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Eric N. Hart

Hawaii Island by sea, air & land

THE STATE OF HAWAII DOESN’T GET ANY BIGGER OR BETTER THAN THE BIG ISLAND

Aloha basically means "Welcome to Heaven." And Hawaii "The Big Island" might have the most massive appeal of all the islands for its diverse authentic attractions: lava flows, thundering waterfalls, idyllic climate and crystalline shorelines, to name a few. Hawaii Island boasts abundant natural luxuries, but it also has man-made ones — specifically the opulent oases of the Kona Coast.

ROMANTIC GETAWAY

Go Four Seasons Hualalai — no question. Two words: Beach Tree. Also...The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is a lava-lined, oceanside stunner. 808.325.8000, fourseasons.com/hualalai

FAMILY VACATION

The Hilton Waikoloa Resort should be your home, with its numerous swimming pools, a private turtle-filled (ocean and waterfall fed) cove, incredible coral and sand beaches, arguably the island's best restaurant (Kamuela Provision Company) and 36 holes. High value — The Kings Course. You're also just down the beach from another dining hotspot - Lava Lava Beach Club. 808.886.1234,hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

GOLF GETAWAY

Mauna Kea is the No. 1 ranked track on Hawaii — for great reason — and is hosted by a resort with the best private beach, most lauded Luau and access to another wild course: Hapuna Beach. 808.882.7222, princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel

No matter where you stay, if you golf, don't leave without experiencing the South Course at Mauna Lani. Add the North if you have time. 808.885.6622, maunalani.com/hawaii-golf

That should be your plan for your time on land. Let Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (808.961.5600, bluehawaiian.com/bigisland) take the air — and your breath — away with an unforgettable splurge, and spend your last night at sea, on an Ocean Sports catamaran cruise (808.886.6666, hawaiioceansports.com).

ERIC N. HART lives in the Midwest and is a multiple awardwinning senior staff writer with GolfGetaways Magazine — an international travel publication. Eric has written more than 1,000 golf, travel and family vacation pieces for seven different publications since 2007.

THE GREAT (GOLF) BESPOKE

French artists at ValGrine create bespoke putters from scratch, tailored to an individual's size, muscle mass and swing. Golfers will typically go through a half-dozen retail putters before finding a tool that "works" adequately for them. Valgrine offers the opportunity to skip those headaches (and mere adequacy) by having ONE putter bespoken perfectly for you. Technology and efficiency are packed to the millimeter and nailed to the ounce. Select your shape, color, finish, engraving and materials. Trust the land that gave us French toast and Frere Jacques to give us one more thing to love. Starting at $850, valgrine.com.

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