New Member Orientation

Imiloa Astronomy Center / Nani Loa Golf Course

Saturday April 6th, 2024

Who:                    All New 2024 BIJGA Members

Golf Course:       Imiloa Astronomy Center, Conference Room

When:                  Saturday April 6th, 2024

                             Begins at 1:00 pm, Nani Loa Golf Course at 3:00 pm

Green Fees:        FREE TO ALL PLAYERS

Entry Deadline:  Tuesday April 2nd, by 8:00 pm

Format:               Talk Story / Simulate an event.


Aloha Everybody,


We are super excited to announce a very special event for our newest members.  On the heels of an amazing West Hawaii event, our second New Member Orientation of the Year will be on Saturday April 6th in Hilo. This event is intended for those new members and their families who have recently joined the Big Island Junior Golf Association and have little to no experience with our Association or our events.  We'll begin at the Imiloa Astronomy Center conference room from 1:00 till about 2:00.  There we hope to answer questions like; What is a Club Play and how is it different from a Tournament? Are caddies allowed? Are Spectators allowed?  What is expected of the kids when they arrive in the morning? What is expected from the volunteers?  What kind of Scholarship and College Prep opportunities are available?  Don't forget to bring your clubs because following the introduction, starting at 3:00 pm we will head to the Nani Loa Golf Course.  At the course, we will take new members, caddies and their families through a simulated BIJGA event from checking in, starting play, moving through the fairway, and playing on around the green.  After a couple holes groups will move to the score table to complete a round.

For those of us behind the scenes at BIJGA, we know all too well the feelings of excitement and nervousness on the mornings of those first few events.  We were all new parents and new members at one point.  We all wanted to help.  But often, we just didn't know what to do.  This event is intended to fill in some of those blanks and answer questions that you may have.  If you do have questions, don't worry you are not alone.  There is probably someone else with the very same question.  This event is open to juniors as well as their family and friends.  BIJGA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to teaching life skills to Juniors on our Island, while developing golf skills and a love of the game that we hope will last a lifetime. We know that we couldn't do what we do without all of your help.  

If you are able to attend, please click on the following link: New Member Orientation 4.6.24  

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our board members.  


Mahalo and see you there.

Dan Volpe


February 25, 2024 Mauna Lani Golf Course

We wanted to thank everyone who attended our BIJGA New Member Orientation event.  This was the largest new member that we ever been a part of.  We hope everyone had a great time, learned more about Big Island Jr. Golf, and is excited for all the great events coming up this year.

Special appreciation to Mr. Ross Birch and all the staff at the Mauna Lani for hosting our group in the meeting room and out on the course.  Thank you to Sheena, Ryan, Adrianna, Stanley, Bulla, Ulukoa, Isabella, Blake, Uncle Vinnie, Mike, Yachi, Brandy all the volunteers who came to share some stories, experiences, and help out on the course.  We couldn't have done it without you!

April 8, 2023 Imiloa and Naniloa Golf Course

Thank you to all participants & volunteers at our BIJGA New Member Orientation at Imiloa and Naniloa on Saturday April 8, 2023! Extra special thank you to current UH-Hilo Golf team members (& BIJGA alumni) Kailey Oki, Elle Otani, Kiersten Saludares, & Ethan Hironaga for sharing their fond BIJGA memories and assisting in making the event a success for all who attended!