Located at the westernmost tip of Maui, Kapalua is one of Maui’s premier resort areas. The name is loosely translated to "arms embracing the sea," in Hawaiian. It sits at the foot of the verdant Kahalawai Mountains and hosts five bays and some of the best white-sand beaches in the USA.
Kapalua, which used to be a 23,000 acre pineapple plantation in the 1800s, is now being developed into a master-planned luxury resort haven which is home to some of the world's most luxurious destinations including the Five-Diamond oceanfront resort hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. There are also two renowned golf courses in kapalua, the Plantation Course (home to the prestigious PGA TOUR's Hyundai Tournament of Champions held in January) and the Bay Course (home to the 2009 Kapalua LPGA Classic).
What makes Kapalua a great tourist destination are pristine and uncrowded beaches, scenic and lush vistas and its virtual seclusion from the noise and crowds of Maui.
Adventure seekers can engage in numerous activities such as trail hiking, zip-lining, scuba diving, kayaking and mountain biking while those looking for relaxation can have various spa treatments, just soak up in a hot tub, or partake of the sumptuous meals the many award-winning restaturants in the area have to offer.