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‘Waterfalling Estate’ Hosts Vulcan Tennis Benefit

January 28, 2014, 10:07 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:53 PM
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The spectacular eight-acre “Waterfalling Estate” in Ninole will host a cliffside exhibition of tennis on Feb. 8 to raise funds for the Richard and Ruth Matsuura Vulcan Tennis Endowed Scholarship.

The UH-Hilo Tennis team will put its skills to the test on the estate’s courts overlooking waterfalls and panoramic ocean vistas in a “best of five” world team tennis competition, said a release for the fundraiser.

The scholarship was named after the late state senator and his wife, a local pediatrician, in appreciation for their generous contributions to athletics and education on Hawai`i Island.

Sen. Matsuura was a key figure in Hawai`i politics during the 1980s and 1990s, helping to promote geothermal energy in Puna, and the Natural Energy Lab in West Hawai`i.

The Matsuuras were key donors to the construction of the Haili Tennis Courts located at Hilo Intermediate School, and, according to UH-Hilo tennis coach Karl Sloss, were “instrumental” in supporting the university’s tennis program in recent years.

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The late State Sen. Richard Matsuura, Dr. Ruth Matsuura, and children. Courtesy photo.

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“This endowment will help us work toward a fully-funded future for Vulcan Tennis,” said Sloss, who is also a volunteer member of Hui Kako`o Kenika, a nonprofit organization that promotes tennis on the Big Island.

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Though Sen. Matsuura died in 1997, Dr. Matsuura and her children continue to play an active role in the Hilo community.

The fundraising event will be held from 3-6 p.m. Lito Arkangel is expected to perform and light pupus will be served.

Tickets are $25, and may be purchased in advance at the UH athletics ticket office or at the event. Call Karl Sloss for information, 842-922-7221.

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