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«The Aloha State», the archipelago of wonders. The beaches (as beautiful as and even more than what is expected) volcanoes, canyons, tropical forests, waterfalls and rides between the plantations. The Hawaiian islands are identified almost par excellence with the thrill of the exotic, evoked by the distance that makes you dream: it is in fact the most remote archipelago in the world, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which is 4,000 km from the coasts of the United States and 6,000 km from Japan. The archipelago consists mainly of eight islands, surrounded by numerous uninhabited rocks and islets: starting from west to east we find Niihau, called “the forbidden island”, privately owned, Kauai, Ohau, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawaii , the latter more commonly known also as “Big Island” so as not to confuse it with the whole archipelago.

GENERAL MAP

Consult the General Map to plan the organization of your Golf experience in Hawaii. Inside you will find the Golf Courses and the airports so as to have a general glance that allows you a first planning. Integrate with the Booking Hotel map as regards the choice of your best hotel / villa / apartment.

GOLF COURSES Website

Kapalua Golf – The Bay Course

Kapalua Golf – The Plantation Course

Princeville at Hanalei

Mauna Kea Golf Course

Manele Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course

Hualalai Club – Ke’olu

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Wailea Golf Club Gold Course

Wailea Golf Club Emerald

Mauna Lani Golf Club

Turtle Bay Golf

Ka’anapali Golf Courses

Ko Olina Golf Club

Kapolei Golf Club

Puakea Golf Course

To book Tee Time, it is best to send an email to the secretary of the Golf Club you have chosen, asking for availability, obviously indicating the day and an indicative time. You can find the e-mail address by opening the Golf Club website from “Open website” and then searching for “contacts” or some Golf Clubs have the form to fill out to get the Tee Time. I think it’s better to send an email to the Secretariat. Opens Google Map at the point of the Golf Club. You can have the necessary information to reach the playing field or to know the distances for example from the Hotel you have chosen for the stay.

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WHEN TO GO TO HAWAII

The Hawaii archipelago, located in the equatorial belt, has a tropical climate, with mild temperatures that fluctuate little during the year.

The hottest and driest season is from June to October, while the coolest from December to March.

The trade winds, which blow constantly from the north east, determine varied, dry or wet microclimates depending on the different exposure of the islands.

The climate is also influenced by the characteristics of the mountains, which are not “standardized” at all! It is really surprising for the variety of their peaks, ridges, as well as the slopes and valleys.

In Hawaii, therefore, you can go from forests to deserts in a few kilometers away.

When organizing your next Golf Experience in Hawaii, this is a factor to take into consideration: obtaining prior information on the climatic conditions of the areas you intend to explore is strongly recommended.

High season and low season in Hawaii

High season

  • the first period runs from the second half of December to February
  • the second from mid-June to late August

Low season

  • the first period runs from April to the first half of June
  • the second from September to the first half of December

Given that the weather in Hawaii is beautiful, or at least mild, more or less throughout the year, to establish the ideal time for a Golf trip, let’s consider two factors: the climatic conditions and the periods of high and low season. What a mess!

In fact, we tend to think that the high season is the best time, from a climatic point of view, to visit a place, and vice versa for the low season.

In the case of Hawaii, both in the cooler and in the warmer periods, there are periods of high and low season.

The best time to visit Hawaii, from a climate point of view, is from May to October.

The temperatures are in fact high and the heat is never unbearable (thanks to the trade winds).

The least suitable time to go to Hawaii, however, is the first peak season – from the second half of December to February – loved above all by American travelers, but characterized by greater rains and very rough ocean waters.

Why then do so many tourists choose this period, not ideal from the point of view of the climate and with skyrocketing prices? Simple: take advantage of the Christmas holidays.

Other good times to go to Hawaii?

From April to the first half of June, and from September to the first half of December.

This is a low season, this with all its positive aspects: less mass tourism and more promotional offers to take advantage of.

Knowing the peculiarities of the climate will also help us to choose well “where to go” in Hawaii: we keep in mind that:

  • the southeast coasts, called “leeward”, are the driest and sunniest, and here the highest temperatures are recorded
  • the north-west coasts, called “upwind”, are the rainiest, even in summer, and the temperatures are slightly lower.

Hawaii season by season

Spring

Pro:

  • Not too hot and not too rainy weather;
  • Less mass tourism;
  • In April, in the city of Hilo on the Big Island, the island of Hawaii, you can see the most important Hawaiian dance festival (hula), the Merrie Monarch festival, which also includes a beautiful fair of the arts and colorful parades;
  • travel for less, especially in May which – just like October in the fall – is an “economic” month. You may also find reasonably priced oceanfront accommodations;
  • especially in May, you will see magnificent flowers;
  • if you go to Hawaii in early June and the idea of hitting a hurricane disturbs you, you can rest assured; you have chosen the month in which there is the least chance of meeting one.

Cons:

  • (just to find one) Remote, indeed very remote possibility of feeling on the road “out of season”, and wanting to return to Hawaii during peak periods.

Summer

Pro:

  • The good weather (some occasional rains are to be taken into account, especially in the southern islands);
  • Being able to find calm and crystalline waters, ideal for bathing. For example, those who caress the beach of Waimea Beach Park, in Oahu, where you can also dive from a famous rock and run the pleasant risk of seeing dolphins and large turtles near the shore.

However, it is forbidden to let your guard down on the beaches, even more if you travel with children: even in this season, in fact, especially on the south-facing coasts, the waves can be large and dangerous;

  • Are you traveling in late June? You will hardly encounter a hurricane;
  • In September you can attend the Aloha Festivals, open to the public and free of charge, which present the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii and which have a theme that changes from year to year. It will all be a succession of concerts, dances, parties, educational workshops. You won’t be bored.

Con:

  • Higher prices, in the second peak season which, we recall, runs from mid-June to the second half of August;
  • Very crowded beaches.

Autumn

Pro:

  • Not too hot and not too rainy weather;
  • Less mass tourism;
  • Travel for less, especially in October which (as well as May in the spring) is one of the months when prices are more moderate. Even in this period you could find an ocean view room without spending too much;
  • Marathon runners, take note! The Honolulu Marathon takes place in early December;

Cons:

  • Although hurricanes are rare, it is still their time, so care should always be taken.
  • Do you like the crowding of vacationers? Choose another period.

Winter

Pro:

  • being able to find yourself in a holiday place where there are “everyone”, during the peak period (if you like this idea and it makes you feel trendy);
  • have you chosen a warm holiday but are you in love with the snow? Know that sometimes in winter, above 4,000 meters, on the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes you can see it;
  • whale sightings are possible, especially in the waters surrounding the island of Maui;
  • it is the best time if you are a surfer. The more experienced of you will particularly love the Waimea beach in Oahu – the same one whose sea in the summer is flat – with its waves over 15 meters high. This beach every year hosts the Eddie Aikau Invitational meeting sponsored by Quicksilver (provided that the waves reach the minimum height prescribed by the regulation!).

Cons:

  • Lower than average temperatures and greater possibility of precipitation, especially in the north coast of any island, with the possibility of sudden floods;
  • tumultuous ocean waters can make swimming impossible;
  • prices are much higher than the average, especially between Christmas and the new year. The rates for accommodation and car rental can even triple compared to those of the beginning of December.
  • as in summer, crowded beaches (if you like them, this is a “pro”).

Rainier season in Honolulu

Honolulu is one of the hottest places in the archipelago, and is located downwind compared to the trade winds, which behave like a kind of low-power hairdryer on the city.

You immediately want to go (we always recommend the period from May to October), also because in Honolulu it doesn’t rain much.

The rainiest season is winter, while it rains little during the summer and slightly more in the spring and autumn.

A particularity worthy of note: in Honolulu the rains vary according to the areas of the city. For example, in Pearl Harbor the rainfall is modest, more consistent in Black Point, and in the University area, near the hills, it is almost double that recorded in Pearl Harbor.

Hurricane season

The hurricane season runs from June to November; Hawaii is located right in the trajectory of tropical cyclones, but fortunately, they are rarely affected.

Hurricanes have lost power as they approach the archipelago, probably due to the higher volcanoes that protect the islands.

To minimize the possibility of close encounters with tropical cyclones, the months to avoid are August and September.

WHERE TO STAY IN HAWAII

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WHAT TO EAT IN HAWAII

Hawaiian cuisine is very characteristic and tells the history of the archipelago!

Traditional Hawaiian foods are born from the combination of dishes imported by immigrants from many countries: Chinese, American, Filipino, Portuguese, Polynesian and Korean influences can be recognized.

The result? The use of a large variety of animal and vegetable raw materials and a happy mix and match of flavors, textures and colors.

I recommend you to taste the proposals of the typical cuisine with curiosity and overcoming every mistrust: there is a rest assured even considering that the ingredients used are genuine and, mostly, locally produced.

Poke

Poke (also called Poké) was the traditional dish of Hawaiian fishermen, and today practically everyone likes it.

It is raw fish – usually tuna – marinated with various condiments such as soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions, seaweed.

The dish is fresh and light; it is often served as an appetizer, but it is also indicated as a lunch.

There are also versions of Poke in which tuna is replaced with octopus, salmon or crustaceans.

Is it really a new sushi?

For sure, it’s a trendy dish even outside of Hawaii; in California, in San Diego, there is even the “I love Poke” festival dedicated to the dish.

Loco moco

Created in the city of Hilo and far more caloric than Poke, Loco Moco (sometimes also written Locomoco) consists of a base of steamed white rice on which a hamburger and a fried egg are placed, watered with gravy sauce (much loved by Americans!).

This fast food dish, originally created for surfers and served in large portions, is often enjoyed for dinner.

Today there are also imaginative variations of the Loco moco, based on bacon, chilli pepper, ham, beef, chicken, prawns and oysters.

Do you think that some brave also eats it for breakfast.

 Lau-Lau

Lau-Lau, in addition to arousing sympathy for the name that seems to have been invented by a child, is a tasty and appetizing dish, often offered as an appetizer.

It consists of pieces of chicken, pork or fish, wrapped in taro leaves (tuber with a purple pulp widespread in Hawaii) and steamed. The appearance is that of neat rolls or small packages of bright green.

Each stuffed roll is rolled into six or seven taro leaves, well pressed and baked in the oven.

In ancient times, Lau-Lau was instead cooked underground.

Poi

This dish has truly remote origins, having been born before the cuisine of Hawaii was influenced by the western world.

It is right to inform you: being the Taro-based Poi, at first glance it could make an impression for its unusual purple color, and also for its semi-liquid consistency.

Yet it is good and is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, so you have to taste it, also to honor the long preparation it requires!

In fact, it is necessary to peel the Taro, boil it in water and crush it by hand, until obtaining a viscous violet liquid, which is then fermented for a few days.

Saimin

A truly fusion dish, developed during the plantation period by various groups of immigrants from Hawaii, inspired by Japanese ramen, Filipino pancit and Chinese mein.

It is a soup of soft wheat noodles served in hot Japanese broth (dashi), accompanied by green onions and other ingredients of your choice, for example pieces of pork, nori seaweed and kamaboko – fish-based Japanese food.

Saimin is now a very popular dish: you can find it in fast-food chains and it is sold together with hot dogs and hamburgers also in places of sports gathering.

Huli Huli Chicken

You will find this dish in practically all the Hawaiian islands, and don’t be surprised if you see the half-chickens for sale along some highways too!

Chicken is cooked on the grill with a sweet soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, fruit, and the meat is always tender and juicy.

The origin of the name is curious.

Huli is a Hawaiian term that means “to turn”, and since the chickens, originally, were cooked on a grill with a skewer and there was no rotisserie, when they were turned by hand to cook the other side, the cooking workers they used to shout loudly “Huli!”.

If on your return home you will try your hand at preparing this dish, don’t forget to shout “Huli Huli” at the right time too.

Salmon Lomi Lomi

This dish was imported to Hawaii by the first western sailors, and today it is served as a traditional side dish.

It is a very fresh salad of diced salmon, tomatoes, lemon juice, sweet Maui onions, crushed ice, and often a little spicy red pepper.

Lomi means “massage”: guess who gets massaged?

Salmon, of course, to weaken it and to blend all flavors well.

Kalua Pig

If you participate in the typical Hawaiian party, the Luau, you will certainly be able to taste the famous pig cooked in the sand with the Kalua technique.

An “Imu” will be used, a sort of “oven” consisting of a large pit dug in the earth, where the whole pig, covered with banana leaves, will be cooked for at least six hours.

Today everyone can taste the Kalua Pig – also called Kalua Pork – but once upon a time it was not like this: this honor was reserved only for the chiefs and the king.

Luau squid

The appearance of the Luau Squid is also not very inviting (expect a sort of creamy puree), this traditional and hearty dish deserves to be tasted.

Its many admirers appreciate the particular combination of flavors based on the balance between sweet, salty and creamy.

It is cooked slowly and is based on squid, young taro leaves, coconut milk, Hawaiian salt, sugar, onions and dried salted beef (pipikaula).

Haupia

This typical and fresh dessert, similar to pudding and panna cotta, is based on coconut milk and corn starch.

It is consumed especially during the Luau holidays, cut into squares and brought to the table on Cordilina leaves.

Very popular, it is also used as an ingredient for white wedding cakes.

Light, with a delicate taste, it is also gluten-free and lactose-free and has that tropical flavor that is so reminiscent of …

This typical and fresh dessert, similar to pudding and panna cotta, is based on coconut milk and corn starch.

It is consumed especially during the Luau holidays, cut into squares and brought to the table on Cordilina leaves.

Very popular, it is also used as an ingredient for white wedding cakes.

Light, with a delicate taste, it is also gluten-free and lactose-free and has that tropical flavor that is so reminiscent of … Hawaii!

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HOW TO MOVE BETWEEN THE ISLANDS

Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for everyone. The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of various islands and the main problem for the golfer is the movement between the various areas.

Islands Hawaii, also considering the great distance that separates them from their country of origin (i.e. the United States), can only be reached by plane. The international airport available is Honolulu, located 5 kilometers from the city. For departures from Europe you need a stopover in the United States, preferably in Los Angeles.

Internal flights are available to move between the various islands. These are especially suitable for all people who do not have much time to travel. Availability is approximately one flight every half hour.

To move between the various islands you can also use the ferry. As for the routes, at the moment there are only available ones: the one between the island of Maui and Lna’i and another between Maui and Moloka’i. The ferry is not used regularly, tourists usually prefer to travel by plane.

Within the various Hawaiian islands we recommend that you travel by car. The car rental can be booked in advance before departure or directly on site, all at very low prices. Car rentals are available in the following cities: Hilo, Kahului Maui, Kihei, Lihue Kauai, Lahaina, Honolulu, Kailua Kona, Koloa, Princeville. In case you decide to rent a car, avoid honking your horn, because this gesture is considered as a serious act of rudeness.

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