Like most good things, it all started with a surfboard.
At least that’s how the grand prize for this year’s Timbers Kauai Thanksgiving Golf Scramble came about. It doesn’t take long to figure out how small Kauai really is, especially when friendships interconnect in a way that can only happen in a small, tight-knit community like ours.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Timbers honored Aloha Movement Kauai, a local non-profit whose mission is to help people all over the world live a life full of Aloha. It just so happens that the co-founder of Aloha Movement Kauai lives with Mark Angel, the surfboard shaper from Hanalei. Mark was kind enough to donate a one-of-a-kind Aloha Movement surfboard to sweeten the pot at this annual event. The Aloha Spirit and the Spirit of Thanksgiving are both embedded in generosity, gratitude and community, so what better way to honor that than with a custom Mark Angel surfboard?
The greens were freshly cut and rolled, the sugar-coated malasadas piping hot and the carts packed and ready to roll. It was a beautiful start on Black Friday at the Ocean Course at Hokuala where 42 golfers including owners, guests and members of Kauai’s community joined together at the breathtaking course to play 18 seaside holes. “This is an event we look forward to hosting every Thanksgiving,” says Nancy Ihlenfeldt, Marketing Director for Timbers Kauai. “It’s the perfect opportunity for us to give back to the community around us and for us to invite people from on island as well as owners and their guests to come and celebrate with us.”
Golfers played with a shotgun start on the esteemed Jack Nicklaus signature course, nestled between the Haupu mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, recently voted “Hawaii’s Best Golf Course” for the second consecutive year. Along the way, players enjoyed “signature stations” with food and giveaways. Each player received a copy of the book published by Aloha Publishing, Discovery Aloha, about the meaning of Aloha as experienced by Lahela Keikila’au’o’wakanahele Chandler Correa and her family linage, who was born and raised in Wainiha (that would be the interconnected thing we referred to earlier).
Following the event, players joined for the Taste of Timbers Kauai celebration at oceanfront farm to table restaurant Hualani’s for Thanksgiving inspired creations from Chef Jafet, drinks, and live music. Last but not least, the Aloha Movement surfboard, now in the hands of Drew Vento from Kalaheo, wrapped up the evening—because every good story ends with a surfboard.
Giving Aloha and Giving Thanks
The Timbers Resorts celebrates the meaning of Thanksgiving Kauai-style with its annual Timbers Kauai Thanksgiving Golf Scramble event featuring the local non-profit, Aloha Movement. A little golf, a lot of food, and an Aloha Movement surfboard giveaway was our way of giving thanks to our community.