A long-time boxing enthusiast, Nante Manangan knows firsthand the benefits of sports education and strives to share his passion with the keiki of Hawai‘i.
Nante established the nonprofit Southside Boxing Club in 1996 in Kīhei to instill hope, goodwill, sportsmanship and character through boxing fundamentals.
A Moloka‘i native, Nante moved to Maui over three decades ago. During the ’90s, he found himself in a rumble with life and almost gave up. Luckily, a renewal of spirit gave him the determination to continue the fight.
Nante Manangan’s Southside Boxing Club began as a project in 1996, but has become a full-blown gym out of his Kīhei home, where champions of the ring—and life—are made. Support the fight for this nonprofit on Saturday, Feb. 20, during the “Boxing Under the Stars” fundraiser at Hotel Wailea Maui. Call 269-2698 for more information.
Photo: Trisha Smith
On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Southside Boxing Club will hold the “Boxing Under the Stars” fundraising event at the Hotel Wailea Maui. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help provide and maintain needed equipment.
Members of the club are accepted after signing waivers, and funds are taken on a donation basis, but Nante and the club’s supporters help pay for most of the nonprofit’s costs. Nante said he “thrives on the generosity of others.”
“When you love something, the goal is not to make money,” Nante said in an interview with Maui Weekly last summer. “I’m very blessed and lucky.”
This athletic outlet is a great after-school program, serving as a safe alternative to the temptations that our youth face today. The club enforces a “No Drug/No Street Violence” policy, has improved the lives of thousands of at-risk youth, benefiting our island community in the long run.
Without financial assistance, keiki can’t participate in the program or have the opportunity to travel to regional competitions and possibly earn collegiate scholarships.
Nante’s registered boxers strive to contend in such competitions as the USA Amateur Boxing Championships, Golden Gloves, Goodwill Games, and even the Olympics.
Superstars Laila Ali and Mike Tyson have even dropped by to check out Nante in the past.
For the last ten years, Coldwell Banker Realtor Tom Muldoon has been helping support Nante and his club. Last year, he introduced Hotel Wailea General Manager Markus Schale and his wife, Jennifer, to the sport of boxing—and Nante.
After training with Nante on a regular basis, the couple began to realize the importance of this organization and the impact it has on so many young lives.
“Everyday for the last 15 years, Nante opens his doors, at no cost, to kids as young as 7 years old, giving them something to do after school, keeping them out of trouble and teaching them discipline, respect and dedication,” said Jennifer.
But, in today’s economy, donations to keep the club moving are lagging. The Schales realized how great it would be to hold an outdoor event on the hotel’s amazing grounds to support the modest Nante and his continual inspirational efforts.
“Boxing Under the Stars” will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Hotel Wailea, located at 555 Kaukahi St. Meet the boxers, see demos and take part in a silent auction. Dinner for four at Duo, hotel deals, samba classes, personal training, golf and more are up for bid.
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy entertainment from Tahitian and hip-hop dancers, and then get ready to rumble for some exhibition fighting. Some of Nante’s most prolific and up-and-coming fighters will grace the ring for some thrilling matches under the beautiful Maui evening sky.
Tickets are $75 per person, which includes food and drinks, and entertainment all evening.
Sponsorship is available on varying levels, and companies can enjoy exposure during the event and more. Contact Jennifer (269-2698) or Tom (870-9083) for more information.