The Alcantras and their $25,000 prize.

IPA 10th Annual Golf Tournament Mahalo & Wrap-Up

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY hosted its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Coral Creek Golf Course last Friday, February 10, 2017. The tournament was a wonderful success in many ways – funds were raised to support the IPA Athletics Department and Financial Aid Program, golfers enjoyed a great day on the course, and many volunteers came out to show their support for our school.

And, for the first time in the 10 years of the tournament, a golfer won the Hole-in-One Grand Prize! IPA parent Chito Alcantra used his 6-iron on Hole #13 to hit a 158-yard tee shot onto the green, where it bounced once and dropped into the cup for a hole-in-one and $25,000 cash prize! It was a great win for the Alcantras, and a highlight of the tournament!

The Alcantras and their $25,000 prize.

Chito Alcantra, shown with his wife Genny and son Chase (’24), won $25,000 with his hole-in-one shot on #13. Steve Ross (left), Elementary Principal, and Gerald Teramae (right), Head of School, congratulate the Alcantras.

“This was really a wonderful event and I heard so many positive compliments from the players. We were all so excited that an IPA parent won the Hole-in-One prize!” shared Gerald Teramae, Head of School. “I really want to thank all of our volunteers and staff, who worked very hard to make this tournament successful. It certainly showed in the outcome of the event.”

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY thanks all the golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped make the 10th Annual IPA Golf Tournament a success. More than 70 golfers came out to hit the links and support the many programs offered at IPA.

Our 2017 Tournament sponsors included:

Tournament sponsor logos

Gold Sponsor: Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
Silver Sponsors: Matson, Reflections Glass, KSF Inc., D.R. Horton
Hole Sponsors: Alston Group LLC, Air Central Inc., CCH, Rebound Hawaiʻi


“We had such great support again this year from so many,” said Charmaine Hauanio-Kuewa, Director of Advancement. “The success of the tournament is only possible through all of our generous sponsors and donors, and the many wonderful volunteers who spent so much of their time helping us run the tournament.”

Volunteers at the tee.

Volunteer Mary Durrett and IPA students Pono Nahinu (’20) and Jake Lundstrom (’18) greet golfers at the #13 tee.

Volunteers prepare the bentos.

Volunteers Desiree Loperfido (IPA parent ’22), Lillian Napuelua (IPA grandparent ’22), and Tam Welch (IPA parent ’19) prepare Hawaiian bento lunches for the players.


Hauanio-Kuewa also credits the hard-working golf tournament committee who volunteered much of their time and energy in promoting the tournament, soliciting prizes, and bringing in new donors and sponsors. “We are so fortunate to have these IPA parents, who are also professionally involved in the golf community, share their time and talents with us to help put this event together,” she said.

The 2017 IPA Golf Tournament Committee members included Keith Kodani (IPA Parent ’17), Wayne Yamamoto (IPA Parent ’15 and ’16, and IPA Golf Coach), and Todd Murata (IPA Parent ’23 and ’26).

There was a lot for the golfers to enjoy throughout the day, both on and off the course. Players were pampered with a free chair massage by Rebound Hawaiʻi, a swag bag of great gifts, a special Hawaiian bento lunch generously donated by Diamond Head Seafood, on-course delivery of individual poke bowls from Hawaiian Poke Company during the second half of the round, and a dinner buffet at the awards banquet.

Players get chair massage.

Players received free, ten-minute chair massages from Rebound Hawaiʻi.


Participants also had the opportunity to win one of 50 fabulous raffle prizes, including a Kauaʻi golf get-away for three with room and airfare, a 55” Samsung SMART LCD TV, dinner luau tickets at Paradise Cove, and rounds of golf at many beautiful courses on Oʻahu and the neighbor islands. Each player was given one entry to the raffle with their registration, but many were excited to increase their chances of winning by purchasing additional raffle tickets by the arm’s-length before the tournament.

Golfers purchase raffle tickets.

Eric Carson (IPA parent ’17, ’19) enlisted the help of his teammates to take “arms’-length” to the limit to purchase his raffle tickets.


Tournament prizes this year were awarded to the 10th, 13th, and highest-scoring teams, as well as the lowest-scoring finishers.

“We wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to win something in the tournament,” said Hauanio-Kuewa. “We selected the 10th and 13th places for our top prizes since this year marks the 10th year of the tournament and the 13th anniversary of IPA.”

“Our last place finishers also lucked out!” joked Hauanio-Kuewa. “They got some great prizes including rounds of golf at the Kāneʻohe Klipper, gift cards to Fresco’s Italian Restaurant, and golf lessons from the Klipper pro!”

IPA students help with putting contest.

IPA students Jordan Carrancho (’18) and Steve Cleveland (’19) assist with the Putting Contest before the shotgun start of the tournament.

Golfer tees up.

Keith Ogata (IPA Board of Trustees member) gets ready to tee off on a Gold Sponsored hole.

Golfers waiting on green.

Mike Rompel (IPA parent ’22, ’28) and his golfers from Domino’s Pizza wait beside the green for one of their teammates.

Golfers putting on the green.

This threesome is hoping to sink their putt. The three-person scramble format and two putt maximum kept things moving along.

Golfers in front of cart.

These golfers enjoyed their round!


With a score of 59, Leland Lindsay, Anna Murata, and Todd Murata were the low net-score winners and will have their names added to the IPA Golf Tournament perpetual trophy.

Golfers laugh on the green

The low net-score winners had fun out on the course.


In addition to the traditional finishers’ prizes, golfers could compete for prizes in the Putting Contest and several course contests, including Hole-in-One and Closest-to-the-Pin on the par-3 holes, Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, and Most Accurate Drive.

A golfer tees off on a par-3 hole.


Prizes, swag bag items, and bentos were generously provided by: Alston Group, LLC, Big Island Candies, Castle Resorts & Hotels, Clifford Horita, Coral Creek Golf Course, Diamond Head Seafoods, Derek Kamm, DK Restaurants, Domino’s Pizza Hawaiʻi, ʻEwa Beach Golf Club, First Hawaiian Bank, Four Seasons Resorts Lanaʻi, Hawaiʻi Kai Golf Course, Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club, Hawaiian Poke Company, Hoakalei Country Club, Honolulu Country Club, House of Photography, Kāneʻohe Klipper Golf Course, Keith Kodani, FootJoy Hawaiʻi, King Kamehameha Golf Club, Kohanaiki Club, Ko Olina Golf Club, Latte Consulting, LLC, Leland Lindsay, M.A.C. 24/7, Mākaha Valley Country Club, Menehune Water Company, Mid Pacific Country Club, Mililani Golf Club, Nanea Golf Club, Oʻahu Country Club, Olomana Golf Links, Panda Travel, PAR Hawaiʻi, Paradise Beverages, Inc., Paradise Cove Hawaiʻi, Pearl Country Club, Poʻipū Bay Golf Course, Princeville Makai Golf Club, Puakea Golf Course, Rebound Hawaiʻi, Roger Dunn Pearl City, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, Shelby Dissinger, Tanioka’s Charity Foundation, The Islander Group, Titleist Golf, Turtle Bay Golf, Urgent Care Hawaiʻi, Waikoloa Kings’ Course, Wailea Golf Club, Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaiʻi.

We’re already looking forward to our 11th Annual Golf Tournament next May at the Kāneʻohe Klipper Golf Course! We hope to see you all there!