At SSP this week I met with someone who told me that they were missing their annual Hawaii holiday in Wailea this year because of circumstances beyond their control. Here's what it looked like just after we arrived there in 1977. These images were taken several months apart from our living room window. The large white building was at the time a Westin Hotel and had been the first hotel in Wailea (1975). No chain could ever make it profitable. It had a disco but no dancers.
The land in the foreground was Kiave (Kee ah Vey) scrub land but by 1980 it was covered with condos. The beach didn't fare much better; In 1980 we were hit with a hurricane and a lot of the sand was washed away for years thereafter.