Wailea Beach

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Wailea Beach on south Maui in Hawaii, start of the Wailea Molokini Challenge, a charity swim benefiting Best Buddies Hawaii
Wailea Beach is a picturesque and popular beach with soft sand in South Maui in Hawaii. Wailea Beach offers good swimming and a few other fun tourist activities like a big trampoline contraption in the water for kids. Backed by the Wailea Beach Villas, Grand Wailea, Four Seasons, and Wailea Point, the beach tends to be busy. An especially pleasant board walk leads to neighboring Polo beach on the south and Mokapu beach to the north. Wailea Beach is a perfect place to spend the day, with several options for food and drinks at the hotels or nearby shops at Wailea. Wailea Beach is about 450 yards in length.

[edit] Wailea Molokini Challenge

The Wailea Molokini Challenge was a charity swim and paddle event on 3 December 2011 that benefited Best Buddies Hawaii and Ka Lima O Maui. The event raised money and awareness for the diverse population of people with disabilities on Maui.

Famous swimmers such as Karen Gaffney swam 6 miles from Wailea Beach on Maui, circumnavigated Molokini volcanic crater island, and then paddled 6 miles back. Gaffney was accompanied by Hawaiian channel swimmer and Maui resident Mike Spalding. The benefit paddle/swim circumnavigation of Molokini included stand up, OC-1, OC-2 and traditional outrigger canoe divisions for teens, adults and seniors. The race began and ended on Wailea Beach at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, and featured celebrity guests enjoying an evening of Hawaiian entertainment and hula, a lu'au buffet, silent auction, awards ceremony and prizes. Actress Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia Brady of "The Brady Bunch") presented awards to the winning competitors.

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