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The team of Caleb Yamanaka, Craig Takamine, Jason Fujimoto and KS alumnus Kimo Todd was declared the winner of the tournament because it was the sixth annual event and they finished sixth.
Pauahi Golf Tournament raises nearly $60,000 for Native Hawaiian scholarships

More than 50 golfers recently hit the links at the sixth annual Pauahi Golf Tournament, raising nearly $60,000 in multi-year, post-high scholarships for Hawai‘i island students. The Pauahi Foundation tournament was hosted by the exclusive Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona.

“Mahalo to the Nanea Golf Club and our tournament sponsors First Hawaiian Bank, Takamine Construction, Howard Hughes Corporation, and Les and Zora Charles for the overwhelming support and commitment to uplifting our lāhui through education,” said Tara Wilson, executive director of the Pauahi Foundation and director of Advancement at Kamehameha Schools.

“We’d also like to thank our community partners Hoʻōla Ka Makanaʻa and Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani for their kōkua in making this event a success.”

Creating partnerships with individuals, businesses, and community organizations similar to Nanea, has allowed the foundation to maximize the impact felt throughout the Hawaiian community.

Since its inception, the tournament has generated over $400,000 in support for Hawaiʻi island youth. As of June 2017, the Nanea Scholarship has helped fund the post-high education of 30 Hawai‘i island students. The 2018 tournament scholarship funds will be awarded in July.

Multi-year scholarships, enable students to have the support they need for the entire duration of their college career to a maximum of four years for a bachelor’s degree, two years for a graduate degree and two years of an associates or vocational/technical degree or certificate.

“It gives us great pleasure knowing that the proceeds go directly to students in our local community,” said Jim Saunders, general manager at the Nanea Golf Club. “As the number of recipients grows, so will the number of young leaders in our community as they come back and pay it forward for future generations!” 

If you would like to receive more information on the Pauahi Golf Tournament at Nanea and other Foundation golf events, please contact KS Advancement Events Manager Kanoe Vares at or (808) 534-3966.

The Pauahi Foundation supports the mission of Kamehameha Schools by seeking and developing new and diverse sources of income to support the ever-increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry. To learn more, visit

View more photos of the tournament in our I Mua Newsroom photo gallery.

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