King Kamehameha Golf Club

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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King Kamehameha Meets Frank Lloyd Wright

by Jeff Wallach

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It all makes sense at the only private golf club in Hawaii that offers a “member for a day program.” Located between Wailea and Kapalua, the King Kamehameha Golf Club is farther from these great resort golf destinations in spirit than it is physically along Highway 30. The club climbs and descends steep mountains and foreboding canyons overlooking agricultural lands and offers…

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TAP Beer of the Day: CoCoNut PorTeR

by Tom Bedell

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The first time I was lucky enough to try the Maui Brewing Co.’s CoCoNut PorTeR was after some had been delivered to me in Vermont, about the time ten inches of snow had fallen.
This time I ran across it in its natural habitat, and was lucky enough to be in The Terrace Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. For starters, the weather was a lot better.
Drinking the beer with a thick blanket of Vermont snow visible …

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It’s Good to Be the King

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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A glance at the scorecard is enough evidence that the King Kamehameha Golf Club is a unique entity. How often have you seen quotes from two different architects on a card, only one of them a course designer?
The latter would be Ted Robinson, Sr., who laid out this unique track in 1991: “The golfer attacks; the designer defends. Such is the adversarial relationship that defines the creation of a golf course.”
The Golf Road Warriors attacked …

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McCallen on the Rocks

by Tom Bedell

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This is an actual golf shot played by Brian McCallen, after his drive on the twelfth hole of the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Wailuku, Maui this morning. Displaying the sternest play-it-as-it-lies approach, Brian scrambled onto the lava rock wall and had at it. If the result was not particularly stunning, full plaudits for the mere attempt.

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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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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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Avoiding Mirrors in Maui

by Tom Bedell | 3 Comments

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Maybe I broke a mirror or walked under a ladder on my last trip to Maui? It’s been seven years. If that’s not bad luck, what is? But now I’m heading back, seven years later almost to the week, with our hearty band of Golf Road Warriors. We all land on Sunday, but the three of us arriving from the east probably won’t come to our senses until Monday.

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Return To Paradise

by James A. Frank

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When you live on the east coast, as I do, Hawaii seems very far away. When I was growing up, it was paradise lost, or if not lost at least way out there. The kind of place people went on honeymoon or stopped over for a few days on the way to and from Asia. Which ought to give you an idea of how old I am. I made my first visit to Hawaii about 20 …

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