Caring for people is what Michele Akahane, chair of the tournament's First Aid Committee and her volunteers - local firefighters, police officers and nurses - are expertly skilled in at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
As a single mom who raised three sons, Michele said she was grateful that there were organizations and charities who helped her and her children. "I wanted to find a way to repay and help the community, so I started volunteering for different charities. I called the Sony Open in Hawaii and offered to recruit volunteers for their First Aid committee - that was 20 years ago."
"It is like a family coming together at a time like this, especially during Covid, sharing their experience, giving to the community, helping assist people. To tell you the truth, I wasn't really expecting very many volunteers, but more than half of my volunteers coming back to the Sony Open in 2021. They have a passion to give back. These guys are so compassionate, they want to give back and they want to help as much as they can."
Watch Michele Akahane's message below.