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Palaka celebration raises $40,000 for scholarship fund

Goodfellow, Vicens, Laird are honored

The Rotary Club of Kahului and Alexander & Baldwin announced that more than $40,000 was raised for the 2019 Michael H. Lyons II Memorial Scholarship Palaka Celebration Fundraiser and Golf Ball Drop on Aug. 16 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

One highlight of the evening was, while the audience watched from the lanai, Sunshine Helicopters dropping 2,000 golf balls on to a practice green.

This year, the club honored Goodfellow Bros. for its philanthropy service to the community; Mercer K. “Chubby” Vicens for his long and tireless community and volunteer service; and Larry Laird for his extended contributions to the Maui Rotary clubs and youth of Maui.

The awards and certificates were presented by state Sen. Roz Baker, state Reps. Troy Hashimoto and Kyle Yamashita, and County Council Members Tasha Kama and Tamara Paltin. Entertainment was provided by Uncle George Kahumoku.

Net proceeds directly fund the Rotary Club of Kahului’s Michael H. Lyons II Scholarship Program, providing college scholarships for exceptional and deserving Maui youths.

Lyons, for whom the fund and the Palaka Award are named, was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent figure in the Maui community, according to a news release.

He served as president of the Rotary Club of Kahului and as governor of Rotary District 5000. Lyons died on March 26, 2004.

The Rotary Club of Kahului’s annual Palaka Award distinguishes outstanding long-term philanthropy and volunteer service to nonprofit organizations on Maui to community members who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time, talent and treasure to create positive change and stronger communities on Maui.

To make a donation to this scholarship fund, contact Gary Albitz at 281-9672 or albitzkrotary@gmail.com.