Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kapalua Bay Course

The Bay Course is the older of the two courses at Kapalua.  It's probably the less known considering the PGA Tour kicks off the new year every January on the Plantation Course, but it's certainly the more playable of the two course
The course starts out with an enjoyable reachable par 5 and as long as you're playing it straight off tee, the course remains enjoyable throughout the day.  It's often windy, but not super long, so swing easy and keep it in the middle.  The front 9 offers more interesting holes, but the course is beautiful and well kept on all 18 holes.

What I Liked:
  • The practice green was like carpet
  • The amazing par 3 over the ocean
  • Proximity to the Ritz Carlton Resort
  • Nothing beats a golf shot with a view of the ocean
  • Ocean and Mountain Views on every hole
  • Practice Green at Kapalua Bay Course

Par 3 over the ocean

Wailea Golf Club: Emerald Course

The Wailea Golf Club Emerald Course is simply one of the most well manicured, beautiful courses I've ever played.

The Emerald Course is part of the Wailea complex that has 2 other courses.  It's neither the most challenging nor easiest of the 3.  There is a good amount of undulation as many of the holes work their way up or down the hillside.  There are a few strategically placed bunkers, but they generally set up as trouble for shorter hitters, however, if you're a sub 10 handicap, you should be able to take many of the bunkers out play.  There is water on a few holes and some green side bunkers to contend with, but the course generally has a nice resort style feeling to it.

I found myself hitting a lot short irons into the greens on par 4s, and even given the chance to take a shot at a couple par 5s in two.  However, a couple of the par 3s were longer and required a hybrid or 4 iron.  The course did a good job of making me hit most of my clubs.

What I liked:
  • Super convenient to the Wailea resorts
  • The grounds and greens were PERFECT
  • Many awesome ocean views
  • Marshals did a good job of keeping pace 

Hotel Review: Millenium Hilton Hotel, NYC

Katie and I just spent a long weekend in NYC and booked the Millenium Hilton Hotel.

Both Katie and I have been pretty loyal Marriott people for quite sometime (I worked for Marriott, we have a Marriott Timeshare and a Marriott Visa), but with business travel, we don't always get to pick which brand we use.  It seems that we've both been booked in Hiltons recently for work, so we've tried to stay there where possible since our Hilton account has the most points.

When we booked this trip, I jumped on and saw that the Millenium Hotel had a pretty good weekend price for a branded hotel in NYC.  It was in the Financial District and once we arrived, I understood why a hotel in the Financial District is fairly inexpensive on a weekend, there just aren't a ton of eating options in the area.  The hotel sat directly across the street from One World Trade Center.  There are a few restaurants close by, Eataly is just across the street and down a block, but Tribeca is about a 15 minute walk and offers plenty of eating options. 

The hotel itself was ok.  The staff was helpful and the rooms were clean.  The carpet and bathrooms felt a little tired.  We booked a suite for the extra space.  I would say for a couple, it was just wasted space because the room lay-out had the bathroom between the bedroom and the living area.  If we were traveling with kids, the configuration would have been great.  Also, the hotel gift shop was way lacking, we couldn't buy contact solution there.

What we liked:
  • Nice view of the World Trade Center
  • Close to fun walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and along the Hudson river
  • Tall building away from the street noise
  • Good price
What we didn't like:
  • Other than the 9/11 Memorial, not a lot to see on a weekend in the Financial District
  • The wifi wasn't working in our room
View from our room toward One World Trade Center

Fun walk across the Brooklyn Bridge


Surfing in Maui

On our trip to Maui over the summer of 2016, Mason begged constantly to go surfing.  We caved and put him in lessons along with Gwen.  We booked Maui Wave Riders in Kihei.  Kihei beach itself was ok, but it turned out to be a great place for lessons because the instructors could stand out in the water and give a little push to help the kids get up.  Gwen had been before, but Mason was excited that he got up his first try.  He now considers himself an expert surfer.
Mason catching a wave

Mason loving surfing

Gwen surfing regular

Gwen surfing goofy foot

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gwen's Favorite Eats on Oahu

Spam Musubi
Spam Musubis are probably my favorite food to eat in Hawaii.  It is spam with rice and sauce (the sauce is pretty much like teriyaki sauce) wrapped in seaweed.  You can get Spam Musubis pretty much anywhere like gas stations, grocery stores, golf courses, etc.  I prefer to get them at ABC stores or golf courses.

Ono Steak & Shrimp
Ono Steak & Shrimp is my favorite restaurant.  It is in West Oahu in a city called Kapolei.  The restaurant is a very local casual place.   I usually get the chicken,  they give you a plate of chicken and rice.  They have really good sauce that i poor over the chicken/rice.  Every time we go to Hawaii we make sure to stop here at least a couple times.  If you are ever looking for a quick cheap dinner spot and you are in Oahu I HIGHLY recommend going to Ono Steak.
Address: 590 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707

Liliha Bakery
If you ever go to Oahu MAKE SURE to stop at Liliha Bakery.  This bakery is a family owned bakery.  They are famous for their cocoa puffs. Cocoa puffs are sort of like a cream filled donut with icing on top.  They also have a restaurant side that sells the best pancakes, they also give you biscuits with guava jam that is super yummy.
Address: 515 N Kuakini St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Kamehameha Bakery
Kamehameha Bakery are famous for there poi donuts. Honestly I have no idea what they are but they are GOOD.  They also have other really yummy pastries. Make sure to go early though they sell out fast!
Address:1284 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Butter Mochi
Butter Mochi is like a dense cake like substance.  Trust me you will never taste anything like it! There is also regular mochi but personally I don’t think it is as good.  You can buy butter mochi at any grocery store.
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