NAPILI - The parents of the keiki of the Napili Kai Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, held a very successful second annual Golf Tournament and Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Bay Course at Kapalua and the Napili Kai Beach Resort's Aloha Pavilion in order to raise funds for its Travel Program.
The proceeds of last year's tournament - close to $11,000 - were used to accept the invitation of the Seattle Hawaiian Civic Club for 12 keiki, three kumu, three musicians and one chaperone to participate in their Aloha Mele Festival.
While there, the keiki also participated in several cultural exchanges with the Indian Nations and put on performances at the Asia Pacific Center and the Panorama Retirement Community's beautiful theater. In all, nine performances in eight days! They also visited the State Capitol in Olympia.
A Napili Kai Foundation group visited Washington State earlier this year.
For 47 years, the foundation has offered free instruction to keiki ages 6-18 in order to accomplish our mission to "perpetuate the cultural legacy of Hawaii through the children of Maui."
The keiki perform weekly at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, thus sharing the culture and aloha of Hawaii with visitors and residents. The foundation also awards scholarships to its graduates to help them achieve their higher education goals.
The support from the community for our tournament was outstanding - more than $16,000 in prizes, in addition to a hole-in-one Ford Fiesta from Jim Falk Motors - and we would like to thank all of the people who helped the keiki raise more than $12,000 for the next trip. They are:
Golfers Troy Abrew, Ed Aguilar, Arnel Alvarez, Rudy Balinbin, Darryl Banks, Ken Barnett, Bob Barrick, Butch Benson, Fonte Catugal, Conrad Copeland, Paul Creech, Dan Dellovo, Nelson Domingo, Johann Emanuel, Dorothy Engeldorf, Wela Espiritu, Luis Fuentes, Mike Garcia, Michael Gleed, Brian Graham, Larry Hampsten, Joyce Hasler, David Havens, Susan Havens, John Hellum, Craig Hill, Luke Hofseth, Judd Holiday, Mike Hunter, Laura Jones, Mark Kaaa, Nainoa Kakalia, Clive Kegel, Linley Kennedy, George Kosianowski, Troy Krause, Glen Kuresa, Wade Latham, Eric Littlejohn, Terry Long, Ben Maben, Brian Mahuna, Laura Markison, Tim Markison, Tommy Marrin, Jeremy McGuigan, Carol McKinney, Frank Mickel, Jeanne Mickel, Lance Migita, Johnny Miller, Trent Minor, Dallas Mitchell, Eric Molina, Dickie Moon, Anthony Moreno, Todd Murphy, Michael Nakamura, Joel Navarro, Jason Oertli, Hugh O'Reilly, Nick Pirozzi, Moli Posima, Andrew Raikes, Gary Robert, Kasey Root, Glen Ruidas, Luke Schaftary, Jerry Scheltons, Terri Secor, Ben Selove, Rob Shelton, Ryan Silva, Dennis Smout, Daniel Sorensen, Tom Spillar, Douglas Stacy, Jack Starr, Darren Summers, Daniel Sykes, Wilson Tadeo, Inoke Taufa, Brandon Teague, Jeff Tenorio, Trent Timmons, Paulo Tuala, Barry Werblun and Bob Wilford.
Donors Castaway Cafe; CJ's Deli; Ron Coker; Cool Cat Cafe/Capt Jack's; Dr Krause, Chiropractor; Duke's Beach House; Expeditions-Lanai Ferry; Fleetwood's; g designs Maui-Ginny Mathauser; David Havens; Hawaiian Village Coffee; Hi-Tech Maui; Honolua Underground-M. Anderson; Honu-M&J Ellman; Hula Grill, Katie Say, Sales; Hula Grill, Seanna Clark, Floor Manager; Iron Imu; Island Catering; Jim Falk Motors of Maui Inc.; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kaanapali Golf Courses, Ted Sorensen; Kapalua Golf Academy; Kapalua Golf Course; Kidder, Bernadette; Kimo's; Koho's, Ka'ahumanu; Krakower, Estrelita; Lahaina Pizza Co.; Leilani's-Sherrie Shinyama; Mala/Honu; Manthei, Dick & Judy; Maui Brewing Co.-Tony Ren, General Manager; Maui Jim's; Maui Surf Shades-Luke Hofseth; McKinney, Carol; McNamara, Kay; Merriman's; Napili Kai Beach Resort; Neizman, Jesse; Paradise Grill/Round Table Pizza; Pineapple Grill, Kapalua; Plantation House; Rakusin, Robert; Rhoads 'Ohana; Rhody, Marcela A.; Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua-Nohea Ralar; Roy's at Kaanapali; Shimomura, Dennis; Spillar, Tom; TaylorMade, Jerry King; The Barrick Family Trust; The Comfort Zone Deli; The Dunes at Maui Lani; The J.L. Moore Foundation; The Mauian-Nane Aluli; The Residences at Kapalua; Troon Golf, Kapalua; UFO Parasail; 'Ulalena; Valley Isle Fitness; Wailea Golf Club; Wailea Old Blue; West Maui Mopeds LLC-Marc Dagupion; and West Maui Sports' Geoff Rhoades.
Special thanks to Jonathan & Leigh Galarita, Co-chairs; Papa Joe Galarita; Chris Noda, Kapalua Golf Group Coordinator; Kapalua Golf Course Personnel; Nori & Iris Tihada, Pupus; Nathan & Karyn Laborte, Pupus; Diana Wallace, Table Centerpieces; Janice Studwell, Baseball Hats; Lou Ross, Bookkeeping/Coordinator; Shaun Pederson/Dakine Signs, Hole Sponsor Signs; Luis Fuentes, Caterer; Ryan Silva, Recruiter/Golfers & Hole-in-One Prize; Lahainaluna Cheerleaders; Nohealani Ralar, Cheerleading Coach; K. Holoaumoku Ralar, Kumu & Manager; Kalei Jaramillo, Kumu/Polynesian Dances; Rance Villarimo, Kumu/Male Dancers; Phyllis Ross, Kumu/Dressing Room; Eddie Ralar, Musician/Ukulele; Napili Kai Beach Resort Management & Staff; Mark Vieth/Louise Rockett, Lahaina News; The Parents of the Napili Kai Foundation; and Board of Directors, Napili Kai Foundation.
Hole Sponsors 808 Boards Inc.; Brian Graham; Breana's Polynesian Wear; DeLorenzo Inc.-JDL Construction; Harris Hawaii Realty Group LLC; Island Sotheby's International Realty-R. Shelton; Lahaina Crossfit; Maui Estates International, M. Gaertner; Maui Showcase Properties; Napili Kai Beach Resort; Pitzer Built Construction LLC; Raymond Chin; Sakamoto Properties; Thad Henry-Design GP HI Inc.; Title Guaranty of Hawaii Inc.; UFO Chuting of Hawaii Inc.; and William E. Moore.
Congratulations to the winners: Eric Molina & Jerry Scheltons, first place; Closest to Pin #3, David Havens; Closest to Pin #5, Michael Gleed; Closest to Pin #12, Paul Creech; Long Drive Men #18, Todd Murphy; Long Drive Ladies #18, Laura Jones. The second to 44th place teams? All winners!