Venues Maui

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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Kaanapali: Where It All Began

by James A. Frank

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One of the story lines last year in the TV show “Mad Men” involved a trip to Hawaii. The time was the mid-1960s and the gestalt was all Ray-Bans, Boeing 707s, and groovy loud colors. Don Draper, the main character, was there with his wife checking out the hotel that had hired his advertising agency to help promote paradise.
I remember growing up in those days when the islands were as exotic as they were faraway, …

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Doing Battle At The Plantation

by James A. Frank

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Whenever golfers discuss the merits of our sport someone inevitably mentions that it is the only one in which amateurs like us can tackle the same fields of play used by the professionals. I don’t know offhand how many PGA Tour courses are accessible to us mortals, but I’d think maybe a third are resort or public-access.

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The Massive (and Massively Cool) Kapalua Golf Experience

by Jeff Wallach | 2 Comments

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If you’re at all like me, you probably feel that golf is just much too easy. In which case you owe it to yourself to play a round at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course– home to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the PGA TOUR’s season-opening event. If you happen to win a PGA Tour event this year, you’ll be invited to next January’s Hyundai.

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Kapalua Karma

by James A. Frank

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All around the world, the name Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with the finest hotels and resorts. But here on Maui, Ritz-Carlton has another meaning: According to Clifford Nae’ole, this beautiful property has been “ground zero for the renaissance in Hawaiian culture.”
Nae’ole is cultural advisor to The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, here both to make sure the resort does things right and to represent it to different communities—guests, schools, groups, companies, etc.—interested in the traditions, history, and heritage that …

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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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Wailea: A Triumvirate of Colorful, Artistic Golf

by Jeff Wallach

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Today the Golf Road Warriors took on Wailea’s renowned Gold Course in the morning and the equally fine Emerald Course in the afternoon. I played both rounds with fellow warrior Tom Bedell and the first with affable General Manager Charles Head, from the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel…

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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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Day 1: The Weather at Wailea Is Wonderfully Warm and Welcoming

by James A. Frank | 2 Comments

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It’s unlikely that the Golf Road Warriors will be here in Maui long enough for me, at least, to figure out the island’s geography. I suggest you call up a map of “The Valley Isle” on the internet and see if I’m at all correct in describing it as sort of a figure-eight tilted about 45 degrees left—so it points to the northwest—with the top circle of the eight smaller than the bottom circle.

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