Corrine and Mark, South Maluaka Beach, Makena Maui.
South of the Wailea resort, a mile or so past Keawala'i church at Makena Landing but just before you curve left on Makena Alanui toward Pu'u Ola'i and Oneloa beach, there's a little right turn that used to be the old Makena road, the route from Wailea to La Perouse before Seibu built the Maui Prince Hotel in 1989 and closed it to through traffic in favor of the bypass mauka of the new hotel. The Maui Prince is gone now, demolished to make room for a newer and more luxurious vacation playground, but the beach access fronting the property still exists. This is Maluaka beach, a relatively long stretch of white sand and blue ocean with a nice grass park and spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and Kahoolawe to the west and the steep sloping hills of Haleakala toward the east. Parking is easy and the beach is gently used due to its relative invisibility to passing motorists. This is where Corrine and Mark eloped one beautiful afternoon to the sounds of the wind and waves, the smell of salt air, and the warmth of the Maui sun on their shoulders and sand under their feet. Kahu Charles Nahale officiated this event with his impeccable Hawaiian aloha, conch shell greeting, lei ceremony, spiritual chants, and his ever present ukulele which he plays with all his Hawaiian soul. We are blessed to live here on this island and doubly blessed to do what we love, love what we do, and get to work with so many others who glow with the spirit of Aloha they have found embedded in their soul.