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Top 3 Reasons to Live in Kapalua

So...you visited Maui and fell in love? Well if you are looking for a sign to turn warm Hawaiian breezes and sandy toes into a reality, this is it!
August 18, 2017

So…you visited Maui and fell in love? Well if you are looking for a sign to turn warm Hawaiian breezes and sandy toes into a reality, this is it! Resting on the slopes of the majestic West Maui Mountains, right here in Kapalua, lies the island home of your dreams. With lush, tropical sceneries and near perfect weather year-round it is fairly obvious that Maui is the place to be! So what makes Kapalua real estate properties so special?

1. Location
Situated just past Kahana, this prestigious resort area features stunning panoramic views of not just the ocean, but also neighboring islands as well as the green slopes of one of Maui’s stately mountains. Wake up to the sound of coconut palms rustling in the wind as they sway and ocean waves gently kissing the sand.  If that isn’t dreamy enough, most Kapalua homes are just a short stroll to the shore making your everyday a true Hawaii fantasy. The best part (yes, we haven’t gotten to the best part yet) is the convenient proximity Kapalua is to the hustle and bustle of West Maui. We could only think of a few reasons why you would want to, but should you feel the urge to leave your peaceful Maui oasis enjoy the short drive to the best of the Westside. Rain or shine, this premier area truly is what island living is about.

2. Activities
There are a list of things to do on Maui and as the “paradise for the active and the laid back, most of the adventures lie right here in Kapalua! For those who crave adrenaline-pumping excitement, hele on over to Kapalua’s own zipline course and “fly” across the gulches of the West Maui Mountains. Tropical, lush views don’t stop with a bird’s eye view from one of the country’s largest zipline course, as these luxury vistas offer access to miles of trails from mountain ridges to the coastline. And if kicking back in a hammock and lounging at the beach sounds more like the perfect day for you, there is a necklace of white sand beaches to pick from!

3. Properties
Nestled in the most coveted residential location on Maui, your dream home awaits in one of the luxurious communities of the Kapalua Resort. Both the Bay and Golf Villas offer residents postcard ocean and golf course views along with a welcoming cluster of neighbors to chat with while you watch the sun dip below the horizon. If you are seeking the perfect home base, Pineapple Hill Estates offers residential homes that enjoy many delights of Maui’s tropical paradise. Or experience luxury living at The Ridge as it invites some of the best views and landscapes on Maui. These are just a few of the amazing properties that this resort town has to offer, we invite you to explore the unique variety!

Among the gorgeous location and variety of activities, these residential properties come with a number of world-class amenities! Ownership at most of these communities comes with access to tennis courts and swimming pools with barbecue and recreation areas at the respective residential property. The Coconut Grove, for instance, features a whirlpool spa and exercise room as well as a cabana with kitchen facilities.  On top of what the individual real estate properties have to offer, residents also enjoy reduced rates at The Bay and The Plantation Golf Courses.

Beyond the beautiful beaches and breathtaking views, a special culture and heritage has been captured by the real estate properties at Kapalua. There really is no such thing a boring day here as there are a number of adventurous and relaxing activities that Kapalua has in store. So now the question lies, why wouldn’t you purchase a Kapalua real estate property? Contact Jo today to reserve a viewing of your Maui home today!

Experience Luxury Living at The Ridge

Highlighting some of the best views and landscapes on Maui, The Ridge at Kapalua is a resort condominium community that specializes in luxury living.
July 28, 2017


Daydreaming about living on Maui? With the variety of beautiful sceneries and laidback lifestyle, we don’t blame you! If you have Maui on your mind or even in the market for a permanent island retreat, we invite you to read on.

Nestled in West Maui, just pass Kahana, lies a premier resort area that has everything a private tropical oasis requires, plus a little extra. Kapalua is most known for extravagance amongst the naturally green and lush environment. Lined with a necklace of five different bays and three white sand beaches, Kapalua radiates the perfect place to kick back and relax. So where does one shopping for a West Maui condominium find home sweet home? Highlighting some of the best views and landscapes on Maui, The Ridge at Kapalua is a resort condominium community that specializes in luxury living.

Situated in the heart of the Kapalua Resort, The Ridge spans 22 manicured acres throughout the Kapalua Bay Golf Course. Made up of 28 two-story and three-story buildings, the property has a total of 161 unique villas. One of the best parts of living in West Maui is getting your toes sandy at the #2 beach in America, Kapalua Bay Beach. Take a short stroll to the shore and experience not just one but three of the beaches that lie nearby these Maui condos.

While wandering the flourishing grounds, discover peaceful bliss at one of the two heated swimming pools on the property. Grab your favorite book and lounge in the warm Hawaiian sun or unwind at two world class spas, Spa Montage or the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Kapalua. Experience summer barbeques year round with designated grill areas that feature covered seating as well as a fully equipped kitchen. You could even take the party indoors and watch the sun dip below the horizon in one of these spacious condos for sale.

There is so much to explore in and around The Ridge that it is pretty hard to imagine passing up the opportunity to call one of these Maui condos home. If you are searching for paradise with panoramic ocean views paired with luxury island living, look no further than The Ridge at Kapalua.  Give Jo a call today to reserve a viewing of The Ridge or any other listing that peaks your interest!

Taste the Hawaiian Rainbow at Ululani's

A plantation treat turned state staple, shave ice has been ingrained into the local culture making it a must try for those looking to get the full Hawaii experience.
July 15, 2017

A plantation treat turned state staple, shave ice has been ingrained into the local culture making it a must try for those looking to get the full Hawaii experience. A specialty that has evolved separately from the snow cones and shaved ice of the Pacific Northwest, Hawaiian shave ice has shaped into a mix of treats that radiates the diversity of Hawaii. Syrups have expanded from the traditional strawberry and vanilla to the more exotic, like guava and passion fruit. Different flavors are not the only additions to what was once ice with sugar cane syrup, shave ice can now be coupled with ice cream and azuki beans. With the variety of interesting flavors, you will want to get your taste buds a treat.

So where would a visiting foodie find this icy sweet (or tangy) cup of goodness on Maui? Well the local favorite, Ululani’s, has locations all over the island making it easy for a traveler to get their hands on this flavored, feathery ice treat. Making their debut at the end of 2008 with a small shop on Front Street in Lahaina, just 20 minutes from your Kapalua residence, the company has quickly gained popularity enabling them to expand to more than just one shave ice machine. What has set Ululani’s apart from other shave ice vendors on the island is their dedication to providing quality syrups touched with aloha. 

Embodying the spirit of aloha within every part of their operations, Ululani’s also works to include every type of customer at each of their five locations around Maui. With ten of the fifty-eight syrups being sugar-free, the company is providing options for even the diabetic consumer looking for a treat. Infusing island tastes as well as the modern basics, Ululani's has every flavor of the rainbow and is experimenting with much more. They even make it easy for a newbie to try the local’s favorite combinations with a combo list on their menu. Whether you are trying Hawaiian shave ice for the first time or are a seasoned frozen dessert enthusiast, Ululani’s hits the spot with a little aloha. 

Blogs for August 2017

Top 3 Reasons to Live in Kapalua

Posted on August 18, 2017

So…you visited Maui and fell in love? Well if you are looking for a sign to turn warm Hawaiian breezes and sandy toes into a reality, this is it! Resting on the slopes of the majestic West Maui Mountains, right here in Kapalua, lies the island home of your dreams.… Continue Reading

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