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Those resolving to begin the New Year with an Oahu getaway are privy to both classic and fresh diversions on the island’s action-packed South Shore.
Insider Tip:“Waialae Country Club is an incredible course for hosting the longest-running PGA Tour event in the Hawaiian Islands. Several holes offer a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, with three of the holes near the water. The course includes both doglegs left and right, with fairly tight fairways lined by stands of coconut, monkey pod and kiawe trees.” — Kevin Carll, Head Golf Professional, Waialae Country Club
Event: Signature Strokes Kahala Hotel & Resort (KahalaResort.com) paints the backdrop for the 2018 Sony Open (SonyOpen InHawaii.com), the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the New Year. From Jan. 8-14, Waialae Country Club will shine as top touring pros vie for a share of the $6.2 million purse — with the winner awarded just shy of $1.2 million. Ticket options range from daily admission to a Sweet 16 Chalet VIP Hospitality Pass covering 16th hole-viewing perks, beverages and cuisine. Or hit the new Michelob Ultra 19th Hole, a “sports bar” hospitality tent airing both golf and NFL playoff action.
Activity: Global Glamour While American tobacco heiress Doris Duke possessed several opulent homes throughout her life, Shangri-La (ShangriLaHawaii.org) was the only one she literally envisioned from the ground up.
Over five decades, the philanthropist amassed one of the world’s most extensive collections of Islamic art in her 5-acre oceanfront shrine near Diamond Head.All tours of this privacy-shrouded estate originate and end at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HonoluluMuseum.org) that’s located at 900 S. Beretania St.
Shopping: New Wave Energy On the second Friday of each month at Ward Village’s (WardVillage.com) South Shore Market, New Wave Friday connects 18 eclectic merchants with savvy consumers in Honolulu’s trending Kakaako neighborhood. The high-energy vibe rolls out at 1170 Auahi St.