Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii, Announces its Special Event Calendar for Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

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Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii, announces its special event calendar for Dec 2007 - Jan 2008, inviting travelers to conquer the winter blues with world-class sporting events and pleasant warm weather at Kapalua Resort.

This winter, break the monotony of those chilly days with rest, relaxation and a front-row seat to two very anticipated sporting events at Kapalua Resort (http://www.Kapalua.com): The Billabong Pro Maui and The Mercedes-Benz Championship. Book a stay at the luxurious Kapalua Villas, where you can enjoy Hawaii's warm tropical days basking in the sun while watching professional athletes from around the globe compete for championship titles.

Kapalua Resort hosts the following events from December 2007 through January 2008:

Billabong Pro Maui, December 8 - 20, 2007:
This December, hundreds of world-famous surfers and enthusiastic surf followers will descend upon Kapalua Resort's majestic Honolua Bay on Maui's North Shore for the Ninth Annual Billabong Pro Maui. Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, it is the deciding event of the Association of Surfing Professionals' (ASP) Women's World Championship Tour (WCT) and is the only stand-alone ASP women's event in Hawai'i, marking the end of the season. With a holding period of 12 days, the contest is only run when surf heights and conditions reach a minimum requirement. 17 top female surfers and six aspiring trialists are invited to compete for a $67,500 purse. At the conclusion of the Billabong Pro Maui event, titles for the ASP Woman's World Title, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and Billabong Pro Maui are announced. It is complimentary and open to the public. To see this exciting event check out the live webcast at billabongpro.com or watch the contest in person at the famous Honolua Bay.

The Mercedes-Benz Championship, December 31, 2007 - January 6, 2008:
This winter, walk Kapalua Resort's famous greens alongside renowned professional golfers at The Mercedes-Benz Championship held at The Plantation Course. An elite echelon of golfers, including legends Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Zack Johnson, Mark Calcavacchia and Fred Funk, are all scheduled to compete as early qualifiers for the 2008 PGA TOUR's season opening, winner's only event. This is an exceptional opportunity to watch the very best golfers as they compete for the championship, a share of the $5.5 million purse and a brand new Mercedes-Benz. Tickets can be purchased online at kapalua.com. Special accommodation packages are available online or call 1-888-664-0237.

Attendees to any of these exciting events are invited to stay at the conveniently located Kapalua Villas -- deluxe vacation condominiums tucked away in tranquil, scenic areas throughout the resort. Enjoy a delightful stay at The Kapalua Villas which provide guests with fully furnished kitchens, complimentary access to the Kapalua Tennis Garden facilities as well as a variety of other resort amenities. Rates at The Kapalua Villas begin at $269.00 depending on availability. For more information and to book The Kapalua Villas, call toll free 1-888-664-0237.

The Kapalua Resort is a 23,000-acre, master-planned community set amidst a working pineapple plantation on Maui's northwest coast. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses -- The Bay and The Plantation Courses; 10 residential communities; premier accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; The Kapalua Villas, a villa rental program; Kapalua Luxury Homes, a luxury home rental program; a tennis complex; three white sand beaches including two of America's Best Beaches; and a myriad of restaurants and shops. Kapalua Resort hosts a signature event series each year, the PGA TOUR's season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in January, Whale Quest Kapalua in February, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's Celebration of the Arts festival in April and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in June. Readers of Travel + Leisure Golf magazine recognized Kapalua Resort as the #1 Golf Destination in Hawai'i for 2006. Golfweek recognized The Plantation Course as a Top 100 Modern Course for 2007. For more information about Kapalua Resort, contact us at 1-800-KAPALUA or visit kapalua.com.

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