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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Ko Conspirators

by Jeff Wallach | 2 Comments

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Tonight the Golf Road Warriors enjoyed dinner at the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Ko Restaurant– winner of scads of “best” awards for its great food and unexpected menu. “Ko” means sugar cane, and it’s a sweet location to enjoy…

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The Most Exclusive Day Hike in the World

by Jeff Wallach

As a laughably strong wind blew me off the narrow boardwalk above First Bog in Pu’u Kukui Preserve I sank calf deep into black mud. Some experts estimate that each foot of bog here represents about 10,000 years of vegetative growth, so I had just stepped back—literally— into prehistory. Which seemed appropriate in this eerie landscape reminiscent of something out of Jurassic Park.

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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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