For the fourth year in a row, the Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea continued to generate support for Native Hawaiian students from Hawai‘i island. The annual golf tournament has raised an average of $110,000 per year for the past four years.
“Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club, its club members and all golf participants for their commitment to making a difference,” said Pono Ma‘a, interim executive director at the Pauahi Foundation. “All money raised from the tournament is distributed right back into the Hawaiian community on the island of Hawai‘i.”
A total of 50 golfers hit the picturesque Nanea Golf Club for this year’s tournament, which was held on March 7th on a links golf course nestled between the beautiful Kona coastline and the lush Hualālai mountain range.
After a day of golf, participants gathered in the clubhouse for an awards reception that included a heartfelt mahalo from Rayna Morel, a 2015 Nanea Scholarship recipient.
“It’s hard to put into words how much this scholarship has helped me and my family,” said Rayna, who is pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. “Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club, its members and the Pauahi Foundation.”
Since being established, the Nanea Scholarship has awarded over $145,250 in multi-year scholarships to students like Rayna.
Furthermore, these scholarships were created to assist students with college tuition and other expenses for the duration of their college career to a maximum of four years for a baccalaureate degree, two years for a graduate degree and two years of an associates or vocational/technical degree or certificate.
“Hawai‘i island is our home, and it’s satisfying to know that proceeds from this tournament go directly to our local community,” said Jim Saunders, general manager of the Nanea Golf Club. “We are only scratching the surface, and the club is motivated to grow the tournament each year!”