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Golfing for Good

Hawaii has many golf courses, and of course, the weather is perfect year-round. I don’t play golf; however, I do volunteer at tournaments. The 24th Annual Executive Women International golf tournament was my eighth year volunteering, and I had a great time.

EWI volunteers JaDawn, Adele and Preet

The EWI golf tournament raises funds for two scholarship programs, EWISP for high school seniors, and ASIST, for adult students in scholastic transition. This past year EWI gave away $20,000 between the two scholarship programs.  My passion project this year was the ASIST scholarship program, which culminated on July 13th with the awarding of 4-scholarships totaling $10,000. It couldn’t happen without the support of events like this tournament.

My day started with loading up the carts and coolers with my EWI sisters.  Given that it was a scorcher of a day, it was good to have this task finished early.  Around this time, the golfers began to arrive and collect their registration packets, lunch, and network before the 11:30 am shotgun. The participants, representing many companies, were a mix of new and experienced golfers.  The tournament started on time, with 126 golfers going out to their assigned first hole.  

BBB Marketplace Manager Roseann Freitas and Karen Yonemoto

My assignment was to accompany the Waikiki Prince Golf Course driver, Marnie, on the refreshment cart. I had an opportunity to thank the golfers, as well as talk with our BBB Accredited Businesses. Given the high temperatures, we replenished the cart with ice, Gatorade, beer, and water frequently. The key was to keep the golfers hydrated, since they were on the course for over five hours. Lucky for me, Marnie is a pro at navigating the course, and we didn’t hear the warning “Fore” once. 

EWI member firm Tiki’s Grill & Bar’s executive chef Ronnie made Fish Poisson Cru and served it in a house-made taro cone.  On the menu at the EWI member comfort station was chili, hot dogs, chips, and ice cream.  The golfers were fed well before, during, and after the tournament.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

After 18-holes of golf, everyone was ready for dinner. During dinner, Michael Choi handled emcee duties and handed out prizes for placement, closest to pin, longest shot, and more. The golfers came from Oahu, Maui, and California, had a great day, and raised funds for a good cause.

As an EWI member, I enjoy the golf tournament as much as the golfers. It is an opportunity for us to spend the day with my EWI family, laugh, network, and raise funds for a great cause. Next year, on August 28th, it will be our 25th annual EWI golf tournament. Mark your calendars and join us for a great day, even if you don’t play golf.

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Written by Roseann Freitas

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