Kapalua Resort is one of those special places that offers sanctuary for all, where man and nature reside in harmony. Located on the northwestern edge of West Maui, the resort thrives within a 22,000-acre paradise of pineapple fields, misty mountain ridges, pristine forests, ancient lava flows and ocean vistas all flanked by majestic Cook pine trees.
Nestled within Kapalua Nui, or “greater Kapalua,” lands, the resort embraces its early Hawaiian and plantation heritage as a former working pineapple plantation while providing its guests with a beloved place of rest and recreation. The scenic lands of Kapalua Nui stretch from the verdant peak of Mauna Kahalawai to the azure shoreline of the Pacific.
Sitting high above the resort at the summit of the West Maui mountain range, Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in Hawai‘i. National Geographic magazine has photographed and documented this preserve, which includes a native rainforest bog lake and shelters many endemic plants, birds and insects placed on the Endangered Species list and found only in Hawai‘i.
Maui Land & Pineapple Company, the original developer of the Kapalua Resort and majority landholder, employs a staff of full-time conservationists to ensure the preserve is well cared for and remains in pristine condition. The team works to prevent the introduction and establishment of alien species that threaten the health of the preserve’s sensitive vegetation and soil as well as preserve and protect West Maui’s vital water source, the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve. Additionally, the Kapalua Resort is home to the Makai Conservation Area that extends into the ocean with the Honolua-Mokule‘ia Marine Life Conservation District and stretches between two of the popular bays.
Metamorphosis of Kapalua Resort
Kapalua Resort has been undergoing a significant metamorphosis, a renaissance of sorts, expanding its activities and amenities and creating new facilities to remain at the pinnacle of Hawaii’s hospitality industry. Through it all, Kapalua Resort continues its commitment to environmental stewardship and Hawaii’s host culture.
Encircling the resort, the Kapalua Trail System includes a 3.5-mile coastal trail which, when complete, will connect Kapalua Bay to Honolua Bay. You can now walk the coastline from award-winning Kapalua Bay to D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Walking and hiking trails currently in place are: a mountain path flush with ferns and stately trees winding around D.T. Fleming’s Maunalei Arboretum and up to the panoramic Pu‘u Ka‘eo overlook; paths across green fairways to the high wooded slopes of the Village Walking Trails; a 5.75-mile stretch from Honolua Ridge trailhead, and down the Mahana Ridge Trail to the heart of the resort.
Adventure enthusiasts won’t want to miss Kapalua Adventures Mountain Outpost. Situated at the foot of the Pu‘u Kukui preserve, the outpost features a 3,000 square-foot pavilion and observation deck, a four-station climbing tower, eight-element high ropes challenge course and giant swing, plus dual-track ziplines spanning nearly two miles in length across ridges and ravines. Designed with minimal impact to the environment, the Mountain Outpost is the point where all roads lead to adventure education and excitement.
Honolua Store has long been a gathering place for Maui residents and island visitors seeking a hot meal, friendly service and a casual spot to just sit and talk story with passers-by. Built in 1929, it originally served as the “company store” for the bustling plantation village which encompassed the area known today as Kapalua Resort. A full-service kitchen and Deli are featured in the Honolua Store, offering a wide variety of breakfast and lunch. Honolua Store amenities include coffee bar service with private label island-grown coffees, an array of wines from value to connoisseur, gourmet meats, cheeses, organic produce and groceries in addition to an expanded selection of home décor gifts and souvenirs.
The Honolua Village Center at the heart of the resort is reminiscent of the old “town center.” Situated next to the historic Honolua Store, the Village Center is designed to match the look and feel of Maui’s plantation era buildings. It houses Kapalua Realty’s offices and showroom, La Perle, and Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.
Kapalua Resort offers a variety of stand-alone and in-hotel dining options which encompass a multi-cultural culinary world. These renowned establishments include The Plantation House Restaurant overlooking the 18th hole of The Plantation Course; award-winning Pineapple Grill on The Bay Course; highly acclaimed Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; perennial favorite Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Honolua Village Center, and exotic Kai Sushi in The Ritz-Carlton. Merriman’s Kapalua, overlooking Kapalua Bay and Coconut Grove, features Fresh and local Hawai’i Regional Cuisine. Acclaimed Hawai‘i chef, Peter Merriman, features locally grown, raised and caught foods in his Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine.
A superb variety of resort accommodations offer the discriminating traveler a degree of luxury and privacy rarely encountered. The Kapalua Villas condominium vacation program features one, two- and three-bedroom units nestled in secluded enclaves throughout the resort. The Kapalua Gold Villas provide an even greater level of service and comfort for Villa guests. Richly appointed with an island sensibility and elegant flair, Gold Villas feature state-of-the-art appliances and fixtures, fine linens and furnishings.
Kapalua Luxury Homes offer another way to visit Kapalua Resort in style. Three- and four-bedroom luxury estate homes for vacation rental are located within the private gated communities of Kapalua Resort from mountainside to shoreline. Luxury Homes feature expansive indoor and outdoor living areas, gourmet kitchens with top of the line appliances, private outdoor pools and/or whirlpool spas.
Renowned for its outstanding location in the heart of the resort and commitment to service excellence, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers luxurious guestrooms, including one and two-bedroom Residential Suites, designed for the essence of island hospitality in Hawaiian motifs. The redesigned lobby entrance showcases the indoor-outdoor Kai Sushi restaurant and dramatic Alaloa Lounge. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Spa features 17,000 square feet of space and 15 treatment rooms, including two outdoor couples’ cabanas, whirlpool baths in a fern grotto and taro patch, a fitness center and movement studio.
Kapalua Golf, managed by Troon Golf, offers an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of legends at an iconic destination with two world renowned golf courses and the award winning Kapalua Golf Academy. The Plantation Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s season opening event, The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is ranked the #1 public course in Hawaii and #19 out of the Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the United States, both by Golf Digest (2013). Kapalua’s Bay Course, ranked the #18 Best Public Course in Hawaii by Golf Magazine (2012), began hosting PGA and LPGA TOUR events in 1982 and is known by many as “Hawaii’s favorite resort course.” Bay features two oceanfront holes and the “Bay Express,” a 1400 yard layout on the front nine perfect for families, juniors and beginners looking for a low-pressure round in a beautiful setting. Juniors 17 and under receive complimentary rental clubs all day and complimentary golf on either course after 2:30 with a paying adult (one complimentary junior per paying adult). Call 808-669-8044 or visit golfatkapalua.com for additional information.
Kapalua Golf Academy, ranked as a Top 25 Golf School by Golf Magazine is the place in Hawaii to improve your game. Instructional offerings include individual lessons, on-course playing lessons, half, one, two and three day golf schools, custom club fitting, group clinics and weekly player development packages. Additional game improvement and practice areas at Kapalua Golf Academy include; 85,000 square feet of grass teeing space, 3 hole walking course, 18 hole putting course and multiple short game areas. Juniors 17 and under receive complimentary instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult. Call 808-662-7740 or visit golfatkapalua.com for additional information.
Ranked as the #18 Tennis Resort worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online and a Top 50 North American Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, Kapalua Tennis Garden, managed by Peter Burwash International is sculpted out of lush foliage and surrounded by signature pine trees with scenic ocean views. The facility offers 10 plexipave courts with four lit for night play, daily programs and clinics, annual tournaments, junior camps, memberships, rental equipment, individual and group instruction and a full service pro shop. Call 808-662-7730 or visit www.kapalua.com for additional information.
Kapalua Resort showcases annual events to celebrate Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage, natural resources, championship golf and acclaimed culinary arts. Among these diverse offerings, from sports and adventure to arts and entertainment, are the following signature events: Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, Celebration of the Arts over Easter weekend, and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in June and the XTERRA World Championships, where the world’s best triathletes compete, each October. For a complete listing of Kapalua Resort events, see the Calendar of Events in the back of this book.
Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime
Visitors can make their Kapalua Resort vacation last forever and share it with family and friends by becoming an owner of one of the exceptional resort properties. Kapalua Realty’s “official Kapalua experts” have the firsthand knowledge and dedication to make dreams of home ownership a reality. Visit the Kapalua Realty showroom at Honolua Village Center. Current listings are available at: Honolua Ridge, Pineapple Hill, Pineapple Hill Estates, Plantation Estates, Kapalua Place, The Coconut Grove, The Ironwoods, The Bay Villas, The Ridge Villas and The Golf Villas in addition to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Residential Suites and the newest resort property, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay.
Situated on one of the world’s most scenic oceanfront locations, The Residences at Kapalua Bay feature a stunning collection of private residences ranging in size from 2,000 to 4,200 square feet of indoor living area plus spacious ocean view lanais. The resort features an 8,500 square foot lagoon style pool, the Sunset Bar and a private beach club with restaurant, reserved for the exclusive use of owners and their guests.