Hawaii Calendar January 2014

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands By: Marty Wentzel
The Pro Bowl at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium is a huge draw for football fans. // © 2013 HTA/Kirk Lee Aeder
The Pro Bowl at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium is a huge draw for football fans. // © 2013 HTA/Kirk Lee Aeder


Jan. 26: Pro Bowl. The NFL Pro Bowl continues to be one of the most popular games among football fans. The best players in the National Football League go head to head at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, a warm and sunny sports setting for January visitors. Unlike previous years, the 2014 teams will not be drawn up according to conference, so fans can expect memorable match-ups found at no other game. Travel packages with airfare, accommodations, transfers, tailgate parties and tickets to the gridiron action are available online.


Jan. 2-10: Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Screenings of dozens of award-winning films are enhanced by filmmaker sessions, art exhibits, receptions, yoga on the beach, outrigger canoe lessons and a culinary party called Taste of the Island. Events take place in Waimea and at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Jan. 15-19: Mitsubishi Electric Champions Tour at Hualalai. Now in its 16th year, this PGA championship competition features the cream of the crop from the world of golf. Competing for a total prize of $2 million are 40 top players ages 50 years or older who have won PGA majors or money events. The scenic Hualalai Golf Course plays host to the event.


Jan. 3: Hanapepe Art Night. Each Friday evening, the galleries of “Kauai’s biggest little town” take turns hosting original performances and demonstrations. Owners light and decorate their shops, imbuing the town with a festive atmosphere. Clients can meet local artists, purchase their works and enjoy live music. Hanapepe is located on south Kauai’s main road heading west.

Jan. 6: Waimea Historic Walking Tour. This free two-hour journey back in time takes place in one of the most historic towns in Hawaii. Guides discuss how the agricultural landscape changed from taro to rice to corn while sharing fascinating details about the last king of Kauai, the missionaries and other famous citizens of Waimea. Tours depart Mondays at 9:30 a.m. from the West Kauai Visitor Center.


Jan. 3-6: the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The 2014 PGA Tour gets into full swing with this nationally televised golf event. All the champions from the previous season are eligible to compete. Visitors can watch some of the world’s best pro golfers while savoring breathtaking mountain and ocean views at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course.

Jan. 8: Masters of Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar. Every Wednesday evening at the Napili Kai Beach Resort pavilion, entertainer George Kahumoku Jr. hosts a show starring Hawaii performers known for their musical proficiency. This month’s guests include Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Waipuna, Jeff Peterson and Nathan Aweau.


Jan 6-12: Sony Open in Hawaii. Clients can watch 144 top-notch golfers compete during this week-long benefit tournament. Broadcasted nationally, the action takes place on the legendary greens of the Waialae Country Club, flanked by dazzling mountains and seas. The proceeds from the game go to Hawaiian charities.
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