This impressive 7,475 sq. ft. residence per county records, actually close to 10,000 ft under roof, is on .70 acres and is entered through the community gate and then a private estate gate under blossoming shower trees, gardens of mature plumeria trees, gardenias and a variety of palm and coconut trees. It's warm sun-filled outdoor shower washes away your cares and bathes you in the warmth of the island. Across the large courtyard and circle drive is the luxuriously finished 5 car garage designed to accommodate a second floor Ohana.
Hale Ali'i is aptly and imperially addressed 9 Kapalua Place. The number “9” which once was reserved for the Emperor of China is synonymous with the ideas of “long lasting” and “harmony.” It was blessed by Clifford Nae‘ole, cultural adviser for the Ritz-Carlton and Kapalua. He comes from a long line of first-born children in a native Hawaiian family. Kapalua's powerfully healing spiritual energy was explained, “We Hawaiians believe that you cannot go to the site and sit and talk and not be truthful and honest...for us, healing has a physical manifestation but it comes from the spirit.”
The wonderful feel, luxury and energy of the home is enhanced by the outstanding Feung Shui of it's design, and has been both appraised and celebrated by renowned feng shui expert, Kanoe Marciel Merino of Maui Feng Shui by Kanoe. “The feng shui of its design and significance of this home are superior to any other of its kind. With an unsurpassed beauty, matched by its heartfelt energy, this noble retreat provides an openhearted embrace to anyone who steps foot onto the estate. Each element of nature can be found in balance here, which is greatly desirable for achieving a state of harmony that brings peace to any individual. The flawless sense of tranquility, coupled with an optimistic flow of energy are easily recognizable...Positive energy, a flawless sense of balance and an immaculate hideaway, can easily describe this home that appeals to the refined buyer. Whether looking for a private retreat, or a residence for entertaining, this home personifies the meaning of the aloha spirit, and is truly grand in an easygoing, Hawaiian way,” Kanoe Marciel Merino
The home’s tasteful décor was designed by Mary Philpotts and pays homage to Hawaii’s history and culture, incorporating influences from Polynesia and the Pacific Rim. Ornate lamps and rugs add extra richness to the villa’s 4 king en-suite bedrooms. Mary Philpotts is a distinguished designer, accomplished fine artist and dedicated Hawaiian community leader. As a premier designer with a national and international reputation, her design aesthetic has always been to give the client a firm connection to their environment. In her bestselling book Hawaii: A Sense of Place, she shows in detail the progression of island design from its cultural roots to the needs of today's contemporary spaces.
The spacious first-floor living area and two of the second floor master suites feature floor-to-ceiling pocket doors opening onto lanais with expansive views of Oneloa Beach, the island of Molokai along with the warm azure blue pacific waters and dramatic rainbows. Fall asleep to the rejuvenating and relaxing sounds of the ocean waves and awaken to the joyful songs of beautiful Hawaiian birds.
The kitchen is finished in mahogany cabinetry, glass doors and shelves, granite counter-tops, and fully-fitted with top quality appliances including separate Sub-Zero Refrigerator and a Sub-Zero Freezer, two Sub-Zero Refrigerator Drawers, U-Line Ice-maker, Decor Double Oven, two Decor Warming Drawers, two Miele Dishwashers, Decor Gas Cook-top, Stainless Steel Cook-top Hood with lights, Decor Microwave and an island flora etched glass door into the walk-in pantry.
The media room is finished with mahogany cabinetry, glass doors and shelves, granite counter-tops, DVD and CD built-in storage, Wet-Bar with refrigerator, microwave and sink. It features full 7.1 surround sound and a 64” rear projection TV with 300 CD player, Blu-Ray DVD Player and Onkyo system. The media room serves as an audio center for the speakers placed throughout the villa and lanai, and is the command center for the home's “Smart House” features which include temperature control, indoor & outdoor lighting, sound & music, pool & spa equipment, and alarm security system.
The infinity edge pool is designed with colored tiles that seem to bring the ocean right up onto the lanai where you can look down into the crystal clear waters and awe at the colorful coral reefs below. The pool and heated Jacuzzi are seamlessly unified with a magnificent limestone pool lanai framed by tall palms and tropical plants. Here, guests can barbecue, swim and sunbathe against a stunning ocean backdrop. Once sufficiently lured by the appealing ocean waters, one can meander down the privately gated walkway directly to the warm sandy beach below.
Within a 10 minute walk along the picturesque coastline one can visit the world-famous Kapalua Bay which was named "Best Beach in the World" by the readers of Condé 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. Here the grove of palm trees sway and the protected warm waters offer towering corals, friendly sea turtles and tropical fish in a vast array colors, shapes and sizes all year long.
The next bay over is Napili where the gentle waves, delicious restaurants, warm sands and radiant rainbows invite one into a world beyond imagination.
Within the Kapalua Resort is the Ritz Carlton with it's six gourmet restaurants and lounges, luxury accommodations, the picturesque Flemming Beach, and first class shopping.
Within Kapalua are two golf courses for even the most discerning golfer. Built around the natural wonders of the West Maui Mountains, the Plantation Course at Kapalua ranks among the world’s greatest courses. So special, even the PGA TOUR only allows winners from the previous year to tee it up at its season opening event, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Witness awe-inspiring views, dramatic elevation changes, and nature’s challenges, as you test your ability and experience golf at its finest. In addition to the Plantation Course, the Bay Course which was Host of the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic winds its way through towering palms and flowering hibiscus. All your cares will vanish with the trade winds as your 5th tee shot carries over the glistening sea while you admire your home, Hale Ali'i across the bay.
Kapalua also offers one of the best Spa's in the world which features both indoor treatment rooms and outdoor hales. The 45,000 square foot three-story Award-Winning Kapalua Spa perfectly integrates a peaceful Mauka (mountain) to Makai (ocean) experience with both traditional and contemporary products and services. Natural materials, inspiring accents and indigenous plants have been carefully selected to provide an elegant, customized and enlightening journey found nowhere else in Hawai’i.
From the mountain to the sea, Kapalua Resort has miles of trails for every kind of hiker. Take a gentle stroll along sand dunes on the coastal trail boardwalk or step back in time as you explore a plethora of plant and trees species in the Maunalei Arboretum. There are miles of paved walkways with breathtaking views, foliage and wildlife. Perched high above the Kapalua Resort, over 2 miles of ziplines whisk guests across gulches on the West Maui Mountains. Side-by-side zip-lines, a high ropes course, “giant swing”, and the state’s largest suspension bridge are all a part of this exhilarating activity.