Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Maui’s shores, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua represents Hawaiian-style luxury at its finest. Lush tropical landscapes, ocean views, and world-class service culminate in a destination wedding experience like no other. Imagine welcoming guests to paradise with sunset cocktails, hosting a private luau as a rehearsal dinner, saying “I do” in the sand, and closing out an epic weekend with whale watching.

Every moment can be customized to create a couple’s dream wedding getaway. Akiko Nakazato – the property’s CMP Director of Sales, Catering – shares more about The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua weddings and what couples can look forward to.

GO: How would you describe the architectural style of your property?

A: I would describe The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua's architectural style as a reflection of Kapalua’s rich heritage and natural aloha. The resort is a sanctuary for guests seeking a restorative, luxurious escape with sunlit spaces, and tranquil indoor and outdoor areas awash in calming hues with pops of bright tropical color reflecting the resort’s natural surroundings.

A centerpiece of the open-air resort is the expansive 10,000 square foot reimagined pool experience. It’s the perfect example of The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua’s natural influences as the design is inspired by a famous natural lava rock formation in front of the resort at Makaluapuna Point.

GO: What was the inspiration behind the design of your interiors and guest rooms?

A: The design of the resort's interiors and guest rooms bring the natural beauty of Kapalua indoors, with each guest room showcasing the property’s natural surroundings. This is captured best by the recently debuted Fire Lanai Collection which consists of 33 guestrooms and suites designed with sophisticated, island-inspired décor.

Each guest room or suite features extended lanais with a private fire pit, custom outdoor lounge furniture and a dining table, along with beautiful views of Kapalua’s lush tropical landscape. The interior of each room is awash in soothing earth tones and showcases handcrafted artwork by local artists.

GO: When is your busiest time of year, and how far in advance should couples book if they hope to secure a date during those months?


A: May through November. The general booking window is 8 to 12 months.

GO: Is there a type of wedding that fits your venue best? (i.e., Traditional, glamorous, bohemian, rustic, etc.)

A: All types of wedding themes fit well at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua; however, organic and natural themed weddings tend to work well and are perfect for our spaces.

GO: In what type(s) of cuisine does your culinary team specialize?

A: Our culinary team’s expertise is Pacific Rim cuisine, incorporating fresh seasonal island ingredients.

GO: What type of activities are available for guests to partake in during a wedding weekend?

A: There are many activities available on Maui for guests who are visiting. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua offers cultural and adventure experiences such as Tales of the Kapa Moe luau, daily fitness classes, snorkeling, golf, tennis, pickleball, private hula lessons, private lei and/or Lei po’o (crown lei), and Ambassadors of the Environment programs by Jean-Michel Cousteau.

GO: What facilities, restaurants, or catering options do you have available for wedding events like welcome dinners or post-wedding farewell brunches?

A: We offer both private and restaurant facilities for welcome reception, rehearsal dinner and post-celebration brunch. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua’s signature restaurant is Banyan Tree, which offers a vibrant menu rooted in coastal cuisine with fresh, sustainable ingredients.

GO: What are some nearby attractions that guests can visit?

A: Beautiful beaches and many hiking trails.

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