Kapalua Bay Introduces Art Program

Hotel’s restaurants showcase works of local artists

By: Dawna Robertson

Guests of Kapalua Bay Hotel’s Bay Club restaurant will experience something special that’s not on the menu. Best of all, this feast for the eyes is now available to go. Under Kapalua’s new Art in Paradise program, various works of art by prominent Maui artists are featured in the hotel’s restaurants, public areas and guestrooms. Visitors who just can’t take their eyes off a painting during dinner or grow attached to the art in their hotel room may now purchase the pieces to take home.

Currently featured in The Bay Club are nine original paintings and giclee reproductions by Suzy Papanikolas, a Maui artist known for her vibrant images of Pacific Island people. Works by other Maui artists are being installed in the hotel’s Gardeni a Court restaurant, lobby area and selected guestrooms. The Art in Paradise program is a collaboration between Kapalua Bay Hotel and Design Network, an Upcountry Maui company that provides the artwork.

“We’ve been considering this idea for quite some time,” said Jon Gersonde, Kapalua Bay Hotel General Manager. “It’s a great way to introduce our guests to Maui’s talented artists, and it provides guests with a unique option for an authentic memory of aloha they can take home with them. To make the program work, we just needed someone with a good connection to local artists.”

The hotel found that connection in Kari McCarthy, head of Design Network, a longtime supporter of Maui arts. Kristine Hoffman, who also works with Design Network, is the Art in Paradise program’s art consultant and is available by appointment to advise the hotel’s guests on their art purchases.

Situated on 18 beachfront acres in Maui’s Kapalua golf resort community, Kapalua Bay Hotel is managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as part of The Luxury Collection.



Art in Paradise, Kristine Hoffman at Design Network 808-572-3917, 808-283-9126