Island Hopping


POSTED: Sunday, March 22, 2009

New on the greens at Kapalua Resort

Kapalua Resort recently announced new golf programs and amenities available this spring for those who like to play on Maui.

The “;Junior Tees on the Bay Course”; program allows children under the age of 12 to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Junior rental clubs are available for $10 and include a sleeve of Kapalua Resort golf balls.

Additionally, the “;Village Walking Course”; program features a three-hole walking course with three sets of tees at varying yardages, perfect for the novice golfer. The cost is $25 for the public and $20 for resort guests.

In conjunction with the national PGA program, Kapalua Resort also hosts the “;Get Golf Ready Program,”; which offers individuals new to the game a series of five lessons for $149 and playing opportunities on the golf course. The second program is a beginning family golf lesson for up to four people for $120.

For more information on these programs, contact the Kapalua Golf Academy at 665-5455.

Kapalua Resort guests can also look forward to new, top-of-the-line rental clubs at both the Bay Course and the Plantation Course. Both courses offer Titleist and Cobra clubs that include Vokey wedges and Cameron putters, as well as Titleist's latest drivers and irons rental sets for men, women and seniors. Registered guests of the Kapalua Villas will receive complimentary rental sets for individual tee times.

For more information on Kapalua Resort, visit or call (888) 665-9160.


Hualalai rentals offer space, privacy

For those who require more space than a single hotel room can offer, Hualalai Villas & Homes offers 35 luxury villas and eight single-family homes as vacation rentals within Hualalai Resort on the Big Island.

The properties offer ocean views, championship golf, a sensual new spa and complete privacy.

Visit to visit villa and custom home photos, floor plans and a 360-degree tour of properties, including two- to five-bedroom units.

Every custom home has a private swimming pool and spa. An association swimming pool is available with most villa rentals.

Reservations can be made by calling 325-8022 or toll-free (888) 477-8187.


Obama's path plain at Hotel Renew

Hotel Renew has launched an unofficial “;Obama's Oahu”; package for those interested in retracing the footsteps of our 44th president.

The hotel's staff tracked down the most popular attractions and important milestones along President Barack Obama's life journey, including Sandy Beach, where he bodysurfed; Sea Life Park, which he recently visited with his children; his childhood neighborhood; his favorite spot for shave ice; favorite restaurants; and a spiritual site where he goes to think about and honor his mother.

The package includes a copy of the hotel's “;Unofficial Obama Guide to Hawaii,”; deluxe accommodations at the hotel, a 100 percent organic Hotel Renew beach bag, Hotel Renew slippers (flip-flops), and special deals and offers from many of the locations in the guide. Rates start at $175 per night.

The 72-room designer boutique hotel is at 129 Paoakalani Ave. Call 687-7700 or visit