Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Big Island of Hawaii

Tuesday after Sony, we flew over to the Big Island so I could cover the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. This is by far my favorite event of the year. It's a limited field event and it's held at one of the most beautiful resorts in the islands.
This year was to be the best yet, because we were able to stay at the Four Seasons. This made my life much easier because I could work from the room and we were near all the events I had to shoot.
When we checked in, we were taken to our room... Just off the 18th green!I could throw a golf ball to the green from here.Very comfy.We caught up with our friends Michelle and Chad.And enjoyed a gorgeous sunset from the clubhouse .Beth and Lisa up to no good...Wednesday was the first of two Pro-Ams, and I hit the course to gather some frames.
Gary Player was entertaining a group of Japanese photographers with his Sumo wrestler impression.The Mitsubishi logo looked great against the blue sky and green grass.
Bernhard Langer did an interview with the Golf Channel... Love that shirt!The 17th hole has a great lava/shell sign by the ocean.
Lisa and Aaron relax after a long day... Lisa relaxed so hard, she almost fell out of her chair!Another beautiful sunset with my beautiful wife!Aaron plays with his food... This is the money you could save with Maui Jim!What a good-looking group!Nope, no one had any fun...
Oh yeah, there was a golf tournament too. The course is built on an old lava field.Tom Kite hits on the 17th hole while his caddie Sandy Jones looks onBernhard Langer wears an other great shirt.
On his way to the win!Hawaiian dancers entertain at the trophy ceremony. It was a nice way to end our trip.