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 thousands of acres of misty mountain ridges, pristine forests, ancient lava flows and coastal bays, all flanked by majestic Cook pine trees.
Nestled within Kapalua Nui (greater Kapalua) lands, the resort embraces its early Hawaiian roots and plantation heritage as a former working pineapple plantation while providing its guests with a tranquil place of rest and recreation. These scenic lands 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.
Environmental stewardship has and continues to be a guiding principle of this one-of-a-kind place. Maui Land & Pineapple Company, the original developer of the Kapalua Resort and majority landholder, maintains sustainable principles and practices for development, which is the core of the resort’s future. The mission of the Pu‘u Kukui Watershed Preserve team is to prevent the introduction and establishment of alien species that threaten the health of the preserve’s sensitive vegetation and soil, and protect West Maui’s vital water source. Kapalua Resort is also home to the Makai Conservation Area that extends into the ocean at the Honolua-Mokule‘ia Marine Life Conservation District and stretches between two of its popular bays.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
Encircling the resort, the Kapalua Trail System includes a 3.5-mile coastal trail boardwalk that connects beautiful bays within the resort. Walking along the coastline from award-winning Kapalua Bay beach to D.T. Fleming Beach Park is a rejuvenating experience with cool ocean breezes, the sights and sounds of the natural wildlife habitat. Hiking trails abound on the mountainside of the resort. Explore a 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 challenging stretch from Honolua Ridge trailhead and down the Mahana Ridge Trail to the heart of the resort.
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 today’s Kapalua Resort. A full-service kitchen and deli are featured on site, offering breakfast and lunch meals to go. Honolua Store also includes coffee bar service, an array of wines from value to connoisseur, gourmet meats, cheeses, organic produce and groceries in addition to home décor gifts and souvenirs.
Honolua Village Center at the heart of the resort is reminiscent of an old “town center.” Situated next to the historic store and deli, the Village Center matches the ambiance of Maui’s plantation era buildings and houses real estate offices, a showroom, and two restaurants. Across the way, Kapalua Village Center is home to the famous Kapalua Logo Shop, headquarters for Kapalua Ziplines, and in 2016, welcomes the Taverna Maui restaurant.
Kapalua Resort offers a variety of independent and in-hotel dining options, representing a multi-cultural culinary world. These renowned establishments include The Plantation House Restaurant overlooking the 18th hole of The Plantation Course; the popular Pineapple Grill on The Bay Course; award-winning Merriman’s overlooking Kapalua Bay; the celebrated Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and The Wine Palette, an interactive wine and art bar. Montage Kapalua Bay and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hotels feature a distinctive array of restaurants.
A superb variety of resort accommodations offer the discriminating traveler a degree of luxury and privacy rarely encountered. The Kapalua Villas spacious condominiums feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units nestled in secluded enclaves throughout the resort with golf course, bay and ocean views.
Situated on a legendary oceanfront location, once the site of Kapalua Bay Hotel, Montage Kapalua Bay offers an unparalleled collection of all-suite rooms and residences. Its signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, features island-influenced fusion cuisine and the Hana Hou Bar. The stand-alone Spa Montage provides an exceptional palette of spa therapies, beauty treatments and wellness classes – all inspired by ocean and mountain surroundings.
Renowned for its outstanding location in the heart of the resort and commitment to service excellence, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers luxurious guest rooms along with one and two-bedroom Residential Suites. The dramatic lobby showcases the indoor-outdoor Kai Sushi restaurant and Alaloa Lounge. Fine dining is available at The Banyan Tree Restaurant, and casual fare at The Beach House. The Ritz-Carlton Spa features ancient Hawaiian healing practices in its treatment rooms and outdoor couples’ cabanas. It includes a fitness center and movement studio.
Golf at Kapalua Resort is managed by Troon Golf and offers an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of legends at an iconic destination. The Plantation Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is consistently ranked as the #1 public course in Hawaii, and one of the Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the United States, both by Golf Digest. The Bay Course, ranked as one of the Best Public Courses in Hawaii by Golf Magazine, is known by many as “Hawaii’s favorite resort course.” Kapalua Golf Academy, honored as a Top 25 Golf School by Golf Magazine and as having the Best Teachers in Hawaii by Golf Digest, is the place to improve your game. Instructional offerings include individual and playing lessons, 3-hole walking course, 18-hole putting course and multiple short game areas. A learning center with an indoor hitting bay features digital video analysis and custom club fittings.
Consistently honored as one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts & Camps worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online and a Top 50 North American Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, Kapalua Tennis Garden is sculpted out of lush foliage and surrounded by majestic pine trees with scenic ocean views. The facility offers 10 plexi-pave courts with four lit for night play, daily programs and clinics, annual tournaments, junior camps, rental equipment, individual and group instruction and a full service pro shop.
Kapalua Resort showcases annual events to celebrate Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage and resources, championship golf and acclaimed culinary arts. From sports and adventure to arts and entertainment, the signature events include: Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, Celebration of the Arts over Easter weekend, Kapalua Wine & Food Festival every June, Kapalua Wellness Weekend and the XTERRA World Championships in the Fall. For a complete listing, see the Calendar of Events in the back of this book.