HYUNDAI TO TEE OFF . . . Every year, when the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tees off at the beginning of January, throngs of spectators head to Kapalua to watch.
It's the PGA season opener, and golfers will want to mark their calendars to attend. As usual, CJ's Deli and Diner caters crowd-pleasing golf fare, such as kalua pork ciabatta sandwiches, teriyaki chicken and more on the Plantation Golf Course.
But if you want to kick things up a notch, buy a clubhouse ticket to dine at Plantation House restaurant Jan. 3 through 6 (it will be closed for the Pro-Am Jan. 2).
Heading to Kapalua next week to watch some pro golf? Buy a clubhouse ticket and dine fine at Plantation House with bird’s-eye views.
Plantation House photo
"The clubhouse ticket allows access to the grounds and to Plantation House (and its bathrooms)," says publicist Karin Sagar. "This venue provides a birds-eye view of the first tee and the 18th fairway and also offers an upscale menu and full bar for purchase."
In addition, The Golf Channel will have a television there, so clubhouse ticketholders may experience the telecast action live. One-day tickets are available.
Buy online at www.pgatour.com/hyundai and then pick up at will call. Or buy tickets at Kapalua Golf Shops, Honolua Store or select ABC Stores.
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You may order breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., such as classic eggs Benedict, salmon lox, and tempura fish and chips.
BITS AND PIECES . . . At the entrance to Kaanapali, Paradise Grill will present its Resolution Fun Crawl, Walk or Run at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. Hmm . . . by that time of the night on New Year's Eve, some of you may be crawling into the finish line, putting yourselves in awkward positions for that midnight kiss.
Across the resort entrance, Roy's Kaanapali will ring in 2014 with a decadent four-course menu, including shellfish hot pot, rack of lamb, misoyaki butterfish and its famous melting hot chocolate souffle . . . To date, Roy's has 31 locations around the world: 21 in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.
Kobe Steak House in Lahaina dishes up 20 percent food for kamaaina all night long. For the nonresidents among us, you may dine on six sumptuous sunset specials, from tofu steak to opakapaka sliced and diced by knife-wielding chefs, all for under $20 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. daily.
Do you want to have a magical New Year's Eve? Ring in 2014 with nonstop fun at the Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
Breaking out their bag of tricks will be Jody and Kathleen Baran, and mistress of ceremonies Kathy Collins will have you in stitches as Asian Blend rocks the night away. Bring your appetites for the three-course dinner that includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Oh yes, and you get a breakfast buffet at 12:30 a.m. Call Kaanapali Beach Hotel at 667-0128.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort will celebrate New Year's Eve with a tapas buffet featuring tastes from around the world paired with bubbly.
"The event includes a balloon drop, champagne and live entertainment by Maui's famed jazz band Crazy Fingers at the Molokini Bar and Grille," says public relations coordinator Jovelyn Bonilla. Call 875-5888.
Don't forget that the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa will celebrate 50 timeless years with an event that will cost only $19.63, based on the year it opened.
"It is a privilege to share the rich 50-year history of the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa and preserve it for future generations to discover and enjoy," says Tetsuji Yamazaki, the hotel's general manager.
The price includes island-style pupu, one beverage and entertainment. Savor assorted dim sum, chicken and beef sliders, vegetable crudite, artisan cheeses with berries and fruits, edamame hummus with chips, and raspberry and milk chocolate mousse. Special room packages are available. Call (808) 921-4600.
Ka'ana Kitchen at the new Andaz Maui in Wailea will usher out old man time with its special prix-fixe holiday menu on New Year's Eve, with hours expanded from 5 p.m. all the way until midnight.
Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana will be flowing with Pint Night for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. All you need to do is enjoy a pint some time from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, and half of the beer proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization.
Seafaring types may want to hop aboard Pacific Whale Foundation's New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruises that will launch from both Maalaea and Lahaina Harbors. You'll get a champagne toast at midnight, too. Call 249-8811.