Discover the Spirit of Aloha - Hawai'i Rotary Updates

July 8, 2023 | District Governor Mark Merriam | Volume 01

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Rotary Year!

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with the spirit of Rotary. 

Over the past weeks, I had the privilege of attending club leadership installations across Hawaii Rotary. Witnessing the pride in club accomplishments and hearing about the positive differences made in our communities, I was truly inspired. Mahalo to each and every one of you for your exceptional efforts and contributions during the 2022-23 year. Your commitment to service and dedication to Rotary's ideals are what make our district shine.

I want to extend a warm welcome to all the new club officers and directors. The enthusiasm and excitement that I witnessed during these installations were truly contagious. This new wave of energized volunteers brings a renewed sense of passion and commitment to our clubs. Embrace this opportunity to develop your personal leadership skills and remember that you have the support and collaboration of your fellow Rotarians every step of the way.

Together, let us continue to make a positive impact in our communities, fostering fellowship, and embodying the true spirit of Rotary.

Yours in service,

Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam 2023-2024
Mark Merriam
Hawai'i Rotary District 5000
District Governor 2023-2024
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By Nicole Baltazar (RECO)

If we create hope for others, I believe that we are truly creating hope for ourselves. And vice versa, if

we create hope for ourselves, we can inspire others and create hope for them as well. It all just

changes based on our intentions.

Register for #DISCON2024: Kauai

Register for DisCon2024: Kauai
Empowering Girls and Creating Lasting Change: My Journey through Rotary
By PDG Sandy Matsui
Hawai'i Rotary Past District Governor Sandy Matsui, a dedicated Rotarian for over 30 years, shares her inspiring Rotary journey, which began with overcoming barriers as a woman in Rotary. Now serving as the Zone 26 Ambassador for Empowering Girls, Sandy is passionate about fulfilling Rotary International's legacy to empower girls, working alongside fellow Rotarians to enhance their safety, health, education, and well-being worldwide. 

We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand new promotional video! This captivating production, skillfully crafted by Ryan Kawamoto (Kahala Sunrise) and our dedicated Hawai'i Rotary Public Image committee, beautifully captures the essence of Rotary in Hawaii. Be sure to visit the home page of our district website to watch this inspiring video and share it with your networks. Let's spread the Aloha spirit far and wide!

Share your Rotary story


The Public Image Resource Team wants to encourage clubs and their members to share their Rotary story.

4 ways to share your story:

  1. Tag @HawaiiRotary in your posts on Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Email your story to to be shared in the biweekly newsletter.
  3. Email to get your story on the District website,
  4. Add your events to the District Calendar
If you're interested in joining the Hawai'i Rotary Public Image Resource Team, contact Scott Wishart (Ala Moana) or Joshua Laguana (Hickam Pearl Harbor) today!
Upcoming Club Events
Hawaii Island East
Hilo Brewfest 2023
Jul 08, 2023
Oahu Central
General Membership Meeting
Jul 11, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hickam Pearl Harbor
Oahu Waikiki
Kaka'ako Ocean Friendly Garden Workday
Jul 09, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eco Rotary Kaka'ako
Hybrid Lunch Meeting - Club Connections
Jul 11, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Honolulu, Oahu
Eco Rotary Speakers - Matt Gonser, Hailey Campbell
Jul 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Eco Rotary Kaka'ako
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Upcoming District Events
Youth Service Chairs meeting
Jul 10, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Membership ThinkTank
Jul 15, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Public Image Committee Meeting
Jul 17, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Youth Service Chairs meeting
Jul 24, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Mental Health Initiative Hawai'i Chapter (RAG) Monthly Meeting
Jul 28, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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