Lake Tahoe Meets Hawaii in a Newly Listed Lodge-Like Kauai Home

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Lake Tahoe Meets Hawaii in a Newly Listed Lodge-Like Kauai Home – July 16, 2021
by V.L. Hendrickson

A new Hawaii home with a lodge-meets-beach aesthetic hit the market this week for $13.75 million.

Located in the hills of Kauai’s south shore, the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom residence offers wood detailing throughout, as well as an indoor-outdoor floor plan to take advantage of the Hawaiian climate. Part of an upscale private community, Kukui’ula, it offers views of the mountains, ocean and the Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course.

The home was designed by Kelly & Stone Architects, which has offices in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the Lake Tahoe region of California. Their mountain influence is on display with the wood ceilings, but the lanai, a covered terrace, and the use of materials such as native lava rock, sawn puka lava and flamed basalt are hallmarks of Hawaiian architecture.

“These materials were used because of their abilities to balance with the surrounding tropical landscape,” said Suzanne Harding, the principal broker at Kukui’ula. “The flamed basalt floors feel deliciously cool and refreshing under bare feet all year round.”

An infinity pool has been raised to allow for swimming with a view, according to the listing. The pool feeds into a stone waterfall adjacent to stairs leading to a small lawn and lounging area.

Other amenities include a detached ohana, or guest house, a chef’s kitchen, a garage with four Tesla batteries, and a primary bedroom suite with dual bathrooms and ocean views.

The community offers a host of amenities, as well, such as the 18-hole golf course, a spa, water sports like paddle boarding and kayaking, a working farm and several dining and shopping options, including a weekly farmer’s market.

Kauai has been a hot destination for second-home buyers since the pandemic began, with buyers from the West Coast flocking to the Garden Island, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“Kauai offers a barefoot elegance, down-to-earth charm, simple pleasures and safe harbor,” Ms. Harding said.
The island is also home to celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg, who paid $53 million for 600 acres on the island in May.

You Can Harvest Your Own Vegetables, Golf With Ocean Views, and Celebrate Hawaiian History at This Kauai Resort

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You Can Harvest Your Own Vegetables, Golf With Ocean Views, and Celebrate Hawaiian History at This Kauai Resort – July 25, 2021
by Patricia Doherty

From the back of a pickup truck, I watched dust fly as we drove along a narrow road through one of Kauaʻi’s last sugar cane fields and past a long-abandoned mill. It was the early 1980s, my first trip to the island and, after a few days in Honolulu, it was quite a change from Waikiki.

Later, I learned that Kauaʻi’s south shore town of Kōloa was home to the first working sugar mill, introducing commercial sugar cane production to the island in 1835. Laborers from the Philippines, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe came to work in the fields. About 150 years later, Hawaii’s sugar industry, including Kōloa Plantation, came to an end for a variety of factors that included labor costs, competition, and the rise of tourism.

Fast forward to my recent visit to the Garden Isle. In the same town as that first sugar plantation, Kukuiʻula, a resort community of more than 1,100 acres, recalls the Kōloa of the past in its architectural design. The historic plantation style is evident throughout the property, particularly in The Clubhouse with its low wide roof, exposed rafters, vertical plank walls, and expansive covered lanai — complete with ceiling fans and rocking chairs. Out back, its vast green lawn reaches to the sea.

We stayed in The Lodge, actually neighborhoods of individual bungalows, cottages, and villas ranging from one to four bedrooms, all with full gourmet kitchens, outdoor garden showers, luxurious bedding, and our favorite feature — the large covered lanai, furnished with comfy chairs and a table for dining al fresco. There we relaxed with our morning coffee, afternoon cocktails, and dinner, consisting of salad, fresh vegetables, and herbs from The Farm.

Guests staying at The Lodge enjoy unlimited access to the resort’s amenities, which made us feel welcome and as special as the homeowners who own stunning multimillion-dollar residences at Kukuiʻula. The Farm is an example. Guests can harvest the kale, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, fruits, and vegetables for their meals or take advantage of the convenient self-serve stand near the Clubhouse. We enjoyed our visit to the 10-acre farm, where we chatted with the farmer and saw the pristine gardens and nearby lake.

Wellness is a focus of all that happens at Kukuiʻula, from the organic farm to the Hi’ilani Spa with an adults lap pool, steam and sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, and expert treatments. The Signature Water Ritual, a specialty at Kukuiʻula, is a rejuvenating experience that includes the dry sauna, cold shower, wet steam and scrub, and dips in the hot and cold plunge pools. It’s perfect in combination with a fitness class like yoga, barre, pilates, or cross-training. For the keiki (kids), there are saltwater pools, waterfalls, and a waterslide as well as a sand-bottom pool that leads to the beach.

While the pace is relaxed, there’s plenty to do. The 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course is a golfer’s dream, and for tennis fans, there are four new Rebound Ace-surfaced courts. The resort’s Huakaʻi Guides can arrange paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bikes, or a private cruise on Kukui’ula’s 32-foot Yellowfin boat. For shoppers, the nearby Shops at Kukuiʻula offer apparel, gifts, original art, and national brands like Tommy Bahama, Reyn Spooner, Quicksilver, and LuluLemon.

While Kauaʻi has changed since my first visit nearly 40 years ago when there was only one traffic light on the entire island, Kukuiʻula has captured the atmosphere of the past. Kauaʻi’s residents also keep the island’s history alive. Each year the era of sugar plantations is recalled during Kōloa Plantation Days, an annual celebration where visitors learn of the island’s cultural diversity and its past with music, food, rodeos, games, parades, and nature walks. This year’s festivities are planned for July 23-Aug. 1, and activities include a guided walk along the Hapa Trail, once a link between Kōloa and Poʻipū, the island’s popular beach area.

Driving through the property at Kukuiʻula, we noticed several homes under construction and many spectacular homesites available. While owning a residence on Kauaʻi is just a dream for most of us, we felt fortunate to be relaxing on our lanai and enjoying the same view, amenities, and Hawaiian hospitality as Kukuiʻula’s homeowners.

Say Aloha to One of the Coolest Kauai Homes You’ll Ever See

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Say Aloha to One of the Coolest Kauai Homes You’ll Ever See – July 27, 2021
by Ashley Burns

Lately it seems as if the world’s most beautiful homes are growing on trees in Hawaii. At least that’s the vibe we get from the super-exclusive, private club community, Kukui’ula. The first of its kind on Kauai, this incredible neighborhood has already blown people away with designs and builds so exceptional and innovative, they make owners want to change the “vacation” label to something more permanent.

Most impressive is how each new home manages to top the last simply by being different. Tropical real estate can be somewhat uninspired in some areas of the world, but in this remarkable community, residents could experience a little neighbor envy—that is, if they can take their eyes off their own homes first. And it will be especially hard for a prospective buyer to look away from Kahalawai #7.

The newest listing in Kukui’ula is a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom estate that is as decadent as it is just flat out cool. While there’s so much to rave about, the first thing anyone will notice is the spectacular panoramic view, as this elevated home almost seems as if it is floating above the rest.

Set on nearly 30,000-sq. ft. of land, this property serves as a miniature resort, offering the best of the island’s natural beauty from every room. The dual master suite will make family and guests alike feel as if they have escaped to a South Pacific spa retreat, while the overall layout emphasizes privacy as much as it embraces the surroundings.

But if this custom home is anything, it is a venue for entertainment. Between the chef’s kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining areas, no meal will ever be skipped on these grounds. Guests will gather in the massive great room and lanai for drinks and conversation, all while eyeing the golf course and thinking about tomorrow’s early tee time. And when it’s time to unwind, the home theater will make a fine place for the kids to enjoy the latest Disney+ action.

The cherry on top is, without a doubt, the raised infinity pool. With water cascading over all four sides, this amenity is essentially a work of art designed in such a way that it not only meets the horizon, but somehow becomes as captivating as the views that it serves so well in showcasing.

With the use of native lava rock and a variety of other natural accents, this $13.75 million home is a tribute to Kauai’s incredible, breathtaking beauty. There’s no doubt it will stay that way for generations to come.

Kukuiʻula: The Story Behind the Name

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The life of this land is preserved in its place-names. Let them be remembered.
– Frederick B. Wichman, Kauaʻi: Ancient Place-Names and Their Stories (1998)

“Kukui‘ula”: it’s an enchanting name for a place, and a community. The name would be no less appealing if it were a relatively recent invention, but it becomes even more of a marvel—a pleasure to see, and say, and ponder—when you know its intriguing backstory.

Kukui refers to Hawaii’s incredibly versatile state tree (Aleurites moluc¬cana), which was one of the prized “canoe plants” brought to the Islands by early Polynesian voyagers. The oil-rich nutmeats have many uses, but as the primary English name (candlenut) suggests, kukui nuts and oil were an essential source of light for early Hawaiians—whether in the form of lanterns, torches, or bonfire-beacons that burned all night, every night, to show the way home from the sea. Eventually, the word kukui came to be a virtual synonym for “light.”

As for ‘ula, in this context it simply means “red” or “scarlet”: the color of fire, and flames. Hence, “Kukui‘ula” is often translated as “red light.” But what inspired the place name, originally?

That’s the fascinating part, because Kukui‘ula isn’t just a spectacularly lovely stretch of land fronted by an idyllic white-sand cove. It’s also the antique site of what may well have been one of the world’s earliest proto-lighthouses: an open-air, lava-rock structure that was used exclusively for building signal fires, high atop a scenic bluff on the spot known to Kukui‘ula’s present-day golfers as the 12th hole.

Historians believe that around a thousand years ago, and for many centuries there¬after, three such beacons—lama kuhikuhi, in Hawaiian—were lit nightly along the southern coast of Kaua‘i. (A lama is a light, torch, or lamp, while one of the definitions of kuhikuhi is “to point out.” So, a guiding light.)

One beacon overlooked the Kukui‘ula cove, while another was at Kukuiolono—“Light of Lono”—up the road in Kalāheo. The third signal fire is thought to have been located somewhere closer to the shoreline. Even today, it’s easy to imagine how happy and relieved seafarers must have been whenever that trio of prehistoric “lighthouses” came into view, to guide them toward Kaua‘i’s South Shore.

“I felt such a sense of awe, and honor,” says La‘amea Almeida, a local kumu hula who is the official cultural advisor for The Club at Kukui‘ula. She’s describing the profound thrill of a recent visit to the lama kuhikuhi above the 12th hole, where kukui-fueled signal fires blazed every night, once upon a time.

La‘amea is part of a group of preservationists who are dedicated to making sure that remarkable relic is properly—and lovingly—maintained. “We’re stewards of the land, so we always want to respect the site and treat it with much aloha,” she explains. Only hand tools are used to remove inva¬sive plants such as guinea grass and hale koa, and the structural integrity of the lama kuhikuhi’s lava-rock formations is monitored on a regular basis.

Kukui‘ula’s management and staff share the preservationists’ commitment to protecting the historic “lighthouse,” which will surely offer a dramatic reminder of the region’s heritage (and of the source of its charismatic name!) for many generations to come. In the same spirit of beautiful continuity, the Hawaiian-language scholar Samuel H. Elbert’s words ring as true as when they were first published, nearly half a century ago: “Place names are the most reflective part of aloha ‘āina—[they reinforce] love for the land . . . and in many ways are a vital link to the glorious past.”

As for us, here and now, perhaps the next time we find ourselves on Kukui‘ula’s Great Lawn after dark we’ll pause to reflect on the essential precept of aloha ‘āina: love for the land. And then, just for a moment, we might look up and visualize the night sky alight with the warm, rosy glow of a signal fire . . . the reassuring Kukui‘ula that would have told Kauaʻi’s ancient mariners they were safe at last, and close to home.

Historical photos courtesy of Kauaʻi Historical Society.

Photo 1: Kukui nut set ablaze in a basalt bowl.
Photo 2: Outrigger canoe coming ashore.
Photo 3: Lāwaʻi Kai (Allerton Garden), around 1910. To the left is the Puʻu Kilo iʻa or “Fish Watching Rock.” Queen Emma’s cottage is seen to the right.

Come Home to Kukuiʻula

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E komo mai. Nou ka hale.
Welcome. The house is yours.

Make yourself at home at Kukuiʻula, the ultimate family retreat perfectly situated between mauka and makai (mountain and ocean). Here on Kauaʻi’s south shore, where verdant gardens stay green year-round and the ocean’s sweet breath fills the warm air, the love of home comes from an appreciation for ʻāina and ʻohana—land and family—and permeates everything that surrounds you.

Architecture defines a place and a culture, and the homes at Kukuiʻula are a combination of great design, quality materials, and an appreciation of Kauaʻi lifestyle. Our combined architecture and landscape vision is rooted in a thorough understanding of the natural elements integral to Kauaʻi, a celebration of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that embraces the beauty of nature, respect for the importance of the land, and a special love for our home island and its local culture.

The low-key, relaxed luxury lifestyle at Kukuiʻula gives you the time to appreciate the days of your life. It makes the aloha spirit tangible—something that’s alive that you can seamlessly incorporate into everyday habits: taking that first breath of morning with the land and ocean, gathering with friends and family, making the time to venture out and learn something new, and weaving yourself back into the language of nature to see it with fresh eyes.

Choosing a Kukuiʻula homesite provides an open canvas to discover how your island life will unfold. Waking up to views of ocean and mountains. Wandering from the beach straight to the dining room in your board shorts and T-shirt. Relaxing on the lānai with food and family, making and sharing memories. Is a visit enough when you can make your life here?

Homesites at Kukuiʻula include some of the last Kauaʻi coastline still available for building. There are many ways to incorporate sustainability into Kukuiʻula home designs, which speaks to the importance of malama ʻāina—caring for the land. Here, modern technology and tried-and-true green design attributes are celebrated, creating healthy, efficient and comfortable homes that are durable and low impact.

Three design styles that form Kukuiʻula’s architectural vision breathe as if they’re one with the landscape. Plantation style hails from Hawaiʻi’s mid-19th century industrial agrarian era, reflecting the wisdom of the architects of sugar plantations, who adjusted their designs to the land, culture, and climate of the islands. Pacific Tropical style emerged from indigenous civilizations throughout the islands of Polynesia and the Asia-Pacific region as their response to local climate, available materials, and building technology. Island Contemporary style is an updated form of the mid-century Hawaiian house, inspired by the designs of island post-war modernists.

Coming home to Kukuiʻula may be the beginning of a new life or the result of a lifelong dream. It’s where you feel interwoven with nature and where you can relax and talk story under the starry skies that led Hawaiʻi’s ancestors here on voyaging canoes. Your island life awaits among the lush landscape and gentle trade winds. Welcome home.

An Ace in Paradise

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There’s something about golf that lets you take life at a slower pace, embracing the measured relaxation of Hawaiian time. Whether you’re looking to push yourself, want to have fun in the outdoors with friends, or some blend of the two, a game of golf will accommodate you. And when the course sweeps across the horizon with dramatic ocean views and humpback whale spouts at the edge of the world, you can’t help but pause to enjoy and take it all in.

On Kauaʻi’s sunny south shore, Kukuiʻula’s Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole golf course embraces fun and playability with just the right level of challenge. From beginning to end, the course is an open canvas with a give and take in its design and an ebb and flow of easy/hard holes. Here, you can play every single day and never tire of your options, because each game—even the one you played just yesterday—feels very different.

Each hole has a unique character and feel, and they all have Pacific Ocean views. No matter where you are in your game, it’s easy to spy rainbows over the water, spinner dolphins playing in the surf, or majestic guardian Mount Haupu. The challenging 14th hole, sometimes described as a “quintessential Weiskopf par 4,” has become legendary, and not just for its spectacular, panoramic, coastal views.

As you progress through the course—whether on foot, cart, or our surf-style golf boards— Kauaʻi island life progresses with you in the course’s landscaping. Look for macadamia nuts on the 2nd hole, puakenikeni flowers on the 5th, lychee on the 7th, starfruit on the 8th, citrus on the 10th, coffee on the 13th, and pineapple on the 14th hole. The strong sense of place calls to your senses, and you realize that this golf course exists perfectly in this one spot in the world.

The clubhouse includes a fully stocked pro shop, lounges and locker rooms, and access to lessons, the largest practice facility on Kauaʻi, and golf boards and carts. You can work on your game on the practice greens, snag a tee time, compete in our four annual tournaments, play Glow Golf under the evening stars, or sign up for clinics and member games. Include the whole family in the sport, with keiki clinics and camps that keep everything fun.

Pause for a bite to eat on the course at the comfort stations stocked with in-season fruit, snacks, and drinks from Chef Ben, or order straight from your cart and your food will be delivered to you.

At Kukuiʻula, a casual, relaxed vibe seems to float on the ocean breeze, and golf is a fluid extension of that island style. Whether it’s a daily game, a once-weekly pau hana (end of work) game, an occasional family tournament, or even perfecting your swing, the golf course is waiting, right at the edge of the ocean. It’s made for both enjoyment and memories, for playing your best game, for taking in the only-on-Kauaʻi views, and for living your best life.

Kauaʻi Elevated Cuisine

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Amid the lush landscape of Kauaʻi and the surrounding waters of the Pacific Ocean, Kukuiʻula is a place for the senses. The warm breeze on your skin that brings with it the salty scent of the ocean, the views of the vast coastline, the sound of faint chatter mixed with music, the fresh taste of elevated Kauaʻi cuisine—all blend together to create a certain sense of place that you can’t get anywhere else.

Executive Chef Ben Takahashi is dedicated to giving you a taste of where you are and creates dishes that showcase the Farm at Kukuiʻula and best in-season items, especially focused on localvore ingredients grown within a 100-mile radius. Working with the Farm, local fishers, ranchers, and purveyors, Chef Ben’s farm-to-fork and ocean-to-table fare incorporate what occurs on and around the island naturally, in tune with the seasons.

“This is one of the greatest positions I’ve ever had, because of the quality resources,” says Chef Ben. “It’s like a chef’s dream, and gives me freedom of imagination for menus with everything within reach.” With the ability to receive photos and growth tracking of produce on The Farm, the kitchen can plan for the perfect moment to feature the changing flavors of each day, at the time of harvest.

Whether it’s a delicious family dinner at ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar, poolside bites at Makai Grill + Bar, snacks on the golf course, healthy sustenance at Hiʻilani Spa, Chef Ben’s spectacular and intimate omakase meals that interweave his grandmother’s recipes and childhood memories, or even farm-to-table feasts under the broad canopy of The Farm’s monkey pod tree—there are endless opportunities at Kukuiʻula to get that essential sense of place through food.

The long history of agriculture here is tied to our relationship with the ʻaina (land), where the terroir encompasses the elements of the island—from the sun and rain to the soil and ocean. Flavors of Kauaʻi are also a result of the vast different cultures that have emigrated here, from the early Polynesians to today. Elevated Kauaʻi cuisine is the culinary representation of the tradition of Hawaiian storytelling, where the terroir and cultures speak.

Family meals create bonds and deepen relationships, and it’s especially easy when you’re enjoying the taste of Kukuiʻula, sharing your best memories of the day while being surrounded by the people you love. Why wait for a special occasion to treat yourself well? There’s enough in the bounty of the land and ocean right here to celebrate daily life in a beautiful location.

Pull up a chair to the table, whether in the dining room or under the earpod tree, where the essence of the varied flavors of Kauaʻi together forms the language of the island. You don’t need to study extensively to attain fluency, merely pay attention to the effect of the elemental forces, like gentle erosion. Before you know it, that sense of place will become part of your daily life, and you’ll wonder how you lived before.

Adventure in Paradise

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Tucked between mauka and makai—the mountain and the ocean—Kukuiʻula’s location on Kauaʻi’s sunny south shore makes it a gateway to adventure for all who enjoy the outdoors. At this low-key, relaxed retreat, the word adventure has many definitions, enough to fit how you feel each day.

Whether it’s a morning of stillness as Kukuiʻula wakes up, or an afternoon of sheer fun with family, the Makai Pools make it easy to have quality time in the water. In the infinity-edge pool, bask in the sun and ocean breeze on a lounger that’s half-submerged in the cool, freshwater. Adjacent saltwater pools flow together, like the streams that flow from Kauaʻi’s mountains to the Pacific Ocean, connected by cascading waterfalls and a water slide that leads to a sand-bottomed pool fringed by the shore of a manmade beach. Joyous keiki, serene sunbathers, and everyone in between enjoy the opportunity of immersing themselves in the pools’ liquid relaxation.

Explore the heights of the Garden Island, from the mountain trails of Kokeʻe State Park with its canyon rims and ocean panoramas to the Nā Pali Coast’s rippled landscape. Meander through Kukuiʻula’s sunny backyard along ocean cliffs and white-sand beaches. Head out to the east side to hike on Nounou Mountain, also known as the Sleeping Giant. Enjoy the pleasure of your own company, or allow our Huakaʻi Outfitters to plan and lead you on the hiking or biking adventure of a lifetime.

Our team of adventure experts, Huakaʻi Outfitters can provide you with all the equipment you need to master a new sport, set off on a family excursion, or help you discover some of the most beautiful locations on the island for adventure. Guides have a full calendar of planned activities each week, including privately booked supervised on-site keiki adventures. Their deep knowledge of Kauaʻi makes them your go-to experts for creating one-of-a-kind, custom experiences.

Set out into gentle ocean waves to take one-on-one surf, stand-up paddle (SUP), or canoe sessions to develop your water skills, or venture out with a guide to skirt the south shore. Test your mettle against the local fish when you take a guided kayak fishing excursion or go deep-sea fishing on the Club’s 32-foot Yellowfin boat, Māhealani. Your victory tastes even sweeter when ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar prepares your catch for you. If you prefer extended beach time, ask Huakaʻi Outfitters to set up a luxe day camp for you, with gear, refreshments, and shade tents.

Enjoy the coastline in the manner of Polynesian ancestors by joining an excursion aboard Kailele, our sailing canoe. Customized half-and full-day adventures on Māhealani stay close to home or journey to the Nā Pali Coast, and can also include crabbing, snorkeling, dolphin watching, sea cave exploring, or just enjoying the good life.

No matter how you may define adventure, every day at Kukuiʻula is a new opportunity to discover Kauaʻi, from the majestic heights of its mountains to the vast blue ocean, and every place in between.

Hiʻilani Spa: Embraced by the Arms of Heaven

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The calming beauty of Kauaʻi makes it easy to slow down, relax, and remember all the things that make you smile. Here, nature and healing are considered interchangeable. It may start with the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, or perhaps the rustle of the trade winds in the trees, or even the simplicity of sitting still and hearing the gentle call of the native nēnē as the birds settle for the evening.

Over generations, Hawaiian ancestors have passed down the belief that optimum health is the outcome of living in harmony with nature, and this island’s curative climate, therapeutic water, and aloha spirit help restore balance in the lives of locals and visitors alike. That balance is an essential part of our wellness program at Kukuiʻula.

Approach the lava rock walls of the extensive wellness complex through lush meditation gardens, which help to clear away outside distractions. Botanicals grown here—like ʻolena (turmeric), ʻawapuhi (ginger), and lemongrass—are essential to treatments and tonics, with fresh-pressed juices served poolside at the secluded adult lap pool and available in the spa boutique.

Treatments at Hiʻilani Spa, from massage to acupuncture and aesthetician services, are experiences created for complete mind and body rejuvenation and relaxation. Whether your preferred massage is traditional Hawaiian healing Lomi Lomi, deep-tissue Shiatsu, therapeutic reflexology, or even a personalized combination of techniques to focus on your body’s specific needs, there is enough variety of options to improve circulation and flexibility, as well as ease muscle tension.

Start anew with a cleanse and detoxification program or be your own alchemist and learn to create your personal body medicine to attain that essential life balance with nature. Nurturing skincare, from facials to body treatments, both invigorate and replenish your skin. Spa facilities also include private lounges and locker rooms with outdoor showers, steam and sauna rooms, and hot and cold plunge pools.

You can feel the elements at Hiʻilani Spa, with the occasional breeze, sturdy lava rock walls, the warmth of the sun, and abundance of water. Begin or end your spa experience with our signature Wet Ritual, which focuses on highly effective therapies featuring filtered water in a variety of forms: cool, warm, liquid, mist, steam. Each step of the ritual incorporates our holistic expertise and attention to detail, and the progression will leave you feeling immeasurably renewed.

Pair that renewal with your fitness goals at the Hiʻilani Fitness facility, with classes including yoga, barre, BOSU, pilates, qi gong, cross-training, and strength training. Class options blend invigorating immersion with focused balance and connect wellness programs across personal experiences and skillsets. Work out using our state-of-the-art equipment or enjoy the fresh island air through the open doors of the movement studio—fitness here is just one ingredient in your overall wellness lifestyle.

It’s easy to live pono at Kukuiʻula, making good choices about your complete wellness while feeling connected to nature and its essential role in restoring health and balance in life, giving you many more reasons to smile.

The Farm at Kukuiʻula

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From the moment you crest the hill that leads to the Farm, Kukuiʻula’s 10-acre organic farm, the idea of aloha ʻāina (love the land) seems like the most natural feeling you can have. In Hawaiian tradition, ʻāina (land) is the provider of everything—shelter, food, and a place to plant your feet. Here at the Farm, the land lies before you, in an articulated patchwork like a great green quilt that incorporates raised beds, fruit orchards, colorful flowers, a luxurious henhouse, sprawling ear pod tree, and lush green lawn. The sense that all living beings are connected is at the forefront, and the relationship we share with the land expands to nature and life itself.

In the morning sunlight, you can settle into the ancient rhythm of gathering your own seasonal food, and wander through the pavilion of raised beds to harvest your own herbs, greens, and vegetables for breakfast, an after-adventure snack, or dinner salads. Pluck tropical fruits and citrus from the trees, and pick some fresh flowers to add to the family table. Visit with resident hens and coax them out of an egg or two for a home baking project.

Team members at the Farm help with harvesting, as well as gardening advice. Bring your own basket, bags, and shears, or use those provided on-site to enjoy the bounty of the land. Sit quietly under the shade canopies and take it all in. There are many ways to live in harmony with nature, and seasonal changes are evident here among the small details if you take your time and breathe along with the Earth.

En route to the Farm, view some of Kukuiʻula’s most pristine landscape, home to wildlife such as Hawaiʻi’s state bird, the nēnē. Anglers interested in fishing for peacock bass in the lake need only obtain rods and reels from Huakaʻi outfitters before untying a rowboat and paddling to the sweetest spot on the lake’s surface.

The Farm works with the Hiʻilani Spa to cultivate a wellness garden to produce botanicals that are incorporated in tonics and treatments, as well as fresh-pressed juices. The culinary garden produces the best seasonal and year-round fruits and vegetables for Chef Ben’s farm-to-fork fare. Keep alert while playing the golf course, and you’ll spy mangoes, lychees, pineapples, and other tropical fruits planted around the greens that are tended for the enjoyment of all.

When life is too busy to fit in a visit to the Farm, just drop by The Clubhouse to find a self-serve produce stand on the lānai. The bounty of the ʻāina is so abundant that there’s always an opportunity to share.

The Farm at Kukuiʻula is a sensory place—where you can sit back and witness a landscape packed with rainbows or watch the sun set over the ocean, where the scent in the air is thick with fragrance and earth, and where the fleshiness of flowers is rich and tangible. The feeling of aloha ʻāina is alive here, where the land is its most generous.