the crowd. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Fun place to hang out on the grassy area. Small grocery store with pre-made salads, sandwiches and drinks. Happy hour& pupus at Bar and watch sunset !”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“3.3 miles South. $2.00 taco Tuesday! Moose McGillycuddys is connected (2 for 1 breakfast coupons in magazines)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Happy hours, bingo, trivia nights. Fun place! Go and watch the sunset across the street!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“We love stopping in here to grab lunch to take to the beach. Great sandwiches and salads! Tip, call ahead and order before hand to avoid the line!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tasty food, outdoor seating, partial ocean view breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Sarento’s is a great beachfront open-air restaurant just across the lawn from the Mana Kai. From 8 am to 2 pm they offer what they call their brunch menu with about half of the items being traditional breakfast items and the rest more in line with a mid-day meal. Starting at 5 pm, the tablecloths come out, the menu becomes more sophisticated, and the prices go up as it transforms into a fine dining experience. It is a great place to watch the sunset and a romantic evening. Also great for groups of six to twelve or so people who are looking for a quiet setting. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Pub
“Nightlife! Great bands, located in Wailea! Check online for the entertainment schedule.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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