Kapalua Hawaii is a planned resort community owned and developed by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, which owns more than 25,000 acres of land on the island and is the largest grower and producer of Hawaiian pineapples. One of the Maui tours popular during a Kapalua vacation is the Maui Gold Pineapple Express Tour, the only one of its kind in the country. The company that developed Kapalua travel owns the Maui Gold Plantation, which is toured on the Express. Participants learn about the fruit’s growing cycle, plantation life, and harvesting techniques, and they can taste the results. This is one of the things to do in Kapalua that provides glimpses into the island’s history, culture, and commerce.
There are a number of Kapalua hotels and resorts that take advantage of the five Kapalua beaches, including D.T. Fleming Beach, considered one of the finest on the island, and numerous attractions in the area. Other beaches here are Kapalua Beach, Oneola Beach, Honolua Bay (a Marine Conservation District), and Mokuleia Bay.
The luxurious Ritz Carlton Kapalua is located within the Kapalua Hawaii development, as are the Kapalua Villas and Luxury Homes. The latter two offer homes for sale as well as Maui vacation rentals. There is also plenty of nearby lodging a little further west along the Napili Bay coastline. All these properties offer many different dining venues with restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
Some people indulge in Kapalua travel just for the golfing. There are two world-class Maui golf courses here: the Bay Course and the Plantation Course. Additionally, there is an instructional Golf Academy, junior tees for children on the first nine holes of the Bay Course, and a three-hole, casual Village Walking Course. Arnold Palmer was one of the designers of the Bay Course, and the Plantation Course hosts the PGA Tour season opener. When your Kapalua vacation includes this popular sport, you’ll be playing where some of the best golfers in the world have teed off.
During your Kapalua vacation you can take advantage of the activities and things to do available all over the island, from whale watching and snorkeling to deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. Activities that are unique to the resort include a thrilling zip line high over the treetops, a high ropes challenge course, and hiking through the lush Maualei Arboretum and on the dramatic Honolua Ridge. You can book these if you’ve come for a day trip, and guests of the resort have an Adventure Concierge, who will assist with booking any other island adventures, including hikes to the summit of the Haleakala Crater and even helicopter tours over Maui and the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.
Kapalua Hawaii hosts numerous events, including the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, which is held in June. There is plenty for history buffs and those interested in traditional Hawaiian culture and wildlife. If you’re deciding when to go to enjoy one of these events, the three-day April Celebration of the Arts offers hula and Hawaiian chant demonstrations, plus hands-on Hawaiian arts workshops. In February, you can participate in the annual Whale Quest, celebrating Hawaii’s most famous visitors—the humpback whales. For some, Kapalua travel is rewarding just to enjoy the resort’s 30,000-square-foot, full-service spa, which is perhaps the most outstanding and decadent of all Maui spas.