Archive for October, 2012

october • 2012 keiki cover model

Aloha to our October keiki cover boy Chase Kamakani‘olumaikalani Imamoto. Mom is Hazel Cappal, who works at Napili Kai Beach Resort in the Front Office. Dad is Jarvis Imamoto, homeowners’ engineer at Honua Kai Resort & Spa.

The family lives in Lahaina and Chase, who is four years old, attends Princess Nahienaena Elementary School. He is in Junior Kindergarten and loves to read and enjoys sing-a-longs. Mom shares: “Chase is a true water boy; he loves swimming and going to the beach. He is friendly and outgoing and gets along well with everyone; regardless of if he knows you or not, he will approach you and share his Aloha!”

going holoholo to lana`i (part 2 of 3): the four seasons resort at manele bay

It’s day two of my adventure on Lana‘i with gal pal Janet. This afternoon and evening we’ll be experiencing The Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay, one of two luxury properties on “Hawai‘i’s Most Enticing Island.”

Prior to check-in, we take the hotel shuttle to the Challenge at Manele Bay golf clubhouse where we’re met by Head Golf Professional Emmett Markulis, who’s the only golf pro on the island. Emmett fires up a golf cart and takes us on a spin to see the course’s highlights, including the infamous and scenic 12th hole where Bill and Melinda Gates were married in 1996. We pause for a moment to take in the stunning view of sparkling turquoise Pacific Ocean and the neighboring island of Kaho‘olawe. Emmett highly recommends guests take time to play both courses on the island (the other one is at the Lodge at Koele). “They’re very different from one another,” Emmett says. “It’s two completely different experiences.” Continue reading ‘going holoholo to lana`i (part 2 of 3): the four seasons resort at manele bay’

hawaiian outrigger experience: canoe culture on maui

“We’re asking that you leave the modern world behind for a time, and enter the ancient world,” says Vene Chun, Hawaiian Outrigger Experience guide. As we stand barefoot on Wailea Beach’s sparkling white sand, already warm from the morning sun, guide Mike Manu blows the pu (conch shell) first towards the east, then west, north, and south. The resonant tones signal the beginning of what is to be a profoundly enriching cultural canoe voyage.

Mike intones an oli (chant) asking permission for us to enter the ocean. Then it’s time to learn canoe paddling commands. Mike teaches us that when the captain says “ho‘omakaukau,” which means “get ready,” we are to respond with “‘ae,” which means “yes.” “Hoe hapai,” means we lift our paddles overhead and prepare to begin paddling. Finally, “imua,” is the command to begin paddling, or “go forward.” Continue reading ‘hawaiian outrigger experience: canoe culture on maui’

october • 2012 coconut wireless

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Celebrates 20 years of Cultural Heritage, Luxury, Excellence and Timeless Surroundings

This October will mark 20 years from the date The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua first opened its doors! “Over the last 20 years we have been on a journey to provide service excellence while continuously embracing the host culture. As we move into a new decade where our promise is to continue to take great pride in being stewards of the natural beauty that surrounds the hotel, offering the spirit of aloha and renowned first class service to our guests and the community,” states Tom Donovan, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, General Manager/Vice-President. Join in the fun for the 20th Anniversary Weekend! Continue reading ‘october • 2012 coconut wireless’