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Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau
Kelii Brown
Director of Public Relations and Promotions
(808) 244-3530

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2014

Kapalua Embraces the Sea

Named for its dramatic lava peninsulas, Kapalua Resort is one of Hawai‘i's premier destinations. Its shoreline is lined with five bays and three white-sand beaches, two of which have been designated “The Best Beach in America” by Professor Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” of Florida International University. Kapalua poetically translates to “arms embracing the sea,” and is so inviting that monk seals often visit its shores.

In the 1890s, it was known as the Honolua Ranch and later became the Honolua Plantation when Kapalua's acres of grassy slopes were converted to geometric patterns of silver-blue pineapple fields. Throughout the resort, historic Cook pines add a striking silhouette to hidden pathways and mountain vistas.

Situated on Maui's scenic northwest coast at the foot of the verdant Mauna Kahalawai, or West Maui Mountains, Kapalua is a 1,650-acre destination resort set amidst 22,000 acres of privately owned pineapple plantation.

Miles of coastal and ridgeline trails wind through the resort, offering hiking access to some of West Maui's most unspoiled terrain and seascapes. Coral gardens and bays teeming with tropical fish provide the perfect venue for kayaking and snorkeling. The Kapalua Zipline traverses two miles of breathtaking natural terrain, while hiking trails crawl their way up the mountainside through fertile valleys and forests. A Hawaiian cultural arts program, inspired dining options and special events round out all the amenities.

Signature events include: the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, Whale Tales Kapalua in February, and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's Celebration of the Arts festival in spring.

Designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane, The Bay Course's signature hole 5 is a par 3 that stretches 154 yards from the regular tee amidst a backdrop of surf breaking against sea cliffs and an enticing panoramic view. This scenic course meanders through the resort. The Plantation Course's signature 18 is the hole around which Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the rest of the course. At 663 yards from the championship tee, this downhill and downwind par 5 is the longest of any on the PGA Tour. The links style course offers rugged terrain and spectacular mountain-to-ocean views.

All this happens on a tropical island at a world-class resort just a few miles from a little Hawaiian village where people still farm, raise pigs and pound their taro into poi.