Event included golf ball drop

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

FIRST PHOTO: Rotary Club of Kahului members Akili Jones (from right) and Richard McAndrew help King Kamehameha Golf Club Director of Memberships Rick Castillo figure out which 40 balls out of 2,000 dropped from a helicopter Wednesday are closest to the pin Wednesday afternoon. Also in on the action is Rotary Club of Kahului member Steve Wetter. The ball drop was held during the 2017 Michael H. Lyons II Palaka Award Celebration & Ball Drop presented by Rotary Club of Kahului and Alexander & Baldwin. Honored for their philanthropy and volunteerism were Upcountry rancher Henry Rice and A&B Properties consultant Hideo Kawahara. The Palaka Award is named in memory of longtime community leader and volunteer Michael “Mike” Lyons and the trademark palaka shirts he wore.

SECOND AND THIRD PHOTOS: Sunshine Helicopters pilot Peter Cella hovers over a King Kamehameha Golf Club practice tee as golf balls are dropped in front of a crowd Wednesday. Every ball in the drop was numbered and “sold” to donors. Unlike previous years when there have been multiple holes-in-one, this year there was only one, good for a $500 first prize.

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