Chris Lee, Pacific Links Hawai'i & Gene Awakuni, UH West O'ahu
Chris Lee, Pacific Links Hawai’i & Gene Awakuni, UH West O’ahu

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation teed-up on Friday to help local communities prosper by presenting financial gifts totaling $100,000 to Ka’ala Farm, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu, Kapolei Community Development Corporation, Mālama Learning Center and Kupu.

The Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation was established in 2012 to foster environmentally responsible practices for land management, preserve Hawaiian culture and create opportunities for keiki, with a focus on neighborhoods adjacent to Pacific Links Hawai’i assets.

The $100,000 gift is a direct benefit of last year’s Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship, an official PGA Champions Tour event featuring the top Champions Tour players and week-long events at Pacific Links Hawai’i’s Kapolei Golf Club.

“We are grateful to the Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation for believing in our community vision, which is rooted in the culture, values and history of Wai’anae,” said Eric Enos, co-founder and director of Ka’ala Farm. “With this contribution, learning will continue to come alive for more than 3,000 school children each year who come to the Cultural Learning Center at Ka’ala Farm.”

The mission of the Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation is to help cultivate and sustain programs that aid Hawai’i’s ecosystem, keiki, and culture. Utilizing the sport of golf, it goes beyond the green to link communities with organizations, creating new opportunities for kama’aina and shaping a stronger society for all.

“Pacific Links Hawai’i is dedicated to preserving Hawaiian culture while helping our surrounding communities to thrive and grow,” said Micah Kane, chief operating officer at Pacific Links Hawai’i. “We are pleased to partner with five outstanding local organizations to ensure that the Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation vision becomes a reality.”

The donations were presented at a West O’ahu Economic Development Association (WOEDA) meeting, granting $30,000 to Ka’ala Farm, $30,000 to University of Hawai’i West O’ahu, $15,000 to Mālama Learning Center, $15,000 to Kapolei Community Development Corporation and $10,000 to Kupu.

“The generosity of the Pacific Links Hawai’i Foundation will allow our programs to engage more West O’ahu residents than ever before,” said, Pauline Sato, executive and program director of Mālama Learning Center. “With the increasing interest in sustainable living in Hawai’i, Mālama Learning Center is proud to offer hands-on learning opportunities for youth and adults to apply simple earth-friendly ideas at home and the workplace as well as to explore green jobs.”

Next year’s Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship will be in full swing at the Kapolei Golf Course, September 16 to 22, 2013. Community partners, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to learn more about this opportunity. Please visit www.PacificLinksHawaiiChampionship.com for more information.

Founded in 2009 as Hawaiian Golf Properties, the organization changed its trade name to Pacific Links Hawai’i in 2012 to connect with its parent company, Pacific Links International. Pacific Links International is a Canadian-owned golf corporation pursuing a strategy of acquiring signature properties in select world markets. Led by experienced industry executives, the company is focused on implementing a plan whose main feature is reciprocal access to multiple clubs around the world that have strong design and deliver a memorable golf experience. Pacific Links International currently owns or operates nine courses. In Hawai’i, the company currently owns the Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, the Olomana Golf Course in Waimanalo and the Mākaha Golf Club West and Mākaha Valley Country Club East in Mākaha, while also operating the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua. Pacific Links International also owns or controls The Golf Club at South Shore in Henderson, Nevada and Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas. It also owns the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia. In addition to its U.S. holdings, Pacific Links International owns The 27 Club, a 36-hole golf club in Tianjin, China, and is in the process of transforming the property into a six-star international golf resort and high-end residential community slated to open in 2015.

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