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Grand Wailea Unveils New Slide, Holiday Specials

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The new lava tube slide at the Grand Wailea is open in time for the holiday season. Photo Courtesy Grand Wailea

The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort has unveiled its brand new Lava Tube Slide just in time for the holiday season.

The three-story, 14-second thrill ride features a 360-degree exterior loop, translucent and LED colored bands along the towering tube.

Earlier this fall, the property debuted a multimillion-dollar renovation on the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool consisting of a full refresh of upper pools, Baby Beach, rapids and the Tarzan Swing, with the Lava Tube Slide bringing it to full completion.


The scope of the renovation included new tiles in all the pools, resurfacing concrete slides for a smoother exterior, resurfacing of The River Rapids, a modernized Water Elevator—the world’s first water elevator—, larger plunge areas, new coating of the lazy river, new underwater color-changing LED lights, additional lounge seating and shade umbrellas resulting in a $4 million project.

Heading into the holiday season, all pools, including the adults-only Hibiscus pool, are open for guest use, as well as the popular poolside amenities including the swim-up Grotto Bar and Volcano Bar & Grill.

“We take pride in our commitment to cultivating an enjoyable family experience, and our pool renovation serves to further enhance this experience,” said Allan Federer, Managing Director.


“We are excited to reveal our new and improved Wailea Canyon Activity Pool and the Lava Tube slide and share the fun with our guests for years to come.”

Santa arrives by Outrigger Canoe at the Grand Wailea. PC: Grand Wailea

Other festive happenings during Tis’ the Seasons of Aloha at the Grand Wailea include the following:

  • Breakfast with Santa in the Grand Dining Room on Dec. 16, which will include a letter to Santa station, a frozen “hot chocolate” station and a keiki only buffet.
  • There will be host dive-in movies with holiday classics and family favorites poolside on Sundays and Wednesdays
  • Santa arrives by outrigger canoe on Dec. 24, and will be on the Chapel Lawn handing out candy canes and taking photos with children
  • The on-site Seaside Chapel will host Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, and dinners and Brunch are also available for booking
  • Ring in the New Year at the Hibiscus Pool with the Moet Gold Party inclusive of Moet, signature cocktails and light pupu with live entertainment by Cirque Soul and a fireworks show at midnight on Dec. 31.

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