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Special Olympics & Par Hawaii; 25-year partnership going strong

Sponsored by Par Hawaii

For five decades, Special Olympics Hawaii has been supporting and challenging hundreds of athletes with development disabilities, and for half of that time Par Hawaii has been a devoted partner. The nonprofit would not be able to run without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of companies like Par Hawaii. Chief operating officer of Special Olympics Hawaii, Dan Epstein, and Par Hawaii Refining director of government and public affairs Lance Tanaka joined HI Now host Kanoe Gibson on set to talk about this special partnership.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Special Olympics Hawaii has grown to serve more than 4,700 athletes and Unified partners on every island in our state. With the support of more than 11,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 10 Olympic-type sports and over 50 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and corporate partners. There is never a fee to any athlete or family to participate in Special Olympics programs.

About Par Hawaii
Par Hawaii’s assets include a refinery, which can process up to 94,000 barrels of crude oil per day; 27 miles of distribution pipelines; and a single-point mooring terminal. In addition, Par Hawaii’s gasoline and diesel are sold through a network of 128 retail locations on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii islands.

Commercial sales are a vital part of Par Hawaii’s commercial marketing business, and consist of two major segments — aviation fuels and heavy fuels. Par Hawaii provides commercial sales of jet fuel and marine fuels to the marine and aviation industries that serve the state of Hawaii as well as trans-Pacific transportation routes.

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