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Hale Kau Kau Golf Tournament

Mulligan’s event to benefit Maui’s hungry.

November 17, 2011
The Maui Weekly

Hale Kau Kau, South Maui's "Feeding with Compassion and Aloha" program, has again been chosen as the beneficiary of the Mulligan's On The Blue Ninth Annual Tournament, announced Michael O'Dwyer, owner of Mulligan's in Wailea, and Hale Kau Kau Development Director Marie Thomas.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a shotgun start at noon at the challenging championship Wailea Old Blue Course. The entry fee for the four person scramble is $500 per team or $150 for single players who will be paired. The fee includes golf, awards, lunch, dinner, entertainment and lots of prizes, including a Toyota car, hotel stays and much more.

"Since we want it to be a fun event, we have included prizes for the lowest scoring teams, as well," said O'Dwyer. "You can't lose if you play with the Irish!

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Gold sponsor and Hale Kau Kau Board Member Penny Gerlach is ready to take on all challengers at the Ninth Annual Mulligan’s On The Blue Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26.

"Mulligan's wants to give back to the Maui community that has been so wonderful in supporting us over the past 10 years in establishing a true Irish pub and restaurant in the great tradition of the 'Old Sod,' as we say in Ireland," added O'Dwyer.

Hale Kau Kau welcomes strangers and unconditionally serves a free, hot, nutritious meal on site every evening to 100 to 140 children, women and men who do not have the resources to meet their basic need for food.

In addition, Hale Kau Kau volunteers deliver a hot evening meal to 50 to 60 homebound elderly, ill and disabled. And through collaboration with the Keolahou Congregational Hawaiian Church, free emergency food supplies are distributed each week to 40 to 50 individuals and families.

Hale Kau Kau strives to provide safe and healthy nourishment for those who need a meal to help them overcome their feelings of hopelessness. It also reduces the negative impact to the community by lowering incidents of rummaging through garbage containers, panhandling and crimes associated with hunger.

The number of client meals served during the fiscal year that ended on June 30 saw a 12.28 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. According to Thomas, increases in the number of clients served, and the lower availability of donated and inexpensive food and supplies have increased operating costs.

"We are so thankful to Mike O'Dwyer, Mulligan's, the Wailea Old Blue Golf Course, and all the gold and green sponsors, players, donors and volunteers for their role in making sure we can continue our mission to feed those who are hungry in our community by supporting this tournament," said Thomas.

There is still space available to play in this fun and worthwhile event. Sign up in person at Mulligan's On The Blue, Maui's only Irish Bar and Restaurant, at the Wailea Blue Golf Course, or contact Tina Brophy at (808) 874-1131, fax 442-1085 or email


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