No matter the different paths we take in life, the numerous responsibilities we handle at work, or the many roles we play in our community and within our families, the key to progress and success is partnerships. Partnerships allow us to share difficult tasks and ease the collective effort. Partnerships allow us to leverage shared passion and multiply results for the better.
Here at the Pauahi Foundation, partnerships are the cornerstones of our efforts to uplift our lāhui. Without these important connections, our impact would be limited, our success diminished. In the coming weeks and months, you will be reminded of some of our current partnerships and also learn of some new and exciting ones.
On February 28th, we will host our 2nd annual Mahi‘ai Match-up Gala. This event is open to all and serves as a celebration and award ceremony for the agricultural business plan winners from the business plan contest. What’s wonderful about this event is the significant sponsorship support we receive from our ag-minded partners in the community. This year, already, we’ve raised nearly $90,000 for agricultural grants and scholarships—and the event has yet to happen!
On March 30th, we will hold our 3rd Annual Pauahi Series golf tournament at the beautiful Nanea Golf Club on Hawai‘i Island. In just two short years, and because of Nanea’s valuable partnership and willingness to host our tournament without cost to us, we have been able to raise $270,000 in new scholarships and grants. The lives that have changed, and that will continue to transform because of this partnership, will continue to grow through the years.
Some other new and exciting partnerships that are coming soon have been shaped through our Paka Ua Community Partners Program. Just two weeks ago, we received our first $1,000 check from Holoholo General Store, last year’s Mahi‘ai Match-up winner, to begin building their own ag-focused scholarships here at the Foundation. What a fabulous testament to the circular, and constant flow of kahiau to have a winner of the contest and a recipient of one of our grants come back to ensure that the giving and opportunity continues!
In the weeks to come, we will be adding Sig Zane, Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi, and Honolulu Beerworks to our list of community partners. Each of these people and businesses have committed to using their expertise to give back to the education of Hawaiians, and we hope to build the Paka Ua network more and more every year.
And of course, what I am so deeply appreciative for is the partnership we, at the Foundation, have with our generous supporters. Nothing can be accomplished without you. Positive change is not possible without your support and belief in our mission. Thank you for partnering with us, for believing in our efforts to uplift our lāhui. We can make the difference, together.
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,