Kapalua Real Estate
Elevation: 80 feet
North beyond Kaanapali and the shopping centers of Napili and Kahana, the road climbs and the vista opens up to fields of silver-green pineapple and manicured golf fairways. Turn down the lane lined with Pacific pines, toward the sea, and you are in Kapalua.
These windswept western foothills of Puu Kukui, the second wettest summit on earth, roll down to the sea in a 1,500 acre patchwork of green slopes that end at five bays which were once frequented by royalty. Across the channel, the island of Molokai looms. Weather in the channel can get rugged with gusty winds and April showers.
The Ritz-Carlton and The Residences at Kapalua Bay, share a setting with two popular golf courses, ample tennis courts, historic features, a collection of swanky condos and homes and wide open spaces that include a rain forest preserve. There are innovative environmental programs and noteworthy annual events including a food-and-wine symposium, and a music festival.
A pineapple plantation owned by Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Kapalua still has an old general store and vintage Victorian church, the last vestiges of the plantation worker camps where the pineapple field workers lived along the shoreline and a little farther inland. The master-planned resort developed by the late Colin Cameron in the 1970s takes up less than 1,000 acres of the plantation.