A 13.6-acre parcel of the land between Honokahua Bay and the present hotel site, the Honokahua Preservation Site is the resting place of more than 2,000 Hawaiian kupuna (ancestors) dating from A.D. 850 to the early 1800s. Unearthed during the construction of The Ritz‑Carlton, Kapalua in 1987, the significance of the discovery became apparent, and the entire hotel was redesigned and moved inland. Working with cultural leaders, the remains were re-interred and the preservation site was created. Entry to the site is restricted to those performing ceremony and protocol. Each hotel employee is empowered to malama ka ‘aina, or care for the land, to ensure the site is undisturbed.