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The talented pastry team at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua spent weeks preparing this festive scene in the hotel lobby to kick off the holiday season.

KAPALUA, MAUI, HI – December 20, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and its talented, award-winning pastry team led by Executive Pastry Chef Yoshikazu Kizu unveiled a larger-than-life pineapple house made of gingerbread cookies and festive holiday candies.  From a large scale pineapple house to gingerbread surfboard and candy-colored sleigh, the aroma of gingerbread fills the entire lobby and creates the ultimate backdrop for any family photo.  The inspiration for this incredible holiday creation was Kapalua’s unique history as a pineapple plantation as well as the pineapple’s symbolism of hospitality.

Carefully handcrafted over the last week using over 900 gingerbread bricks and over 750 pounds of sugar, here is how the Pineapple House breaks down by the numbers:

• 900 Gingerbread Bricks

• 1,000 Eggs

• 800 Smarties

• 600 Hard Candies

• 150 pounds of Granulated Sugar

• 200 pounds of Brown Sugar

• 80 grams of Copper Powder

• 600 pounds of Cake Flour

• 600 Gingerbread Roofing Tiles

• 350 pounds of Powdered Sugar

• 100 pounds of Butter

• 50 pounds of Snow Sugar

• 35 pounds of Molasses

• 20 pounds of Natural Food Coloring

Visitors and the local community alike are invited to visit The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and marvel at this fantastic display.  Today through January 1, 2017 from 11:30am to 4pm daily, the sweet treats that helped create this impressive display will be available for purchase so that guests can take home a tangible piece of this edible masterpiece.  From house-made chocolate candy bark to large pineapple gingerbread decorated cookies, these festive holiday treats are perfect last minute holiday gifts.

For more information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/Kapalua.