Mā‘alaea: The Untold Story of Maui's Historic Crossroads


Written by Lucienne de Naie with Rita Goldman

Softcover, 190pp

Mā‘alaea—The Untold Story of Maui’s Historic Crossroads documents the seminal role Mā‘alaea Village has played in shaping the history of Maui from ancient to modern times.  This engaging 208-page softcover pictorial book features numerous contemporary images and historically significant archival materials.

Highlights include:

  • Mā‘alaea as a centuries-old Hawaiian fishing village—once home to a prominent heiau and one of the island’s largest collections of petroglyphs—whose canoe landing served as a portal to Maui for Hawaiian kings and warriors.
  • Its days as a busy mid-19th-century harbor, with a hotel for disembarking steamship passengers and facilities (including a railroad) serving Waikapū Sugar Company’s plantation and mill.
  • Its early-20th-century Japanese fishing village and Shinto shrine.
  • Mā‘alaea as the site of Maui’s first commercial airport, and a WWII training area.

Book proceeds dedicated to Mā‘alaea restoration projects, including the Pohakea watershed and Ma`alaea Bay.