The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and the new Waihua Spa, rest upon historic and hallowed ground, surrounded by ancient rainforest, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, set within an historic pineapple plantation and incorporating an ancient Hawaiian burial ground. The 17,500 square-foot spa has been completely re-designed as part of the $180 million renovation of the renowned resort. Waihua – which means “fresh water” in Hawaii – provides the spa’s defining theme. Native Taro plants, used to by native Hawaiians to collect rainwater, fill the spa’s exterior spaces. Inside, free-flowing curved walls, a water-wall and cave-like wet lounges filled with ferns surround spa-goers with the sights and sounds of water.