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Golfing on the Big Island Hawaii

There are many reasons people come from far and wide for  golfing on the big island of Hawaii. Golf challenges its participants to develop their hand eye coordination all while enjoying the pleasure of being outside with friends. For many golfers, Hawaii is a dream destination. The Big Island offers some of the best golf courses in the country. If you are golfer, not much is better than enjoying paradise on a well designed, course with plenty of variety. In this article, Big Island Flow will share 4 amazing golf course on the Big Island.

Hapuna Golf Course

Hapuna Golf Course has it all – a rugged Hawaii beauty that comes of greens set amidst a dark lava field, seemingly endless ocean and coastline views, challenging play and a full range of facilities and services. The course is a favorite among vacationing guests and local residents alike. With its seemingly endless views and dramatic elevation changes beginning at sea level and rising to 700 feet, Hapuna Golf Course nestles into the rugged desert terrain above the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. This Arnold Palmer / Ed Seay golf course is a championship “links-style” design that was built in 1992 and stretches to just under 6,900 yards.

Makalei Golf Club

Makalei Golf Club is situated in the Kona region on the west side of Hawaii Island, known for its cool climates and world famous coffee farms, Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet.  This Kona golf layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences.  The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

“Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this’ll be the most beautiful hole in the world.” Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site. Mauna Kea Golf Course ushers in a new age of golf with innovative new Golfboards, a fun way to carve through a round of golf in record time and surf the earth. Available for both golfers and non-golfers ages 16 and up. New in 2016 – all carts now come with GPS to offer golfers a little extra help when determining yardages and distances to the hole.

South Course at Mauna Lani Resort

For an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean you have to visit South Course at Mauna Lani Resort. This fabulous course has a fabulous layout allowing its players to gold as long as 272 yards over a section of the gorgeous, turquoise pacific. The course is always beautifully maintained with a challenging, but fun layout. South Course at Mauna Lani Resort is by far one of Hawaii’s best courses.

Waikoloa Village Golf Club

The Waikoloa Village Golf Club has a number of great courses, but the Beach Course and King’s Course are especially wonderful. The King’s Course is cut out of a dramatic lava filed that stands out beautifully against the island’s rich, jungle greenery.  This course offers variety keeping it fresh and making it memorable. You will feel like royalty playing on the King’s Course.

While the Beach Course is the epitome of relaxation. However, keep in mind the Beach Course’s winds can make your game tricky. When playing the Beach Course be sure to wear layers.

Hualalai Golf Course

Like all the other splendid amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land.  Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. After an exhilarating game, relax in the clubhouse where tropical refreshments, ocean views and a club-away-from-home experience await you.

Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course

Just six miles from downtown Kona, is Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course. This is course is less known, but entirely beautiful. You will find this course to be reasonably priced while still offering a scenic ocean view. Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course used to host an LPGA Tour event, so you know it offers a challenging, respectable course. This course offers an amazing time, but is still challenging.  If time allows, be sure to check out Kona Country Club’s Mountain Course too!

Waikoloa Beach Golf Club

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf reaches a crescendo at the Kings’ Course, which delivers a memorable round from the first tee to the 18th green. Designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish crafted a Scottish links-style layout at the Kings’ that fits with Weiskopf philosophy of demanding the best from the golfer yet doing so in a way that does not overly penalize miss-hit shots.

Kohanaiki Golf Club

Kohanaiki is an invitation-only private residential club community in Hawai’i, carefully crafted on 450 oceanfront acres of the Big Island of Hawai`i. Located near the popular surfing destination known as Pinetree’s Kohanaiki is home to the only Rees Jones golf course in Hawai`i. The course is a 7,329-yard, par-72 course.

Big Island Country Club

Big Island Country Club is designed by famed golf architect Pete Dye. The course features wide fairways and water in play on nine of the 18 holes. Situated on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea mountain, the course offers Hawaii visitor and resident golfers a cooler climate with refreshing air and sweeping vistas of mountains and the ocean.

Volcano Golf and Country Club

If you are near Volcanoes National park be sure to check out Volcano Golf and Country Club. This unique course sits on the rime of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. With incredible views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, you will not forget this course any time soon. How often do you get play golf near an active volcano?  With the guidance of of the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, Pele, you may have one of your best games at Volcano Golf and Country Club.

Sea Mountain Golf Club

The 18-hole Sea Mountain Golf Course in Pahala, HI is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Designed by Jack Snyder, Sea Mountain Golf Course measures 6416 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.1 USGA rating. a Mountain Golf Course Resort -18 Holes – Par 72.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

Not far from Hilo, Hilo Municipal Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level.Currently under renovation the Hilo Municipal Golf Course is open for holes 1-9 as the back nine is being renovated.

Banyan’s Golf Club

This beautifully landscaped 9-hole golf course, conveniently located within Hotel grounds, features 2,875 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. It was designed by Alexander Kahapea and was built in 1970. The course is open daily and includes golf instruction, a putting green and a driving range.

When visiting Hawaii leave plenty of time for golf. The Big Island has a plethora of fantastic courses that will make your holiday. You are bound to have a fantastic time all four of these courses.   The course is 18 holes, par 72, a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.

For more information about the Big Island’s golf courses and other activities, give us a call at: 808-464-0840.

Thank you, for reading Big Island Flow!

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Playing in Paradise — Great Bars in Honolulu

Night Life in Honolulu

Nick named, The Gathering Place, Oahu is known as the most populated, most urban Hawaiian Islands. While it is still possible to find rural communities on Oahu most people visit Oahu for work or urban play. If you enjoy a fast paced city scene in paradise, Honolulu is for you. Honolulu has some of the best bars in all of Hawaii making it a great place for fun and games. This article will highlight three of the best bars in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bar 35

For an easy night that doesn’t forego taste, checkout Bar 35. This bar is dedicated to all things beer providing over 150 brews from more than 20 different countries. There is a brew for everyone at Bar 35. If you still can’t find a beer to match your taste buds try one of their fantastic cocktails. Live music and DJs keep this Bar upbeat and energetic. This is a great place to party.

Amuse Wine Bar

Keep it classy at Amuse Wine Bar. This is perfect spot for young professionals that want a relaxed spot, enjoy live music while nibbling on cheese. Relish in a wide wine selection of wine and cocktails galore.  Amuse Wine Bar has 80 different types of wines and provides an atmosphere that won’t let you down.

Surfer, The Bar

For an experience that has it all (bar, club, and restaurant) – Check out: Surfer, The Bar. Surfer, The bar is a great place to spend your Saturday night if you have a large group of people and you’re not sure who to cater to.  There are endless events at Surfer, the Bar, from karaoke on Sunday nights to live music. Surfer, The Bar is a place everyone can appreciate.

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Green Sands Beach Tour




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Green Sands Beach Tour

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Papakōlea Beach, more commonly known as “green sand beach” is located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi and is one of four green sand beaches known in the world.

Located at the southern tip just west of South Point. The sand is actually a green olive color caused by eruptions from what was once a volcano.

The hike to the beach is about 2 miles from where you can park or if you have an off-road vehicle, preferably at 4×4 you can drive down to the beach. Green Sands beach is just one of many reasons the big island is known as one of the most beautiful places to visit.

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Why The Big Island of Hawai’i is The Adventure Capital of the World

Yes, you read that title correctly. The adventure capital of the world is located in the United States, in the state of Hawai’i and it has gone under the radar for many years. Get ready and I will state my case as to why the island of Hawai’i is the greatest place on earth for adventure!

Let’s just start by stating some of the facts that set this island apart from other places. Kīlauea is the most active volcano in the world.  In the Hawaiian language it means “spewing” or “much spreading,” in reference to lava flows. Mauna Kea is over 33,000 ft tall, making it the world’s tallest mountain from base to summit, beating out even Mount Everest. The Big Island is home to 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. There are as many different climate zones on the island of Hawaii as exist along the entire coast stretching from Alaska to Costa Rica. The largest subaerial volcano in both mass and volume, Mauna Loa has historically been considered the largest active volcano on Earth.

Credit: Vadim Kurland

Snow Capped Mauna Kea – Credit: Vadim Kurland

Some interesting tidbits to consider. Kealakekua Bay home to Captain Cook Monument, where the great navigator Captain James Cook’s remains are buried, is considered by many to be the best snorkeling in the entire world! The big island is the third largest island in Polynesia behind only the two main islands of New Zealand. The Hamakua Coast has some of the purest fresh air in the world. In Hawaiian language the name Hamakua means as I’ve learned it, God’s Breath/Breath of Spirit.

Kealekakua Bay

Kealekakua Bay with Captain Cook Monument in foreground.

Now for the fun stuff lets talk adventure. Where to begin? Want to see new land being created? Check out Volcano National Park and watch as lava pours into the ocean.

August 2016 lava flow. Photo Credit: Epic Lava - John Tarson

August 2016 lava flow. Photo Credit: Epic Lava – John Tarson

Diving and snorkeling with marine life on the big island is spectacular, from the wild dolphin encounters, to manta ray dive, tropical fish all over the reefs and deep water diving. Excellent diving in warm clear water.

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Manta Ray encounter.

In the winter months Kona and Hilo get big wave days weekly, where the big island becomes a surfer and body boarders paradise. When the big swells come, don’t be surprised if people skip work to get in the water!

BIF Waves

Big Waves in Kona.

The Valley of the Kings includes Pololu Valley, Waipio Valley, and Waimanu Valley. If you love to hike you will want to check out this world class hike through the valleys.

Waterfalls in Waipio

Waterfalls in back of Waipio Valley.

The Southern most point in the United States is known for it’s deep sea fishing, cliff dives and one of the world’s only green sand beaches.

Gorgeous silky white sand beaches with crystal clear water that you can hike to and discover all over the Kona coastline. Beaches like Makalawena, Hapuna, Kua Bay, Mauna Kea Beach.

Sandy Beach

Beach 69

When it comes to waterfalls, rainforest and jungles, the big island has you covered, check out Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls and so much more.

Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

Star Gazing on the summit of Mauna Kea, is so incredible, world governments spend millions of dollars to build telescopes on the summit. Let’s not forget about the sunsets and sunrises from the summit.

If you enjoy foraging and finding your own food, then the big island has that too. Whether its foraging the rainforests in Kohala, Hilo, Hamakua or Puna, wild fruit such as coconuts, guava, papaya, mango, avocado is in abundance.

Kekaha Kai State Park

Deep sea fishing on the Big Island is world famous for pelagic fish like marlin and tuna. With blue water very close to the coast and with the Pacific off the west side of the island typically very calm, the area can be an anglers’ dream.

Blue Marlin weighing in over 300 lbs.

Blue Marlin weighing in over 300 lbs.

During the winter months of November to March, humpback whales migrate from Alaska to give birth to their calfs. Encounters with beautiful whales on all parts of the island are common.

Whale off Kona coast.

Whale off Kona coast.