Signature Events

Kapalua Resort offers a variety of experiences

By: Terra Judge

Kapalua Resort has recently announced their 2008 signature events. From championship golf to Hawaiian culture to an epicurean extravaganza, Kapalua Resort will provide a variety of experiences, including the following events that will take place through June.

Mercedes-Benz Championship, through Jan. 6:

The PGA TOUR returns to Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course for the Mercedes-Benz Championship giving golf fans a chance to witness the country’s best professional golfers competing in the PGA TOUR’s season-opening event. Competitors will vie for a $5.5 million purse and the keys to a Mercedes-Benz CL550. Season passes and daily tickets can be purchased online at

Whale Quest Kapalua, Feb. 15-17:

Whale Quest Kapalua celebrates the return of the humpback whale. During a three-day educational symposium, guests will have the opportunity to learn more through a variety of seminars, educational youth programs, whale-watching excursions, interactive displays and art and photo exhibitions. Golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to participate in a special charity tournament at Kapalua Resort’s famed Plantation Course on Feb. 17. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit non-profit research organizations including Whale Trust, Center for Whale Studies and Hawaii Whale Research Foundation. All events are held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at Kapalua Resort and are free and open to the public with the exception of the golf tournament and whale-watching tours.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Celebration of the Arts Festival, March 21-23:

Hawaii’s culture and history are on display at the16th Annual Kapalua Celebration of the Arts Festival, themed “Ka Mana Leo & Power of Voice.” Guests can participate in activities including demonstrations of authentic Hawaiian hula and chant plus hands-on workshops in Native Hawaiian art and interaction with local Village Gallery artists. The event’s grand finale Celebration Luau and Show will highlight traditional Hawaiian dishes prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s chefs as well as performances by Hawaii’s entertainers. For information visit

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, June 26-29:

One of Hawaii’s longest-running and most prestigious wine and food festival celebrates its 27th anniversary with a four-day extravaganza hosted by master sommelier Fred Dame. The event assembles several of the world’s famous winemakers, top master sommeliers and renowned chefs at wine tastings, gourmet cooking demonstrations and festive gala functions at Kapalua Resort. For more information visit

Kapalua LPGA Classic, Oct. 13-19:

The inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic will take place on the newly renovated Bay Course. The top women golfers in the world, including Morgan Pressel, the youngest LPGA golfer to win a major tournament and the resort’s official LPGA Touring Professional, will compete in a full-field tournament for a $1.5 million purse.

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