With the beautiful Ka‘ūpūlehu coastline as the backdrop, the 5th Annual Pauahi Golf Series at Nanea on April 3rd teed off with golfers coming together to create educational opportunities for Hawai‘i Island students.
“This year’s golf tournament raised over $70,000 in gross proceeds, which will help fund multi-year scholarships for students from Hawai‘i Island,” said Tara Wilson, Director of Advancement for Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation. “Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club and all who participated for their commitment to uplifting our learners through education!”
To date, the tournament has provided scholarships for 24 students and generated $370,000 in funding. The Nanea Scholarship fund provides a wide-range of support to students pursuing associates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as students in vocational and technical certificate programs.
“This partnership was established to ensure that students have the financial support not just for the first few years, but throughout their educational career,” added Tara. “Our hope is to grow these offerings over the years and increase impact by helping more students attain a college degree.”
After a day of golf, participants enjoyed an evening reception at the clubhouse with entertainment from Pacific Fusion and a silent auction.
Four Nanea scholarship recipients were on hand at the reception to meet tournament golfers and share in the celebration of another successful year of helping students achieve their post-high education.
“I take my responsibility as a Nanea Scholar seriously, and take the time to give back, particularly when it concerns other Native Hawaiian students and causes,” said Narrissa Spies, a 2016 Nanea Scholar. “Mahalo to all the generous donors for having the confidence in us and believing that we will complete our education and turn it into something positive for our community.”
The success and growth of this partnership has been the result of a strong commitment from the Nanea Golf Club, its members and other tournament participants to help learners in their local community flourish in their educational endeavors.
“Kamehameha Schools’ Vision 2040 envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners. We cannot rely solely on our endowment to make this a reality,” said Lance Wilhelm, Kamehameha Schools Trustee. “It is imperative that we partner with like-minded individuals and organizations like the Nanea Golf Club to increase the educational opportunities available to Native Hawaiian learners and maximize our impact throughout the lāhui.”
To learn more about the Nanea Scholarship and how you can help make a difference in someone’s life, please contact Lani Ka‘a‘a at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 534-3966.