Paniaka Restoration Golf Tournament

On August 20, 72 golfers will have the opportunity to play one of Maui’s few and most coveted sea-to-mountain golf courses at Makena Golf & Beach Club. The fundraising scramble tournament will benefit the restoration of Paniaka, an important wetland site at the South end of Big Beach in Makena State Park.

The Cause

Pacific Whale Foundation has partnered with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and will work with the Oneloa Coalition to ensure the successful restoration of the Paniaka wetland. Funds raised will aid efforts to restore flora and fauna within and around the wetland to the native regime and enhance wetland function. The proposed activities will serve to re-establish Paniaka and the surrounding area as both a significant cultural and ecological site, which will be open to the approximately 450,000 annual visitors of Makena State Park. Visit to learn more about the project and how you can help.

The Course

The Makena Golf & Beach Club golf course is one of Maui’s most coveted sea-to-mountain golf course experiences. The 18-hole club course traverses Maui's rugged backcountry along the leeward slopes of Mount Haleakala and reaches elevations of 450 feet above sea level. Fully renovated by Dennis Wise in 2015, the redesign highlighted the natural beauty of the terrain by strategically repositioning tees, greens, bunkers and fairway features to reveal spectacular ocean and offshore views of Molokini crater and the neighboring islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai.

$350 registration is limited to 72 participants. Sign up as a team of 4 or an individual to be assigned to a team. Registration incudes:

  • Live music by multiple Grammy Award winning master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku
  • Grand Prize: Private Sunset Cocktail Cruise for 16 from Pacific Whale Foundation and the Paniaka Restoration Golf Tournament trophy ($3000 value)
  • ‘Grab and go’ breakfast, snacks and access to the Comfort Station, lunch and beverages from MauiWine and Maui Brewing Company at the Clubhouse
  • Hole in One Prizing : $15,000 cash (to be split 50/50 between player and charity), a 7 day Caribbean Cruise for two, two round trip tickets on American Airlines anywhere in the Continental U.S., and an ipad.
  • Great prizes from our sponsors including a two night stay at the Grand Wailea ($1,400 value)
  • Souvenir team photo
  • An optional tour of the Paniaka wetland site with interpretation by Pacific Whale Foundation following the tournament

Registration closes August 18. For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities contact

Makena Golf & Beach ClubTimeline:

  • 7:30 Registration Open/Breakfast
  • 8:15 Blessing
  • 8:30 Shotgun Start
  • 1:00 Luncheon with live music and prizes at the Clubhouse
  • 2:30 Event Concludes
  • 3:00 Tour of Paniaka wetland


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