Standing on a rise of Makena Alanui Road, just before the turn to Wailea Golf Course, it is possible to imagine the Makena that Polynesian voyagers first saw so many hundreds of years ago. Pu’u Ola’i, a large cinder cone resembling a scrub-covered fedora, frames the view to the left. A protective cove curves inward to the right with a crescent of sand just visible in the distance. Swaying palms dot the thick and fragrant foliage in the foreground. This beautiful spot called Makena plays a significant role in Maui’s history, and with new development plans in the works, will be a changing landscape in Maui’s future.