Tournament raises $35,000 for Maui youth scholarships

The team that placed 21st, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, received special honors and was noted as the “winning” team — a tribute to the 21st annual event. They are Roy Tapec (from left), Chris Napoleon, Sam Balantac and Mitchell Sado.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s 21st annual “Excellence in Education” golf tournament on Aug. 18 at the Wailea Blue Golf Course raised $35,000 to support youth scholarships to benefit the following programs:

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Academies at Baldwin, Lahainaluna and Maui High School; UH-Maui College Culinary Arts and Hospitality & Tourism Programs; MHLA Member Scholarship Program; and Maui Junior Golf.

“The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is committed to giving back to the community and one of those ways is by providing scholarship opportunities to invest in our youth, the future business leaders of Maui County,” said Lisa Paulson, executive director for the association.

The top teams received prizes ranging from hotel stays to dining certificates to golf rounds to merchandise.

The tournament was presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawaii.