Slice of (The Easy) Life: Westin Building Maui Paradise Resort

Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

From the water, a tower crane rises above the trees along Kaanapali Beach.

We go to great lengths here at The Chicago Architecture Blog to keep you, our treasured readers, up to date on all the happenings in construction and architecture we think you need to know. So naturally, we wanted to introduce you to a project that might not be on your radar just yet: The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas.

Granted, part of the reason you may not know about the Nanea Villas yet is because they’re slightly south-west of Chicago proper. Okay, they’re on Maui, to be precise. And yes, I might only be sharing this with you because I’m telling everyone that my wife and I are honeymooning in Hawaii right now. Still, it’s hard to not be impressed with any construction site boasting two tower cranes. Sure it’s right next to the ocean, with the fabulous Kaanapali Beach as its back yard, but really, I’ve just been focusing on the construction site itself.

Slated for completion in 2017, the Westin Nanea Villas will consist of 390 time-share units on 26 acres along the West Maui coast resort town of Lahaina. To meet the needs of visitors from far-away places like Sydney and Honolulu, there will be the typical resort-quality amenities like a workout studio, three ocean-side cabanas, and a 10,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool. There will be a first-class restaurant, and stuff for the kids too, but 10,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool, y’all!

The design architect, WCIT Architecture, is a Honolulu firm specializing in luxury resort, residential, and spa design and development, and it’s no stranger to Maui. WCIT is known for working on the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, the Ritz Club & Residences, and the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. And they’ve done impressive work on Oahu, the Big Island, and Kauai. Their goal is to finish Nanea with LEED certification. Hawaiian Dredging Company, also headquartered in Honolulu, is the general contractor.

Westin, part of the Starwood Vacation Ownership, broke ground on their new Hawaiian oasis back in June. As you’ll see in the photos that follow, they’re making nice progress on multiple buildings throughout the site. Of course, you’ll want us to keep track of how things are going here, especially if you’re in the market for a time-share in the Aloha State. And let’s face it, we all should be. So be sure to write to our esteemed editor, and encourage him to send me back here on a regular basis to see how things are coming along.

Did you enjoy this story? Click on it multiple times, and maybe I’ll be able to write this off as a business trip!

Curious about learning more? Here’s the Westin Nanea website.



Location: 45 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, Kaanapali Beach

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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