From the earliest phases of resort design, Colin C. Cameron,
founder of the Kapalua Resort, envisioned a community where man
and nature are pono, in balance and in harmony with each other. Today, Colin Cameron's
vision is a living reality where visitors, residents and resort employees are
thriving in a healthy environment rich in culture and history, quality of life
and environmental sensitivity.
A visit to Kapalua is an adventure
from the ancient Hawaiians, the pineapple fields and the plantation camps to the
present day resort.
Pu'u Kukui Preserve
Since 1988, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., parent
company of Kapalua Resort, has protected the 8,661-acre rainforest and watershed
in the West Maui Mountains. In 1992, this pristine and biologically rich area
was dedicated to the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, creating the largest private
nature preserve in the State of Hawaii and ensuring that this natural resource
will remain intact for future generations.
The Pu'u Kukui Preserve is home to 20 percent of Hawaii's
native plants including three native bird species, five extremely rare snail species
and 18 native plants found nowhere else in the world.
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
In 1991, the Kapalua Bay Course became the first
golf course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by
the Audubon International due to its superior management practices of water conservation,
wildlife protection, water quality management, integrated pest management and
environmental planning. Today, all three Kapalua golf courses and the resort grounds are certified as
Audubon sanctuaries offering protection to 23 species of birds and an on-going
preservation program for native plants and habitat.
Marine Life Preserves
Kapalua is home to Hawaii State Conservation Districts, along Kapalua's dramatic lava shoreline, including five bays and three white sand beaches. In 1978, to protect the ancient
lava formations, brilliant coral gardens and spectacular marine life, Honolua
Bay and Mokule'ia Bay, were declared Hawai'i State Marine Life Conservation Districts.
These underwater parks are home to Hawaiian green sea turtles, monk seals and
abundant marine life.
Some of the most spectacular beaches
in Hawaii are located in Kapalua and easily accessible to snorkelers and divers.