The PGA Tour returns to Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course Jan. 4 through 10 with the season-opening, SBS Championship - and Cafe O'Lei Catering will be right in the swing of things for all of you fans watching the pros compete for the $5.6 million purse.
"Come and have a good time, get plenty to eat and watch some great golf," says Cafe O'Lei's Chef-owner Mike Pastula, who will be there every day with his wife, Dana, a chef and business partner.
"We're taking care of the Spectator Village on the number one fairway and we'll have food concessions at the second, 10th and 18th holes," he says.
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Cafe O’Lei chef-owner Dana Pastula gets in the golf groove with general manager Napa Recopuerto.
The couple own the hugely successful Cafe O'Lei chain of restaurants on the island in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei and Waiehu, so rest assured there will be great grinds and the prices will be right.
In fact, two of the restaurants are located on golf courses, so the Pastulas know exactly what those fans out on the links love to eat.
"We'll feature plate lunches every day, sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and salads," says Mike. "Our hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m."
Crunch, say, Caesar salad, made with crisp Watanabe Farms romaine, tossed with parmesan cheese shavings, creamy-garlic dressing and croutons. Or dig into kalua pork with lomilomi tomato with two scoops rice; or blackened mahimahi with Big Island papaya salsa, Chinese parsley and light ginger-butter sauce.
New at the Spectator Village will be free swinging lessons and a three-hole putting green to give the gallery of people a little golf action between bites.
The biggest spectator days are Jan. 6, when the Pro-Am tees off, and Jan. 8, 9 and 10, when the actual tournament takes place.
Tickets are now available online at www.kapalua.com, or in the Kapalua pro shops and at the gate. Through Jan. 3, you may take advantage of lower advanced purchase rates including the "Good Any Day" and "Weekender" passes for $90 per person. Children younger than 16 enter free with a ticket-holding adult.
"An incredible value for only $90, the Weekender pass includes two Saturday and two Sunday tickets, four coupons for lunch at Spectator Village and a 15 percent discount in the merchandise tent," says Nancy Cross. "After January 3, Weekender tickets increase to $125. Good Any Day passes provide access to the Pro-Am first and second rounds for only $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. The third and fourth round Good Any Day passes are only $20 each in advance or $30 at the gate."
Season passes provide unlimited access to the entire week of events, for $55 per person if purchased before Jan. 3 and $80 afterwards.
Moving beyond the tournament, Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes in Kahului is gearing up for New Year's Eve. It will serve its famous prime rib and seafood buffet from 5 to 8:30 p.m. that evening for $24.95, adults.
In addition, Cafe O'Lei on Market Street in Wailuku is on a roll with sushi by Sadao Kojima, aka "Kojima San," on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. From 4 to 5 p.m., sushi is half price.
For Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes reservations, call 877-0073.