Kapalua announces events for 1999 November 21, 1998 Share 1 -- KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Kapalua, the 1,650-acre west Maui resort, announced 1999 special events. They are: The Mercedes Championships, Jan. 4 to 10. The season opener for the PGA Tour, it will be held at the resort's Plantation Course, with a $2.6 million purse. Previously held at La Costa, Calif., the event will be televised live on ESPN and feature pro-am events through Jan. 6, with the tournament running from Jan. 7 to 10.Celebration of the Arts, April 2 to 4. The seventh annual festival at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua pays tribute to Hawaiian culture and arts. The festival will feature a luau and show, concert, workshops and demonstrations, including quilting, ceramics, woodworking and music.GTE Hawaiian Tel Hall of Fame, May 1 to 3. The fifth annual golf tournament, hosted by the Aloha Section of the PGA, will feature pro-am competition (27 teams of one pro and four amateurs) and 36-hole stroke-play pro competition.Kapalua Tennis Jr. Vet./ Seniors Championships. May 7 to 9. The 19th annual tournament will feature singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions for men and women ages 30 to 70.Ashworth Kapalua Clambake Golf Tournament, June 25 to 27. The 13th annual pro- am event, at the Bay, Plantation and Village courses, will feature 40 teams (each with one pro and three amateurs) and a clambake feast at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium, July 16 to 18. The 18th annual event will feature a weekend of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, gour-met meals and a seafood festival, with chefs and wine makers from around the world, including 10 Hawaii chefs.Kapalua Open Tennis Tournament, Sept. 3 to 5. Hawaii's top tennis players compete in this annual Labor Day event of men's and women's singles and doubles competitions at the Tennis Garden and Village Tennis Center.Earth Maui Nature Summit, Sept. 18 to 26. The fourth annual environmental event, previously held in summer, will include a 5k run, a rain forest preserve hike, educational seminars, crafts, exhibits, tours, an environmental trade show and the AT&T Golf in the Environment tournament.Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1. Ceremony switching on more than 250,000 lights illuminating a 25-foot holiday tree and other trees at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.For further information on the Celebration of the Arts and tree-lighting ceremony, call Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at (800) 262-8440. For golf tournament information, call Kapalua Golf Club at (808) 669-8870. For tennis events, contact the Kapalua Tennis Club at (808) 669-5677. For other events and general information, call Kapalua marketing at (800) KAPALUA.