The design features inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape and infuses elements of Hawaiian culture.
The Shops at Wailea announces that construction has commenced on its center-wide revitalization plans for Maui’s premier shopping and dining destination, with a targeted completion set before the 2020 holiday season. The center will remain open throughout the renovation, including the center’s regular activities, signature concerts, and cultural entertainment.
The revitalization will transform the existing public spaces and common areas throughout the property with a design that is infused with elements significant to Maui’s history and culture.
The renovation will add a Hawaiian sense of place in the public areas of The Shops with unique design elements that draw inspiration from the magnificent landscape of the island, inviting guests on a genuine tour of the beauty of the island and focusing on Haleaqala as its majestic background. Mimicking the scene, the new design of the common areas of the center includes different spaces: the central entrance representing the top of the volcano, the Upper Mountain Premium Wing, and the Middle Valley Community of Shopping Areas. The "Lower Valley" gathering and event area, as well as clusters of shopping and restaurant spaces.
The design embraces the cultural significance associated with the meaning of Wailea. The words "wai," meaning "freshwater," and "Lea," the mythical goddess of canoe construction, influence the typical design of the center's area. The existing waterfall, which cascades from the Upper Mountains to the Middle Valley, is part of the rebirth, representing the water that flows into the valleys. The story of canoe building is recognized in the design, with the canoe shape and natural materials unfolding in seating platforms, floor patterns, and wicker furniture. From the triangular representation of the tallest and most famous Maui Mountain to the patterned lauhala weave and ʻukukoʻakoʻa (coral polyp) in the brine expanses of Canaloa, each design element pays tribute to the splendor of the Valley Island.
The design modifications have also been thought through in detail to invite guests to relax and enjoy the passing time. In the Lower Valley, the existing fountain will be removed to create a large central hall and walkway, as well as a performance area surrounded by canoe-style seating ideal for special events. The renovation plans will also open up viewing platforms at the Trailheads entrance and storefronts for a freer, more organic design and interaction with retailers and The Shops restaurants.