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Maui is the inspiration to this collection of Hawaiian art. Kihei, Wailea, and Makena are featured in this collection of Maui paintings and prints.
The three towns Kihei, Wailea, and Makena comprise a particularly beautiful stretch of idyllic Hawaiian crescent beaches along the South Maui Coast. The weather is nearly perfect, the views spectacular, and the ambience aloha-filled. The Maui artwork created for this collection has been published in one of Steve Simon’s coffee table books entitled “The Spirit of South Maui.” Each painting is accompanied by a complementary poem written by Simon. In the introduction of the book, Simon sums up his feelings for this special place thusly:
Where on the slopes of Haleakala there lays
A special place graced by Polynesian rays.
Where travelers come to relax and play
Find paradise and seek the perfect getaway.
Where nature offers rainbows in an apologetic way
For briefly raining on your otherwise sunny day.
Where a breaching whale claps like distant thunder
Humbles your thoughts with awe and wonder.
Where aloha itself seems to grow on the trees
Roll in with the surf and blow in the breeze.
Where a warm ambience plays the perfect host
This is the spirit of the South Maui Coast.
Indeed this slice of paradise embodies a special spirit and inspiration to all who visit. At the center of the South Maui Coast is Wailea. Wailea, Maui is a true tropical beach lover’s paradise. It is a quintessential vacation resort town replete with world-class resorts and spas, top-notch golf courses, high-end shopping, amazing restaurants, and of course beautiful beaches with a variety of water activities to choose from.
A series of luxury resorts lie along the spectacular shores of Wailea including: The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, The Fairmont Kea Lani, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. A lovely meandering sidewalk connects the beachfronts of these properties and other villas as the path saunters along the town’s oceanfront.
Taking the Wailea Alanui Drive south out of Wailea to the Makena Alanui Drive, one arrives at the smaller, quieter town of Makena. Makena, Maui is where the paved road ends as the town is bordered to the south by the ‘Ahihi Kinavu Natural Area Reserve. Many years ago, Hawaiians settled these shores to fish large schools of akule. In 1786 the French explorer Jean-Fracois de Galaup, Compte de la Pérouse became the first non-Polynesian to arrive on Maui. La Pérouse Bay is so named to this day.
The beautiful Maui Prince Hotel is the only hotel in Makena. The hotel features impeccably designed Japanese gardens and koi ponds as the property flows seamlessly with the natural beauty of Makena. Beyond the gardens, a beautiful white-sand beach awaits. The resort also offers tennis and four-star golf courses.
Taking the Piilani Highway or South Kihei Road northbound out of Wailea, one arrives in Kihei. Kihei, Maui is home to over sixty condominiums, timeshares, rental properties, and small hotels, making it one of the busiest beach towns on The Hawaiian Islands. It is decidedly more affordable than its neighbor to the south but nevertheless home to beautiful Maui beaches.
The views looking across the water from Kihei are postcard perfect. Great vistas of Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, and West Maui set to the blue Pacific imbue that settling aloha feeling. Kihei beaches include: Kama’ole Beach Parks I, II, and III, Keawakapu Beach, Kihei Beach, and Mai Poina Oe la’u Beach Park.
The collection of oil paintings and prints depicting this wonderful corner of paradise represents a sampling of Steve Simon’s Hawaii art. You may find other Hawaiian art by the artist in the Oahu tab of this website. Whether you are looking for a special over-the-couch piece to bring aloha to a living room or simply looking for a Hawaiian gift, you can find it here.
Enjoy and Mahalo!