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Tourney benefits cancer patients

Willie K golf event raises $30,000 for hospital foundation

May 14, 2008
The Maui News
WAILUKU — The fifth annual Willie K Charity Golf Tournament last month raised more than $30,000 for the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation with the funds earmarked for the hospital’s cancer patients and families.

One hundred sixty golfers teed off at the Royal Ka‘anapali Golf Course after a pule by Na Hoku-winning singer Willie K and his uncle, entertainer Danny Kaleikini, on April 26.

Other celebrities joining this year’s event were retired Judge Jim Burns; chef Sam Choy; former University of Hawaii football player Nuu Faaola; singers and entertainers Mick Fleetwood, Raiatea Helm, Kimo Kahoano and Melveen Leed; UH men’s basketball coach Bob Nash; local radio personality Alaka‘i Paleka; and television producer Emme Tomimbang.

It was a four-person scramble tournament. The winners follow:

• First — Maui Diagnostic Imaging, with Scott Halliday, Bair Bush, Johnny Mullally and Brad Ing.

• Second — All In-Sheraton Maui, with Joe Kowalski, Roy Takahashi, Jim Berg and Milton Martin.

• Third — Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, with Barry Shitamoto, Saedene Ota, Jerry King and Tony Takitani.

• Fourth — James Jones team, with James Jones, Keith Nakamura, Armon Tavares and Hank Pacheco.

• Fifth — Leslie Ann Yokouchi team, with Gene Awakuni, Scott Sakakihara, Wayne Mau and Glenn Yamasaki.

The awards were presented at a post-tourney ceremony at the Sheraton Maui Resort with entertainment by Willie K and friends and a kanikapila jam session. The event’s signature sponsor was Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii.

To date, the Willie K Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $100,000 for the oncology department at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The funds have been used to purchase equipment for cancer patients, and to assist patients in financial need with interisland travel to receive treatments, grocery coupons for food and supplies, rent and utility expenses.

The Willie K Fund has helped more than 50 patients and given out more than $26,000 in the last 14 months.

“Our hearts go out to the many families whose lives have been touched by cancer,” said Willie K, whose father died of cancer. “Our hope is that we can help to comfort those in need, and make a difference in the lives of our island’s cancer patients and their families . . . one day and one person at a time.”

For more information on next year’s Willie K Charity Golf Tournament, contact Karey Oura at 870-5171.

Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of the community by ensuring Maui Memorial Medical Center has the resources needed to provide the highest level of medical care.

Article Photos

Willie K (center background) joins Tony Takitani (from left), golfer and former Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation board member; television producer Emme Tomimbang; and entertainer Danny Kaleikini at the fifth annual Willie K Charity Golf Tournament held April 26 on the Royal Ka‘anapali Golf Course. The event raised more than $30,000 for the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.



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