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Aloha by Nature

Immerse yourself in an authentic Hawaiian experience deeply rooted in local culture, environmental adventure and a warm spirt of Aloha. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua located on Maui’s lush, northwest coastline is committed to forever preserving the Honokahua preservation site and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. Offering a visually stunning experience, our iconic resort continues to emphasize unparalleled Ritz-Carlton service while delivering experiences filled with Aloha.

The Land

Honokahua Preservation Site

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.

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The Culture

Immerse Yourself in the Spirit of Aloha

Kapalua and Maui are rich in Hawaiian culture, tradition and history. Cultural Advisor Clifford Nae’ole has adopted the motto “We are a 5 diamond hotel immersed in a 5 diamond culture.” He is committed to providing guests with the opportunity to experience genuine Hawaiian cultural practices that fulfill emotions, promote self-discovery, unite the family, and rejuvenate the spirit.

A hula dancer cuts a striking silhouette at sunset
The Art

Self-Guided QR Code Cultural Art Tour

Guests can take a self-guided tour to learn about the cultural significance of artwork throughout the hotel. QR Code plaques are placed next to art pieces that are significant to the Hawaiian Culture. By scanning the code, you will receive an image of that piece of artwork along with an explanation from the Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Clifford Nae’ole, detailing out how that item relates to the local culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people.

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Kapalua Experiences

Experience Hawaii beyond the surf, sand and sun with a variety of cultural programs.

Hiking Tour Activity Mountain view

Coastal Hike & Tide Pool Exploration

Join the resort’s naturalists for a hike along the Kapalua Coastal Trail with stops at some of Maui’s best beaches and bays and lessons on Kapalua’s history.

Cities Under the Sea Snorkel Experience

Cities Under the Sea

This underwater photography and snorkeling expedition travels amid the living communities of fish, coral and algae. Naturalists guide you on an interpretive and exciting snorkel with underwater digital cameras. An exclusive Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment experience.

Kapalua Bay Snorkeling

I.D. Me Snorkel

Join our Cousteau-trained naturalists on this reef survey snorkel where you’ll assist in identifying fish, green sea turtles and monitoring the adopted coral head. An exclusive Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment experience.

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Sound Healing Meditation

Using gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, bells, and many other instruments to send a wide range of frequency through the body, matching the frequencies within the body removing negative and stuck frequency which causes the body dis-ease or disease. Other benefits include: deep state of relaxation; stress relief; emotional healing; physical healing; and pain relief. To reserve, call 808-665-7079

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Clifford Nae'ole
Hawaiian Cultural Advisor

With more than 35 years of hospitality industry experience in Hawaii and a native of Maui, HI, Clifford Nae’ole is the Hawaiian cultural advisor for The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. In this unique position for over 20 years, Mr. Nae’ole advises and educates employees and guests on proper Hawaiian protocol and customs, shares fascinating accounts of his homeland and ancestors, maintains a presence of the Hawaiian culture in the hotel and encourages a cohesive relationship with the community.