How Malibu grew
For decades, one family fought to keep Malibu to themselves—but its natural beauty proved irresistible
For most of history, Malibu, and the Santa Monica Mountains which surround it, were only sparsely populated by humans. From at least 500 B.C., Malibu was the home of the Chumash, a seafaring people whose tiny villages stretched up and down the coast, into Ventura, and all the way to the Channel Islands.
When the Spanish arrived, the Chumash in Malibu were largely left alone for the first two centuries of exploration.