Archive for December, 2019

december • 2019 keiki cover models

Aloha and Happy Holiday season to the Ulep ‘ohana, and our sincere thanks for sharing your keikis’ smiles with us this month.

Melina Mahinalani Ulep is six years old, and is in kindergarten; Triton Keao‘okalani Fujiyama Ulep is three years old, and attends preschool in Wailuku.

Mom is Tara Ulep, pre-arrival concierge for all three Westin properties on Maui, and dad is Melbert Ulep, station technician with Hawaiian Telcom.

Tara shared, “My favorite family memory is our annual Christmas vacation to O’ahu. Melina and Triton always look forward to visiting family and looking at all of the Christmas lights. Christmas is a big thing in our family! My children inspire me every day at work. I love that I can provide unique experiences for them. I love that my position as a concierge provides my family the opportunity for travel and trying new things all the time.”

the merwin conservancy palm garden: on the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree – w.s. merwin

This month, The Merwin Conservancy becomes permanent custodian of the 19-acre property situated in Maui’s jungle-like Pe‘ahi Stream valley near Ha‘iku owned by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate William Stanley (“W.S.”) Merwin and his wife Paula. When he died in March of this year, William left a legacy of boundless imagination, insight, and literary genius. He wrote more than 30 books of poetry and prose, and won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award, in addition to serving as Poet Laureate not once, but twice.

Established in 2010, William and Paula created The Merwin Conservancy to safeguard their land and home in perpetuity and, in 2014, it became permanently protected by a Deed of Conservation Easement held by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Why go to so much effort to preserve this particular property? Because, as I found out on a recent visit, it’s one of the most extraordinary places on Maui. And if you’re fortunate enough to snag a spot on an Open Garden Day, you’ll find out first-hand why: the Merwin property is home to approximately 3,000 individual palm trees, all planted by William with help from Paula, who predeceased him by two years. Continue reading ‘the merwin conservancy palm garden: on the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree – w.s. merwin’

all aboard the holiday express! the sugar cane train ka‘anapali november 29–december 31

The holiday cheer begins at Pu‘ukoli‘i Station in Ka‘anapali when you board the festively decorated train. Savor the magic of the season while elves get you settled in for the 4-mile, round-trip journey, with a brief stop to pick up a very special guest (hint: his best friend is Rudolph!).

This magical event is great for all kids, even the kids in all of us! Enjoy milk and cookies while on board, and the keiki will be thrilled with their free gift. 6 & 7:30pm. Reservations: 667-6851;

2020 sentry tournament of champions january 1–5, 2020

LAHAINA, HI – JANUARY 06: A course scenic view of the 18th hole during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua on January 6, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions, which returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua from January 1-5, 2020. Here are some updates on this coming year’s PGA TOUR champions-only event.

Mobile Tickets
New this year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, all grounds tickets and upgraded hospitality tickets (Banyan Club, Aloha Club, Clubhouse) will be distributed to fans digitally. Gone are the “Print at Home” options. All tickets can be purchased at, local consignment locations will no longer be utilized.

How to access mobile tickets:

1. Download the PGA TOUR App.
2. Click “My Tickets” in the top right My TOUR Menu.
3. Login with your email and password used to purchase the tickets.
4. Click on a ticket and add the barcode to your smartphone wallet.

Why the change? Mobile tickets significantly decrease the number of fraudulent tickets in the market and allow fans to transfer tickets instantaneously without having to utilize will call.

There will be customer service representatives at both entrances, Main Entrance and Putting Green Entrance, to answer questions. Continue reading ‘2020 sentry tournament of champions january 1–5, 2020’