Ulua Beach and Mokapu Beach – This is one of our favorites if you’ll be doing photography! Lots of variety for pictures…trees, rocks, sandy beach, grass and a small boardwalk. Two of Maui’s beautiful wedding venue beaches can be accessed by the same pathway. The one on the right is Mokapu Beach and the beach on the left is Ulua. Ulua is the preferred beach as it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Maui showing up on the top ten list of beaches in America. The actual name of the beach was Kaula’uo which is translated as a rope or string such as from a ukulele but this was before World War II. During the war, the beach was called “Little Tarawa” by the US Marines as this was the name of their mission. The name stuck with the locals, however, when the Wailea resort was developing, they changed the names of many beaches and Ulua got its name from one of Hawaii’s main fish. Another meaning of the word Ulua is “to assemble” which makes it a wonderful beach for a wedding. Be prepared to see other brides on this beach at sunset due to its popularity.