Fairmont Kea Lani

Maui Memories

by James A. Frank

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After returning from a Golf Road Warriors trip (and I think this one to Maui was my fourth or fifth), I try to take a few days, gather my thoughts, and write a wrapping-up story with observations meant to make your trip to the same area more fun. Problem is, it’s damn-near impossible to make a Maui meander any more fun than it’s sure to be. The whole place is already all about fun first …

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Day 3: A Course—And Clubhouse—Fit For A King

by James A. Frank

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Those of you who do crossword puzzles probably have seen the clue “Hawaiian goose,” sometimes preceded by the word “extinct.” The answer is nene (pronounced “nay-nay”), and I’m here to say that rep0rts of their extinction are highly exaggerated. I saw a nene—dozens, in fact—today while playing King Kamehameha Golf Club in Maui.
Like the nene, seeing King K, as the club is known, is a treat. This private club located on Maui’s western coast about …

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Golf Road Warriors Take to the Water at Fairmont Kea Lani

by Jeff Wallach

While in general golfers welcome water about as much as house cats do (water is where golf balls go to retire), this morning our band of Golf Road Warriors took some time off from the fairways to spend two hours on, in, and under the warm pacific just off the Maui coast at Wailea Resort. Thanks go out to Sage Spalding of Maui Sailing Canoe…

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TAP Beer of the Day: Big Swell IPA

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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I suppose it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Kona Brewing Company. Somewhere along the line I overruled my better judgment and had a Longboard Lager. I pretty much got what I expected— a bellywash lawnmower beer with little character beyond a disagreeable vegetal note.
I grant you, I was prejudiced going in, since I know Kona is part of the Craft Brew Alliance, which includes Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery, …

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Maui’s Mr. Blue

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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Let’s start with a quiz—namely, what the heck is this a photo of?:
Answer below, but for now I’ll say it can found right outside the pro shop at the Wailea Old Blue Golf Club in Maui, part of the Wailea trio that includes the Gold and Emerald Courses we played yesterday.
We continued our lessons in reading the grain on the Arthur Jack Snyder course. I didn’t think too much of the opening holes, which seemed …

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Maui Earworms

by Tom Bedell

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Not too long before leaving for Maui I heard a radio piece on NPR about earworms, those bits of music that fall into your head and can’t get out. It can be pleasant up to a point, that point being when it starts to drive you crazy. The latter moment is more easily reached when the tune is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” or the Nth rendition of “White Christmas.”
I had two such earworms …

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Day 2: The “Other” Hawaii

by James A. Frank

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I’m hardly the first one to comment that there is no one Hawaii. Each island has its own personality, its own karma, and according to both locals and guests, they vary tremendously. Locals who suffer cases of “island fever” on their own piece of volcanic outcropping think little of hopping an interisland flight to another island to have another experience, chill, or shop.

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TAP Beer of the Day: Hapa Brown Ale

by Tom Bedell

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We’ll take a brief break from the Maui Brewing Company beers, since Charles Head, general manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani, managed to unearth something completely different for our pau hana time.
The term refers to that period after work when one relaxes, and it’s almost onomatopoeic, isn’t it?

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Heeding Voices at Wailea

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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On Earth Day I was quite a bit removed from my usual portion of the planet. After a long, endlessly snowy winter in Vermont, standing on the first tee of Gold Course at the Wailea Golf Club in Maui was a near revelation. It was a little like going to my first baseball game as a kid–walking into the huge edifice, negotiating the concrete byways, climbing a ramp and then being wonderstruck by the marvelous …

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Day 2: A Precious Emerald

by James A. Frank | 1 Comment

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After our outrigger boat ride (see my other Day 2 story, “The ‘Other’ Hawaii”), the Golf Road Warriors reverted to our natural calling, that of itinerant golfers looking for special experiences. And we found one.
At least two of us did. Brian and I went to the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club, while the others—who were hearty enough to play 36 yesterday including the Emerald—tackled Old Blue, the original course on property. From what I …

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