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Island Hopping

For Sunday, January 30, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


Kauai golf course gains recognition

PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI » The Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort has been named one of "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" by Golf World magazine.

Makai was among 25 clubs named in the Resort Course category. Shops were judged on revenue per square foot and per round of golf; appearance, layout, and product displays; and successful promotions and initiatives.

Makai Golf Club, managed by Troon Golf, has long been considered one of Hawaii's premier championship layouts, featuring 27 holes of golf in the spectacular Princeville Resort on Kauai's north shore. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1971, the course reopened in early 2010 after an extensive 14-month renovation under Jones' direction. Makai Golf Club now features two uniquely individual courses: the 18-hole Makai Course and the 9-hole Woods Course.

For more information or to reserve tee times at Makai Golf Club, call 826-1912 or visit


Big Island event celebrates the arts

Volcano, Hawaii » Volcano Art Center will hold its principal fundraising gala, "Love the Arts," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the center's Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road.

The event will include both live and silent auctions, dinner, wine and champagne, live music and entertainment. Among the performers will be a fire dancer, slack key guitarist Ben Kaili and the Volcano Art Center's CEO Tanya Aynessazian, who also does stand-up comedy.

Items in the auctions will include locally made art collectibles, hotel stays at the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui and the Halekulani in Honolulu, zip-line adventures, koa wood tables and other fine art works.

The art center is a nonprofit organization that promotes the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through arts and education. Tickets cost $45 per person and can be reserved by calling 967-8222.


Discover value at Maui resort

NAPILI, MAUI » Napili Kai Beach Resort is giving guests free nights and reimbursing their luggage fees during its "Value Seasons" promotion.

The Value Season dates run from March 5 through April 15, April 30 through June 17 and Aug. 21 through Dec. 16. The resort's room rates are lower during those periods.

For more information, call the resort toll-free at 800-367-5030, direct at 669-6271, e-mail or visit the resort's website at

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