Hawaii Calendar of Events: January 2017

A look ahead to the happenings on the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
See the pros in person at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Maui. // © 2016 Getty Images
See the pros in person at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Maui. // © 2016 Getty Images

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1.4-8: Tournament of Champions. Fans line the fairways of Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course for the first big pro golf event of 2017. Teeing off are winners of last year’s major championships. The Golf Channel airs the action, but nothing tops the in-person views.



1.2: Niaulani Nature Walk. Every Monday, one-hour guided tours help visitors explore an old-growth Hawaiian rainforest and learn about the area’s unique biology, geology and culture. The free tours start at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.


1.2-10: Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Scores of films are screened at venues in Waimea and along the Kona-Kohala coast. Clients also can take part in breakfast talks and filmmaker Q&As. Festival pass-holders can book discounted rooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.



1.4: Kukuiula Farmers Market. Products grown or made on the island take center stage at this Wednesday afternoon tradition. Clients can chat with farmers and artists, relax in the wine and beer garden, watch cooking demonstrations and listen to live tunes.


1.6: Hanapepe Art Night. On Friday nights in west Kauai’s Hanapepe town, shops in quaint wooden buildings keep the lights on late, and musicians stroll the streets. Restaurant kiosks sell tastes of the island, including homemade soups and Portuguese doughnuts called malasadas.



1.8: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration. The Rock-a-Hula tribute show turns Elvis Presley’s birthday into a hip-swinging party. Honoring the performer’s ties to Hawaii, the Waikiki production features three dinner packages. Everyone gets a souvenir scarf.


1.9-15: Sony Open. Waialae Country Club’s legendary links set a brilliant stage for this annual golf challenge dating back to 1965. Clients can watch 144 of the world’s top pros as they swing and putt their way around the Honolulu course. Broadcast internationally, it is Hawaii’s largest charity golf event.


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