history of Kapalua began before books, when the names of all living things and
all of history were passed down through ancient chants and hulas.
When the first Hawaiians
settled here centuries ago, they grew taro in the fields and harvested fish from
the bay. It was an area rich in blessings. Much of the land was sacred. Poets
and musicians resided here and chiefs and their families would come to relax and
play in this place that they deemed a special retreat.
1836, for his missionary services, Dwight Baldwin was granted 2,675 acres of land,
originally the Mahinahina and Kahana ahupua´a. An ahupua´a
was an original Hawaiian land division, under single ownership, that ran from
the ocean to the mountains. Through royal grants, purchases, marriage and mergers
the holdings grew to 24,500 acres in 1902. This vast land parcel was known as
Honolua Ranch. Later, 20 acres of pineapples were planted and a cannery was constructed.
In 1914 the first pineapples were harvested by Baldwin Packers and shipped to
mainland markets. The company eventually merged with the Maui Land and Pineapple
Company, today the largest employer on
Maui. Looking towards the future, Colin Cameron, the company's president, envisioned
a resort on some of the prime oceanfront pineapple landa place of culture
and a haven fit for royalty, in a setting that would renew spirits. The resort
would honor the past and protect the pristine environment. By 1975 the first of
Kapalua's three golf courses, The Bay Course,
was completed, and three years later Kapalua Bay Hotel officially opened its doors.
Condominiums and houses were built for new residents, along with homes for company
Kapalua Resort consists of three world-class hotels (The
Ritz- Carlton Kapalua, Kapalua
Bay Hotel, The
Kapalua Villas) and 9 communities of condominiums (The
Coconut Grove on Kapalua Bay, Bay Villas, Golf Villas, Ironwoods,
The Ridge) and single family homes (Plantation Estates, Pineapple
Hill, Pineapple Hill Estates, Kapalua Place). There are three
golf courses, two tennis facilities, three white sand beaches,
including "America's Best Beach" Kapalua Bay, award-winning
And just as Colin Cameron envisioned, the resort is a sanctuary
that abides in harmony with its environment.