Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

March/April 2016

Whale Tale

Whale Tale The annual return to Hawaiian waters of the humpback whales — named for the motion they make as they arch their backs out of the water in preparation for a dive — is one of the most anticipated times in the islands, both for visitors and for residents. When we see the spouting, tail slapping, and athletic, full-body leaps from the water, even the locals stop by the side of the road, or pause what they’re doing to watch in gleeful wonder. It’s painful to imagine, but these gentle giants who visit Hawai`i between November and March were once hunted close to extinction by whalers.

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Consultant and Naturalist Claire Muchin Shares Insights

Consultant and Naturalist Claire Muchin Shares Insights One of the best ways to learn more about and watch the whales more closely is through a whale watch cruise, offered at Waikoloa Beach Resort by Ocean Sports (hawaiioceansports.com), a company that has been working in Hawai`i since 1981. We asked Claire Muchin, a consultant and naturalist on the Ocean Sports boats, to share some insights on the humpbacks. NAUPAKA NEWS: The whales are late arriving in Hawai`i this year ... what would cause that? MUCHIN: Researchers aren’t sure. Some posit that the water stayed warmer longer in the northern areas where the whales feed, so they stayed

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Asian Fest

Asian Fest On Friday, February 5, Queens’ MarketPlace came alive with the exciting rhythms of Taiko drummers and the pageantry of the Lion Dancers, as Waikoloa Beach Resort welcomed the Year of the Monkey. Revelers brought lycee (red envelopes) ready with “lettuce” to feed the Lion and ensure good health and fortune in 2016. Queens’ MarketPlace restaurants set up booths in the courtyard and served delicious cuisine to more than 1,000 attendees. Throughout the month of February, Waikoloa Beach Resort — from Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kohala Suites and Bay Club, to the Kings’ Shops

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25th Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

25th Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament The 25th annual Amer Ari Invitational collegiate golf tournament was contested over The Kings’ Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort on February 4-6, 2016. The USC Trojans team (pictured left) emerged victorious with a cumulative score of 29-under-par, besting crosstown rival UCLA by 2 strokes. The individual medal was awarded to Aaron Wise of Oregon, whose stellar three-round tally of 16-under-par earned him top honors over Rico Hoey of USC (-14) and Maverick McNealy (-13) of Stanford. A Wednesday night lu’au, hosted by Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, welcomed all 18 participating

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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival