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20th Annual Kula Kaiapuni Golf Tournament: March 5, 2016

February 11, 2016, 3:12 PM HST
* Updated March 3, 7:36 AM
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Nā Mele O Maui 2013 Song Competition, Kula Kaiapuni 6-8. Courtesy photo.

Nā Mele O Maui 2013 Song Competition, Kula Kaiapuni 6-8. Courtesy photo.

Nā Leo Kākoʻo O Maui, Inc. will host its 20th Annual Kula Kaiapuni Golf Tournament benefiting Kula Kaiapuni O Maui, Hawaiian Language Immersion School at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

The public is invited to make a difference in the future of our students by supporting the event.

Kula Kaiapuni O Maui focuses on the education of Maui’s future stewards—individuals who possess a strong sense of place, and a sense of self, that embodies Hawaiian language, thinking, and culture.

According to event organizer Kili Namauʻu, “by popular demand, we are pleased to announce the return of a 2-man scramble team play format this year.”

All registered golfers will be entered in a drawing for a Las Vegas trip for two that includes airfare and meals (must be present during announcement at banquet to win). On the course, golfers can vie for a chance at various prizes.

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Play begins with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. The tournament fee is $120 per golfer. A luncheon and award ceremony will be held immediately following play.

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To register or arrange for a corporate sponsorship, call event co-chairs, Kili Namauʻu at (808) 283-7733 or Leina‘ala Kuloloio Vedder at (808) 280-5060.

Nā Leo Kākoʻo O Maui is the nonprofit organization incorporated in 1989, supporting Kula Kaiapuni at three locations, with grades K-5 at Pāʻia Elementary school, grades 6-8 at Kalama Intermediate, and grades 9-12 at Kekaulike High School.

Through various fundraisers throughout the year, the nonprofit organization provides students with Hawaiian language books, culturally enriched field trips, and other basic program needs.

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The tournament is our major annual fundraiser and is supported by some 100 volunteers—mostly Kaiapuni families—who provide “in-kind” donations ranging from soliciting prizes for golfers, to marshalling on the course, to preparing the hall for the tournament banquet. More than fifty Maui businesses contributed to the event.

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