A Million Reasons to Love Kapalua: The Cliff House
There are a million reasons to love Kapalua: there are five fantastic white sand beaches; stretching from the ocean to the top of the West Maui Mountains, it's home to two of Maui's pristine nature preserves, Honolua Bay and Puu Kukui; there are amazing hiking, walking, and biking trails (Xterra will hold it's World Championship here next weekend!); there are two championship golf courses; incredible restaurants; and a vibrant community.
One of the reasons I fell in love with Kapalua and love living here so much finds its roots in a childhood memory: spending a day with my father in a magical place. From our home in Upcountry Maui, we traveled through pineapple fields, along dusty roads, for what seemed like hours (actually, it was probably only a little over an hour, but it felt like a LONG time), until we reached a tiny house perched on the ocean's edge. My father had a nursery and landscaping business at the time, and he was there for one of the annual Nurseryman's Association meetings. It was hot and sunny, and after his meeting, we dove into the cove. I remember the blue of the water, the black of the nearby rocks, being surrounded by yellow tang fish, and laughing with my father. I couldn't have been more than three or four, but that memory of that day, that place, stayed with me.
Years went by, and I could never put a finger on where exactly we were that day. I asked my father, who would respond, after thinking for a moment, with "I have no idea". Until one day, working here in the resort, we met up for a walk. As we walked along Kapalua Bay, my father mused aloud, "Do you remember that day I brought you here for that meeting..." I was so excited, I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was here all along.
The Cliff House was built in 1940 for the Honolua Plantation managers, and was originally called "Private Pools", then the "Beach House" before finally being known as the "Cliff House." Nestled on a cliff's edge overlooking Namalu Bay, the Cliff House has been renovated and has reopened for use by Kapalua Club members, Kapalua property owners, and special guests.
I had the opportunity to visit for the reopening and took some photos of one of my favorite places to share with you:
The Cliff House, Kapalua
The View of Molokai from the Cliff House
The View looking at Namalu Bay--this is where I saw all of those fish :)