FIRST PHOTO: Kapalua cultural adviser Clifford Naeole, surrounded by 'Ulalena cast members Friday morning on the Kapalua Plantation Course's first tee, recites a Hawaiian chant while conducting a blessing before the start of the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
SECOND PHOTO: As part of the ceremony, 'Ulalena cast member Elia Pakaki places a maile lei over the first tee sign. Despite the blessing, the first day was wiped away by strong, gusty winds and intermittent rain squalls. PGA Tour officials stopped play before all players got on the course. Starting with a clean slate today, golfers are scheduled to play rounds one and two. The first round will begin at 7:30 a.m.
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