The 2012 Palaka Award will be awarded by the Rotary Club of Kahului on Friday, Aug. 24, at a special annual luncheon ceremony benefiting the Michael H. Lyons II Memorial Scholarship Fund. The award for long-term service honors an outstanding Maui County nonprofit organization leader from a field of nominated finalists.
Nominations for the prestigious award may be filed online at www.kahuluirotary.com by Sunday, July 1.
The recipient of the 2012 Palaka Award will be announced at an annual luncheon held this year at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. The 2011 event honoring Helen Nielsen of Maui Land Trust was sold out in advance.
In addition, a fundraising golf ball drop is planned prior to the awards luncheon. The golf ball drop is scheduled for noon, just preceding the luncheon. Participants have the opportunity to make a cash donation for numbered golf balls which are dropped by helicopter from 250 feet onto a target green at the golf club. The owner of the ball closest to the target flag earns the grand prize--a five-night Napa Valley getaway--with additional prizes for the next closest.
Net proceeds from the events directly fund the Rotary Club of Kahului's Michael H. Lyons II Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for exceptional Maui youth.
Finalists and the 2012 honoree are selected by a committee of Kahului Rotary members. Nominees must have a minimum of seven years of exemplary volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and represent the Rotary International motto "Service Above Self." Additionally, they must demonstate a significant and enduring impact for both the organization and the community they serve.
"The Palaka Award is the ultimate accolade for volunteers in the Maui County nonprofit community," said Robert Kawahara, Rotary Club of Kahului president. "It acknowledges consistent and meaningful hands-on philanthropy while honoring the legacy of Mike Lyons. The 2011 Award to Helen Nielsen and the Palaka Award luncheon was an unprecedented gathering, and we anticipate another rewarding and even more successful event on Aug. 24."
The award, created to honor Lyons' tireless community support, is named for the signature palaka shirts he usually wore. He was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent Maui figure, serving as both Rotary Club of Kahului president and Rotary District 5000 governor. His legacy continues to inspire and impact the Maui community now and for generations to come.
Find more information at www.kahuluirotary.com.