The Kapalua Resort

The Kapalua Resort is a wholly owned subsidiary of Maui Land and Pineapple Company. From its humble beginnings in the mid 70's under the direction of Colin Cameron, The Kapalua Resort has blossomed into a world class destination. The Kapalua Resort encompasses approximately 23,000 acres in West Maui on what was once a thriving Plantation. Kapalua is known for its incredible natural beauty, golf and tennis, condominium and residential communities, ocean activities, miles of walking and hiking trails, world class restaurants, The Ritz-Carlton, year-round events, The Adventure Center, and the Kapalua Spa. We invite you to make Kapalua a part of your family's lifestyle.

Condominium Communities  Residential Communities
 The Bay Villas  Pineapple Hill
 The Golf Villas  Pineapple Hill Estates
 The Ridge Villas  Plantation Estates
 The Ironwoods  Honolua Ridge
 Coconut Grove  Kapalua Place
 Montage Residences Kapalua Bay  
 The Ritz-Carlton Residential Suites  

 

The Kapalua Timeline

Pre-Maui Land and Pineapple

1836 | Kapalua Resort's modern history began with the arrival of the Reverend Dr. Dwight Baldwin in Lahaina.

1889 | Dwight's eldest son, Henry Baldwin, went into business with Samuel Alexander, founding what would become one of Hawaii's larges corporations. Henry Perrine Baldwin acquired the Kahana, Mahinahina, and Kahananui ahupua'as.

1902 | Construction began on the Hookohau Ditch Water System to bring water from the West Maui mountain peaks to the plains.

1904 | Construction of the water system that blasted tunnels through lava rock and crossed ravines was completed.

1912-1913 | D.T. Fleming was hired as the Honolua Ranch Manager.
The first 20 acres of pineapple was planted north of Lahaina at Honolua.

1914 | Cannery at Honokohau opened.

1920 | Baldwin Packers built a new cannery in Lahaina (at the current site of the Lahaina Cannery Mall), transporting freshly picked pineapples aboard the Pioneer Mill trains.
The Cliff House, called Private Pools, was built for use by the Honolua Plantation Managers.

1926 | West Maui Golf Course and Clubhouse at Lipoa Point opened.

1929 | Honolua Store opens, built by the plantation's carpenters, and was the gathering point for community events. The Plantation was home to camps, schools, and churches.

1932 | Haleakala Pineapple Company (another Baldwin enterprise) purchased Maui Agricultural Company's holding to become Maui Pineapple Company.

1938-40 | D.T. Fleming organized the extensive planting of fruit orchards and forests (some of this remains at the Maunalei Arboretum). In addition, the Cook Pines were planted that line the road to Pineapple Hill today.>

1962 | The Lahaina Cannery ceased operations all pineapple processing was moved to Kahului.

 

History of Maui Land and Pineapple and the Kapalua Resort

1969 | Colin Cameron (HP Baldwin's great grandson) acquired Maui Pineapple Company and changed the name to Maui Land and Pineapple Company.

1974 | Creation of the Kapalua Land Company.  Kapalua Resort, a master planned community of approximately 1,650 acres was approved by Maui County.

1975 | The Golf Club, later to be known as The Bay Course was opened. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane.

1977 | The Bay Club opens as a private owners club. The Bay Villas are built.

1978 | Maui Land & Pineapple Company began developing a planned resort and the 196-room Kapalua Bay Hotel was opened under the management of Rock Resorts. The hotel was blessed and welcomed its first guests on October 12.

1979 | The Golf Villas are completed.

1980 | The Ridge Villas are completed. Sales took place at Hale Hokulani under a lottery system. The Village Golf Course is opened, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. The Ironwoods are completed.

1988 | Maui Land and Pineapple Company dedicates 8,661 acres including Puu Kukui, and ow managers the conservation which is part of the watershed.

1989 | Kapalua Place is released.  Excavation for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua unearthed a large, pre-Western contact burial site. The Honokahua Burial site is located near the ocean.

1990 | Plantation Estates is released.

1991 | Kapalua Bay is named America's Best Beach.

1992 | Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. created the largest privately owned nature preserve in the state, Pu'u Kukui Watershed Preserve.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua opens.

1999 | Steve Case becomes an investor in MLP. 
Plantation Estates Phase II is released.

2001 | Coconut Grove is completed.

2002 | Pineapple Hill Estates is released.

2003 | David Cole is appointed CEO and development plans begin for a luxury resort and private members only golf course.

2004 | Honolua Ridge Phase One is released. These lots represented the largest parcels ever offered on the Kapalua Resort.

2005 | Honolua Ridge Phase Two is released.

2006 | The Kapalua Bay Hotel is taken down. >br />The Town Center opens. 
he resort begins construction of the trail system with the goal of implementing 100 miles of trails including walking, hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

2007 | Honolua Store is renovated and reopens. 
The Village Course closes.

2008 | The Mountain Adventure Center opens. Activities include ziplines, challenge course, suspension bridge and trails.

2009 | The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay and the Kapalua Spa are opened. The Residences are located in what was the location of Kapalua Bay Hotel.
Kapalua Land Company announces streamlined operations to focus on managing the resort rather than specifically running each operation.  KLC will partner with "best in class" operators in their respective fields who can operate select assets of the resort more effectively.
On November 3, Maui Pineapple Company announced the closure of its pineapple operations by the end of 2009. The company explains that the pineapple business has sustained heavy losses since 2002 and the pineapple business has become more challenging with higher production costs and severe pressure on revenues.

2010 | The Bay Course sells to TY Management Hawaii.  Troon is brought in to manage the courses.

2011 | The Cliff House is remodeled and opens.
The foreclosure of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is confirmed (Lehman).
MLP ceased management of the Plantation and Bay Courses and all retail operations, and entered into long term lease arrangements for the retail stores on the resort.

2013 | The Residences at Kapalua Bay foreclosure is confirmed.