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The Cliff House, perched at the edge of a cliff, is aptly named. 
Photo courtesy: Tara Rock

The Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay has a new summer swag

Weekends on Maui just got better.

Montage Kapalua Bay has opened its gorgeous Cliff House to the public from now through September 3. Normally a private dining and event venue, it’s turned into a pop-up bar and lounge called the Champagne Hale, featuring Veuve Clicquot champagnes.

Built in 1940 as a recreational facility for the managers of the Honolua Pineapple Plantation, the renovated, two-story cottage sits oceanfront at the edge of a cliff, serving up some of the most unforgettable sunsets in Hawaii.

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Spectacular views await at the Cliff House's new pop-up, The Champagne Hale. 
Photo courtesy: Tara Rock

Across the ocean on the other side of the Auau Channel, Lanai’s eastern coast arches and bends from the ocean. In Hawaiian, auau means “to bathe,” likely a reference to the channel’s calm waters, which happen to be a migratory destination for humpback whales. To the right of Lanai, on the far side of the Pailolo Channel, the jagged edge of Molokai can be seen jutting into the sky. A nod to the rough waters of the 8.5-mile channel, Pailolo is thought to mean “lifting” (pai) and “overflowing” (oloolo), and hosts the Pailolo Challenge—a 26-mile outrigger canoe course between DT Fleming Beach and Kaunakakai, Molokai—every September.

Order a glass of NV Rose and an order of Osetra caviar with Molokai sweet and Yukon gold potato gaufrettes, creme fraiche and chives. Or, pair a chilled glass of Yellow Label with oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette and calamansi. Then let the scenery do the rest.

 

Open Thursday through Sunday 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. from now until September 3. 1 Bay Dr., Lahaina, (808) 662-6600, montagehotels.com/kapaluabay.