Meet Jo, Kukuiʻula’s Cycle Liaison

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When you rent a bike at The Club at Kukuiʻula, you’ll stop at our Bike Barn for pickup, where you’ll be greeted by the smiling face of one Joanna Petterson, affectionately known as “Jo” by our Members and staff. Jo is the Cycle Liaison and go-to-bike guru at Kukuiʻula.

Born in South Africa, Jo and ʻohana (family) moved back and forth between South Africa and Kauaʻi until finally settling here at the age of 12It wasnʻt until 1996, when she was a sophomore at Kapaʻa High School, that her love for mountain biking began. Watching TV one day, Jo saw a UCI World Cup Race taking place on a neighboring Hawaiian island and says, “it was big news for our little state.” She immediately fell in love with the sport, and as soon as she graduated high school, began chasing after a life in mountain biking.

At 20 years old, Jo moved from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, to Denver, Colorado, where she would compete in – and win – her first bicycle race, the Mountain States Cup at Angel Fire in New Mexico. In 2005, Jo found herself racing her first World Cup Race on the same mountain.

During her 15-plus years of competitive racing, Joanna says her favorite part was having the opportunity to race world tracks and travel all over the world while doing what she loves. Of all the places she biked, she says the French Italian Alps are her favorite, “It has some of the most incredible mountain biking with hundreds of miles of trails!” She also notes that in her career, she is the proudest of “working with race organizers and USA Cycling to bridge the pay gap and offer equal pay at events” for women racers.

Jo says of biking that she loves the freedom, exploration of nature, and the competitiveness it brings. And that it allows you to discover and push your limits. As Cycle Liaison at The Club at Kukuiʻula, she shares these passions and much more with everyone who takes advantage of our bike program. Jo says of her duties as our bike guru, “My job is to keep the wheels of our fleet, around 120 bikes, turning. We have an e-Bike ride on Thursdays and are currently working to develop new programming. I am also here to offer bike repair and maintenance for Members and their personal bikes. As an avid cyclist, mechanic, and skills coach, my goal has always been to ensure riders have the best experience possible on two wheels.”

The Moʻolelo Behind the First-Ever Kukuiʻula Mural

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This summer, local artist and south shore Kauaʻi resident Shianne Schorr and our Members will be hard at work painting a beautiful mural that depicts integral elements of our Kukuiʻula sense of place.

The two-part mural is anchored by “The Royals,” beloved Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi and Queen Emma Rooke. Prince Kūhiō, born at Hōʻai on the east end of Kukuiʻula near our Kaulu neighborhood, stands on the left of the mural holding a bowl of light, representative of our place name – Kukuiʻula. It is also symbolic of Hawaiian Aliʻi, or chiefs, and it is said that the aliʻi were a beacon of hope and inspiration; their knowledge and wisdom, a light for their people.

On the right end of the mural, signifying the west side of Kukuiʻula, stands Queen Emalani (as she was affectionately known), who once walked the bluffs of our Kula Makai neighborhood. White spider lilies and bougainvillea surround her, a reminder of the plants she sowed during her time here, which are still sprawling along the cliffsides of Lāwaʻi Kai and at the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Kukui plant motifs embrace the mural and feed the fire that once guided fishermen and wayfinding voyagers safely home into the shores of Kukuiʻula. Resting honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), ānuenue (rainbow), and a kōhola (Humpback whale) tail showcase some of the most memorable things frequently spotted on Kauaʻi’s south shore.

The mural will be located at The Club at Kukuiʻula’s new Bike Hale, in the lower parking lot near the golf cart path.

Interactive Epicurean Adventures Are on the Rise

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Fishing in the Maldives. COMO Hotels And Resorts

Interactive Epicurean Adventures Are on the Rise – March 11, 2022
by Eric Grossman

Globe-trotting gourmands eager to enhance their culinary credentials are seeking out unique, interactive experiences where they can roll up their sleeves and work for their meal.

A growing number of notable luxury resorts, award-winning restaurants, and innovative tour providers are letting amateurs try their hand at activities such as white-knuckle sport fishing, traditional truffle hunting, and digging for giant clams—with the added bonus of being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Whether it’s an immersive challenge or a hands-on educational experience, these next-level adventures are worthy of being added to even the most discerning foodie’s epicurean bucket list. Many of these experiences require advance booking, so remember to check for the latest travel requirements and restrictions.


Located along the Seto Inland Sea is Kagawa, also known as Japan’s udon capital. This coastal prefecture has been perfecting the art of the chewy, sanuki-style udon noodle for centuries, and is home to more than 600 udon restaurants, the highest concentration in the country.

In Mitoyo City, Udon House is an udon-themed hotel where guests learn the art of udon making from local specialists, visit a nearby farm to learn about the native agriculture and pick fresh udon toppings, and embark on udon-hopping journeys in which a guide directs them to the neighborhood’s best hole-in-the-wall udon restaurants.


Lobster lovers come from across the globe to sample Maine’s most famous crustacean. At the legendary White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection, in the charming town of Kennebunk, enthusiasts take their lobster knowledge to a new level by lobstering with a local expert.

A private tour along the coast includes an education about the lobster fishing industry and its sustainable future, and the main event comes when first-timers try their hand at emptying lobster traps. Once back on dry land, participants meet with the resort’s chef and select the lobsters to cook, then move on to a lobster cooking class with the chef to earn their lunch.


Soneva Fushi’s Shades of Green lets guests pick and choose which ingredients end up in their meal.
Soneva Fushi

Some of the Maldives’ most notable resorts tempt with fun, food-focused activities. In the South Malé atoll, COMO Cocoa Island gives  guests a try at the traditional local sunset pastime of reef bottom fishing for humpback snapper and grouper. Visitors can also hop aboard the resort’s sports fishing boat for game fishing adventures, with the guaranteed excitement of fighting bluefin trevally, snappers, and dogtooth tuna. After these activities, the fresh catch can be cooked by the resort’s chefs for lunch or dinner the next day.

Soneva Fushi, a luxury resort hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, provides a unique dining experience at its Shades of Green, a 20-seat plant-based restaurant located in the resort’s organic garden. To begin the experience, visitors are guided through the garden and encouraged to examine, pick, and taste the herbs, vegetables, and fruits grown on the land, ultimately choosing which ingredients should be used in their meal.


Minaret Station Alpine Lodge’s heli-fishing and seafood adventure is a must for any thrill-seeking epicurean visiting New Zealand’s rugged West Coast. After a scenic helicopter ride, the crew collects crayfish pots from the frigid waters using the helicopter while participants wait on the beach; the bounty is then prepared into a gourmet picnic lunch with a spectacular mountain backdrop.

One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Kauri Cliffs, might be best known for its jaw-dropping ocean views and championship golf course, but it also impresses with foodie activities such as land-based fishing. Guests join a local guide at one of the property’s private beaches to test their skill at hooking snapper or kahawai; the fresh catch can be brought back to the lodge, where the chef will prepare it for dinner.

Hidden among 2,500 acres of native forest in Rotorua, Treetops Lodge & Estate offers a Maori food trail in which guests slip into the wilderness in search of native plants and herbs, while learning about the nutritional and medicinal properties, as well as ties with Maori cultural traditions. Participants sample what they find, fresh from the land, and harvest it for the chefs to use at the resort.


Hawaii Island’s most acclaimed luxury resort, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, offers a sustainable fishing experience exclusively to its guests. After a private, marine biologist-led tour of a state-of-the-art Kanpachi farm, participants board the resort’s Ribcraft boat to view the open-ocean pens and a fish feeding session. On the way back to the resort, adventurers work up an appetite by snorkeling with Hawaiian sea life, then finally settle in for a customized, five-course wine dinner in which the Kanpachi is prepared in various ways.

Over on Kauai, The Lodge at Kukui’ula, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, offers up the Mahealani, a 35-foot fishing boat used for expeditions in Kauai’s well-populated waters. Ahi, mahi, and marlin are the typical catches of the day for guests, many of whom are all too happy to offload their bounty to the resort’s culinary team, which then transforms the fish into a delicious feast. There’s also a kayak fishing adventure in which participants drop a line into the water and bring the fresh catch back to be prepped at the resort.


Clam digging in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Stephen Harris, Tourism PEI

Canada’s maritime provinces are the source of fresh, world-class seafood year round. Gourmands exploring the heart of Central Newfoundland are wise to visit Indian Falls Chalets, which offers salmon fly fishing and smoking workshops. Guests spend a day on the Indian River mastering the art of fly fishing for Atlantic salmon and brook trout, then take part in a smoking workshop in which they learn a time-perfected technique for how to prepare and smoke local salmon from start to finish.

In New Brunswick, Cielo Glamping Maritime invites active types to harvest their own oysters while on a stand-up paddleboard in the Bay of St. Simon. After harvesting and shucking, participants get to taste the difference between those harvested at water temperature, served on ice, and charbroiled to perfection.

Prince Edward Island’s Tranquility Cove Adventures delights bivalve lovers with its clam digging tours to the deserted island of Boughton. All the necessary gear is provided, letting first-timers safely dig in sand bars for giant clams. After enough clams are harvested, the party moves to the beach, where the clams are steamed in salt water. The experience also includes the chance to haul a lobster trap, crab pot, and mussel sock, plus a crash course on each fishery.


Halfway between the tourist magnets of Phuket and Krabi lies the less crowded island of Koh Yao Noi, home to the chic Cape Kudu Hotel. A must for any seafood lover, the hotel supports its local community through joining local fishermen to forage for shellfish, the types of which vary due to the tides and seasons. After taking a calming boat trip around the island, during which guests can scour the beaches for shellfish, their haul can then be taken back to the hotel for the culinary team to prepare a delicious meal.

Set along Phang Nga Bay, one of Thailand’s most spectacular seascapes, travelers will find the serene Six Senses Koh Yao Noi, a luxury wellness retreat offering various gourmet experiences. Participants take a classic long-tail boat to visit a local floating fish farm and select their own fresh catch for chefs to prepare back at the resort. Thai cooking classes feature an interactive tour through the resort’s organic vegetable garden.


Foodies have been flocking to Istria, the westernmost region of Croatia, to try their hand at truffle hunting. The specific scent that comes from truffles in damp soil, mostly in oak woods, is impossible for humans to discern, so trained dogs are used to assist the hunt. Karlić TartufiPietro & Pietro, and Prodan Tartufi, a trio of family-run businesses, share their traditions while letting visitors enjoy both the challenge of finding truffles in the wild, preparing said truffles, and sampling a range of truffle products and delicacies.

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.

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.

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.

The Ultimate Family Retreat

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There’s a peaceful sense when you’re able to unwind and be truly yourself when the breeze off the ocean seems especially sweet, the sunshine seems to last longer, and you feel at home. At Kukuiʻula, that feeling comes every day.

On Kauaʻi’s south shore, where verdant gardens stay green year-round, the ultimate family retreat lies perfectly situated between mauka and makai—the mountain and the ocean. With homes and homesites in this breathtaking setting, each day seems like a vacation.

The low-key, relaxed luxury at Kukuiʻula means you can go from the beach straight to the dining room in your board shorts and T-shirt, choose from a wealth of unforgettable outdoor adventures, drop by the Farm to harvest your own tropical produce, unwind and rejuvenate at the Hiʻilani Spa, and gather with friends and family to make and share memories.

Here, ʻohana includes those people who restore your spirit and with whom you enjoy spending time. With something for everyone at Kukuiʻula, there’s space to venture out, choose independent interests or try something new, and come back together to talk story. People return here because of the way it makes them feel and the way their family is when they’re together in this lush island setting.

No matter where you are at Kukuiʻula, the outdoors calls to you. The rich history of the land, the refreshing trade winds, the spectacular rainbows, and sunsets, all just within reach in homes that breathe as if they’re one with the landscape. The fun, playful attitude of mellow, laid-back living here makes it easy to live well on your terms, whether that includes days packed full of activities, gathering to savor the love of generations of family, or the luxury of free time to just breathe and take it all in.

Our focus on Hoʻokipa, heartfelt Hawaiian hospitality, creates an ease of living and sense of place. Those who have made a home here find that coming for a visit just isn’t enough. Resort architecture represents an integration of this island’s unique culture, respect for the land, a celebration of nature, and an understanding of the elements. Elevated Kauaʻi cuisine showcases the freshness and convenience of the Farm and the abundance of the ocean with farm-to-fork and ocean-to-table fare. Wellness programs offer the ability to spend quality time in a subtler, island-style way, whether your self-care leans towards spa time or fitness classes. The golf course, with just the right level of challenge and golf boards to get you from green to green, embraces fun and playability—complete with whale watching at the edge of the world.

Kukuiʻula is the kind of place where time flows effortlessly, where families join children at kid’s camp for the sheer fun of being together, where adventurers can head out on a Polynesian sailing canoe or hike into the spectacular mountains along the Nā Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, and where water fans can immerse themselves in the saltwater kiss of the ocean or dip their toes into an infinity-edged swimming pool.

The aloha spirit isn’t something that’s fleeting. It’s alive in this life-changing retreat—and it’s something that you can live, breathe, and experience. The ancient Hawaiians likened the ability to truly live the spirit of aloha with attaining enlightenment. At Kukuiʻula, it’s as easy as waking up every day.

Makahiki at Kukui`ula

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In Hawaii, the appearance of the Makali`i {the Pleiades} in the eastern sky marks the Hawaiian New Year and the start of the Makahiki Season. Beginning in late October and lasting through early March, in ancient Hawaii Makahiki was a time of peace, when farmers concluded their final harvests and the rains of the Hoʻoilo season would begin to fall, nourishing the lands for the upcoming planting season. During this season war was kapu or forbidden, and instead, craftsmen spent their time honing their skills in their given trades, and warriors engaged in games and sports that sharpened their mind and strengthened their bodies. Special ceremonies were observed such as offerings to the god Lono {the god of fertility and peace}, and to the chiefs. Celebrations of mahalo {thanks} for a bountiful year included feasting and dancing, often compared to the American tradition of Thanksgiving.

Today, we honor the tradition of Makahiki at Kukui`ula beginning with a special Lonoikamakahiki Ceremony on November 27th at the Kukui`ula Beach Park. A moving and inspiring experience, our Members, Guests and Staff will gather by the ocean to pay homage to Lono with traditional offerings and Hawaiian chants. On December 22nd we’ll host our 2nd annual Makahiki Festival with a full day of traditional Hawaiian games for the whole family. Start the day with Konane, Hawaiian Checkers and coffee in the Clubhouse, followed by an Outrigger Canoe Race, Ulu Maika {rock bowling}, Ihe {spear throwing}, Hukihuki {tug-o-war}, and much more. The celebration will culminate in the best way possible, amongst friends, with a sunset dinner overlooking spouting horn.