Hongo named state’s top golf instructor

Ben Hongo of Kapalua Golf Academy is named the top instructor in the state by Golf Digest magazine in its November issue.

Votes from a panel of 1,200 instructors nationwide were used to determine the list of the best golf instructors from across the country.

“There are many talented instructors in Hawaii so it’s an honor to be recognized in this way by Golf Digest,” Hongo said.

Hongo, who has been with the Kapalua Golf Academy since 2000, has previously been named Aloha Section PGA Teacher of the Year.

“(Hongo) has provided excellence to the Kapalua Golf Academy for many years,” said Mike Jones, Kapalua’s general manager of golf operations.