Two families honored at Vulcans Legacy Dinner

The Handy family and the Hanley family were honored at the Vulcans Legacy Dinner on Friday at the Hilo Yacht Club.


University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Athletics and the Vulcan Booster Club honored two Hilo families at the Vulcans Legacy Dinner on Friday at the Hilo Yacht Club.

Steve and Emma Handy, and Joe and Diana Hanley, and their families, have been ardent supporters of not only UH Hilo and Vulcans Athletics, but also the entire Hawaiʻi Island community for decades.

The Handy family, Steve and Emma and son Steve Jr., owned and operated East Hawaiʻi Subway franchises up until recently. “They have supported Vulcan Athletics as corporate sponsors and boosters since the late 1990s,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin.

Vulcan Logo. Large V and flame.The Hanley family owns Orchid Isle Ford, and the family has made numerous contributions to the community. “Father, Walsh Hanley (now deceased), was one of the original Vulcan Boosters and a proud supporter of UH Hilo Athletics,” says Chancellor Irwin. “His legacy of support for Vulcan Athletics has continued to this day through the Hanley Ohana and Orchid Isle Ford.”

“Through their vision and generosity, these families have made our community a better place,” says Pat Guillen, director of UH Hilo athletics. “Whether through generous donations and sponsorships to fund operating needs and scholarships for athletics, or working on clean water projects in Fiji or founding the Children’s Justice Center for East Hawaiʻi, the impact that the Handys and Hanleys have made are immeasurable and truly inspiring. I am proud to call them my friends and I am a better person for knowing them.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Vulcan Booster Club in support of Hawaiʻi Hilo Athletics’ 12 sports teams and their student-athletes.

“This Vulcans Legacy Dinner honors those who have done so much for this community, our university and our athletics department,” says Keene Fujinaka, president of the club. “Our honorees this year epitomize the values and sense of giving, which makes Hawaiʻi Island so special. These families have a legacy of generosity while asking for nothing in return. We are honored to recognize both the Handy and Hanley families and are so grateful for their continued support over many years.”