Souvenir shopping in
Hawaii is a bona fide
tourist activity. The
offerings are positively
iconic, and you simply
cannot brag about visiting the
islands if you don’t return home
with at least one of the following:
an Aloha shirt, ukulele, coconut-
shell bikini top, or miniature
surfboard (bonus points for all
four). There are, of course, plenty
of stores peddling these must-
have mementos. But if you’re
serious about taking your
Hawaiian-keepsake hunting to the
next level, Oahu’s Aloha Stadium
Swap Mee t & Ma rke tpl ace
is the only place to go. Every
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday,
mo r e t h a n 700 me r c h a n t s
congregate at a central location a
few minutes northwest of
Honolulu. In addition to the
aforementioned requisite
i t ems, you ’ l l f i nd l oca l
handicrafts, antiques, and art.
There are snacks, too, and a
refreshing shave ice is the
ideal brain food when
contemplating which
dancing dashboard
ornament will look
best in the family
Douglas Peebles Photography/Alamy; Pacific Stock/Glow Images; Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)
Whether you’re hoping for a daily complement of 36 holes or are merely planning to
sneak in a quick round between other family pursuits, Maui is the perfect island on
which to tee up a legendary golf vacation. Sure, with all the natural hazards —
impenetrable rain forests acting as rough, beach-sized sand traps, and greens
protected by ancient solidified lava flows — you might not shoot your personal best.
But it’s hard to imagine a better locale to play above par than on Maui. Here are a
handful of must-plays:
Plantation Course at Kapalua
—Maui’s most misleading track. This west island
course is beautiful: sweeping ocean vistas, emerald foliage, and so on. Plus, a
quick glance at the course map seems to reveal a relatively easygoing layout
with open fairways and expansive putting surfaces. But then you begin your
round and realize that those inviting fairways are sloped right into the rough, and
the greens are guarded by ocean breezes that tend to push your ball much more
than expected. Still, it is all quite beautiful.
Wailea Old Blue Course
— If you are going to score a few Hawaiian birdies, or maybe
even an eagle or two, this is the place to do it. Along with magnificent views of the
surrounding islands, as well as Maui’s own Haleakala peak, Old Blue offers wide
fairways and forgiving greens.
Makena Golf Course
— The epitome of Maui golf, Makena is visually stunning and
flat-out challenging. Take a moment on the 14th tee box to truly appreciate your
surroundings, and then take a deep breath before embarking on this 620-yard par 5,
with its downhill double-dogleg design.
The Challenge at Manele
—Board a ferry and travel 9 miles fromMaui to Lanai to play
The Challenge at Manele, one of Hawaii’s most dramatic golf experiences. You’ll be
impressed by the front nine of this Jack Nicklaus–designed course, but your jaw will
drop when you hit the 11th and 12th, and again on the 17th. These three holes feature
signature ocean views — from atop 200-foot-high cliffs!
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