KAPALUA, Maui -- Tournament officials announced that the "Aloha Kick-Off" opening ceremonies will signify the beginning of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the 2012 PGA TOUR season on Friday, Jan. 6, prior to the beginning of the tournament's opening round at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.
Officials estimate that the ceremony will begin at 9:30 am (or approximately 45 minutes prior to the first tee time) just before the annual winners-only event begins. It will feature a Hawaiian Blessing by The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua's cultural advisor Clifford Naeole. Following the blessing, performers from the Polynesian Cultural Center's "Ha-Breath of Life" will do a special presentation to kick off the professional competition with Hawaii's island spirit. Spectators are urged to arrive early on Friday and experience a truly special opening ceremony.
"This Breath of Life presentation will showcase an ancient tale of a Hawaiian boy who goes through a journey that embodies the Hawaiian spirit. It will be a touching performance that allows spectators and viewers to truly breathe in Hawaii as we kick off the PGA TOUR season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions," said Tournament Director Nancy Cross.
The Polynesian CulturalCenter features 42 lush, beautifully landscaped acres where you can immerse yourself in the lifestyles, entertainment, and hospitality of seven island villages: Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, and Easter Island. Each village showcases its centuries-old heritage, offering a deeper understanding of each nation's culture with friendly Pacific natives and fun, interactive activities. And don't miss the elaborate feast at Hawaii's Ali'i Luau. Complete with fresh flower leis for guests, the Luau has earned the prestigious Kahili Award for preserving Hawaiian culture and hospitality.
Fans and media are reminded to "Like" the tournament's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HyundaiTOC for the latest updates on commitments and other information.
Tickets for competition rounds Jan. 6-9 are on sale now at www.pgatour.com/Hyundai. Limited spots in the tournament's pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, remain available. Those interested in being a part of the pro-am should contact the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tournament office at 808-665-9160 or toll-free at 888-665-9160 for more information.
New to the tournament in 2012:
• The tournament dates for official play for the 2012 event begin with the Pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, Jan. 6, through Monday, Jan. 9. The tournament is now scheduled to end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday.
• Thursday's pro-am round will be free to all spectators.
• The tournament will allow all youth 18 years-old and under accompanied by a ticketed adult into the tournament free of charge all week long.
• Military (active futy, retired and reserve) and their dependents will also be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military members should bring their military ID to the gate for admission.
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