Kapalua, Hawaii

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Kapalua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. A resort development by the Maui Land & Pineapple Company extends inland from Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. The population was 467 at the 2000 census.



Kapalua is located along the northwest coast of Maui at 20°59′48″N 156°39′11″W / 20.99667°N 156.65306°W / 20.99667; -156.65306[1] along Route 30, known as the Honoapiʻilani Highway. The Hawaiian name for this area was Honokahua.[2][3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (26.92%) is water.

Kapalua has a view of the islands of Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

Recreation & leisure

Kapalua Resort offers accommodations, a variety of restaurants, a shop, and several golf courses.

The area has several beaches: Kapalua Bay, is the resort namesake at 20°59′58″N 156°40′0″W / 20.99944°N 156.666667°W / 20.99944; -156.666667 (Kapalua Bay). The name kapa lua means "two borders" in the Hawaiian language.[4] Oneloa Bay at 21°0′17″N 156°39′31″W / 21.00472°N 156.65861°W / 21.00472; -156.65861 (Oneloa Bay)[5] and Honokahua Bay are also backed by the resort. Mokuleʻia Bay and Honolua Bay are to the north in Honolua, and Nāpili to the south. Kapalua Bay was named "Best Beach in the World" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, "America's Best Beach" on the first annual list of Stephen Leatherman's Top 10 Beaches in America, and the "Best Beach in America" by The Travel Channel, among other honors.

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