Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

November/December 2015

Sport of Kings

Sport of Kings Photographer and Hawai`i Island resident Kirk Aeder has captured the spirit and sport of surfing over the years, including many images of A-Bay. Surrounded by an endless ocean with no other landmasses to obstruct it, the Hawaiian Islands draw open ocean swells from all directions,” Aeder says. “Along this coast we get primarily west and northwest swells, which is ideal.” ‘Anaeho`omalu Bay, fronting Waikoloa Beach Resort, is known to Hawai`i Island surfers as one of the better spots to catch waves along the Kohala Coast. “When it’s 20 feet at Jaws (one of Maui’s

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Origins

Origins Though the origins of surfing — called he`enalu in the Hawaiian language, which translates literally to “wave sliding” — are lost to history, Hawai`i, and particularly Hawai`i Island, is where it is acknowledged to have evolved. “In pre-European times,” writes Ben Finney and James D. Houston in their excellent book, Surfing, A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport, “surfing was more than just catching and riding an ocean wave. It was the center of a circle of social and ritual activities that began with the very selection of the tree from which a board was carved and could

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As Much a Religion as a Sport

As Much a Religion as a Sport Even though O`ahu may be more famous nowadays, there are also those, like Aeder, who know where to find the best swells and breaks on Hawai`i Island, and for whom surfing the Big Island is close to spiritual. “I moved to the Big Island in 1993,” Aeder says, “and it really opened my eyes. There are other areas where early evidence of surfing is seen, but Hawai`i is where it really came to fruition, and a lot of that happened on the Big Island.” He points to Kahalu`u Bay, an ancient surf spot in Kailua-Kona once used by Hawaiian ali`i (royalty) and the Ku`emanu Heiau at the north

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Waikoloa Beach Resort Welcomes Mai Grille

Waikoloa Beach Resort Welcomes Mai Grille Hawai`i Island’s chefs are blessed with an abundance of fresh, local ingredients from the land and sea, as well as a food culture that is rooted in deep tradition. Chef Allen Hess is taking full advantage of all that bounty at his new eatery, Mai Grille, located inside the resort’s Kings’ Golf Course clubhouse. Hess says it is his culinary mission to take fresh- raised foods from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, and prepare them with state-of-the-art skills. “There’s a story behind each of the ingredients,” he says. “I personally know the people who provide the food,

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