ROBERT GRABER - THE GRABER OLIVE HOUSE, ONTARIO (SINCE 1894)
Olive trees flourished, and it became a tradition of the early Californians to set their tables with plenty of fruits and wine, and always olives, whose nut-like flavor and healthfulness were highly esteemed.
C.C. Graber purchased land in Ontario and discovered olives, as cured by the early ranchers, to be one of the finest food delicacies of California.
After much research and study of their methods, Mr. Graber cured several barrels himself.
The following season a much greater quantity of his olives was demanded by neighbors and friends who had eaten from the original barrels.
Thus began Ontario's oldest existing business. Since 1894, Graber Olives -- fully tree-ripened with delicate, rich flavor and succulent texture -- continue to be enjoyed by generations of families throughout the world.
The Graber Groves are now located in the San Joaquin Valley.
During harvest time (October through December), the historic Graber Olive House pulsates with the activities of grading, curing, and canning.
Visitors are offered guided tours of the facility year round, and may browse leisurely in the two gift shops which feature Graber Olives, fine foods, and gifts.
SUTEE NITAKORN PGA HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL - KAANAPALI GOLF COURSES
Royal Ka’anapali Course: Celebrating 55 years in 2017, this classic Trent Jones Senior design combines wide fairways with large undulating greens. With over 50 years of tournament history, including the Ka’anapali Champions Skins Game, the Royal Course has tested the skills of some of golf’s greatest legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Amy Alcott. Now it’s your turn.
Ka’anapali Kai Course: With some of the best greens on Maui, this layout will test your course management skills. Newly renovated, the Kai Course places a premium on accuracy off the tee and a deft touch around the greens. The Ka’anapali Kai Course has beautiful views of the Pacific and neighboring islands and is home of the Golf Channel’s #1 series, Big Break Ka’anapali.
PGA Head Golf Professional, 2011 Junior Leader Award, Aloha Section PGA
From the mainland to Maui this native Cincinnatian has found a home here on the gorgeous Valley Isle. Sutee started his career with Billy Casper Golf in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since. As a proud graduate of Ohio University this Bobcat shares golf experience from the Midwest to the Pacific Islands. Whether it’s working for the legends of golf during the Ka'anapali Champions Skins Game or helping the ladies of Big Break Kaanapali, Sutee is adverse to all kinds of tournament atmospheres. One of his highlights includes caddying for Big Break Ka'anapali runner-up, Sophie Sandolo in the season finale. Sutee’s teaching philosophy is to fit the swing to the student. All good things start with sound golf fundamentals and from there is a fun ride with good communication. Sutee encourages everybody to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of learning golf on Maui. His experience includes a trip to the 2008 Kapalua Teaching Summit studying under the likes of Jim Flick, Mike Malaska, and Mike Adams to name a few. Sutee has also had the privilege of teaching in workshops for golfers with adaptive disabilities and children with special needs. Sutee continues to help the growth of the game as swing coach for Maui’s Lahainaluna High School Golf Team as well as heading up the Junior Golf Program at Ka'anapali Golf Courses. He is an enthusiast for the growth of women’s golf as host for Ka'anapali’s Ladies League played on the third Thursday of every month. Sutee was awarded the Junior Leader Award by the Aloha Section PGA in 2011