Molokai Whippas Awards 3 Scholarships
Molokai Whippas News Release
Another beautiful late spring day and the Molokai Whippas could only wonder what might have been. This year’s 44th annual Molokai Whippas Invitational Fishing Tournament became another victim to the COVID pandemic that has plagued the world for well over a year. Earlier this year, the Whippas made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
Despite the cancellation, the Molokai Whippas ohana stepped up and really came through to help the Whippas attain their goal. A late decision was made to produce a limited edition commemorative shirt. Artist and designer Wayne Ng of Design Ng came through with a great design and collaborated with Guy Inocelda, who operates T’s On Me which screens the designs, to add masks to match the shirts. The combination was very well-received!
Donations received from the Whippas Ohana fund enabled the Whippas to award three scholarships this year. Congratulations and best wishes to our recipients!
Kaaipolohiwa Duvauchelle, daughter of Kawika and Nohea Duvauchelle, will be attending the University of Hawaii – Manoa to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. Mallory Go, daughter of Kurt and Kelly Go, will attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in the fall. Reese Raguindin, daughter of Poncie and Erin Raguindin, is heading for Forest Grove, Oregon to attend Pacific University and plans to earn bachelors and masters degrees in education.
A tremendous mahalo to Wayne Ng – Design Ng (Tournament Design), Guy Inocelda – T’s On Me, Alton/Gail Arakaki, Allen/Jenni Ashitomi, Bill Chang, Morris Christy, Ron/Dora Conrad, Adam/Katrina Dangleman, Elden Esmeralda, Janice Espiritu, Warren Hananoki, Karen Harada, Clifford/Marian Horita, Bob/Bessie Kam, Don Kida, Mike Kodama, Glenn Kondo, Guy Kumashiro, James Louis, Benny Maeda, Ian/Darlene Mikami, Calvin/Stephanie Misaki, Ruth Misaki, Lillian Miyaki, Eddie/Marlene Okahara, Dick Oshima, Rodney/Karla Park, Bill/Linda Puleloa, Fred/Louann Reyes, Glenn/Lynn Sasaki, Bob and Sheldeen Takeo, Roger Takabayashi, Paul Tanaka, Gerald/Gayle Taoka, Kanekoa and Leo’hoonani Texeira, Ryan/Loni Todoroki, Rose Yamada, Robyn/Dawn Yamamoto, Lynn and Lance Yamauchi, Lenn Yonemura/Carrie Portuondo, Stephen/Doreen Yonemura, Lloyd/Linda Yonemura, Nelson and Karen Yoshina, and Chuck, Carrie, Lisa – Hawaii Fishing News.
Once again, a big mahalo nui loa to all of our donors and best wishes to Hiwa, Mallory and Reese! To all of the anglers and all future anglers, keep those fishing rods and reels in top shape, and get ready for the 45th Annual tournament next spring. Please be safe and keep well!