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Swing for Wishes Nears a Decade of Wish Granting

Make-A-Wish volunteers and staff eagerly awaiting the 2015 Tournament golfers!
Over 300 golfers, sponsors and volunteers golf, play and bid to raise vital wish-granting funds at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club for the 2015 tournament

A partnership with Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa continues to raise spirits—and funds—by inviting all to a joyous day on the grounds of Hawaii Prince Golf Club. Local Wish Kids and their families enjoyed putt-putt and shared their wish stories of joy and strength—trips to Disneyland, Minecon and Atlantis—and not as much about their challenging diagnoses, which were once the center of their narratives. Their wishes are granted thanks to fundraising efforts like the Swing for Wishes tournament, which in 2014 raised a record-setting $125,000 to support Hawaii’s children.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the support we receive from Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa,” said Make-A-Wish® Hawaii President and CEO Siana Hunt. “Thanks to ongoing partnerships with charitable companies like the Hyatt and continuous support from the Hawaii community, we can direct our focus on reaching eligible Hawaii children and granting wishes as soon as possible, which is especially important since time is often an unknown variable for them. The more funds we can raise, the more children we can help.”

This community support helps fund the wishes of Wish Kids like Joseph, 3, who was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis just after he turned 2. Everyday activities of playing with his three brothers shifted to an inescapable routine of hospital visits and treatments—but they will never forget the week that was given to them thanks to the fundraising efforts toward the Make-A-Wish® mission; a week at Orlando, together, without doctors.

The annual tournament has so far funded over 90 wishes of Hawaii children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Individuals and teams of volunteers set up a putting contest, raffle, live and silent auction tables, a car wash and even a massage station for the 9th annual Swing for Wishes tournament, which was supported through generous event sponsorships and prize donations.

Funds from this year’s golf tournament will be celebrated on December 2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Tree Lighting Ceremony. These additional funds will help grant more wishes for eligible Hawaii keiki like Joseph.

Special thanks to Sheryl Siu, David Nadelman and the rest of the Hyatt Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa team for their continued dedication to the Make-A-Wish® mission, as well as the hundreds of individuals who contributed to the success of this year’s fundraiser!

  • Siana teaches Lyric to putt. Photo by Paula Ota.

  • Wish Kids and volunteers wish the golfers luck! Photo by Paula Ota.

  • Wish Kid Joseph and his brother having more fun with the flags. Photo by Paula Ota.

  • Wish Kid Kiani sinks a putt! Photo by Paula Ota.

  • The Wish families and Siana on a beautifully overcast day. Photo by Paula Ota.

  • Wish Kid Troy looking as happy as he did at Disneyland :D - Photo by Paula Ota.

  • The course was dotted with refreshing booths for happy golfers. Gourmet pupus, cocktails, sliders, beer, pizza, redbull--and smiling faces! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Teams braving the green. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Granting wishes one swing and smile at a time. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • What form! A few golfers even hit a hole-in-one! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Make-A-Wish staff Joy and Janel tend to hard-working volunteers across the course. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Win wine for a cause! The wine toss was a huge success! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Nearly 240 golfers participated in the tournament. Everyone's a winner! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • But the best part might have been riding in the carts, picking up drinks and pupus. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • The Hyatt Regency staff -- always a profoundly helpful and happy group! Mahalo! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100