Traditionally Hawaii’s last tournament of the year, the Hawaii State Open also is one of Hawaii’s oldest tournaments. The Hawaii State Open was launched in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open, The Hawaiian Open began in the 1920s and was a fitting championship that determined the best golfer in the Islands. Many great players from the mainland were invited to compete and did so for more than 30 years.
Because of the diversity of players and the boost in economy from these events, three former Waialae Country Club presidents, Ken Brown, John Bellinger and Francis Wright asked the PGA Tour in 1965, to add the Hawaiian Open as a regular stop on the PGA Tour.
Although this was a great commercial success, it restricted Hawaiian pros and amateurs from participating in the Hawaiian Open, since now to play in the event, you had to be a playing member on the PGA Tour.
For a few years there remained no place for Hawaiian players to participate in a premier event. In 1974, the tournament was revived and the name changed to the Hawaii State Open. While its name had changed, its mission remained the same: to find the best golfer in Hawaii. As part of the revival, the Ted Makalena perpetual trophy was established. Makalena was the first Hawaii resident to win a PGA Tour event, the 1966 PGA Tour Hawaiian Open.
It was decided to host the event annually, where Oahu and the Ala Wai Golf Course became the site used most often. With dwindling sponsorship dollars and a host site that was not appropriate to attract the best players, the Hawaii State Open has been unable to attain the prestige befitting such a championship.
In 1976, a women’s division was added. In 1989, a senior division was added.
The Chevrolet Dealers of Oahu were the last supporting sponsor of the event, but did not renew their sponsorship for 1993. The event had been run by the Oahu Junior Golf Association, with the excess revenue being channeled toward Oahu Junior Golf.
In 1993, the tournament was taken over by the Aloha Section of the PGA, with the goal of returning the event to its rich tradition of hosting a premier local golf tournament on the best courses throughout the islands. The Foundation took over the event in 2006.
Past champions include 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and local favorites Japan PGA touring professional David Ishii and PGA Tour player Dean Wilson. David is the only player to have won both the Hawaii State Open and the Hawaiian Open
HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS
|Year||Winner||Low Amateur||Low Woman||Low Senior|
|2014||Dean Wilson 212||John Oda 217||Allisen Corpuz (A) 236||Casey Nakama 216|
|2013||Nick Mason 206||David Fink 207||Mari Chun 216||Jeff Coston 208|
|2012||Dean Wilson 213||Trent Norcorss 221||Tamara Surtee 224||Kevin Hayashi 211|
|2011||Samuel Cyr 207||Nick Sherwood 215||Katie Kempter 204||David Ishii 210|
|2010||Tadd Fujikawa 204||Sean Maekawa 208||Ji Soo Park (A) 214||David Ishii 206|
|2009||Jesse Mueller 197||David Fink 207||Katie Kempter 220||Kirk Nelson 206|
|2008||Nick Mason 135||Lorens Chan 139||Cyd Okino (A) 144||Leland Lindsay 135|
|2007||Dean Wilson 207||Bradley Shigezawa 210||Cyd Okino (A) 220||Larry Stubblefield 217|
|2006||Tom Eubank 210||Sean Maekawa 214||Cyd Okino (A) 220||Leland Lindsay 214|
|2005||Jarett Hamamoto (A) 212||Christine Kim (A) 227||Dean Prince 215|
|2004||Chad Saladin 207||Matt Kodama 212||Lisa Chang 217||Larry Stubblefield 219|
|2003||Kris Moe 222||Mike Kim 229||Stephanie Kono (A) 238||George Newbeck 222|
|2002||Tom Eubank 209||Ryan Koshi 220||Michelle Wie (A) 208||Dan Nishimoto 219|
|2001||Kevin Hayashi 212||Casey Kobashigawa 219||Sally Soranaka (A) 228||Dean Prince 212|
|2000||Kevin Hayashi 207||Ryan Koshi 218||Christel Tomori 218||Dean Prince 216|
|1999||Kevin Hayashi 205||Van Wright 214||Christel Tomori 209||Dean Prince 209|
|1998||Greg Meyer 212||Jonathan Ota 221||Christel Tomori 223||Dean Prince 218|
|1997||Brian Sasada 208||Jim Seki, Jr. 220||Camie Hoshino 216||Dean Prince 215|
|1996||Deron Doi 213||Jonathan Ota 220||Camie Hoshino 222||Dean Prince 222|
|1995||Ken Springer 211||Jay Kurisu 222||Lori Planos 149|
|1994||Scott Simpson 216||Damien Jamila 221||Lori Planos 159|
|1993||Scott Simpson||Lori Planos|
|1992||Lance Suzuki 208||Phil Anamizu 211||Lori West 218|
|1991||Dick McClean||Lori West|
|1990||Dick McClean 207||Les Uyehara 209||Susie Berning 211||Val Beatriz 213|
|1989||Chuck Davis 198||Wendell Kop||Pam Kometani 222||Jim McKeigan|
|1988||Lance Suzuki 212||Daryl Inaba 218||Pan Kometani 230|
|1988||Les Uyehara 218|
|1987||Casey Nakama 209||Scott Head 216||Lenore Muraoka 232|
|1987||Shane Abe 216|
|1986||Lance Suzuki 279||Dean Prince 285||Susan Sanders 225|
|1985||David Ishii 283||Ken Fujii 293||Nadia Ste.-Marie 231|
|1984||David Ishii 284||Brian Sasada 297||Susan Sanders 239|
|1983||Clyde Rego 275||Brandan Kop 286||Lori Castillo 222|
|1982||Wendell Tom (A) 283||Brenda Rego 229|
|1981||Scott Simpson 279||Casey Nakama 288||Jeannette Kerr 223|
|1980||David Ishii 275||Chuck Davis 281||Jeannette Kerr 216|
|1979||Scott Simpson 274||Clyde Rego 281||Althea Tome 222|
|1978||Steve Veriato 280||Ken Miyaoka 285||Althea Tome 233|
|1978||David Ishii 285|
|1977||Steve Veriato 276||Wendell Kop 285||Lori Castillo 226|
|1976||Lance Suzuki 274||Allan Yamamoto 287||Althea Tome 234|
|1976||Keith Kollmeyer 287|
|1975||Allan Yamamoto (A) 277|
|1974||Dan Nishimoto (A) 273|