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Every month when the full moon rises, Mauna Lani gets ready for an evening of storytelling and entertainment at the oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage. "Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a" was designed to perpetuate the traditional folk art of storytelling. Everyone is invited to share stories, family histories, songs, and dance. It gives hotel guests a chance to experience the true aloha spirit, and residents the opportunity to meet and share stories with people from around the world. Join us from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Upcoming Twilight Dates
Relax in the new Oceanside Hot Tub and enjoy amazing Kohala Coast sunsets. This spacious hot tub and deck area offers more tranquil space for guests who prefer a pool experience.
Rodney Ito has been named general manager of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Hawaii's Big Island. Ito will oversee operations for the award-winning 341 room ocean front resort.
As a seasoned hotelier and veteran executive in the hospitality industry, Rodney brings decades of senior management leadership experience to Mauna Lani. His most recent position was Director of Operations at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.
Previously Rodney was General Manager and Director of Operations for Marriott International's Waikoloa Beach and Waikiki Beach properties, as well as Area Director of Operations, North Asia, Hawaii & South Pacific. This extensive leadership experience will benefit Mauna Lani in all phases of the operation.
"Mauna Lani is proud to have Rodney lead our hotel team," said Takashi Yamakawa, president of Mauna Lani Resort. "Rodney values the preservation of Mauna Lani's cultural and environmental traditions. His leadership skills and strong drive to continually improve all aspects of our operation will be a tremendous asset. We look forward to working with Rodney and to the continued success of Mauna Lani."
Experience a weekend of exquisite cuisine by Celebrity Chefs; Jonathan Waxman, Nancy Silverton, Michael Voltaggio, Ippy Aiona, mixologist Manny Hinojosa and Mauna Lani's own Clayton Arakawa and Allen Hess. Purchase tickets on line or call 808-881-7911. Special Celebrity Chef room accommodations from $309. Event is a sell-out so book early. http://www.celebritycheftour.com/events/Mauna-Lani-Bay-2014.html
Everyone at Mauna Lani is excited as two Nene were spotted on the North Course in December and they continue to be seen in the area. The Nene Goose is Hawaii's State Bird and is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It's one of the world's rarest geese and they are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act. Please enjoy their beauty from a distance. It's a wonderful experience to see these graceful Nene as they explore the tranquil ambiance of Mauna Lani Resort.
The Hawaii State Open, presented by Aloha Section PGA, is traditionally the last tournament of the year. First played in 1920, it was established as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs with the purpose of determining the best golfer in the islands.
Director of Golf at Mauna Lani Resort, Tom Sursely, said that "we are excited to be the home of the Hawaii State Open through 2014. It's a fitting partnership given our rich history in the sport and being the home of the Senior Skins for more than 10 years."
Mauna Lani Resort courses are named in honor of Francis H. I'i. Brown. Known as "Mr. Golf", for his amateur accomplishments in Hawaii, California and Japan, Brown acquired in the land in the 1930's. Mauna Lani Resort acquired the land in 1972 and the original Course opened in 1981. Later called the property his private retreat which he would share with many famous guests during their visits to Hawaii.
The Francis H I' i. Brown North and South Courses are stunning design masterpieces built around numerous archeological sites including trails, fishponds and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs.
The Aloha Section PGA anticipates a full field of professionals from across the state,U.S.mainland and other countries that will be in attendance for the event. The flights will be a Men's Open Flight (Professionals & Amateurs) Men's A Flight, Women's Open (Professionals & Amateurs) and Men's Senior (Professionals & Amateurs).
To register and to sign up for the pre-event PRO-AM on December 12, 2013 contact the Aloha Section office at 808-593-2230.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will be offering special room rates for Hawaii State Open participants from December 9 to 16, 2013. For reservations or more information call 800-367-2323 or visit http://www.maunalani.com/.