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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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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