Congratulations to our 2021 honorees!

Michele Akahane

2021 Volunteer Chair of the Year
First Aid Committee, 20-year volunteer

Michele Akahane, the Sony Open in Hawaii 2021 Chester Kahapea Volunteer Chair of the Year, has been volunteering for 20 years. Michele works tirelessly year-round to seek donations from business relationships she has developed over the year for the First Aid Committee. These donations include medical supplies, AEDs, and prizes for volunteer appreciation events. Her committee of volunteers have become like family to her.


Rick Hayes

2021 Volunteer of the Year
Parking Committee, 11-year volunteer

Rick Hayes, Vice Chairman of the Parking Committee, is the first volunteer in his committee to arrive each morning, and one of the last to leave. He helps to oversee the parking volunteers, cleans the tournament parking lots, directs cars, and ensures the volunteers are hydrated and fed throughout the day.