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Going up at the Grand Wailea Water Elevator

The world’s first water elevator is part of the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui. You’ll find an inconspicuous metal door between the Lava and Puka water slide exits. Once the elevator is at the bottom of the shaft, a pool attendant opens the sealed door so you can swim or walk to your seat on a large round ring. A gate valve is opened by a second pool attendant releasing thousands of gallons of water to form a giant waterfall. The ring can spin slowly around as it rises thus allowing everyone a chance to get soaked by the waterfall. Once at the top of the elevator, a gate is opened so that you can exit into another small pool. You’ll have three choices. You can ride down a long slide or a short one or you can just take the steps out and walk out the pool. The view from the top of the water elevator is stunning, but you’ll probably be too busy having fun in the nine separate pools, seven water slides, lazy river or Tarzan rope swing to notice.

Copyright 2014 June Harper - Water Elevator at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria

Copyright 2014 June Harper – Water Elevator at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

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