The Ritz-Carlton Residences Kapalua

Culture

The Past Is Present.

Here, the Hawaiian culture is alive and well.

You can hear it in the blow of the conch shell, in the ancient chant (oli), and beat of a drum (pahu). It’s in the story told by the artwork on the walls and in the movements of a Hawaiian dance. In the lessons learned on a hike through the forest, and the lomilomi massage that feels less like a treatment and more like a “healing.” And it’s in the rich agricultural history of the property – the respect for the land (aina), the ocean (moana), the sky (lani), and all those who inhabit them.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Kapalua Culture
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A sense of well-being, good health and sustainability is engrained in the lifestyle here. From the very beginning, great care was taken not to disturb the natural balance of the area and preserve its cultural significance. The land itself has long been a fertile place for growing crops and, of course, the ocean provided ample fish and other seafood. It was between 1889 and 1902 that Henry Perrine Baldwin began to utilize the area’s agricultural promise to a greater capacity by planting acres of coffee, taro, aloe and mango. He did so with the help of horticulturist David Thomas Fleming who also planted the regal-looking Cook and Norfolk pines along Kapalua’s roads that are still standing today. You’ll also see signs of historic village buildings worn by the hands of time.

Later in 1912, Fleming and Baldwin’s son, Harry, planted the first 20 acres of pineapple fields. When they witnessed just how well pineapple thrived here, it became a major crop over the next few decades, and the Honolua Ranch eventually became Honolua Plantation. In 1932, Maui Pineapple Company was born. It was founded and run by J. Walter Cameron, husband to Baldwin’s granddaughter, Frances. Their son, Colin, envisioned Kapalua Resort and created the long-lasting legacy of Puu Kukui Preserve, the beautiful backdrop to Kapalua Resort, where plants and animals can be found that don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

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In 1992, Colin created The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, 9,000 acres of the largest privately-owned preserve in the state at the time. And here we are, more than a century after Baldwin first saw the great potential of the land, with a 22,000-acre natural preserve where one-of-a-kind exotic species and native plants and marine life still thrive. A place where you discover hidden beauty and unexpected delights such as Makaluapuna Point, where lava has poured into the ocean and fierce winds and waves forced it back towards the land, creating a stunning formation.

With such rare and natural beauty, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort plans to sustain and protect this natural paradise for years to come. “Honoring and celebrating our deep historical and cultural roots is an important aspect of the resort,” says Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Clifford Naeole. “We must look to the future while embracing and honoring the past.”