Pauahi Golf Tournament raises nearly $60,000 for Native Hawaiian scholarships

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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

The Pauahi Golf Tournament is a partnership of the Pauahi Foundation, Kamehameha Schools and the Nanea Golf Club. Sponsors included The Howard Hughes Corporation, First Hawaiian Bank, Takamine Construction, and Les and Zora Charles.

Scholarship recipient and KS Hawai'i alum Bree Kaneakua shares her story with golfers. She recently graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Read her story below.

One scholar’s story: KSH alumna Bree Kaneakua

2014 Nanea Scholarships recipient Bree Kaneakua is a small town girl from Hilo with a big dream of becoming a pediatrician.

After high school, I shocked my family by deciding to attend Creighton University all the way in Nebraska,” said Kaneakua, a 2013 Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i graduate. “It was a bold decision but the university’s pre-med program is one of the best and I was willing to take the chance.”

The distance from home was one thing, but the cost of such a school was another. With the help of the Nanea Scholarship, she received funding for each of her four years at Creighton, which allowed her to focus on her studies and graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a pre-medical emphasis.

Currently, Kaneakua is awaiting acceptance into either the John A. Burns School of Medicine at UH Mānoa or Creighton’s medical school. Although she is excited yet terrified of the years to come as a medical student, she knows that the Nanea Scholarship got her one step closer to achieving her dream.

“It wasn’t easy but the multi-year scholarship made it easier to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. Mahalo nui to the donors. They’re helping to build the future leaders of our lāhui and strengthening our Big Island community one scholar at a time.”

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

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