A fourteen-hundred-acre, master-planned resort destination, Wailea was originally a portion of Ulupalakua Ranch's Pacific shoreline, an open grazing land littered with thorny kiawe trees. In 1957, Matson Navigation Company acquired this area from Ulupalakua Ranch. Although plans to convert the area into a resort were developed, no action was taken until Matson's parent company, Alexander and Baldwin, assumed control of the property in 1969. Since then the company has developed five resort hotels with over twenty-five hundred rooms, private houses, more than one thousand condominium units, three golf courses, a shopping center, tennis courts, and restaurants. It has emerged as one of Maui's premier resort destinations.
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