History of the Kaluakoi Resort
West Molokai, Hawaii
The history of the Kaluakoi resort area on the
west side of the island of Molokai in Hawaii.
The Kaluakoi Resort was developed by the
Louisiana Land Corporation in 1977. At that
time, there were 300 units on the property
and 150 of them belonged to the hotel and
149 were privately owned but operated by
the hotel. Sheraton managed the hotel during
its first 10 years of operation.
About ten years after it opened, the Kaluakoi
Resort was sold to Kukui Resort Inc., a
subsidiary of Tokyo Kosan Ltd. of Japan.
At that time, tourism on Molokai was stronger
then it is today. After the resort was sold
Colony Hotels took over the operations
previously handled by Sheraton. At that time,
some of the private units formed their own
rental pool called "The Villas".
Work on the resort's water pipeline was stalled
in 1994 because of legal disputes.
Kukui agreed to provide $382,250 to a local environmental
protection fund in exchange for permission to build
a pipeline that would transport up to 10 million
gallons of water a day to the Kaluakoi Resort.
In Mach of 1999 the owners of the Kaluakoi Resort
announced they were abandoning their plans to build
a 9 mile water pipeline and were looking for someong
to buy their resort. They removed all of the pipes
from their ground and tried to sell them to the
Maui County Water Department. Some of the local
residents were opposed to the waterline because they
wanted to use Molokai's water for farming rather
then for tourism. The purpose of the line would have
been to transport the water needed to build three
more 18 hole golf courses and create 600 additional
luxury home lots. The pipeline was necessary because
the resort had agreed to stop using the Molokai Irrigation
system to transport water. At the time the water project
abandonment and decision to sell was announced, one
of the potential buyers of the Kaluakoi Resort
was the Dole Food Company, developer of the two
luxury hotels on the island of Lanai.
In December of 2000 Kukui announced it was closing the hotel
and golf course for two months, and temporarily laying off nearly
100 workers. They did this in order to save money
while it tried to a sale of the property that
had been stalled for quiate a long time.
Kukui Molokai Inc. and Kukui Resort Inc., closed the
hotel and the golf course permanently in January of 2001, after
trying unsuccessfully to sell the property for two
years. When the resort and golf course were
permanently closed by Kukui, the 149 privately owned
condominium units continued to operate, some of
them under the "The Villas" rental group and some
rented by the individual owners.
In December of 2001 the owners of the Molokai Ranch,
Singapore based Brierley Investments announced their
plans to buy the Kaluakoi Resort property for an undisclosed amount
of money. At the time of the purchase the Molokai
Ranch already owned more then 50,000 acres of land
on Molokai that was mostly on the west end of the
island. The Molokai Ranch is headquaratered in
the former pineapple town of Maunaloa.
The Molokai Ranch bought the Kaluakoi Resort
in 2002. In June of 2002 work began on a new irrigation
system at the Kaluakoi Resort and that system
was completed within a couple of months.
In August of 2002 the Molokai Ranch announced thei
plans to reopen the Kaluakoi Golf Course by the
end of 2002, sell 42 fee simple home lots
on the property. They were also looking at options
for the 140 room Kaluakoi Hotel. They were not sure
if they would leave it as a hotel or turn it into
condominium or time share units.
By 2005 all 18 holes of the Ted Robinson designed
Kaluakoi Golf Course were renovated and reopened.
Also in 2005, the some of the owners voted
to change the name of their property to the
Kapuhi Beach Resort to differentiate it from
the two other Kaluakoi Resort condominium
properties, Ke nani Kai and Paniolo Hale.
(FYI... I'm not 100% certain if it was the
Kaluakoi Villas that was renamed or some other
2006 Nov 14:
Molokai Hotel May Be Reopened
At one time the Molokai Ranch expected to break ground
on an extensive resort-wide renovation in April of
2007 that included upgrading the water system.
-2007 Jul 25:
Homesteaders Threaten to Sue Over Water
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