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Emily T Gail talk story with Scott Head, VP Operations Waikoloa Beach Resort, Island of Hawaii
February 02, 2017 08:44 AM PST
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Scott Head, VP Resort Operations Waikoloa Beach Resort "The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast" on the Island of Hawaii and recently Chair of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (gohawaii.com) gives overview of tourism statewide and on the Island of Hawaii.

Scott talks about the master planned community of Waikoloa Beach Resort(waikoloabeachresort.com).We talk about the many sporting, recreational, entertainment, cultural and food events they host and how it has become such a popular destination for locals and visitors.

With the Queens Marketplace and King's Shops, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mai Grille, Tropics Ale House and so many restaurants at the resort, condos for vacation stays and the wonderful beach at Anaeho'omalu Bay Waikoloa has become a wonderful family destination.

Sampling of events:

This week February 1-4, Waikoloa Beach Resort along with Coach Earl Tamiya and the University of Hilo-Hawaii Vulcan Golf Team will host 21 teams for the Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament which is free for spectators.

The Asian Fest with restaurant samplings is open to all and will be at Queens Marketplace this Saturday Feb. 4 5-7pm celebrating the Year of the Rooster.

Scott talks about The Lavaman Waikoloa which includes the Bike Works 5k Sunset Run to benefit PATH on March 31, Lavakids on April 1 and the Lavaman Waikoloa on Sunday April 2 which attracts athletes from across the country.

Other recreational events on a regular basis include the Bike Works Community Bike Rides at Queens Marketplace every Tuesday and the Waikoloa Village Canoe Club headquartering at Anaeho'omalu Bay and while they train for regattas they also offer some recreational paddling.

On regular basis there is entertainment at Center Court at Queens Marketplace. Wonderful hula shows with the keiki, local music and more. Scott talks about the new,yet not your ordinary movie theatre, coming to Queens Marketplace. (yea!!!!).

I appreciate Waikoloa Beach Resort for being a long time supporter of the Emily T Gail Show.

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com under the line up tab is also available on facebook.com/Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Emily T Gail talk story Kelly Fliear, Larry Webb, Dr Frank and Laura Sayre-The Mitsubishi and Big Island Community
January 18, 2017 03:21 PM PST
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The Mitsubishi Electric Championship has been so good for the Big Island Community. Wonderful opportunity to see the greats in golf and lots of monies have gone back into our community.

Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai gives an overview of the PGA TOUR Champions event and talks about the field of 49 players including 11 current World Golf Hall of Fame members like Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, and Vijay Singh. Fliear talks about the monies that have been raised every year for the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, Big Island Junior Golf and Daniel R Sayre Foundation.

Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre talk about the Daniel R Sayre Foundation, and how the funds from The Mitsubishi Electric Championship have been used. The Foundation has been purchasing rescue equipment for the Hawaii County Fire Department for the past 20 years in memory of their son Daniel who lost his life in a hiking accident.

Larry Webb, who with Kris Hazard is Volunteer Co-Chair for 400 volunteers under the umbrella of the Rotary Club of Kona talks about the many very visible roles the volunteers have at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship which is televised on NBC/Golf Channel

The Emily T Gail show on espnhawaii.com is also available on Face book. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgaiil@emilys.org

Emily T Gail Talk Story Kevin Ginoza, Waikoloa Head PGA Pro, Grant Miller, Bike Works and Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative
January 12, 2017 01:16 AM PST
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Kevin Ginoza, Head PGA Pro Waikoloa Beach Resort talks about the 26th Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Kings' Course February 1-4.The Amer Ari hosted by the University of Hawaii-Hilo Men's Golf Team under Coach Earl Tamiya, where Ginoza played his college golf, is considered one of the most popular and competitive intercollegiate tournaments. Most of the Pac 12 and some of the top 10 teams in collegiate golf will be playing. Ginoza also talks about the positive influence Coach Earl has had on so many of his players over the years.

Grant Miller, Bike Works talks about the training program Bike Works will be offering leading up to the April 2 Waikoloa Lavaman. Grant also has information on the 5k Bike Works Sunset Run/Walk at Queens Marketplace to benefit PATH to kickoff the Lavaman weekend that also includes Lava Kids on Saturday April 1.

Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative has information on the Wiliwili Festival at Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village on Saturday Jan. 28. The free event includes speakers, live music, educational booths, kid's activities and a great day for some exercise and outdoor life if you take one of the forest tours.

On Friday evening Jan. 27 their is a art show, entertainment and pupus fundraising event at Waikoloa Stables. $30 5-7pm.Visit waikoloadryforest.org for information.

Emily has updates on the PGA Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai January 17-21 that includes a field of 49 PGA Champions Tour players.

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook/Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org

Emily T Gail Talk Story with Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Wiliwili Festival Sat. Jan 28
January 08, 2017 05:45 PM PST
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The Wiliwili Festival is back! Jen Lawson, Executive Director Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative wants you to know all about the events on Saturday, Januray 28th at Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village and they have tours going up into the Dry forest Preserve. On Friday, Jan. 27 at Waikoloa Stables evening fundraiser with art show, pupus and entertainments and a chance to meet the Waikoloa dry forest ohana and get involved.

Jen and I are both enthusiastic about all the success over the last five years. It's wonderful story how all the volunteer hours have resulted in so much progress for preserving the dry forest and other projects.

It's a weekend of celebrating our native lowland dry forest and the beautiful wiliwili trees of Waikoloa. The Saturday Jan. 28 Festival is FREE from 9am-4pm at the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village.

- educational workshops, tours, vendors, native plant sales, prizes, keiki activities, silent auction, great music, food and much more!

-learn how you can help us to Plant Trees in your community forest; arrive early and you could take home a free native plant!

- zero-waste event and opt to ride your bicycle you will receive a free t-shirt.

great day for some exercise and outdoor life especially if you take one of the forest tours. Visit waikoloadryforest.org to sign up or for information.

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook/Emily T Gail Talk Story or free itunes podcast For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org

Emily T Gail with Kevin Ginoza, Head PGA Pro Waikoloa Beach Resort about Amer Ari Division I Intercollegiate Golf Feb. 1 through Feb. 4
January 08, 2017 05:42 PM PST
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26th AmerAri Invitational Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort –

Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course will host the 26th Amer Ari Intercollegiate with top Division I players on Wednesday February 1- Saturday February 4, 2017.

The University of Hawaii-Hilo Division II golf team, Coach Earl Tamiya, Asst' Coach Ron Takahashi, a committed group of volunteers and Waikoloa Beach Resort Head PGA Pro Kevin Ginoza and his team are host to this very well run tournament of top Division I teams from across the country. The Amer Ari is considered one of the most popular and competitive intercollegiate tournaments involving most of the Pac 12 and some of the top 10 teams in collegiate golf with certainly some of the up and coming collegiate stars and future PGA Tour Players.

Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Notah Begay, Bob May, Jordan Speith are just a few who have played in this event during their collegiate golf careers.

The event is free and spectators are welcome. Tee offs at 7:30 am every morning. I suggest getting to the practice range before or after each days round and watching how they practice and prepare. The parking lot overflow from spectators is good indication that people enjoy being around this event. Nice time to enjoy breakfast or lunch at the newly remodeled Mai Grille at the golf clubhouse...

Emily T Gail Talk Story with Tina Clothier, Executive Director, PATH aka People's Advocacy for Trails Hawaii
December 24, 2016 10:06 AM PST
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Tina Clothier, Executive Director, PATH (People's Advocacy Trails Hawaii) Connecting People and Places gives a overview of PATH projects, goals, 30 year history, events, adult safety ed classes, the new Queen's Lei trail project, volunteer efforts and more.

I loved listening to this show if I do say so myself. Tina and I go back a long ways however had not had a conversation for a long time.

Tina talks about the new Kailua-Kona Bike Share program and recently interacting with the Detroit Bike Share community. she talks about the he video on the new pathhawaii.org website showcasing the Bike Ed program for 4th graders, the Kaloko Trail building led by Bike Works and the many fundraising events they host that help PATH create more non motorized trails and programs for safe recreation. It's a great video. We both encourage everyone to sign up for their free newsletter to create a greater voice for PATH.

We talked about Grant and Janet Higa Miller and the Bike Works Ohana and people that represent how we all can and are connected in our efforts to do good things in our communities.

I talk about similar groups in Detroit, my home own where I spend good deal of time, that are making progress creating user friendly and safe access for bicylists. Some of those groups with volunteers and staff making it happen are Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways, Jason Hall with Slow Roll Detroit, Lisa Nuszkowski, Bike Share Detroit and Vittoria Katanski, Tour de Troit and Kelli Cavanaugh, Tour De Troit & Wheelhouse Detroit.

I also talk about how my Detroit-Hawaii interaction has evolved since 1981 ... when Pooh and I came from Detroit to do Ironman.

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available as a free iTunes podcast and on facebook/Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Emily T Gail Talk Story-Wes Wailehua, Aloha Section PGA and Foundation about Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open
December 10, 2016 03:18 PM PST
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Wesley Wailehua, Executive Director / C.E.O. – Aloha Section PGA & Foundation talks about the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open: Friday, December 16- Sunday December 18.

This is Hawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year of professionals and amateurs.The Aloha Section PGA in partnership with Mauna Lani Resort present a first class 54 hole stroke play tournament including a Pro-Am raising funds for the Aloha Section PGA Foundation.

Tom Sursley, Mauna Lani Director of Golf and Nao Tomashiro, Mauna Lani Director of Golf Operations, and their team at the Francis H. I'i Brown North and South will host a full field of four divisions: Men’s Open, Men’s Senior Open, Women’s Open, and Men’s A-Flight.

Last year, Nick Mason won over Parker McLachlin in a five hole sudden death play-off for his third Hawaii State Open Championship. Past champions include 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and local favorites Japan PGA touring professional David Ishii and PGA Tour player Dean Wilson. David is the only player to have won both the Hawaii State Open and the Hawaiian Open.

The Hawaii State Open is one of Hawaii’s oldest tournaments and has an interesting history. According to the Aloha Section PGA web site, it began
in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open which began in the 1920's to determine the best golfer in the Islands.

Great players from the mainland were invited to compete and did so for more than 30 years. Because of the diversity of players and the boost in economy from these events, three former Waialae Country Club presidents, Ken Brown, John Bellinger and Francis Wright asked the PGA Tour in 1965, to add the Hawaiian Open as a regular stop on the PGA Tour.

Although this was a great commercial success, it restricted Hawaiian pros and amateurs from participating in the Hawaiian Open, since now to play in the event, you had to be a playing member on the PGA Tour. So for a few years there was not a premier event for Hawaiian players.

The tournament was revived in 1974 and it was called the Hawaii State Open with same mission: to find the best golfer in Hawaii with the Ted Makalena perpetual trophy after Makalena who was the first Hawaii resident to win a PGA Tour event – the 1966 PGA Tour Hawaiian Open.

In 1976, a women’s division was added. In 1989, a senior division was added. It was run by the Oahu Junior Golf Association until 1993 when it was taken over by the Aloha Section PGA and in 2006 the Aloha Section PGA Foundation took over and has full fields each year.

Emily T Gail Talk Story with Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai January 17-21
December 06, 2016 11:37 AM PST
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The 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will be Tuesday January 17-Saturday January 21. The final round being on Saturday means football fans who love golf too can stay home and watch football on Sunday!!!!

Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager and I have worked together on this tournament for 20 years.

We share some stories about what a wonderful week it is in so many ways.

Meanwhile here are specifics ...
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It's a PGA TOUR Champions tournament with official event champions of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, winners of the majors since 2012 and ten professionals by invitation with a minimum of five or more career victories, including one major. It's a wonderful event for spectators on the beautiful Hualalai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu.

The Pro-Am is on Tuesday January 17-Wednesday January 18 and for the 54 hole stroke play event broadcast with a 1.8 million purse will be broadcast on NBC Golf Channel Thursday, Friday and Saturday January 19-21. Duffy Waldorf will defend. Advance tickets are available at pgatour.com/mec Week. $20 One Day Pass / $40 Tournament Pass (purchase on website) or at the Gate $25 Tournament Day Pass $ 50 Tournament Pass .

The PGA Champions Tour players who have qualified for this years tournament are: Michael Allen, Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, Paul Broadhurst, Olin Browne, Mark Calcavecchia, Roger Chapman, Fred Couples, Joe Daley, Marco Dawson, Joe Durant, Carlos Franco, David Frost, Doug Garwood, Paul Goydos, Jay Haas, Kohki Idoki, Lee Janzen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Scott McCarron, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Kenny Perry, Gene Sauers, Jerry Smith, Esteban Toledo, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf, Mark Wiebe, Ian Woosnam.
The 10 sponsor exemptions include John Daly, Fred Funk, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Sandy Lyle, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Tom Pernice Jr., Loren Roberts, Vijay Singh, Jeff Sluman, Jerry Smith, David Toms, Tom Watson

Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager and Brian Goin, head of PGA Tour Championship Management, Dave Senko, Senior Manager Communications at the PGA Tour, Pete Rolfing, PCR Sports< M and so many others who return each year. While we get an opportunity to see up close, Champions Tour players and be inspired by their golf, I think one of the best aspects of this event for the last 20 years is the funds that have been raised for local charities. The Rotary Club of Kona organizes the volunteers with Kris Hazard and Larry Webb continuing as volunteer co-chairs and in return the tournament donates to the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation.

Big Island Junior Golf is one of the charities as well. I always look forward to Saturday when the keiki from the Big Island Junior Golf in Hilo sponsored by Mitsubishi come to the tournament after they play their own tournament at Mauna Lani Resort. They are knowledgeable golf fans and so enthused when getting autographs. While players are good with the fans, they are especially attentive to the juniors. In the past Tom Watson and Hale Irwin each year have a special interaction with the keiki joking and interacting with them as they signs autographs. I have friends who were junior golfers when this event started 20 years ago on the Big Island and no question being around this quality golf inspired my friends to practice, get on their high school team, earn college scholarships and a handful are now professional golfers.

The Daniel R Sayre Foundation is another one of the charities. The Foundation was created by Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre in memory of their son Daniel who lost his life in a hiking accident 20 years ago in Pololu Valley. Recognizing the need for rescue equipment, the Daniel R Sayre Foundation with tremendous community support has raised well over a million dollars in monies and equipment for our Hawaii County Fire Department and Rescue Teams.

David Marr III, Mark Rolfing, and Jay Radzavicz all with NBC Golf Channel return each year to be part of the broadcasts and reports from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and lend their support for an event at Nanea with some of the Champions Tour players raising funds for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.

The PGA Tour, Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf Hualalai Golf Club and his staff, Kahu Billy Mitchell, “Uncle” Earl Regidor Manager, Ka’upulehu Cultural Center, the Four Seasons Resort staff and the volunteers have year after year created a world class event with players that just might inspire you to work on your golf game a little more or volunteer next year.

Emily T Gail taks story with Tania Howard, Waimea Ocean Film Festival and reviews Ke Ola Magazine
November 28, 2016 10:15 PM PST

Tania Howard, Founder and Executive Director of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival talks about some of the over 60 films, breakfast talks, exhibits and more.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival takes place in Waimea, at the Mauna Kea Resort and The Fairmont Orchid January 2-5 and January 6-10 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Tania talks about the 4 day, 6 punch and student passes available at waimeaoceanfilm.org where there is also information about volunteering.

Emily talks about Ka Ola Magazine and the current issue stories on the Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokule'a Worldwide Voyage, the Mokupapapa Discovery Center by Karen Valentine and Recycle Hawai'i: Promoting Reuse in a Big Way by Paula Thomas.

The Emily T Gail show and Ke Ola Magazine are proud sponsors of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Please go to waimeaoceanfilm.org and look at last years program to get good idea of what the festival covers. The 2017 schedule will be up later in December. Meanwhile you can purchase the discount 4 day, 1 day and 4 punch passes now and they make great Christmas presents.

The categories of films include: ocean experience including surfing & paddling; ocean environment, including what we do on land; and, Hawaiian and other island cultures, history and people.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival is truly a world class event.

Emily T Gail with Jack Berry, 50+ years as Sports Journalist, Wendy Rose Bice and Gail Greenburg about Detroit Historical Museum exhibit: Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American
November 22, 2016 12:25 PM PST
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In 1945, the year the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series Jack Berry's father was the Detroit Tigers Traveling Secretary.

Jack reflects on his memories from that 1945 World Series and the Chicago Cubs World Series win this year. He wore his dads World Series ring while watching the final game!!!

Jack was a long time golf writer for the Detroit News. He's covered over 100 major golf tournaments. Jack looks back at the life of Arnold Palmer, who he first covered in the 1950's.

Wendy Rose Bice, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and Gail Greenberg, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit talk about the exhibit "Chasing Dreams Baseball and Becoming American" touring nationally and currently at the Detroit Historical Museum presented in part by The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.

The Emily T Gail Shows espnhawaii.com under the lineup tab, podomatic.com/emilytgailtalkstory, free iTunes podcast and Emily T Gail on Facebook. Mahalo for listening.

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