Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

November/December 2016

The Commish - Thos Rohr, Leading the Way

The Commish - Thos Rohr, Leading the Way Waikoloa from 1988 - 2010 Developing a long range, big-picture project such as Waikoloa Beach Resort takes a leader with keen instinct, business acumen, and an abundance of sheer persistence. Those are traits that nicely sum up Thos Rohr, president and CEO of Waikoloa Land Company from 1988 to 2010. Known by friends and associates as “The Commish” — a nickname he earned for his resolute ability to manage and organize a field of prestigious celebrities and business executives at his high-profile golf tournaments; “they were like herding cats!” he says — Rohr is widely

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Establishing a Path

Establishing a Path “The Commish is a pioneer,” says Scott Head, vice president of resort operations for Waikoloa Land Company, who worked alongside Rohr for several years. “He developed and promoted a golf lifestyle that is now so popular at island resorts, and knew how to publicize that lifestyle to raise the state’s profile, encourage investment, and bring people to Hawai`i.” Rohr landed in the islands on New Year’s Day 1960, “shanghaied” from Cleveland, Ohio, by his close friend Peter Revson, who went on to became a world-class Formula One race driver. Rohr went from living with Revson

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Seeing the Future

Seeing the Future Rohr brought both his keen promotional instincts and his friendship with Arnold Palmer with him to Waikoloa Beach Resort. When he was named president and CEO of Waikoloa Land Company in 1988, construction was almost complete on the Hyatt Regency Waikoloa (now Hilton Waikoloa Village). “At the time,” he says, “the plan was to build four hotels and four golf courses connected via a series of lagoons. There were no condos in the plan either, and all development was to be on the makai (ocean) side of the King’s Trail.” Realizing that that approach was not going to succeed in a

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On the Right Course

On the Right Course Rohr’s accomplishments also include concepting and building the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, where major concerts and monthly events over the years have brought the local community and resort guests together to enjoy music, food, and culture. Waikoloa Resort also benefitted tremendously from Rohr’s commitment to and love of golf. He oversaw renovations to the Robert Trent Jones II course, and built the Kings’ Course in partnership with designer and former PGA Tour player Tom Weiskopf. As he did at Kapalua years earlier, Rohr brought well known golf pros including Peter

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Lions and Taiko and Chefs

Lions and Taiko and Chefs Queens’ MarketPlace came alive on Friday, February 3, from 5 - 8 pm, as the Year of the Rooster was celebrated during the annual Asian Fest. The free event is a unique and popular way to experience and enjoy the music, cuisine, and customs of China, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, and other Asian cultures. According to the Chinese zodiac, a Rooster year is supposedly full of patience and passion, bravery, some bravado, and hard work to reach success. Its motto is, “Always higher, always going on,” appropriate for Queens’ MarketPlace, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this

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Chefs in the Community

Chefs in the Community Several chefs and restaurants represented Waikoloa Beach Resort at the 24th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Heritage Festival in Waimea on Saturday, February 4. With cooking demonstrations taking place at Kamuela Hongwanji, participants included Sushi Shiono (Island Gourmet Markets at Queens’ MarketPlace); Mai Grille (Waikoloa Kings’ Golf Course); Sansei Seafood, Steak and Sushi Bar (Queens’ MarketPlace); and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, which featured Chef Ogawa from sister-city property, Tokyo Marriott. “This is always the most delicious part of the Festival,” said

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Hala-Leujah: The Old Hawaiian Art of Weaving Lau Hala

Hala-Leujah: The Old Hawaiian Art of Weaving Lau Hala Not too many years ago, the late and beloved Auntie Elizabeth Lee (1929 – 2016) would frequently be found at Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace, interacting with visitors while teaching them how to make lovely Hawaiian bracelets from the dried leaves of the hala (pandanus) trees that can be found in several prominent locales around Waikoloa Beach Resort and Hawai`i Island. The craft of lauhala plaiting (the term is technically more accurate than “weaving”) is an ancient one in Hawai`i, and Auntie Elizabeth was one of the people most important to its survival into modern times.

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Multi-Purpose Tree

Multi-Purpose Tree Guests will spot the hala tree commonly at Waikoloa Beach Resort, where it was specifically planted to draw attention to its significance in the Hawaiian culture. Along Waikoloa Beach Drive near Waikoloa Bowl, for example, some magnificent hala trees are seen, and inside Waikoloa Bowl itself others stand in healthy splendor. At the Kings’ Golf Course, a large hala tree dominates the entranceway to the clubhouse and several are seen on the first and 18th holes of the Kings’ Course. The trees can grow as high as 20 – 30 feet, and are easily identified by the tangled roots that shoot

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A Renaissance Of Art

A Renaissance Of Art Thankfully, in the late 1980s and 1990s, a new pride in Hawaiian traditions arose, and with it a new emphasis on the arts and crafts. In 1993, Auntie Elizabeth was named a Living Treasure by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for her contributions to weaving. (Auntie was also instrumental in resurrecting the art of weaving makaloa, a reed that grows along the seashore, but which no one had used in weaving in 200 years.) In addition to bringing pleasure to innumerous guests and visitors at Waikoloa Beach Resort, Auntie’s influence can still be felt through the many students she taught —

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