Life on the Plantation

by Tom Bedell

The greens were like lightening, the land forms were massive and rolling, the wind was blowing about 30 mph. In… Read more »

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The Fairmont Kea Lani: Culture in Paradise

by Brian McCallen

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When I last visited Maui 21 years ago, the all-suite Kea Lani Hotel was under construction. Kea Lani, I was told, translated as “Heavenly White” in Hawaiian. True to form, white was the dominant color throughout the oceanfront property, which then as now has spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and the offshore islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe.
In marked contrast to other Hawaiian hotels, Kea Lani had Mediterranean-style touches, with distinctive bleached-white domes and …

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Kapalua Karma

by James A. Frank

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All around the world, the name Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with the finest hotels and resorts. But here on Maui, Ritz-Carlton has another meaning: According to Clifford Nae’ole, this beautiful property has been “ground zero for the renaissance in Hawaiian culture.”
Nae’ole is cultural advisor to The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, here both to make sure the resort does things right and to represent it to different communities—guests, schools, groups, companies, etc.—interested in the traditions, history, and heritage that …

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King Kamehameha Meets Frank Lloyd Wright

by Jeff Wallach

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It all makes sense at the only private golf club in Hawaii that offers a “member for a day program.” Located between Wailea and Kapalua, the King Kamehameha Golf Club is farther from these great resort golf destinations in spirit than it is physically along Highway 30. The club climbs and descends steep mountains and foreboding canyons overlooking agricultural lands and offers…

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