Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

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Amer Ari & The PGA Tour Connection

Amer Ari & The PGA Tour Connection PGA Tour professional Jordan Spieth spent a good part of 2015 ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the world, leapfrogging with Jason Day and Rory McIlroy for the honors. He climbed steadily toward the top of the rankings with wins at the Valspar Championship (March) and The Masters Tournament (April), with two second place finishes between the victories. He finally made it to the top slot in August and has remained in the top three ever since. But it was only four short years ago, 2012, that Spieth was at Waikoloa Beach Resort, a standout collegiate player at University of Texas, leading a

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Hard Work, Dedication

Hard Work, Dedication The current top-ranked collegiate player in the country is Michael Johnson of Auburn University. He and his teammates will once again be participating in the Amer Ari this February. Is it possible that Hawai‘i Island galleries will have a chance to see the next Jordan Spieth roaming the fairways at Waikoloa Beach Resort? If you ask Johnson, the answer is a resounding yes. “My main goal in golf is to play on the PGA Tour,” he says. “I can see myself playing on Tour for a long time. The success of Jordan (Spieth) doesn’t surprise me at all. Everywhere he has played he has won; he

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A Taste of the Tour

A Taste of the Tour Another part of preparing for a career in professional golf is understanding the challenges that come with a life on the road: the travel, adjustment to time zone changes, and other issues encountered in the global game played today. Auburn’s Johnson, whose team travels to Hawai‘i Island from Auburn, Alabama, feels the Amer Ari provides a good glimpse of those challenges. “The Amer Ari definitely gives you a taste of the Tour,” he says, “meaning that you have to travel a little bit more than usual to play and you have to deal with jet lag. It is really important there to catch up

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The 10th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival Winners

The 10th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival Winners The 10th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival took place November 11 – 14 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. In addition to highlevel competition among participating hālau from Japan, Hawai`i, and elsewhere, the Festival included workshops on hula, how to make traditional gourd rattles, cultural talks, and a rooted-in-culture fashion show. Competition winners were: MAKUA WAHINE 1st Place Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig Soloist: Cheyann Kalama 2nd Place Hula Hālau `O Ki`iwailehua Sensei Kurumi Kikuchi Soloist: Sakura Inoue 3rd Place Hālau `O

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