Oasis Fundraiser


I am writing to give you another notice about a very special dining opportunity coming up this week.  Mark your calendar for Thursday February 23rd.  That’s the day Oasis on the Beach Restaurant in the Waipouli complex across the street from Safeway in Kapaa will be holding a fundraiser to support the critical community-building work of Kauai United Way’s 28 Participating Agencies.  Check out the blog tomorrow for a flyer featuring the event and also the incredible, unique menu – wow!  The price is $70 and if you make it an even $100 you can get wine pairings with each of the four courses.  Even more importantly, all net proceeds will go to Kauai United Way.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the breathtaking view of Oasis on the Beach restaurant, here’s your chance to do so AND do something great for our community at the same time.  I’d also like to point out that the menu emphasizes their use of locally-grown ingredients, something we should all applaud for simple freshness and taste but also to support our island’s farmers.

Please call and make reservations at 822-9332.  Thank you for your support.

Kauai United Way is our island’s umbrella charitable organization.  One contribution helps our whole island.  Money raised on Kauai stays on Kauai.  Kauai United Way’s Participating Agencies offer a diverse array of dozens of social service programs that save lives daily and help tens of thousands of Kauai people every year.  When those in need in our community get the professional help they deserve, every one of us is better off.  Let’s all live united – the Kauai United Way.  For more information, visit kauaiunitedway.org or call 245-2043.


Monday at Merriman’s!

Share The Care: Presented By Hospice


The GOOD news is that we are likely to live longer than generations before us. The accompanying news is that we are likely to need care as we age. WHERE that care comes from and how it is paid for challenges many people on Kauai today.

As our population ages, the challenge grows and we can’t expect the government or new medical technology to help us.  We need to figure out how to care for our ill, disabled, or dying loved ones, without burning out and destroying our finances.

There is a solution. Share the Care, a grassroots initiative, is a group care-giving model that shows ordinary people how to pool their talents, time, and resources to care for a  family member or friend.

Kauai Hospice is sponsoring an inspiring presentation, open to the public, by the founder of the Share The Care movement, Sheila Warnock. Kauai Hospice is joined in this special event by the Kauai Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Network, and the American Cancer Society – Kauai region.

All these groups are determined to improve the quality of life of people who have a serious or terminal illness. We all know the power of a community coming together to solve a common concern.  We all see the coming tsunami of more and more of our families, friends, and neighbors needing care.

The AARP Policy Institute estimates that nearly two-thirds of Americans over age 65 will need long term care at home with adult day care, or in an assisted living or nursing home facility. The potential stress and financial costs are staggering. All this at a time when health care costs are soaring, people have less disposable income and savings, and government at all levels is cutting back.  While health care policies are debated, our families, friends, and neighbors suffer needlessly.

Kauai is known for a remarkable spirit of caring, where people ask every day, “What can I do to help?” Share The Care is a care-giving model that kicks the natural inclination of our community into positive action, one person in need at a time.  Caring teams expand the meaning of ohana and solve the challenges to us as caregivers.

Share the Care has been spreading across America since it was created by a small group of friends helping another friend face a grave illness.  Share the Care inspired teams are now helping people in 43 states, and eight other countries.

We invite you to come to this special presentation by Share The Care’s founder, Sheila Warnock, at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue on Sunday, September 25th, from 3PM – 4:30PM.

Turn you caring into positive action. MAHALO

Poipu Kai Tennis Tournament 2011

Kauai United Way wants to take some time to share a link to Hawaii Stream’s video coverage of The Poipu Kai Tennis Tournament 2011 that occurred during the Koloa Plantation Days. http://forkauaionline.com/article/Kauai_Bits/Kauai_Bits/Charity_Tennis_Tournament_at_Poipu_Kai/343619Mahalo to Hawaii Stream for their continued support in covering events……and especially events that benefit Kauai United Way!

An even bigger thanks goes out to the volunteers and agencies that have worked so hard to bring Kauai tennis lovers The Poipu Kai Tennis Tournament year after year.  The event actually consists of four different tournaments held throughout the year, and then the monies raised at the end is pooled and donated to Kauai United Way.

We are so blessed at Kauai United Way to have the support of our community.  The Poipu Kai Charity Tennis tournaments are made possible by the generosity of sponsors: Poipu Kai Association and Resort, The Kauai Tennis Association, and The Grand Hyatt Kauai.  The main tournament is played out at Poipu Kai Tennis Club, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai.  The players are able to enjoy a buffet style lunch, sports drinks, and sprinkled with little snacks throughout the day to sustain their energy level.

If you are a tennis lover this is the perfect opportunity to do what you love and support your favorite charity, Kauai United Way.  If you missed the registration this year, put it on your calendar for next year, and come cheer on your favorite tennis team at the events this year.  If you are a registered singles or doubles team, good luck!

Have a great weekend.

11th Annual Golf Tournament Success!

Our 11th annual benefit golf tournament was a fantastic success, the best ever.  This time, it went off without a flaw and everyone I spoke with had a great time.  There were so many prizes some people had to make get help carrying it all!  And we’re not talking just Vienna sausage (although there was plenty of that) – two trips to Las Vegas, an HD TV and a cordless hedge trimmer, just to name a few.  And the food – the Marriott went over the top for our golfers.  I mean coc au vin for a golf tournament?!  Wow.  Hard to believe we were slumming it on hot dogs and hamburgers in the early years.  But, like everything else, we try to get better and better about every aspect of our tournament each year.  About the only thing that wasn’t perfect was that nobody won a new car from King Auto Center with a hole in one.

Speaking of sponsors, thanks once again to our silver sponsors, Grove Farm and IBEW.

Thanks also to our bronze sponsors: HGEA, Oceanic Time Warner, Hawaii LECET, Hawaiian Telcom and Pacific Earthworks.

And thanks to all our sponsors and to everyone who donated prizes, volunteered and played.

The tournament sold out this year, as it always does, and it’s going to sell out next year, you can bet on that.  It’s really sad to turn people away, but everyone knows the early bird gets the coc au vin, right?!  Remember, the tournament is always the third Sunday in July so be alert for the first word about the tournament and call right away!

Golf Tournament Sponsorship

In addition to our major sponsors and Banner Sponsor, we offer the five most generous corporate donors to our Annual Campaign the opportunity to display their banners at our Golf Tournament.  It’s another easy way for us to say mahalo to good corporate citizens who recognize that the availability of robust social services in our community ensures happier, healthier employees, customers and overall business environment.

Mahalo to the largest corporate donors to our 2010 Annual Campaign:
A & B
First Hawaiian Bank
American Savings Bank
Personal Financial Consultants

Mahalo also to our 2011 Kauai United Way Benefit Golf Tournament Major Sponsors
Silver Sponsors:                Grove Farm and IBEW
Bronze Sponsors:             HGEA, Oceanic Time Warner, Earthworks Pacific, Hawaii LECET and Hawaiian Telcom
Banner Sponsor:       Diablo Golf

Our Sponsors

Great news for our 11th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament coming up July 17th: IBEW has upgraded their support by becoming a Silver Sponsor!  So once again, mahalo to the major sponsors of our tournament:

Silver Sponsors:                Grove Farm and IBEW
Bronze sponsors:             HGEA, Oceanic Time Warner, Earthworks Pacific, Hawaii LECET and Hawaiian Telcom

We have room for one more team of four.  To sign up, to become a sponsor, donate a prize or for more information, call 245-2043.

Mahalo also to our Krystyna & Herb Noe and all our friends at the Poipu Kai Charity Tennis Association for sponsoring a Kauai United Way benefit tennis tournament once again this year.  It’s coming up soon – the weekend of July 23 and 24.   It’s part of the Koloa Plantation Days week-long events leading up to the famous parade and park day.  We hope you’ll want to come out and support this great community event, with all proceeds benefitting the vital work of Kauai United Way’s 28 Participating Agencies.  Go to the tournament site for a link to the Koloa Plantation Days website to see all the fun activities they will be having throughout the week.  Signing up is now easier than ever by registering online at http://kctennis2009.webs.com/registrationform.htm.

Mahalo to our 2011 Golf Tournament Sponsors!

As Of June 28, 2011

Major Sponsors
Silver Sponsor: Grove Farm Company
Bronze Sponsors: Earthworks Pacific
Hawaiian Telcom
HGEA, Local 152
IBEW, Local 1186
LECET – Hawaii
Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Hole-in-One Sponsor

King Auto Center

Banner Sponsor

Diablo Golf

Longest Drive Sponsor

Personal Financial Consultants

Closest-to-the-Hole Sponsor

Eleele and Kapaa Shopping Centers

Electricians, Inc.

Leadership Kauai

Tele Cable Systems, Inc.

Hole Sponsors
Alexander & Baldwin Foundation
Advertising Promotions Pacific, LLC
Allstate Insurance – Bradley Maruyama & Assoc.
American Savings Bank
Anuenue Associates
Aqua Engineers, Inc.
Bank of Hawaii
Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council
Catholic Charities Hawaii – Kauai Community
Central Pacific Bank
City Liquor
Curtis Law Construction
Déjà Vu Surf Hawaii
Dow AgroSciences
DTRIC Insurance
Earthworks Pacific, Inc.
Fujita & Miura Public Relations
Garden Island Disposal
Garden Island Federal Credit Union
Garden Isle Healthcare & Rehab Center
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Grove Farm Company
Hale Kipa
Hawaii Children’s Theatre
Hawaii LECET
Hawaiian Telcom
Henkels & McCoy
HGEA, Local 152
IBEW, Local 1186
ILWU, Local 142
James Kunane Tokioka – Representative 15th District
Jo Ann Yukimura for Council
Joe P. Moss, Attorney at Law
Kauai Island Finance, Inc.
Kauai Toyota – Servco Pacific
Kauai Vehicle Service Center
Kawakami, Derek – Friends of
Koa Trading Co., Inc.
Kodani & Associates, Inc.
Kouchi, Ron
Kuhio Motors
Laura Wiely – CPA
M. Niau Construction
M.I.K. Inc, – Restaurant Kintaro
Matson Navigation Company
Mental Health Kokua – Kauai
Mokihana Insurance Company
Na Pali Properties, Inc.
NoKaOi Landscape Services, LLC
Oceanic Time Warner Cable
Pacific Wealth Strategies, LLC
Palm’s Hawaii Architecture
Plumbing Source, The
Pono Market
PS&D Tires
Randall Francisco – Kauai Chamber of Commerce
Royal State Insurance
Shimanuki & Matsumura, CPA’s
Shioi Construction, Inc.
The Professionals, Inc.
Tip Top Café
Tomco, Corp.
TYRI, Inc.
Uehara, Keith & Cathy
Vim N Vigor
Wailua Golf Shop

Tire Warehouse

To become a sponsor or to enter a team (space for one team of four is now available due to a cancellation, but it won’t be available long, so if you’re interested act fast!) call 245-2043.

Let’s all live united – the Kauai United Way

Mahalo To Our Sponsors

The 11th Annual Kauai United Way Benefit Golf Tournament, July 17, is fast approaching.  Becoming a sponsor is a clever way for businesses and individuals to get their message out.  Because sponsors are not actually “advertising,” but rather associating their name and message with a high-profile cause that benefits our whole island, sponsorship simply carries more weight than plain, old advertising.  Our sponsors earn respect and gratitude from people recognizing they have done something good for our entire island.

Mahalo  to our Golf Tournament major sponsors:
Silver Sponsor Grove Farm.
Bronze Sponsors HGEA, Oceanic Time Warner, Earthworks Pacific, Hawaii LECET, Hawaiian Telcom and IBEW.

At just $150 each, hole sponsorships are an easy, less expensive way to get recognition.  (More on our hole sponsors in an upcoming blog.)  For sponsorship information or to sign up for one of the two remaining 4-person teams, call Lori at 245-2043.

At the tournament, Kauai United Way is also proud to display the banners of good corporate citizens of our island who are prosperous and community-minded enough to be able to make the five largest corporate donations (separate donations of their employees) to our 2010 Annual Campaign, in gratitude for their extraordinary effort:

A & B Foundation, First Hawaiian Bank, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, American Savings Bank and Personal Financial Consultants.

Mahalo to all our sponsors, golfers, prize donors and contributors to our Annual Campaign!

Still Room to Sign Up!

Since Dickie Chang first suggested an annual Kauai United Way Benefit Golf Tournament back in 2000, it has grown to become the smoothest run, most fun and anticipated tournament on the island featuring the most and best prizes.  Once in a while, when we get a call from another non-profit seeking tips on putting on their own tournament, we – the staff – just look at one another and smile.  Of course, we always want to help, but the honest fact is that putting on a golf tournament is a tremendous amount of work and it takes years for it to settle into the near-automation mode we have achieved with ours.  It starts with a highly-driven committee of volunteers – the more the better – and we have that, this year Chaired by Kenneth Kimura of Kauai Lagoons.  These are the folks that work with the staff to drum up all the incredible prizes our tournament has become famous for.  They also help to secure sponsors, which is where we raise the majority of money (which supplements our Annual Campaign which supports our Participating Agencies, of course, that keep robust social services available in our community, making all our lives brighter.)  Leading up to the tournament, and on the day of the tournament itself, staff and volunteers know what needs to be done to keep everything moving along at the right pace.  In short, our tournament is the best because we have a lot of dedicated people who know what they’re doing working very hard to make it a success!

Mahalo to our major sponsors: Grove Farm, HGEA, Oceanic Time Warner, Earthworks Pacific, Hawaii LECET, Hawaiian Telcom and our newest major sponsor, IBEW.

There still remains space for a couple of more teams, so if you’re interested call Lori at 245-2043 right away.  There is always room for you to benefit by associating your name or message with this high-profile event, giving you the kind of exposure no amount of advertising dollars can provide.  To learn more, check out the events link on our website or call us at 245-2043.  We hope to see you there!

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