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Signature Events in Kapalua

Kapalua Resort is home to a series of signature events and programs throughout the year. Participants can experience the best the world has to offer from cultural festivals to wine and culinary celebrations.

Congratulations to 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champion Winner, Xander Schauffele.

The first PGA TOUR event of the calendar year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions is the only event on the schedule that features all winners from the previous calendar year. A variety of ticket packages will go on sale in the coming months at Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

The 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions will mark the 22nd playing of the event held at the legendary Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii. This special event is one of the best for allowing fans to “get up close and personal” to its elite, champions-only field.


14th Annual Whale Tales | February 14-17, 2020

Whale Tales is an annual four-day event community event on Maui that brings together marine experts with thousands of residents and visitors from around the world. World-renowned presenters join the Whale Trust research team on Maui to collaborate and share the latest findings on humpback whales and their environment.

Scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists join the public for a memorable weekend of engaging talks and exciting whale watches. Whale Tales is open to the public and attracts ocean enthusiasts of all ages. The event is a unique opportunity for Maui residents and visitors to learn first-hand what marine scientists are studying and discovering.

In 13 years, Whale Tales has raised more than $725,000 for whale research in Hawaii and reached tens of thousands of people, including schoolchildren all across Maui. All proceeds from the Whale Tales event are distributed to selected organizations and students to support whale research in Hawaii through the Whale Tales Beneficiaries Program. Whale Tales is presented annually by Whale Trust, a Maui-based whale research non-profit dedicated to scientific research and public awareness of whales and their environment.


Every Easter weekend, come share aloha with Hawaii’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, and entertainers as they convene for the annual Celebration of the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music, and dance are all a part of the “Number 1 rated cultural event” according to Hawaii Modern Luxury magazine.


JUNE 2020

Benefiting Charity – UHMC Culinary Arts Program

Established in 1981 by the non-profit Kapalua Wine Society created to educate, initiate and foster the appreciation of fine wines and culinary products, as well as showcase the natural beauty of Kapalua Resort. The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the nation.

Over the years, the Festival program has grown to incorporate cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, winemakers’ dinners, a golf tournament, tennis clinic, the Kapalua wine tour and two major evening galas, the celebrated Grand Tasting with theme-inspired cuisine and wines from around the world and the spectacular Seafood Festival featuring culinary delights from Hawaii’s most prominent Chefs. New wine enthusiasts and veterans alike have been attracted throughout the years to all the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival has to offer.

What makes the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival unique is its intimacy. Guests have several re-occurring opportunities throughout the weekend to mingle with all attending Master Sommeliers, winemakers and chefs. The Festival is also dedicated to obtaining the finest of wines and attracting proclaimed panelists. Attendance is purposely limited to approximately 3,500 guests throughout the four-day Festival in order to maintain the highest quality and attract only an affluent audience. Consumers are able to sample the best wines and interact with prominent industry leaders in one of the most beautiful resort settings in the world.

The objective each year is to continue to position the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival as the most distinguished culinary Festival in the state of Hawaii, and as one of the most respected in the nation. This distinction is achieved by hand-selecting the participating wineries and celebrity chefs and requiring them to showcase only their most reserved vintages and revered products.


OCTOBER 27, 2019

The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand.

The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 30 countries and 38 U.S. States.  The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and elite off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.

This will be the 24th year for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, the birthplace of off-road triathlon.  The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 and was televised on Fox Sports Net.  The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.


The XTERRA Spectator Village will be open in the finish area and offers fun for the whole family including a bounce house and face painting for the kids, games for everyone, live race reports, music, food and beverage and great viewing of the finish line.