Hawaii Calendar: January 2012

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands
Champion Mark Wilson kisses his trophy at the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii. // © 2011 Ross Hamamura
Champion Mark Wilson kisses his trophy at the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii. // © 2011 Ross Hamamura

Spotlight: Oahu

Jan. 15-18: Sony Open in Hawaii. Top-notch competitors swing and putt along picturesque links during this week-long golf tournament. Broadcast nationally, the action takes place on legendary Oahu fairways flanked by statuesque mountains and dazzling seas. The event raises money for Hawaiian charities. Waialae Country Club, Honolulu. 808-523-7888, www.friendsofhawaii.org

Hawaii Island (Big Island)

Jan. 13 and 20: Kahilu Theatre. For decades, the little auditorium on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano has been presenting big talents from the performing arts world. This month includes American funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Park (Jan. 13) and legendary actor, dancer and singer Ben Vereen (Jan. 20). Waimea. 808-885-6868, www.kahilutheatre.org

Jan. 21-22: The Art and Traditions of Hula. Clients can experience traditional hula and chant performed in a dramatic setting: an outdoor stage overlooking steaming Kilauea Crater. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations take place throughout the day at Volcano Art Center Gallery. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 808-967-7565, www.volcanoartcenter.org

Jan. 21-23: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. This PGA Champions Tour competition features the best of the golf world. Confirmed players include reigning champion John Cook, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara and Tom Watson. Look for it on Hualalai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. 800-417-2770, www.hualalairesort.com


Jan. 6: Hanapepe Art Night. Each Friday evening, the galleries of this big-little burg 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, buy one of their works and enjoy live music. Hanapepe is located on Kauai’s main road heading west. 808-335-5944, www.hanapepe.org

Jan. 16: Waimea Historic Walking Tour. This free two-hour journey takes place in one of the most historic towns in Hawaii. Guides discuss how the agricultural landscape changed from taro to rice to corn and share fascinating details about famous citizens of Waimea. Mondays at 9:30 a.m. West Kauai Visitor Center. 808-338-1332, www.wkbpa.org


Jan. 5-9: Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The year’s PGA tour starts with this nationally televised golf event. Only champions from the 2011 PGA Tour season are eligible to compete, which means visitors can watch some of the world’s best golfers while enjoying breathtaking mountain and ocean views. Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort. 808-665-9160, www.pgatour.com/hyundai

Jan. 16: New Shanghai Circus. Building on traditional performances, artists of today’s New Shanghai Circus have added layers of complexity and daring with new techniques and stunts. Three shows will be presented. Maui Arts and Cultural Center. 808-242-7469, www.mauiarts.org


Jan. 21-22: Pacific Island Arts Festival. Throughout each day, clients can watch demonstrations of Hawaiian quilting, painting and lei-making, then enjoy live entertainment and local foods beneath shady trees. Kapiolani Park, across from the entrance to the Honolulu Zoo. 808-696-6717, www.gohawaii.com

Jan. 29: The Pro Bowl. Set against a magnificent tropical backdrop, the best players in the National Football League represent their conferences in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. Pleasant Holidays, the official fan travel package provider for the event, is offering a series of land-only packages including accommodations, parties and tickets to the big game. Aloha Stadium, Honolulu. 800-422-3234, www.pleasantagent.com

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