Hawaii Open gives back to the community with a thrilling charity session held on December 21, 2018, that featured doubles match play with special guests.
Giving back to the Hawaii community is at the heart of the Hawaii Open. The tournament was proud to host a Charity Session following Saturday’s match play to benefit the Hawaii Community Foundation in support of those families affected by the volcano eruption on the Island of Hawaii. Special guest participants included Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim, and guest umpire judges LPGA player Michelle Wie and HTA Board of Directors member Rick Fried.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Daniel Dae Kim were matched with doubles partners Kei Nishikori and Garbine Muguruza as player Ryan Harrsion added entertaining commentary from the umpire stand.
Local Oahu men’s and women’s tennis champions of the 2018 Honolulu Homes Loans/Cross Court Night Doubles tournaments held at Kailua Racquet Club tested their skills in doubles match play against some of the best tennis players in the world for thrilling entertainment. Fans were able to cheer on local HPU tennis coaches Hendrik Bode and Jordi Vives Ribas as they took on Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. Local tennis celebrities Lena Lutzeier and Alyssa Tobita were matched against several Hawaii Open players including Genie Bouchard and Monica Puig.
Ticket prices for the charity session were only $20 and all proceeds from the session went to the Hawaii community. The event raised $10,000 to benefit the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund.