August 2017:  Aloha Kakou
Aloha kakou.
Navigating my way around the District and enjoying my club visits has been a wonderful experience.  I still have a month and half more to go and thank those I have encountered along the way. Each club is so unique and I commend you for the service projects you provide for your community. One of the highlights has been sharing my Priority One Message that is to encourage you to invite someone just like yourself to become a Rotarian.  A fellow Rotarian told me about his friend who recently joined and was sponsored by another individual.   And then he realized, “I’d spent all this time telling her all about Rotary and I didn’t even think about asking her if she’d like to join.”  How appropriate I am reminded of this now, because August is Membership & Extension Month
What does Rotary mean to you?   Someone once told me, “Meanings are in people not in words.”  We all have our own story, so what’s my story?  Words that come to mind are service and fellowship.  Rotary has provided me with opportunities to develop leadership skills, empowerment, higher goals, and making life time friendships.   For me, the value of being a Rotarian is serving others with my talent, resources and time.  I have been able to witness lives being transformed before my eyes and I can truly say after returning from an International project in Cambodia and visiting an orphanage there, Rotary has changed my life.  The “chicken-skin” feeling as we say here.
Membership is the backbone of our clubs.  Members provide financial support, manpower and friendship to conduct service projects locally and around the world.  Without members, the club foundation becomes weak, meetings become sluggish and then regret sets in.  To be a vibrant club, we need to strengthen and support each other to grow.  I remember when I said my last goodbye to Kirk Matthews.   He grabbed me by both shoulders, looked me straight in the eye and said “Imua Nalani, Imua.”   He was telling me to move forward, go get ‘um, no stop, more hands, more help.  So, I ask you, for my friend Kirk and myself, to bring one new member like you!  Passionate, classy, funny & smart.  Looking down the road, I would like to see 20,000 Rotarians in our state and we must be ready to greet them.  Together, we can make that happen.  Together let’s Imua! 
Me Ke Aloha Ha’a Ha’a
2016-17 Year in Review:
A Heartfelt Mahalo!
Our District 5000 Conference was a huge success!  Thank you to all that attended this first-class event – what an amazing weekend.  Have you seen the pictures?  
More photos can be found at:
Many thanks to an amazing team of Conference Planners:
Larry & Joanne Laird
2017 Conference Co-Chairs
Alexis Dascoulias
Family Events Chair
Ayman El-Dakhakhni
Transportation Co-Chair
Beth Hoban
Awards Chair
David Livingston
Photography Chair
Donna Hiranaka
VIP Co-Chair
Gloria King
Conference Secretary
Hilo Alan Kusunoki
VIP Co-Chair
Hugh Chare
Transportation Co-Chair
Jason Kama
Marketing & PR Chair
Kathleen Rhoads Merriam
House of Friendship Chair
Katie Mettler
Foundation Dinner Chair
Laine Kohama
Principal Sergeant-At-Arms
Lance Rae President
Script & Stage Chair
Laura Steelquist
Schedule & Program Chair
Liz May
Silent Auction Chair
Lori Williams
Education Chair
Mark A. Harbison
Sister Club Outreach
Nalani Edith Flinn
District Governor-Elect
Naomi K. Masuno
Logistics Chair
Richard Ma
Audio Visual Chair
Richard Olsen
Hospitality Chair
Roy E. King
Finance Chair
Roz Cooper
VIP & PDG Coordinator
Sandy Matsui-Cabanilla
Sonya Mendez
Sponsorship Chair
Wendy Hornack
Yolette Nishimoto
Registration Chair
Club Stories
May 2017:  Youth Services Month
District 5000 has a long tradition of outstanding service in youth services with great support and forward thinking from District leaders, and the news was welcomed with excitement and enthusiasm by District 5000 Rotarians.
April 2017:  Child and Maternal Health
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.

Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset’s new Rotary Community Corps

It’s official!  The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset has just chartered their first Rotary Community Corps, The Hawaii Men's Shed Association.  You may wonder, “What IS a Rotary Community Corps?” 
A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a team of nonRotarian men and women who are committed to their community’s long-term development and self sufficiency.  An RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club and is one of Rotary’s partners in service.  The main principle of the RCC program is to enable its members to personally address and solve problems of concern within their community.  They carry out creative and sustainable solutions to address community issues. 
Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more prosperous lives.
Rotarians don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good health, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
Each year, Hawaii Rotarians gift a paperback dictionary to every third grader in the Hawaiian Islands as part of the organization’s effort to increase childhood literacy. As part of the gifting process, Rotarians, teachers, and keiki sit together, going on a journey of discovery as they explore their dictionaries. Besides basic word information, these books are packed with 150 extra pages of enlightening information on our country, our world, and our universe. 
Upcoming Events
August 2017
RI Convention

Zone 25 & 26