About Town 12-26-17

  • Kona Historical Society executive director Joy Holland and Kona Historical Society development associate Dance Aoki hold a check donated by the West Hawaii Association of Realtors during its annual membership meeting on Dec. 1 at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Realtors donate $12K to Kona Historical Society

The West Hawaii Association of Realtors raised $12,811 for Kona Historical Society as part of the Association’s 2017 campaign to support a charity of choice. Association president Mike Drutar presented Kona Historical Society executive director Joy Holland and development associate Dance Aoki with a check for the total amount raised during the association’s annual membership meeting on Dec. 1, at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai.

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The first event organized by the association to benefit Kona Historical Society as the association’s charity of choice was a golf tournament and luncheon fundraiser held at The Club at Hokulia on Sept. 11, where more than 80 golfers participated in the tournament for this charitable cause.

The Club at Hokulia generously contributed to the fundraiser through the “Community Play” program. Hokulia’s Community Play program provides an opportunity for a local charity to hold a fundraising golf tournament at its private, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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Following the tournament, the association participated in a silent auction of rare, large-scale canvas photo prints from Kona Historical Society’s private archive, as well as an East Indian Rosewood dining table with renowned Hawaii historical provenance.

For the better part of 2017, fundraising committee chairwoman Linda Swanson, association executive Karin Shaw, and association president Mike Drutar devoted their time, energy and leadership to this year-long fundraising campaign. In addition to the golf tournament, members of the association became Kona Historical Society members, and encouraged their friends and family to join KHS through a membership drive. KHS welcomed more than 70 people as members thanks to the efforts of the West Hawaii Association of Realtors.