riends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3), was formed in 1998 as a result of the shared vision and collaboration of a group of business and community leaders to provide support for local not-for-profit programs that serve and benefit Hawaii’s women, children, youth, and impoverished.
The Friends’ principal fund-raising event is the SONY OPEN IN HAWAII PGA TOUR golf tournament held at Waialae Country Club each January.
The 2018 Sony Open marked the 20th anniversary of title sponsorship by Sony Corporation. During the event, the PGA TOUR and Sony announced the extension of their partnership by another four years, through 2022, tying it for the third-longest tenured title sponsor on the TOUR. The 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii, scheduled January 7-13, will mark the start of extension, along with a four-year commitment of an increased annual charity distribution goal of $1.2 million by Friends of Hawaii Charities with the support of Sony, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Waialae Country Club.
Together, Friends of Hawaii Charities and the event’s charity partner, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., which matches funds raised at tournament dollar-for-dollar, have generated more than $18,000,000 benefiting hundreds of Hawaii not-for-profit organizations.