Maui Resort News

The owners of Maui’s Kapalua Resort, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, has stopped planting pineapple and will cease pineapple operations by the end of the year. According to Chairman, Warren Haruki the decision to close the company’s pineapple operations after 97 years was difficult but necessary. The pineapple division has lost $115 million since 2002 and efforts to make the business sustainable have not worked. The Kapalua Resort’s lone hotel is the Ritz –Carlton Kapalua, which was renovated in January 2008. The hotel will continue to be managed by the Ritz Carlton. Maui Land & Pineapple’s resort division, Kapaulua Land and Company, will continue to manage the golf courses, the new spa and retail.
Beginning Monday, November 9, 2009, Alaska Airlines will fly between Maui and Oakland California, four times a week. On Tuesday November 10, Alaska will begin three times a week service between Oakland and the Big Island. The new flights are operated with Boeing 737 aircraft that accommodate 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

The visitor count for Maui was up in September. Visitors totaling 134,932 came to Maui in what is traditionally the slowest month of the year. This count is up 1.8% from last September. Due to steep discounting, spending per person was down slightly to $167 per person.