The caption for the above photo comes courtesy of blogger Ian Lind: “Makena Road, August 1960. Past Keawakapu it was dirt roads and keawe trees.”
Today Lind posted a treasure trove of photos of South Maui–specifically, Keawakapu–from a time before Wailea’s carefully manicured lawns, luxury resorts and million-dollar condos. The images are taken from slides, taken by Helen Yonge Lind, and are not in the best of shape. But they also show what Maui was like in a time before tourism dominated the island’s economy.
These were taken in the area of South Maui now site of the sprawling resorts and condominiums stretching from Wailea towards Makena. At that time, though, South Kihei Road was the end of the line. Beyond, towards Makena, it was pretty much a desert.
Included in the photo collection are shots of the Henry Baldwin home on Keawakapu Beach and the Makena-Ulupalakua junction. Click here for Lind’s blog post.
Photo: Helen Yonge Lind