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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.

2001 January
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.

2001 December
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 entity).

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

See also:
- More About the Kaluakoi Resort
- About the Molokai Ranch
- More Photos of Molokai

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