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New Maui Therapy Room to be Named in Honor of Roy Yamaguchi

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Chef Roy Yamaguchi in Kāʻanapali. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Chef Roy Yamaguchi in Kāʻanapali. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A new Sensory Therapy Room at Imua Family Services on Maui will be named in honor of Chef Roy Yamaguchi and his Restaurants for their help over the years in raising funds for the Maui organization.

The recent 17th Annual Roy’s Restaurants Golf Classic held at the Royal Kāʻanapali Golf Course, raised $45,000 for Imua Family Services; and over the lifetime of the partnership has raised $672,000 to support Imua programs.

“This support has been instrumental in sustaining programs and services to families,” said Dean Wong, Executive Director for Imua Family Services in an organization announcement.

According to Wong, the new therapy room is currently under construction at the Early Childhood Development Center.


The Maui-based non-profit organization provides early child development and therapeutic services to children with developmental delays, special needs, and disabilities, with services geared toward children from birth to age six and their families.


Wong described this year’s golf event as “the most exciting tournament yet,” with a total of 40 teams competing for prizes ranging from golf rounds, to gift certificates for island restaurants, hotel stays, lūʻau’s, and sailing charters.

Winners this year included: first place Coca-Cola; second place Paradise Beverages; and Roy’s Restaurants rounded out the top three.

The day culminated with a “hole-in-one” dinner and awards presentation emceed by Guy Hagi of Hawaiʻi News Now at Roy’s Kāʻanapali.

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