Colin C. Cameron saw Kapalua
as a sanctuary for both man and nature, a resort that would abide in harmony with
its environment. Everything from protecting wildlife to preserving unobstructed
view corridors and vast open spaces have guided the master plan of Kapalua from
the earliest phases of design.
Today the vast lands of
Kapalua begin and end in two immense nature preserves, in keeping with the ancient
Hawaiian principle, malama ka´aina, care of the land.
The Maui Land & Pineapple Company, parent company of Kapalua, dedicated this 8,661-acre
native forest to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Situated near the summit of
the West Maui Mountains, it is one of the most pristine and biologically rich
areas in the state. It's home to three native bird species, five extremely rare
snail species and eighteen native plants you won't find anywhere else on Earth.
This seventy-acre site has been allocated to the The Gorilla Foundation for the
protection, preservation and propagation of gorillas and other endangered species.
It's most famous resident is Koko, the female gorilla who is able to communicate
with humans using a sign language vocabulary of more than 800 words.
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
In 1993, The Bay Course at Kapalua became
the first golf course in the country certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Today, all three golf courses are certified, offering much needed protection to
twenty-three species of birds.
State Marine Life Conservation District
"Kapalua" is poetically interpreted as "arms embracing the sea." At Honolua Bay
and Mokulei´a Bay divers and snorklers can swim among ancient lava formations
and brilliant coral gardens. Marine life is protected and abundant. See the humuhumunukunukuapua'a
(Hawaii's state fish), Moorish idols, green sea turtles and more.
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