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LHS Class Challenge delivers despite bad weather

By Staff | Jul 7, 2011

LHS Class Challenge Chairman Mike Miyabara presents $23,000 to Lahainaluna High School Foundation Executive Director Leslie Hiraga.

LAHAINA — Thunder and lightning on June 3 did not keep Lahainaluna High School graduates and supporters from gathering at Oahu’s Pearl Country Club for the fourth annual LHS Class Challenge golf tournament.

Due to the possible danger from lightning, the golf course closed the course.

Organizers Mike Miyabara (LHS Class of 1968), Ramsay Morisaki (Class of ’68) and Arnold Prepose (Class of ’68), all of Oahu, worked together to change a benefit golf tournament into a fundraising gathering to benefit the Lahainaluna High School Foundation for Lahainaluna High School.

The 160 participants and 20-plus volunteers enjoyed food, drink and fellowship despite the thunder and lightning.

Prizes were awarded to every participant, and the unused green fees were unexpectedly contributed to the net proceeds.

A whopping check of $23,000 was presented by Chairman Miyabara to the foundation, accepted by Executive Director Leslie Hiraga.

This event, described by many as a “mini reunion” of Lahaina people, has raised $70,500 over the four years.

Miyabara said, “We’re going to try and arrange for a dry day next year.

“The tournament is getting more and more to be a reunion, which was always one of our main objectives. I think while some were disappointed not to play, most enjoyed themselves. The word is spreading, and we can probably expect even more Lahaina participants next year.”

Mark your calendar for next year’s LHS Class Challenge on Friday, June 8, 2012.

For information regarding the Lahainaluna High School Foundation, call 661-5332 or visit www.Lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.com.