August 29, 2008

“He Mea Kupanaha” It’s wonderful amazing the Hawaiian meaning

Where the Plumeria meets the skyAloha Friday,

I was thinking today how wonderful it is to work here in Puako ,which has such an amazing Hawaiian history. The Hawaiian way of life has always interested me and the culture continually takes me to the next level of understanding the joy of traditions. In this fast paced world with cell phones ringing at all hours of the day, on line communications , and daily visitor’s coming into the office, we sometimes get going so fast that we forget to stop and smell the plumerias.

Driving down from Waimea the other day I noticed a sign someone had put up that was hand painted. On this little board it said “Smile and Enjoy Life”, how great a person actually took the time to paint a little board that stated such a simple truth. Hawaii brings out the beauty of life. Living and working on the Big Island gives us the great position to express our Aloha to the people in our neighborhoods and abroad to the many people who frequent the islands.

The Hawaiian people have so much to offer, what other cultures could be exposed to Western ideas and technology only in the last 150 years and be so adaptive? I am sure there are many around the world , Hawaii stands out.The Hawaiian way of living can teach the world conservation and the true meaning of caring for the Aina. The abundance is everywhere, take time to truly enjoy these wonders. Have a great Labor day weekend.

August 25, 2008

Hawaii’s Big Island Golf Season upon us / Hale O Kip has it’s own putting green

Mauna Lani Fairway 504Aloha ,

Well it has been an interesting couple of weeks here in Puako. Looks like Golf is still a continual attraction to this area. Our rental home Hale O Kip has a great putting green for your golfing and putting needs. Right in the back yard next to the pool and hot tub. If you would like to hit one of the many popular golf courses in this area, we suggest reading the bulletin below.


Featuring 18-Hole Rates from $49 on 10 Top Island Courses

Hawai’i's Big Island (Aug. 1, 2008) – Ten Big Island golf courses, ranging from familiar high-end resort layouts to attractive but lesser known upcountry tracks, have joined ranks to promote the inaugural B.I.G. Season – Big Island Golf Season – which offers golfers 75 days of preferred rate golf and more, starting Sept. 9 and running through Nov. 15, 2008.

The 10 courses are Big Island Country Club, Kona Country Club’s Mountain and Ocean courses, Makalei Golf Club, Mauna Kea Resort’s Hapuna Golf Course, Mauna Lani Resort’s North and South courses, Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Kings’ and Beach courses, and the Waimea Country Club.

The 2008 B.I.G. Season features preferred 18-hole rates after 11 a.m., ranging from $49, $69 and $89 rates to a $115 rate, plus swing clinics, putting clinics and fun-filled putting contests. The swing clinics and putting clinics, except at Mauna Lani, are offered at no charge. In addition, prizes ranging from rounds of golf to dining certificates will be awarded to the winners of fun-oriented putting contests which are free at each participating course.

The preferred 18-hole rates will be available at one of the participating courses every week for 11 consecutive weeks, with Mauna Kea Resort’s Hapuna course hosting two B.I.G. Season weeks. Except for Mauna Lani Resort’s two weeks at its North and South courses, the preferred 18-hole rates at each course are on a weeklong basis, Sundays through Saturdays.

Each course will also offer a 15 percent discount off all logo apparel during its B.I.G. Season week.

The B.I.G. Season is an unprecedented opportunity for avid golfers who travel to play the game they love to experience the Big Island of Hawai’i, the Golf Capital of Hawaii. The B.I.G. Season has also launched its own website, Interested golfers are invited to visit the B.I.G. Season website and click any course’s link to check out that course’s exact schedule and details for swing and putting clinics, plus the putting contest.

“The B.I.G. Season promotion offers incredible value to golfers, and an astonishing diversity in courses, difficulty and views,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “Avid golfers dream about the golf courses on Hawai’i's Big Island, and we’re helping them realize the dream with these attractive rates.”

The lowest B.I.G. Season preferred 18-hole rate is $49, available at Waimea Country Club and Makalei Golf Club, two outstanding upcountry layouts at refreshing, scenic elevations.

The Kona Country Club, located in the beautiful Keauhou Resort, is offering a $69 rate during its two B.I.G. Season weeks at its Mountain and Ocean courses, as is the scenic Big Island Country Club, located between Waimea Country Club and Makalei Golf Club, along Mamalohoa Highway (Highway 190).

The Waikoloa Beach Resort offers up $89 rates at its Kings’ and Beach courses. The Hapuna golf course at Mauna Kea Resort is hosting its two weeks at the $89 rate, the last of which wraps up the B.I.G. Season the week of November 16-22. Waikoloa and Hapuna are situated on the sun-soaked Kohala Coast.

The B.I.G. Season begins on the Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Resort’s North Course on Tues., Sept. 9 and Thurs., Sept. 11, with a preferred rate of $115. The Francis H. I’i Brown’s prestigious courses were home to the Senior Skins Golf Game for 11 years.

The complete B.I.G. Season schedule, with preferred rates available after 11 a.m., is:

September 9 and 11, Mauna Lani Resort’s North Course, $115
September 14-20, Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Kings’ Course, $89
September 21-27, Kona Country Club’s Mountain Course, $69
September 28-October 4, Waimea Country Club, $49
October 5-11, Big Island Country Club, $69
October 12-18, Mauna Kea Resort’s Hapuna Course, $89
October 19-25, Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Beach Course, $89
October 28 and 30: Mauna Lani Resort’s South Course, $115
November 2-8, Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course, $69
November 9-15, Makalei Golf Club, $49
November 16-22, Mauna Kea Resort’s Hapuna Course, $89

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