Wailea, Hawaii

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Wailea, Hawaii
Wailea, HI.jpg
Coordinates: 20°41′24″N 156°26′21″W / 20.69000°N 156.43917°W / 20.69000; -156.43917Coordinates: 20°41′24″N 156°26′21″W / 20.69000°N 156.43917°W / 20.69000; -156.43917
CountryUnited States
 • Total10.74 sq mi (27.82 km2)
 • Land7.44 sq mi (19.28 km2)
 • Water3.30 sq mi (8.54 km2)
 • Total6,027
 • Density809.65/sq mi (312.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
Area code(s)808
FIPS code15-76935

Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 5,938.[2] Prior to 2010, the area was part of the Wailea-Makena census-designated place. The community was developed in 1971 by a partnership of Alexander & Baldwin and Northwestern Mutual.[3]


Wailea is located at 20°41′24″N 156°26′21″W / 20.69000°N 156.43917°W / 20.69000; -156.43917 (20.690104, -156.439108).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.7 square miles (27.8 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19.3 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), or 30.70%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]


Wailea Resort is a 1,500-acre (6.1 km2), master-planned resort located on Maui's sunny, southern leeward coast. Its development is guided by two important documents: a master plan that allegedly ensures low density and good community planning, and the Wailea Community Association's design guidelines which claim to preserve Maui's island environment in all new building projects.[7] Both documents are administered by the Wailea Community Association, which has long combined professional management (since 1984) and volunteer owner control of the Board of Directors (since 1999) to effectively manage the community in a customer service manner for all stakeholders: residents, hotels, commercial owners, and tourists. Wailea was named one of the country's 99 Best Recreational & Residential Private Communities in America. Many of Wailea's single-family and condominium complexes offer gated entryways for enhanced security and privacy. Utilities are buried underground, and roadways are landscaped. Nearby are Wailea's many amenities, including restaurants, championship golf courses, tennis facilities, shopping, and beaches.

Panoramic view of Wailea Beach from water
Wailea beach resort, Maui, Hawaii


Major employers in Wailea include the Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani, Marriott Wailea Beach, the Wailea Golf Club, Wailea Beach Villas, Tommy Bahama, Spago, Polo Beach Club, Wailea Grand Champions, and Destination Residences Hawaii.[8]


Wailea was originally a fishing settlement and its name translates to “water of lea”  the goddess of canoe-builders. Legend has it she transformed the area into a beautiful forest for birds and would frequently fly above it to appreciate its beauty. In ancient Hawaiian times they would live more toward the mountains of Wailea where they grew sweet potatoes (uala) and would venture down to the shore to fish. After the Great Māhele lead to cattle raising to become a dominant practice and would eventually form the Ulupalakua Ranch.

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  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Wailea CDP, Hawaii". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "History & Culture of Wailea". Wailea Resort Association. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Wailea CDP, Hawaii". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Wailea Community Association Rules and Guidelines". Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Search Results - Kihei, Hawaii - ReferenceUSA Current Businesses

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