"The Gathering Place"
at night resembles Las Vegas without casinos. Wall-to-wall nightclubs
and restaurants, featuring both traditional Polynesian entertainment
and the latest in mainland fashion, create a perpetual party atmosphere.
By day, the visitors soak up the sun, engage in tame water sports,
and shop the thousands of shops along Kalakaua Ave.
is home to thirty-six golf venues including thirty nine courses,
of which six are nine hole layouts; two of those are "executives'
or par-three courses.
is the only island with substantial numbers of local golfers and
shows a few differences from the other islands.
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the Oahu courses are the only ones with higher weekend rates than
during the week, although the higher rates generally apply only to
Saturday and Sunday and the legal holidays.
all courses in Hawaii insist on "proper attire," but the definition does
include shorts. Cutoffs and halter tops
are a no-no everywhere. Unlike
most places on the mainland, only a few Hawaiian courses have gone
over to mandatory soft spikes. Only Hawaii Prince on Oahu
has done so. Those that have permit wearing tennis shoes instead,
or will change your spikes for a nominal fee, usually about $10.
Hawaiian golf courses do not go by "sun time," but by the clock. At this latitude, the sun goes nearly straight down every day of the year and not is only there a much smaller variation in the length of the day, there is little or no twilight available in which to play. The quietest period of golf in Hawaii (Summer) coincides with the longest days, but since there is no shortage of available tee times during those months, the golf courses do not extend their hours into the evening.
times range from 6:30 to 7:00 AM and
closing from 6:00 to 6:30 PM, year
'round, with 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM typical.
Only one course, BayView, is lighted for evening play, and it is
a 16 hole par 60 semi-executive track. Most do not have lighted driving
ranges, although nearly all do have a range.
the outer islands, many (but not all) of Oahu's courses permit
groups of 5, 6 or even more golfers to play in the same tee time. This
can lead to extremely slow play, but usually happens only on the
busiest of days, which tourists should avoid anyway.
RENTAL CAR -WISE INVESTMENT
Only on Oahu do substantial numbers of visitors fail to obtain a rental car. If you plan to do much serious golfing, this is a mistake.
Busses do not go to most of the courses, or even near them, and taxis are horrendously expensive.
contrast, Hawaiian car rental rates are probably the lowest in the
world. Many people think Waikiki is Hawaii, and it's a fairly small
place. Waikiki may be small, but Oahu is not. Nearly all of the better
golf courses on the island are well beyond reasonable taxi range
and there are a lot of other things to see on the island as well.
best known tourist attractions, all available via tour bus, are the Battleship
Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, the National Cemetery
of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater, and the Polynesian
Cultural Center on the Windward coast. Hanauma
Bay, near the southeastern tip of Oahu is a world-class
snorkeling destination, but hardly the only one. Rhino chasing (riding
monster waves) is confined to the North shore and occasion ally the
West, but no tour bus will take you there. Similarly, Waimea Park and
falls, as well as the whole windward coast, are best done in a private
sightseeing, surfing, and snorkeling, many other activities are widely
available. Wind surfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, and outrigger
canoeing are all popular as are dinner cruises, helicopter tours
and walking tours of downtown Honolulu.
and September mark the low points of the tourist trade in Hawaii
and a good travel agent will find many deals in the offing, including
cut rate air fares and some reduced hotel rates. Most of the hotels
in Waikiki are either right on the beach or just across the street
from it. Nearly all have one or more restaurants of good to excellent
quality and it is possible to enjoy a vacation in Waikiki without
ever leaving your hotel grounds, although few will chose that route.
few miles east of Waikiki in Hawaii Kai offers superb Pacific-rim
cuisine, as well as a dynamite view of Maunalua Bay.
Canoe Club at the Outrigger Waikiki
is one of the many T & S restaurants to be found on three
of the islands, and offers a range of American and Polynesian
reasonable prices and a friendly, party atmosphere. Always
a good value and a pleasant experience.
you're just plain hungry, it's tough to beat the Cheeseburger
in Paradise, also
on Kalakaua Avenue in the heart of Waikiki. One of the namesake burgers
and a Mai Tai later, you'll be ready for your next round of golf.
by two distinct volcanos joined by low-lying isthmus, Maui has two
distinct resort areas about an hour apart by automobile.
between the two lie the vast sugar cane fields covering the gently
sloping plains that give the island its nickname. Also in this region
are found the County seat at Wailuku and the airport at Kahului,
as well as the commercial and sportfishing port of Ma'alaea at the
south side of the isthmus.
Sixteen golf courses grace this rather large chunk of paradise, of which one is a private 9-hole affair (open to the public on Mondays only), one is a ocean front municipal, and the balance are semiprivate, open to the visiting public seven days a week.
seventeenth course is presently idle, awaiting financial reorganization.
No less than seven of these carry Golf Digest's
four-star rating, and an additional three earn three to
three and a half stars. All of the four-star courses are parts of
the four major resort complexes, Kapalua (3 courses), Kaanapali (2),
Wailea (3) and Makena (2).
other six courses, generally the more popularly priced venues, are
located in the central part of the island about 30 minutes to an
hour driving time from the major tourist areas.
a much smaller local population, the golf courses of Maui show some
differences in policy compared with Oahu, Proper attire (including
shorts) and mandatory carts are the same as in Oahu. "Clock
time" instead of "sun time" prevails, and (except for the
Makenas and the new Dunes at Maui Lani) steel spikes are still permitted.
Club and shoe rentals are found everywhere and all allow "riders" for
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for tour groups, virtually all visitors to Maui have rental cars.
With more than 700 square miles to explore, most of it undeveloped,
an automobile is really a necessity. The two most popular
driving adventures are the trip up to Haleakala
Crater for sunrise
and the all day sojourn to the sleepy village of Hana near
the eastern end of Maui.
of these trips are exhaustively covered in most publications about
the island, so there is no need to detail them again. We will mention
in passing, however, that the Hana adventure can be greatly enhanced
if, after visiting the famous pools of O'heo and
the Lindbergh grave at Kipahulu,
the visitor continues on around the south side, rather than retrace
the slow, torturous highway along the north coast. Not only is this
a beautiful drive and strikingly different than the road out, it
is probably an hour or more faster. The return is to Kula, halfway
up the mountain, but the drive down from there is also worthwhile.
Another worthwhile drive is to the Lao valley, west of Wailuku, and for the truly adventuresome, the road north from Kapalua around the west end is terrific. While that road is paved the whole distance, some real surprises as well as spectacular scenery await. Finally, a trip down to La Perouse Bay south of Makena combines a trip through an idyllic seaside area and an unforgettable crossing of Maui's most recent lava flow, Oneloa beach, one of Maui's finest and most unspoiled strands, lies just south of Makena. Usually called "Big Beach," its attractiveness lies in the absence of any buildings in view.
tourist activities available on Maui are almost too numerous to mention.
A walk through historic Lahaina with
visits to the art galleries, the massive banyan tree, and the historic
brig Carthaginian moored
in front of the world-famous Pioneer Inn will fill a morning. Ride
the Sugar Cane Train north to Kaanapali and back, then drive up the
road a couple of miles to visit the Whalers'
Village at Kaanapali resort. An excellent museum, interesting
displays, extensive shopping and outstanding dining await.
the harbor at Lahaina there are day cruises available
to neighbor islands Lanai (complete with golf for the well-heeled)
and Molokai. Undersea submarine rides, parasailing, snorkel trips
to Lanai and Molokini, and dinner cruises are all available.
Maui offers the A & B Sugar
Museum, tours of the Maui Tropical Plantation and
the Kealia Water Fowl Refuge,
as well as the world-class Maui Ocean
Center aquarium at Ma'alaea. The last is also the
major jumping off point for deep sea fishing, snorkeling, whale-
and turtle watching expeditions. Finally, the upcountry town
of Pukalani is the start for Maui's most popular adventure, the
early morning bicycle ride down from Haleakala
Crater, some 38 miles of downhill coasting with spectacular
and sweeping views of the valley and the neighbor islands of
Molokai and Lanai.
north shore at Paia is home to the World Windsurfing
Championships every year, while the airport at Kahului supports
a wide array of helicopter tours, both around Maui and also to
the neighbor islands. Zodiac trips to the north coast of Maui are
also available seasonally.
Maui basically repeats the pattern of the west side with more
emphasis on kayaking, windsurfing, and whale watching trips.
in all, there is more to do on Maui than most visitors can possibly
have time to sample, particularly with all the excellent golf competing
resort areas feature excellent hotels, numerous convenient and comfortable
condominiums, and every kind of dining imaginable.
Underpopulated for its great size, the Big Island's course policies resemble Maui much more than Oahu. Proper attire of the Hawaiian persuasion and mandatory carts are in. Big Island also runs on "Clock time" instead of "sun time" but steel spikes are still permitted everywhere. Club and shoe rentals are available at all courses and all allow "riders" for a fee.
the other islands, the Big Island has a first-class highway running
all the away around and it is just possible to drive the complete
circle in a day.
The non-tourist economy is centered around Hilo, the largest city on any of the outer islands, near the eastern point. An international airport and a couple of older golf courses are the major items of interest.
much of eastern Hawaii is subject to considerable
rainfall and as a result is quite beautiful. A number
of waterfalls and rain forest areas are easily accessible and Hawaii
Volcanos National Park is less than an hour south of Hilo.
At the Park and along the southeastern course are to be found three
more of Hawaii's lesser-known golf courses.
great preponderance of tourist development is on the coast opposite
Hilo and centered on the town of Kailua-Kona, known to most people
as simply Kona. The other international airport is a few miles
north at Kiahole Point, the westernmost spot on the island.
of the airport the coastal district is known as Kohala,
and the beaches face northwest. The prevailing winds sweep along
this stretch which includes the well-known resorts of Mauna Kea,
Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, and Hualalai, together with their seven
west facing coast south of the Airport is the Kona District. The
vast majority of the tourist accommodations on the Big Island are
either in Kailua-Kona or scattered along Highway 11 for about twenty
miles to the south. Three more outstanding golf courses, including
the Kona Resort, are in the immediate vicinity.
The Kohala-Kona areas are not blessed with particularly good sight-seeing opportunities but are playgrounds for adults, pure and simple. Golf is probably a bigger part of the tourists' reasons for being here than on any other island.
Like everywhere in Hawaii, dining well rarely presents any difficulties. All of the major hotels and resorts have outstanding food facilities and many independent eateries can be found in nearly every town and village of the Kona side.
If Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai food are favorites, you've come to the right island with about half the restaurants featuring one or more of these Far Eastern cuisines.
Probably the most memorable establishment is Merriman's in Waimea, which has made a fine art of the regional dishes of the Pacific Rim.
By no means does all this water get evenly distributed. Like the other islands rainfall in Kauai is much heavier on the north and east sides and far lighter on the south and west coasts. The truly torrential downpours are normally confined to the interior which is for the most part empty anyway.
terms of golf, Kauai is less well-endowed than her sisters,
with a total of nine courses, all
open to the public. There is but one municipal,
in Kapa'a, but it is widely considered to be one of the finest
of its kind in the United States. There is an old nine-hole "plantation" style
track on the south coast, very reasonably priced, and a new
incomplete 10 hole affair close to the airport.
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Policies are typical for the outer islands, except that there is little or no seasonal price variation on the courses and of course no weekend rates. Golfing attire is standard, carts mandatory, and foursomes the general rule. "Clock time" rules, with operating hours typically 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Club and shoe rentals are available at all the semiprivate courses and riders are everywhere permitted for a fee.
has a less pronounced peak golfing period than the other islands,
with the number of golfers seeming to peak in May after the rainy
there, have lunch or dinner at Duke's
Canoe Club, yet another of the excellent T-S restaurants,
this one featuring a barefoot bar and indoor waterfalls, right
on the beach.
In the Poipu area, T-S has yet another exciting restaurant called Keoki's and featuring dining amidst a tropical setting complete with private lagoon.
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