Rotary Club of Pearlridge, Mana Loa Nimitz Lions unite at Puuloa Springs for wonderful day of service

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By Barry Villamil

President-Elect, Rotary Club of Pearlridge

Member, Mana Loa Nimitz Lions Club

I would like to send my heartfelt appreciation to fellow Mana Loa Nimitz Lions Club community volunteers who came together Saturday morning to clean and beautify the Puuloa Springs Native Hawaiian Garden in Pearl City. The Puuloa Springs Native Hawaiian Garden is located along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path and historic, blessed Pearl Harbor shoreline that stretches (heading West) from around Blaisdell Park and towards the Hawaiian Electric Waiau Power Plant. 

Rotary Club of Pearlridge, Mana Loa Nimitz Lions unite at Puuloa Springs for wonderful day of service 2024-05-07 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Pearlridge

Rotary Club of Pearlridge closes out successful 2023-2024 Dictionary 5000 campaign with final Good Citizen Award presentation on May 7

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By Barry Villamil, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Pearlridge

The Rotary Club of Pearlridge (RCOP) made their final Dictionary 5000, Good Citizen Award presentation of the 2023-2024 school year on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth School in Aiea, Hawaii. Good Citizen Awards were presented to thirty-one outstanding third graders from fifteen public and private schools in Aiea and Pearl City during their end of school year awards assemblies.  One boy and one girl from each school received a Good Citizen Award congratulatory letter and a $50.00 check from RCOP presenters.

Rotary Club of Pearlridge closes out successful 2023-2024 Dictionary 5000 campaign with final Good Citizen Award presentation on May 7 Barry Villamil 2024-05-07 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Pearlridge

Hawai‘i Rotary District 5000 Responds Generously to Support Ohana Hope Village with $44,000 Donation

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In the wake of the devastating Maui wildfires on August 8, 2023, Hawai‘i’s Rotary District 5000 has once again proven its dedication to community service and disaster recovery. With a legacy spanning over a century, the district, which comprises 53 clubs and more than 1,500 members across the Hawaiian Islands, has mobilized to make a substantial impact through the Maui Fires Relief Fund – through the Hawai‘i Rotary District 5000 Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit).

Hawai‘i Rotary District 5000 Responds Generously to Support Ohana Hope Village with $44,000 Donation Joshua Laguana 2024-04-27 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Foundation,Maui,maui fires relief fund,maui rotary clubs

Kihei Elementary School Teams Up with Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset in Successful “Pennies for Polio” Drive

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The spirit of community and commitment to global health initiatives were vibrantly displayed as Kihei Elementary School's Student Council and Dolphin Ambassadors EarlyAct Group partnered with the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset for their fifth annual “Pennies for Polio” fundraising drive. This impactful campaign, led by school staff member Esther Byun and Rotary member Joanne Laird, supports Rotary International’s “End Polio Now Campaign.”

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Kihei Elementary School Teams Up with Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset in Successful “Pennies for Polio” Drive Joanne Laird 2024-04-21 10:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,kihei elementary

District Spring Assembly: Empowering Rotarians for Impactful Service

We are excited to announce the District Spring Training Assembly, a dynamic event designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your Rotary roles and make a lasting impact in our communities. This year's assembly will be conducted via Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays: April 6th and April 13th, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
District Spring Assembly: Empowering Rotarians for Impactful Service Konrad Ikei 2024-04-01 10:00:00Z 1 Club Community Service Chair,Club International Service Chair,Club President,Club President-Elect,Club Public Image Chair,Club Rotary Foundation Chair,Club Secretary,Club Services Chair,Club Tresurer,Club Youth Service Chair,District Assembly,Empowering Rotarians,Learn,Learning Facilitators,Learning Tracks,Social Media,Spring Training,Zoom

Lahaina Reception for RI President on April 15

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The Maui Rotary Clubs are honored to host Rotary International President, Gordon R McInally and his wife Heather.  Join us for a presentation by Mr. McInally plus hear of the fire recovery programs/projects the various Rotary Clubs are invloved with.  There will be a buffet dinner and music by Multi Grammy Winner George Kahumoku Jr as well as music by The Kanikapila Project .  This is the ukulele project funded the by the Rotary providing ukuleles and instruction to fire survivor students.

Get your tickets by April 10!

Lahaina Reception for RI President on April 15 Joanne Laird 2024-03-22 10:00:00Z 0 Gordon McInally,Maui,RI President,maui rotary clubs

RI President Gordon McInally's Historic Visit to Hawai'i Rotary District 5000: Creating Hope in the World

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In a momentous occasion for Hawaii Rotary District 5000, Rotary International President Gordon McInally, accompanied by his esteemed wife, Heather McInally, will be embarking on a special visit during the week of April 15, 2024. As the leader of over 46,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, President McInally's visit holds immense significance, offering Rotarians in the Hawaii district a rare opportunity to engage directly with the global figurehead of Rotary International.
RI President Gordon McInally's Historic Visit to Hawai'i Rotary District 5000: Creating Hope in the World Mark Merriam 2024-03-20 10:00:00Z 0 DG 2023-24,Foundation,GEI,Girls Empowerment Initiative,Gordon McInally,Hawaii Big Island Rotary Clubs,Hawaii Rotary Visit,Mark Merriman,Maui Rotary Clubs,Oahu Rotary Clubs,RC Metropolitan Honolulu,RIP 2023-24

RI Hosts Discussion Panel on International Women's Day 2024

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On 8 March, 2024, Rotary International is hosting a 60-minute panel discussion as a way to celebrate and recognize International Women’s Day, and we would love for you to join us!  

The discussion will focus on the importance of not only including but being a champion of women in leadership — in the workplace and beyond. We will discuss the importance of identifying leaders early, establishing mentorship and sponsorship programs, supporting women in joining women-led professional organizations, and focusing on allyship. We’ll also announce and celebrate the recipient of the 2023-24 Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award.  

This event is open to Rotary members and members of the public of all genders. Feel free to share with your networks. 


RI Hosts Discussion Panel on International Women's Day 2024 Sandy Matsui 2024-03-04 10:00:00Z 0 GEI
Rotary Club of Kona Named PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year  Brian Asbjornson 2024-02-29 10:00:00Z 0 Golf Tournament,kona,pga

Genki Ball Returns with Eco Rotary

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🌟 Join us for a fun and meaningful event hosted by Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako ! 🌟

📅 Genki Ball Making Fund-raiser
🕘 Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9am to noon
📍 Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, Honolulu, Hawaii
🙋 Everyone is welcome!
💰 Suggested Donation: $50 (Higher level sponsorship available, contact

Mark your calendars for a morning of community, creativity, and giving back! Let's come together to make Genki Balls and support a great cause. See you there! 🌺 #Rotary #CommunityEvent #Fundraiser #Honolulu #GenkiBallMaking

Genki Ball Returns with Eco Rotary Susan Swink 2024-02-27 10:00:00Z 0 #genkiballs,Eco Rotary Kakaako
Waikiki Rotary Club Raises Record $5,700 for Waikiki Elementary Dave Livingston 2024-02-25 10:00:00Z 0 kitv,waikiki elementary,waikiki rotary
West Maui Rotary Clubs Host Maui Wildfires Relief Workshop Joshua Laguana 2024-02-24 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Foundation,Mark Merriam,dave hamil,kitv,maui fires,maui fires relief fund,maui rotary clubs

Empowering Girls in Paradise: How Hawaii's Rotary District 5000 is Making a Global Impact

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Past District Governor Sandy Matsui's presentation at the Zone Institute Peer-to-Peer Session in San Diego, November 9, 2023, showcased the transformative power of Rotary International's Empowering Girls Initiative. This initiative, a legacy from RI President Shekhar Mehta and actively promoted by Immediate Past President Jennifer Jones and President Gordon McInally, focuses on enhancing girls' safety, health, education, and well-being. Highlighting Rotary's commitment to basic human rights, the presentation covered the evolving role of the initiative, available resources for clubs, and actionable steps for deeper involvement.

Contact PDG Sandy Matsui to schedule a time for your club to experience this presentation.

For clubs inspired to support this cause, PDG Sandy Matsui is available to share insights and strategies on mobilizing resources and implementing projects that empower girls and women in their communities. Her presentation underscores the significant impact Rotary clubs can make by focusing on health, education, safety, and economic development, aiming to transform the lives of girls to become agents of positive change in their communities.

Rotarians are encouraged to invite PDG Sandy to club meetings for a deeper dive into empowering girls and to explore Rotary International's resources on this vital initiative. This call to action is not just about raising awareness but also about inspiring action that aligns with Rotary's areas of focus and avenues of service, creating lasting change in communities around the world.

Empowering Girls in Paradise: How Hawaii's Rotary District 5000 is Making a Global Impact Sandy Matsui 2024-02-23 10:00:00Z 0 Sandy Matsui,gei,girls empowerment initiative
Hickam Pearl Harbor Celebrates 7 Years at March Fundraiser Joshua Laguana 2024-01-29 10:00:00Z 1 Hickam Pearl Harbor Rotary,RotaryHPH,rotary club of hickam pearl harbor
Join Honolulu Sunrise Rotary Club's Better Together Hawaii Blood Drive Gina Inoue 2024-01-05 10:00:00Z 0 blood bank of hawaii,honolulu sunrise
Wahiawa-Waialua's Releases December 15th Newsletter Geoffrey Horvath 2023-12-15 10:00:00Z 0 wahiawa-waialua
Pre-order your 2024-25 District Shirt by Dec. 22 2023-12-13 10:00:00Z 0 2024-25
Happening at the Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu Valerie Wang 2023-11-27 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu
Represent Rotary at the Waianae Coast Rotary Club 27th Annual Community Christmas Parade Craig Alvarado 2023-11-26 10:00:00Z 0 christmas,oahu,parade,waianae coast

Feel the Power of Rotary  at the Convention in Singapore

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Why should you go to the International Convention?  You will experience the excitement when you are surrounded by the global grandeur of it all. You get ‘Chicken Skin’ while seeing the country flags paraded at the opening ceremony.  You feel Rotary’s breadth when you are among thousands of others living up to Service Above Self. You will see fellow people of action fill an arena around you, and you might hear a dozen languages while walking around the House of Friendship. Hear from inspiring speakers and meet potential friends with the same conviction for service! 

Feel the Power of Rotary  at the Convention in Singapore Nancy Cabral 2023-11-25 10:00:00Z 0 ri convention,singapore
District Governor Nominee Desginate Selected from South Hilo 2023-11-25 10:00:00Z 0 2026-27,Benson Medina,district governor,south hilo
Hawai`i Rotary Provides Support for Pu`uhonua o Nene Joanne Laird 2023-11-20 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,maui fires,maui rotary clubs
Free Books For Kids Project A Hit in Lahaina Joanne Laird 2023-11-07 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,rotary club of lahaina sunrise
Rotary in the Lahaina News Joanne Laird 2023-11-02 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires,maui fires relief fund
Lahaina Sunset Featured in The Maui News Joanne Laird 2023-11-02 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires,maui fires relief fund
RECO to host New Years Fundraiser Nicole Baltazar 2023-11-02 10:00:00Z 0 2024,recohana
Barnes & Noble Launches 2023 Holiday Book Drive  Joanne Laird 2023-10-31 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires,maui fires relief fund
Zone Hosts Public Image Discussion Joshua Laguana 2023-10-31 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Public Image,public image
Kailua Village Artists Partners with Kona Sunrise Nestorio Domingo 2023-10-30 10:00:00Z 0 Hawaii Island,kailua village artists,kona,kona sunrise
Lahaina Sunset Presents Check to Pu'uhonua O Nene Shelter Joanne Laird 2023-10-29 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires,maui fires relief fund

3 Maui Rotary Clubs Provide Food & Fun at the Keiki Health Fair

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Through the unwavering spirit of Aloha and heartfelt donations from around the world, the Hawai’i Rotary District 5000 Foundation’s Maui Fires Relief Fund has garnered an incredible outpouring of support. Three Maui Rotary clubs collaborated to provide funds from this effort to support the Keiki Health and Wellness Fair held at Whaler’s Village on Saturday October 28, 2023.

3 Maui Rotary Clubs Provide Food & Fun at the Keiki Health Fair Joanne Laird 2023-10-28 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,kihei wailea,maui fires,maui fires relief fund,rotary club of lahaina sunrise

A Personal Invitation from PDG Roz Cooper: Let's Unite for 'World Polio Day'

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As we count down the days to 'World Polio Day,' I find myself reflecting on the monumental efforts we've witnessed and the journey we've shared in the fight to eradicate this crippling disease. This year, on October 24th, we have another opportunity to raise our voices, commit to action, and contribute to a cause that, for decades, has been at the heart of Rotary's mission — ending polio.

A Personal Invitation from PDG Roz Cooper: Let's Unite for 'World Polio Day'  Rosalynn Cooper 2023-10-19 10:00:00Z 0 Roz Cooper,World Polio Day
DisCon2024: Kauai -- Register today and share your why Joshua Laguana 2023-10-10 10:00:00Z 0 #DISCON2024,public image
Maui Fires Update for Oct 10 from DG and District Foundation President Mark Merriam 2023-10-10 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Foundation,Mark Merriam,maui fires relief fund

International Day of the Girl Child - Oct. 11

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October 11, 2023 - Join Rotary Girls' Empowerment Ambassadors on October 11th for a showcase of projects from AROUND THE WORLD in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child. Please Share and add this event to your calendar to Watch On Demand on October 11th!

Save the date and join online here:

Does your club have any projects focused on GEI? Send your stories to today!

International Day of the Girl Child - Oct. 11 Sandy Matsui 2023-10-10 10:00:00Z 0 #RotaryInternationalDayoftheGirlChild,Sandy Matsui,girls empowerment initiative

Are you ready for World Polio Day 2023?

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October 24, 2023 - World Polio Day provides an opportunity to highlight global efforts toward a polio free world and honor the tireless contributions of those on the frontlines in the fight to eradicate polio from every corner of the globe. We need to ramp up our efforts to eradicate polio to protect children from this devastating and disabling disease. What are you and your club members planning for World Polio Day?
Tell us what your doing by emailing
Are you ready for World Polio Day 2023? Rosalynn Cooper 2023-10-09 10:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day
Labels Available for Your Club's Dictionary Project with the 4-Way Test Arlene Estrella 2023-10-04 10:00:00Z 0 dictionary project
Additional $8,000 Distributed to Maui Fire Survivors Joshua Laguana 2023-10-03 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires relief fund,rotary club of lahaina sunrise
October at the Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor Joshua Laguana 2023-10-01 10:00:00Z 0 RotaryHPH,rotary club of hickam pearl harbor

Updates from the Rotary Club of Honolulu

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Greetings and Salutations from the Rotary Club of Honolulu! 

If you missed our Tuesday meeting with guest speaker, Nanci Kreidman, you might want to give yourself a hug - be kind.  She packed the "house"!  Her topic was well received and plucked the heartstrings.  Violence is a tough topic - especially for those who have endured it.  Nanci, among others, has worked hard to make help available to those in need and she shared with us how, brought to our awareness things we may not have thought of, and definitely taught many of us more than we knew before. 

Our Speaker Committee has been working hard to bring you amazing speakers with relevance.

This coming week, our guest speaker will be Chip Fletcher.  He is going to share with us about our eroding shorelines.  Do you live on the shoreline?  You might want to come listen to what he has to say!  Is there something we can do?  I don't know, but I will be there to find out!  COME JOIN US!  Sign up now before registration closes!

Updates from the Rotary Club of Honolulu Lee LaBrash 2023-10-01 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Honolulu
Rotary Clubs of Maui Continues Distribution of $25,000 in Maui Oil Gas Cards Leah Harbottle 2023-09-30 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires relief fund
Maui Rotary Clubs Awarded $25,000 from The Rotary Foundation for Disaster Relief Joanne Laird 2023-09-30 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,kihei wailea,maui fires relief fund,maui rotary club,rotary club of lahaina sunrise,the rotary foundation,upcountry maui
Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Steps Up for West Maui Relief CentersRotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Steps Up for West Maui Relief Centers Joanne Laird 2023-09-25 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires relief fund
Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Supports Local Heroes: Joey & Juvy Macadangdang Joanne Laird 2023-09-25 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,maui fires relief fund
Rotary Helps Prepare for 18th Annual Nisei Veterans Memorial Service at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Rick Tabor 2023-09-23 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Honolulu,rotary club of hickam pearl harbor,rotaryhph
Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October Rosalynn Cooper 2023-09-14 10:00:00Z 0 2023-24,World Polio Day
District Governor Nominee Designate Applications Now Being Accepted Del Green 2023-09-12 10:00:00Z 0 2026-27,dgnd
Special Relief Efforts in West Maui Joanne Laird 2023-09-11 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset,lahaina,maui fires relief fund,rotary club of lahaina sunrise

SAVE THE DATE: RECO's Annual Fundraiser 9/16 | GARAGE SALE & BAKE SALE

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It's time for our annual fundraiser! This year we are holding a garage and bake sale at Past President's Nicole's house. Her neighborhood is holding a neighborhood garage sale so we figured we'd join the fun! At our garage sale, we will also be selling baked goods, drinks, and possibly some other snacks. Make sure to stop by and support our club fundraiser. 

Last year we fundraised money for our club necessities, IHS Hawaii and other non-profits with a 40/40/20% split of proceeds. This year we are doing a similar concept. 40% of our proceeds will go towardsAloha Harvest, the largest food rescue and redistribution organization in Hawaiʻi, getting quality excess food into stomachs instead of landfills. For information, please click HERE. 40% of the proceeds will be put into our club funds and allocated towards future service projects and club necessities, but not necessarily this fiscal year. The last 20% of the proceeds will be put into our club funds, but allocated for various service projects that occur this fiscal year (for example, Operation Christmas Child).

SAVE THE DATE: RECO's Annual Fundraiser 9/16 | GARAGE SALE & BAKE SALE Nicole Baltazar 2023-09-06 10:00:00Z 0 fundraiser,recohana

Maui Rotary Clubs hosts Kokua Lahaina Rising

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Maui Rotary Clubs hosted “Kokua Lahaina Rising,” an informational meeting with Lahaina-area physicians and mental health providers.

On Thursday, Aug. 31st, the nine Maui Rotary clubs hosted a dinner and informational meeting at Tante Fishmarket Restaurant in Ma’alaea Harbor. Over 65 Rotarians and Maui-area health care professionals gathered to hear Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. Dr. Schonfeld was in Maui at the invitation of the Hawaii Department of Health.  Kathleen Merriam, from the Department of Health on Oahu, Adult Mental Health Division, was dispatched to Maui for three days to assist with the newly-established Lahaina Medical Clinic.  Kathleen assisted at the event and serves as the chairwoman of District 5000’s Mental Health Action Group.

Event coordinator Joanne Laird said Thursday’s dinner was underwritten by two very generous Rotary benefactors, one from Maui and one from California. For more information about children recovering from disasters and tragedy, visit

Maui Rotary Clubs hosts Kokua Lahaina Rising Joanne Laird 2023-08-31 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,mental health initiative
Oahu Rotary Clubs Walk for Mental Health - September 9, 2023 Kathleen Merriam 2023-08-28 10:00:00Z 0 mental health initiative,out of the darkness,rag
Rotary D5000 Youth Service Mtg - NO Mtg 8/28, Next Mtg 9/25 Ryan Char 2023-08-28 10:00:00Z 0 HRYF,Junior RYLA,Youth Services,ryla hawaii
Foodland's Give Aloha Programs Invites Support for HRYF in September Emilie Smith 2023-08-27 10:00:00Z 0 HRYF,Youth Services
Rotary Club of Waikiki's 17th Annual Extravaganza Janet Kelley 2023-08-25 10:00:00Z 0 fundraiser,waikiki rotary

Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Foundation Allocates $50,000 for Wildfire Relief Efforts in West Maui


Posted on Aug 23, 2023
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Kaanapali, HAWAII (August 23, 2023) – In response to the devastating wildfires that recently impacted West Maui, the Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Foundation has allocated $50,000 towards relief efforts aimed at providing immediate assistance to affected residents in the form of gas cards from Maui Oil. The distribution of gas cards started on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali, in conjunction with Maui United Way. Members of the Maui Rotary Clubs will continue distributing gas cards to individuals impacted by the fires.

Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Foundation Allocates $50,000 for Wildfire Relief Efforts in West Maui  Joshua Laguana 2023-08-23 10:00:00Z 0 lahaina,maui fires relief fund,maui oil,maui united way
Maui Rotary Clubs Announce Free Starlink WiFi Hotspots for Those Affected by Recent Maui Wildfires  Joanne Laird 2023-08-22 10:00:00Z 1 Maui,lahaina,maui fires relief fund
Aug 22: Maui Updates Al Weiland 2023-08-22 10:00:00Z 0 maui fires relief fund
Lahaina News: Rotary District 5000 has launched a Maui Fire Relief Fund Joanne Laird 2023-08-20 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,lahaina,maui fires relief fund
Aug. 18: Maui Updates Al Weiland 2023-08-18 10:00:00Z 0 maui fires relief fund
Maui Strong: A Call To Serve Mary Albitz 2023-08-17 10:00:00Z 1 maui fires relief fund,upcountry maui

Aug. 15: Maui Updates

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August 15, 2023 updates from Maui Coastal Clubs Assistant Governor Al Weiland

Maui Rotary Clubs is working with the State Dept. of Housing Finance and Development, Maui Economic Opportunity and the Realtors Association of Maui to identify people who need housing and landlords who have housing available. RAM is in contact with all the property management companies. HHFDC has a form online for landlords to identify the nature of their property and people in need of housing to identify what they need. 

Aug. 15: Maui Updates Al Weiland 2023-08-15 10:00:00Z 0 maui fires relief fund
Useful Links about Rotary 2023-08-11 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu Holds Maui Donation Drive Valerie Wang 2023-08-10 10:00:00Z 0 Maui,Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu,create hope in the world,maui fires relief fund
Creating Hope for Maui: Rotary District 5000 Launches Maui Fires Relief Fund Joshua Laguana 2023-08-09 10:00:00Z 2 Maui,create hope in the world,maui fires relief fund

Ala Moana Rotary Initiative Will Give School Supplies to 60 Students

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Ala Moana Rotary Initiative Will Give School Supplies to 60 Student

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in school, regardless of their family's financial situation. Unfortunately, the cost of school supplies has been steadily rising, making it increasingly difficult for some families to provide their children with the necessary tools for learning. The average family now spends a staggering $700 per child on school supplies. For many families, this means choosing between essentials like food, rent, or school supplies.

That's where the Ala Moana Rotary Club comes in. We're proud to introduce the SmartStart program, an initiative designed to donate 60 backpacks filled with school supplies to Lunalilo School. Our mission is to help students who may not be able to afford new supplies for the start of the school year.

Ala Moana Rotary Initiative Will Give School Supplies to 60 Students David Arita 2023-08-01 10:00:00Z 0 Ala Moana Rotary
RC Hickam Pearl Harbor August Calendar is avaialble! Joshua Laguana 2023-08-01 10:00:00Z 0 Hickam Pearl Harbor Rotary
Discover Exciting Events and Stay Informed about the Rotary Club of Honolulu 2023-08-01 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Honolulu

Recognize your peers with Rotary’s Service Awards

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Each year, Rotarians and Rotaractors dedicate their time and efforts to their clubs and their communities. We don’t want that work to go unrecognized. Rotary offers a variety of awards to members, both Rotarians and Rotaractors, for their commitment to service. Each award is distinct in terms of eligibility criteria, the nomination process, and the award materials given to recipients. Learn more about recognition opportunities and plan ahead using the Rotary’s Service Awards guide.

Recognize your peers with Rotary’s Service Awards 2023-08-01 10:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute (August 2023)

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RI President R. Gordon R. McInally urges Rotary members to prioritize mental health and create a culture of care within Rotary and worldwide. As August is Membership and New Club Development Month, it's an ideal time to assess and enhance the club's culture. The article suggests utilizing surveys, like the member interest and member satisfaction surveys, to gather feedback and empower members to shape their club experience. Moreover, it encourages taking the "Creating an Inclusive Club Culture" course and exploring additional resources on My Rotary to foster an inclusive and supportive environment.

Membership Minute (August 2023) 2023-08-01 10:00:00Z 1

Hawaii Rotary District Grants for the 2023-24 Rotary Year: Project Funding and Important Reminders

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Good news for all Hawai'i Rotary club members! Your district grant applications for the 2023-24 Rotary year have been approved, and funds can now be deposited into your club's grant account. However, before proceeding, clubs are requested to provide a copy of their grant account bank statement, reflecting the matching cash available. The statement can be sent to

Hawaii Rotary District Grants for the 2023-24 Rotary Year: Project Funding and Important Reminders Naomi Masuno 2023-07-31 10:00:00Z 0

Maui's HRYF Luncheon

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On Saturday July 26, six of the nine Maui recipients of the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship (HRYF) Awards program were recognized at a luncheon at Café O`Lei, Kihei restaurant.  This event was attended by a parent of each of the recipients and the representatives of their sponsoring Rotary clubs.  Katy Shroder, Maui HRYF Trustee and organizer of this event, addressed the group and gave a brief history of this unique scholarship program where all 52 clubs in Rotary District 5000 (Hawaii) have the opportunity to award a $5000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior.  Two of the Maui students were also recognized as the recipients of the top scholarship awards of $10,000.  Alex Nguyen from Maui High School (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kahului) and Olapaholunape Duvachelle from Molokai High School (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset) shared their excitement of being selected for the Maurice J. Sullivan and the Joanna L. Sullivan awards. Joanne Laird, Maui Coastal Clubs Representative, and Wendy Hornack, Maui Central Clubs Representative, introduced each of the recipients who then had the opportunity to address the audience on where they were attending college and their future plans after graduating.

Maui's HRYF Luncheon Joanne Laird 2023-07-29 10:00:00Z 0 HRYF,hawaii rotary youth foundation,maui
Aloha Hawaii Rotary Members! Join the Mental Health Initiative Rotary Action Group (RAG)! Kathleen Merriam 2023-07-29 10:00:00Z 0 create hope in the world,mental health initiative,rag
Friendly Reminder: Pay Your District & RI Dues Today! Rich Proctor 2023-07-29 10:00:00Z 0
POSTPONED: Mana’olana Night on Maui, Creating Hope for Maui and Beyond Wendy Hornack 2023-07-27 10:00:00Z 2 Maui,Membership
Celebrate Community Week 2023-07-27 10:00:00Z 0 Kiwanis,Lions,Optimist Clubs,community week
Rotary International 2023-24 Presidential Initiatives  2023-07-27 10:00:00Z 0 Gordon McInally,create hope in the world

Rotary Club of Ala Moana's Club Connections | July 26, 2023

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President's Message

Dear Rotary Club of Ala Moana and Friends!

      I hope this message finds you well and excited for the upcoming Rotary events! Here are some important updates for our club:

  1. We are dark this Thursday.  There is no meeting July 27, 2023.
  2. In lieu of a club meeting, we have a couple of activities such as two service projects:  SmartStart Program and a Clothing Drive benefiting the students of our adopted elementary school, Lunalilo Elementary School (see details below).  We also have our first social event of the new Rotary year. If you RSVP'd, we look forward to seeing you Thursday, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  3. Our next club meeting is next Thursday, August 3, at the Pacific Club - Thank you to those who have RSVP'd.  If you have not yet replied, you still have today to do so!  Check out the guest speaker and topic!  We will have a plated lunch so it's important to have an accurate headcount to ensure that you will have a seat and plate.  Click on the appropriate blue box below.
  4. We are still collecting RSVPs for our club meeting the following Thursday, August 10.  You have until August 2 to do so. Click on the appropriate blue box below.
  5. Members:  Please pay your semi-annual dues and voluntary contributions by the end of the month, July 31.  If you need another copy of the Semi-Annual Dues and Voluntary Contribution Statements, please let us know.   Pay by check (one check for both statements) or pay online (one transaction for dues; and, another transaction for contributions).
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to service and fellowship. Your contributions and participation make our Rotary Club of Ala Moana strong and impactful. Let's continue to make a positive difference in our community and beyond.

Yours in Rotary service,

David Arita
President, Rotary Club of Ala Moana
Rotary Club of Ala Moana's Club Connections | July 26, 2023 David Arita 2023-07-26 10:00:00Z 0 Ala Moana Rotary
Hawai'i Island Stands for Peace 2023-07-13 10:00:00Z 0

Empowering Girls and Creating Lasting Change: My Journey through Rotary

Hawai'i Rotary Past District Governor (2021-2022) 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. Sandy emphasizes that empowering girls and women is more than achieving equity; it is about upholding basic human rights. She encourages Rotarians to share success stories and collaborate to make a positive impact, creating new pathways for membership growth and lasting change. Together, they aim to serve with Aloha and create hope in the world.

Empowering Girls and Creating Lasting Change: My Journey through Rotary Sandy Matsui 2023-07-07 10:00:00Z 0 Sandy Matsui,create hope in the world,gei,girls empowerment initiative
Calling on all Oahu Clubs: Create Hope with the Mental Health Initiative Action Group Kathleen Merriam 2023-07-06 10:00:00Z 0 create hope in the world,mental health initiative
What does it mean to be a Rotarian? Kathy Lum 2023-07-06 10:00:00Z 0 #rotaryclubofmililani,Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise

The Power of Creating Hope: A Personal Journey of Impact and Transformation

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Nicole, a Rotaract member in Hawaii, shares her personal journey of finding hope amidst darkness. Despite her own struggles, she committed to organizing the Young Leaders Celebration, prioritizing the youth and their hard work. Unexpectedly, a job opportunity aligned with her field arose, reinforcing her belief in the reciprocal nature of creating hope for oneself and others. Nicole's story illustrates the transformative power of selflessness and the interconnectedness of actions, demonstrating how creating hope can bring about lasting change in individuals and communities. 

Continue reading the story.

The Power of Creating Hope: A Personal Journey of Impact and Transformation Nicole Baltazar 2023-07-06 10:00:00Z 0 create hope in the world,recohana

100+ Gather to Celebrate 2023-24 Maui Rotary Club Presidents

Front row L-R:  Mayor Richard Bissen; Brian Moto representing the Maui Rotary Club; Kelsey Briggs, Lahaina Sunset Club; Ann Neizman, Lahaina Sunrise Club; Co-President Hilton Unemori, Wailuku Club.
Middle Row L-R:  Jay Satenstein, Kihei Wailea Club; Maile Tsurusato, Maui Eco Club; Mark Unemori, Co-President Wailuku Club; Mark Merriam, District-Governor Elect, Rotary Club of Metro Honolulu.
Back Row L-R: Joe Park, Lahaina Club; Kauwela Bisquera, Kahului Club; Mike Luque, Upcountry Club.
100+ Gather to Celebrate 2023-24 Maui Rotary Club Presidents Joanne Laird 2023-07-03 10:00:00Z 0 2023-24,Maui
Mahalo Immediate Past District Governor Randy Hart 2023-07-03 10:00:00Z 0 2022-23,Randy Hart
Aloha from Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam Mark Merriam 2023-07-01 10:00:00Z 0 2023-24,Mark Merriam,create hope in the world
District 5000 International Service Trip to Nepal and Bhutan (Archive) Arjun Aryal 2023-06-30 10:00:00Z 0 nepal
2013-14 Club Awards and Recognition Criteria 2023-06-30 10:00:00Z 0 2013-14
Archive The Rotary Foundation Newsletters 2023-06-30 10:00:00Z 0 TRF,the rotary foundation

Rotary Fellowships 

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.  For more info, go to:

Membership in a fellowship is open to any interested individual. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links below.
Rotary Fellowships 2023-06-25 10:00:00Z 0

June/July Rotaract e-Club Ohana Newsletter

Now that school is over and students have graduated, the end of the club year is near!  We have a service event coming up this month with the Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership and a beach clean up in July.  

We also have our last social for the club year coming up in July and would like for those interested in joining us for some Sports Box fun to please RSVP.  Price will be $25 per person.  In the RSVP survey there's a link to sign up for the potluck as well.  Please fill that out if you plan on bringing something to share.  For those who are unfamiliar with what Sports Box is, check it out here.  Hope the video convinces you to come. 😋

June/July Rotaract e-Club Ohana Newsletter Nicole Baltazar 2023-06-16 10:00:00Z 0 recohana,rotaract
Get fit with Orangetheory and RC Downtown Honolulu Valerie Wang 2023-06-16 10:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu,fundraiser,orangetheory

DISCON 2023:  Hilo International Airport Welcomes You

You've arrived in Hilo.  Now what?  Transportation from and to the Hilo International Airport and the Grand Naniloa Hotel is on your own.  For your convenience, a map of Hilo International Airport is shown below with locations for the various ground transportation accommodations of your choice (source:
  • Friendly Rotarian Shuttle (Click HERE on how to take advantage of this free service)
  • Hele-On Bus (FREE to use during DISCON!  Learn More HERE.)
  • Pre-Arranged Taxi
  • On-Demand Taxi
  • Shared Ride Service
  • Car Rental
DISCON 2023: Hilo International Airport Welcomes You Lori Williams 2023-05-11 10:00:00Z 0 #DISCON2023,Car Rental Service,Free Transportation,Friendly Rotarian Shuttle,Grand Naniloa Hotel,Hele-On Bus,Hilo International Airport,Lyft,On-Demand Taxi,Pre-Arranged Taxi,Shared Ride Service,Transportation,Uber
May is Mental Health Month Kathleen Merriam 2023-05-08 10:00:00Z 0 mental health initiative,rotary action group
May/June Rotaract e-Club Ohana Newsletter Nicole Baltazar 2023-05-08 10:00:00Z 0 May/June 2023,Newsletter,reco,rotaract

Leading Ladies of Maui a Success!

A panorama photo of the "Leading Ladies of Maui" event held Saturday, May 6, 2023.

The Leading Ladies of Maui event held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the University of Hawai'i Maui Campus, was an incredible success. Almost 60 participants from all over the island of Maui came together to learn from eight leading ladies on how to become empowered themselves. The event was designed "just for the ladies" and was made possible by the generous donation of the Rotary clubs on the island.

Leading Ladies of Maui a Success! Joanne Laird 2023-05-08 10:00:00Z 0 Ka Hale A Ke Ola Shelters,University of Hawai'i Maui Campus,gei,girls empowerment initiative,leading ladies of maui,maui
The Month of May is Youth Service Month Ryan Char 2023-05-01 10:00:00Z 0 interact,may2023,rotaract,ryla,youth services

Mālama the ʻĀina - Eco Tip of the Month

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In this letter published in The Lancet, scientists from around the world write that restoring natural vegetation, such as forests, is the BEST OPTION the world has for removing CO2 from our atmosphere and must begin immediately. They explain that the livestock sector currently occupies much of the land that needs to be restored. Restoring - or “rewilding” - vast areas of our earth to pristine, wild habitat could also rescue countless animal, plant and other species from the brink of extinction while simultaneously tackling climate change. It’s a Win-Win!
A study published in 2020 found that even if fossil fuel emissions were immediately halted, emissions from the global food system alone will make it impossible to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Why is that? The global food system is responsible for about 34% of total global human-caused greenhouse gas emissions (or 18 Billion metric tons). This is more than double the entire emissions for the United States! 57% of food system emissions come from producing animal-based foods even though the global livestock industry produces only 18% of the world’s calories and 37% of the world’s protein. Only 29% of food system emissions come from producing plant-based foods. The food that is responsible for the most emissions is Beef, accounting for 25% of total food system emissions. Learn more in this 4 min video. According to this study published in 2018, the world’s top five meat and dairy corporations combined are now responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than Exxon, Shell or British Petroleum. Hopefully, you’re beginning to understand just how powerful your dietary choices are.  Plant-based diets!
Mālama the ʻĀina - Eco Tip of the Month 2023-04-16 10:00:00Z 0 Earth Day,Eco Tip,Sustainable Living

April is Rotarians at Work Day

For years, we have been out in force doing projects in our communities in April and April 22nd happens to be Earth Day! Together we can make an impact State-wide.  Let’s get out and show the world that we are People of Action.  Please read more below for a list of projects, many of which are in partnership with our Interact clubs. 
April is Rotarians at Work Day 2023-04-13 10:00:00Z 0


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ShelterBox currently has response projects ongoing in 11 countries. Rotary support from D5000 is vitally important to enable this work and replenish our warehouses with the core aid items so we remain prepared for a rapid response to the next disaster.   For more info and to donate, go to:

ShelterBox Response Teams are in Turkey working alongside Rotarian partners to distribute emergency shelter and critical household items to thousands of families devastated by the earthquakes that claimed more than 50,000 lives. In Northern Syria, we are working with our partner to support over a thousand households in Aleppo with ShelterBox tents, stoves, blankets, mattresses, solar lights, and children's winter coats. A second project is underway to support new arrivals to displacement camps in Idlib with household items.   Click Read more...

ShelterBox 2023-04-13 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Pearlridge Offers Two-Year Scholarship

"The Rotary Club of Pearlridge is offering a two-year scholarship of $2,000.00 a year ($4,000.00 overall) for a Pearl City High School or Aiea High School senior student who will be attending an accredited vocational, 2-year, or 4-year institution of higher education on a full-time basis in Hawaii or the U.S. Mainland.
Rotary Club of Pearlridge Offers Two-Year Scholarship Andrew Muccio 2023-04-10 10:00:00Z 0 Aiea High School,High School Senior,Pearl City High School,Rotary Club of Pearlridge,Scholarship,Two-Year Scholarship
Upcoming Rotary in Hawai'i Girls' Empowerment Events Nalani Flinn 2023-04-10 10:00:00Z 0 Ladies that Lunch,Maui,Meet the Leading Ladies of Maui,Oahu,RI Award of Excellence in Service to Humanity,Ruby Tuesday Moanalua,UH Maui No'i Building,girls empowerment initiative

Get Ready to Boost Your Rotary I.Q. - Online Spring Learning Series First Two Saturdays in April

Are you ready to take your Rotary knowledge to the next level? Look no further than the upcoming Rotary in Hawai'i Online Spring Learning Series! This two-part series on April 1st and 8th, 2023, from 9:00 A.M. to noon, 12:00 P.M. via Zoom, features 18 different sessions led by experienced volunteer leaders.  Learn, Collaborate, and Take Action!
Get Ready to Boost Your Rotary I.Q. - Online Spring Learning Series First Two Saturdays in April Mark Merriam 2023-03-29 10:00:00Z 1 Club Leaders,Collaboration,Online Learning,Rotary IQ,Rotary in Hawaii,Schedule,Spring Learning Series

DISCON 2023:  Get Ready for Hilo and the Conference

DISCON 2023: Get Ready for Hilo and the Conference Randy Hart 2023-03-22 10:00:00Z 0 #2022-23 Leadership,#2023-24 Leadership,#BreakoutSessions,#CelebrationOfLife,#ClubPEReception,#ClubPresidentReception,#CluboftheYear,#DISCON2023,#FridayKanikapila,#GeneralReception,#GeneralSessions,#GenkiBallToss,#GolfTournament,#GrandNaniloa,#Hilo,#HouseOfFriendship,#MarkYamanaka&Friends,#PolioWalk,#RotaryWhiskeyAppreciationFellowship,#RotaryWineAppreciationFellowship,#SaturdayGala,#ServiceProject,#SilentAuction
Eco Rotary Club Exceed Goals in Genki Ball Project Joshua Laguana 2023-03-12 10:00:00Z 0 #genkiballs,2023,Eco Rotary Kakaako

Public Image Learning Series | Mondays at 3pm on Zoom

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Public Image Learning Series begins Feb. 27
The District Public Image Resource Team is hosting a 9-week learning series on all things Public Image. The series started on Monday, February 27th and continues each Monday through April 24th. The sessions start at 3:00pm and are between 20-45 minutes, depending on the session. Read more to see the learning topics and schedule. Visit the District Events Calendar to register for a session.
Public Image Learning Series | Mondays at 3pm on Zoom Joshua Laguana 2023-03-05 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Public Image,education,pi

Annual Rotarians at Work Day - April 22

Each year clubs around the State get out to execute a Community Service Project. This year, it is April 22, which happens to be Earth Day too!  We are participating in Kahu Hawaii's Volunteer Month and our projects can be listed for others to join you.  We will have a group listing under Rotary D5000 on the Kanu Hawaii website and the postings are being coordinated by Kristina Tomino for Youth Service Chair, Ryan Char.  Read more for the projects planned so far.
Annual Rotarians at Work Day - April 22 2023-03-01 10:00:00Z 0

Girls Empowerment Initiative

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Girls Empowerment Initiative

“I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." - Malala Yousafza

Welcome to March! It was in 1987 that Congress declared this month National Women’s Month, celebrating the vital role that women and girls have played in American history. 

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. You already know that Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary. The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

Rotary International also celebrates women and girls through the Girls’ Empowerment Initiative which debuted in 2022 and has continued today.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to engage in projects that empower girls, through education, health, clean water, disease prevention, community and economic development, the environment or peace and conflict prevention-Rotary’s seven areas of focus. 

Our District has a team of committed volunteers from Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai who meet monthly via zoom to discuss potential girl’s empowerment projects and share ideas for speakers that clubs can use as a resource for girls’ empowerment issues (the speakers and projects are listed on the District's Girls Empowerment page -  CLICK HERE to go to the sitepage). Continue reading to learn about upcoming events.

Girls Empowerment Initiative Nancy Pace 2023-02-28 10:00:00Z 0 gei,girls empowerment initiative

   Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month

 During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to create healthier communities by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  Here are just a few examples of club service projects that are creating a lasting impact: 
  Clean water is a basic human right that many are often denied.  There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. Through Rotary programs, we make schools healthier, bring water for a communities, provide access to toilets and more.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month 2023-02-28 10:00:00Z 0

Island Events for Hawai'i Rotary's Girl Empowerment Initiatives begins March 5th on Hawai'i Island

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Ladies Tea on Sunday, March 5th at the Arc of Hilo
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Calling all women and girls. Join Hawai’i Rotary and hear from local, inspirational speakers to learn how to have your voice, as a girl or woman heard. Please bring feminine hygiene products for an upcoming service project. Contact Hawai’i Island GEI Representative, Connie Ichinose for questions (
Guest speakers include Kathleen McGilvray (CEO YWCA of Hawaii Island), Brandee Menino (CEO Hope Services Hawaii), Bethany Hall (Ho`ola Na Pua), Jade Toma (Hilo Intermediate School Health/PE Teacher), and Sandy Schuffler, (Special Needs).
Join Hawai'i Rotary at the Arc of Hilo, Sunday, March 5th from 2-4pm for Hawai’i Island’s Rotary Girl's Empowerment Tea.
Island Events for Hawai'i Rotary's Girl Empowerment Initiatives begins March 5th on Hawai'i Island Nancy Pace 2023-02-28 10:00:00Z 0 gei,girls empowerment initiative,hawaii island,women

Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month

Peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission. By carrying out service projects in this area of focus and supporting Rotary Peace Fellowships and scholarships, you become part of Rotary’s effort to address the underlying causes of conflict, such as poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. During Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month in February, review Rotary’s brochure about our peace efforts and find ways to get involved in building more stable, peaceful communities.  Rotary was present at the inception of the United Nations in 1945 and was one of only 42 organizations invited to serve as consultants to the U.S. delegation to the UN charter conference in San Francisco, California, USA. Throughout that process, Rotary members served as delegates, advisers, and consultants: guiding agendas, drafting resolutions, and helping resolve disputes between delegates. 
Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month 2023-02-19 10:00:00Z 0
Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 at Southwest PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) Joshua Laguana 2023-02-07 10:00:00Z 0 #DISCON2023,DG Sandy Matsui,Mark Merriam,Southwest Presidents-Elect Training Seminar,swpets

2023 Olelo Youth Xchange Video Contest

Posted on Jan 07, 2023
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2023 'Olelo Youth Xchange Video Contest
"Creating Peace" category sponsored by the Rotary Club of Honolulu.  Open to all students across Hawaii from kindergarten through college.(public, private, home school). It’s time to “Empower Youth Voices” by entering Hawaiʿi’s largest statewide student video competition. Youth Xchange 2023 continues to encourage and expand student participation and impact so that Hawaiʻi’s young voices can be heard. 'Olelo, in Hawaiian, means "to speak".  All entries must focus on an Issue that affects community, our state or the world. A big mahalo to the educators who continue to encourage students to use this platform to speak up and speak out on issues of concern.
Entry deadline February 28, 2023. Click here for more information
2023 Olelo Youth Xchange Video Contest 2023-01-07 10:00:00Z 0

Pearl City High School Interact Club creates and sends Holiday cards of Joy for Hospitalized children throughout America

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The Rotary Club of Pearlridge is proud and honored to recognize the Pearl City High School Interact Club for their acts of kindness by designing special Holiday cards with their heartfelt messages and images that were sent to hospitalized children in America. The 2022 Cards for Hospitalized Children Project was chaired by PCHS Interact club member McKenna Runyan who presented the card project to the club to implement as a community service project to benefit and brighten the spirits of hospitalized children in Hawaii, as well as across the country during the Holiday season. PCHS Interact Club Advisor Mr. Dane Souza invited RCOP President Dick Mosko and me, Barry Villamil, RCOP Director of Interact Clubs, to sit in on a few classes while the students crafted their wonderful and extremely meaningful Holiday cards that was completed the same day the students were scheduled to go on Winter break on Friday, December 16, 2022.
PCHS Interact Club members, PCHS staff, PCHS students, and volunteers worked hard to produce 433 cards for the 2022 Cards for Hospitalized Children Project well surpassing their original goal of 100-125 cards
Pearl City High School Interact Club creates and sends Holiday cards of Joy for Hospitalized children throughout America  2022-12-29 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gives Thanks Multi-club Project

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   Every year on the last Saturday of each November, Rotary International celebrates “Rotary Gives Thanks” - a day of showing gratitude, appreciation and respect for individuals, groups and communities that strive for a better life. In November 2019, the Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor launched its inaugural Thanksgiving meal distribution for the clients of Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) in Kalihi. Additional Rotary members from Waianae Coast, Kapolei, Kapolei Sunset, West Honolulu, Kaneohe, and Pau Hana joined in, and roasted eight turkeys, provided all the Thanksgiving fixings with pumpkin pie, canned juice, and a Goodie Bag for each child. 
   The following year in 2020, our event became a “grab and go” Thanksgiving bento distribution and we added the farmers at the Kunia site.  Rotary members from Ewa Beach and Pearlridge joined in. In 2021, we repeated the same. This year in 2022, we’ve seen the numbers increase at the Kalihi site with more clients from Ukraine. For the Kalihi site clients we will distribute $15 WalMart gift cards for each adult in each household, plus snack bags for the children. For the Kunia farmers, we will continue the Thanksgiving bento distribution with pumpkin pie, canned juice and snack bags for the children during their farmers meeting on Weds., Nov. 23rd. 
   Organizer Sonya Mendez wrote to PGC, "It is our way of saying Thank you for showing us what hope, perseverence and determination looks like…thank you for being an example to all of us that the human spirit can never be broken, when you know in your heart and soul that a better life awaits you…thank you.”
Message from PGC: Dear Sonya, To all the Rotarians who shared joy, goodness, kindness and love to PGC's clients this holiday season.  We are so deeply appreciative of your generosity and aloha. All the joys of the season to all of you!   Each of you make each year memorable for all of us! With aloha, Pacific Gateway Center.
Rotary Gives Thanks Multi-club Project 2022-12-01 10:00:00Z 0

Environmental Survey -West Maui Residents

The three Rotary clubs of West Maui invite West Maui residents to participate in an online environmental survey on composting.  This survey is the first step in the three clubs’ environmental project to reduce the amount of waste going into the Maui landfill. The three Rotary clubs – Lahaina Sunrise, Lahaina, and Lahaina Sunset – have partnered with Malama Maui Nui, a non-profit organization whose mission is to care for Maui’s environment, to undertake this environmental project.  Malama Maui Nui estimates about 50% of waste currently going into the Maui landfill is organic material – food waste and household paper – that could otherwise be composted.  Composting reduces the volume of organic material by 80% and produces a helpful soil supplement to be used in home gardens and farms.
“The environmental mantra has three parts – reduce, reuse, recycle”, says Kelsey Briggs, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.  “For seven years our club has partnered with the County of Maui, Malama Maui Nui, and 5A Rent-A-Space to focus attention on the third part of the mantra by sponsoring West Maui’s monthly Go Green Recycling events.  Since 2015 the Go Green Recycling events have allowed West Maui residents to recycle nearly 2 million pounds of appliances, electronics, scrap metal and vehicle batteries and tires.” “Now”, says Briggs, “with the help of the other two West Maui Rotary clubs, we’re turning our attention to the important first part the environmental mantra – reduce.  We’ll need West Maui residents’ help to make a difference.”
Residents can access the online community survey on composting through the following link:  Residents taking the survey may request more information on composting and/or a free presentation on composting for their neighborhood or community group. The survey is also accessible from the website of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset:
For more information about this community service contact Project Chair Jim Fahnestock at
Environmental Survey -West Maui Residents  2022-11-17 10:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month

   The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 14 consecutive the highest ratings from Charity Navigator. We know that the Foundation is helping Rotary members do good in the world. It is through the generosity of Rotarians and that powers the good work that the Foundation supports. November is Rotary Foundation Month; to make a contribution, go to

   Remember The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday, 29 November. This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, we raised more than ever before — over US$1 million! We’re asking you to help us surpass that this year, so that we can do even more good together.
November is Foundation Month 2022-11-17 10:00:00Z 0

RYLA Hawaii Returns

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RYLA Hawaii returns to in person camps in February 2023 for Hawai'i Island, Maui, and Oahu.

Join the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a FREE leadership camp for high school student sponsored by Hawaii Rotary Clubs.

Interested in attending or volunteering on your island? Visit

Hawai'i Island: February 17-19, 2023
Kauai : TBD
Maui: February 3-5, 2023
Oahu: February 17-19, 2023

RYLA Hawaii Returns Joshua Laguana 2022-11-09 10:00:00Z 0 #RYLA,2022-23,ryla hawaii

Meet & Greet RI President Nominee Stephanie Urchick (Nov 19, 2022)

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The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach is sponsoring a Meet & Greet with Rotary International President Nominee Stephanie Urchick along with a membership program by Stephanie and PDG Tom Gump.   Stephanie and Tom have developed an engaging and outstanding membership training program centered around Rotary's Change Model and how you can transform your Rotary club's culture without alienating those resistant to change.
Meet & Greet RI President Nominee Stephanie Urchick (Nov 19, 2022) Ted Faigle 2022-11-03 10:00:00Z 0 2022-23,Stephanie Urchick,ted faigle

Rotary Zones 26 & 27 Present: Building a Successful Media Strategy

Register to attend!

Relationships with the media can determine your success in promoting your club's projects, membership opportunities, and fundraisers. In addition, these relations are vital to securing coverage to raise awareness of Rotary and your club's work. And building a positive reputation is always helpful in reaching the club's goals.

This training is for District Public Image Chairs, Club Public Image Chairs, and all Public Image Committee members.

Come and learn about the resources Rotary International has created to make your job easier, where to find them, and how to use them. And bring your questions because we will have media experts who are also Rotarians available to answer your questions and provide tips to improve your media strategy.

Panelists include:

Renai Bodley Miller, President/General Manager of KPCW, NPR affiliate in Park City, Utah, Park City Rotary

Marlene Olsen, GoodStanding Outreach, Public Outreach Strategist, Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada

Luanne Arrendondo, Rotary Zone 26/27 Public Image Coordinator, Rotary Club of Greater San Gabriel Valley

Joshua Laguana, District Public Image Chair, Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor in Hawaii
Rotary Zones 26 & 27 Present: Building a Successful Media Strategy Joshua Laguana 2022-11-02 10:00:00Z 0 2022-23,District 5000 Public Image

Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Presents: College Webinar 2022

Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 is proud to present an opportunity for our high school students, developed by Rotarians in the district. On November 8th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, the District Youth Services Committee welcomes special presentations from representatives at the various Hawai'i colleges, as well as information about Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities.
Register Today!
Hawai'i Rotary District 5000 Presents: College Webinar 2022 Ryan Char 2022-11-02 10:00:00Z 0 2022-23,Career Path and College Majors,Youth Services
Office of Hawaiian Affairs & Rotary Forum Joshua Laguana 2022-10-18 10:00:00Z 0 2023,DG Sandy Matsui,oha,rotary club of kaneohe

Genki Hou! To Thrive Again!

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     Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo, a beloved 5 acre traditional Waihonu fish pond with surrounding park (21 acres), is enjoyed by all residents and visitors alike (250,000 users annually)! Project Genki Hou, To Thrive Again! will utilize Effective Microorganisms (EM) to clean the pond by remediating sludge. Coordinators: Rotary Club of Pāhoa Sunset, South Hilo and Hilo. In collaboration with: Friends of Liliu`okalani Gardens,Eco Rotary Club of Kaka`ako, Rotary Club of Hiroshima, Ho`oulu Lāhui (501c3), Kua O Ka Lā Charter School, County of Hawai`i and EM Hawaii.
     Utilizing native wisdom of the Hawaiian moon calendar, we will make the Geniki balls on the new Hilo moon on Saturday Nov 5th to inoculate for one month prior to the first ball toss on Dec 3rd, 2022. Second toss will be in March and the third set of balls will be made on Rotarians at Work day April 22nd and the toss will occur in May during the District Conference. For more information, call Susie Osborne at 808-640-3439 or susie@kuaokala.orgTo sign up to make the EM Genki balls on Nov 5, 10am-1pm at Kua O Ka Lā Charter School (Green House) at 345 Makalika Road, Panaewa, go to:
Genki Hou! To Thrive Again! 2022-10-16 10:00:00Z 0

Li Hay, Upcountry Maui, Maui News Article

Rotary club members may come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: They really love being Rotarians. Just ask Li Hay of Equity One Real Estate, who joined the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui in the spring of 2020 and currently serves as its president. For Hay, becoming a Rotarian two-and-a-half years ago was a natural fit. “Rotary provided an efficient, overarching organization to help many of the nonprofits I once helped individually,” she said. “I love doing service work to help my community and contributing to Rotary’s global efforts for health, education and peace. I also love that I have a global community of like-minded people to visit when I travel.”

Rotary is an international service organization composed of business and professional leaders who create positive and lasting change in communities around the world. Among its many accomplishments, Rotary International is credited with initiating the global effort to eradicate polio. Over the years, it has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against the disease in 122 countries, reducing polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.

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Are You Going? DISCON 2023 Hilo Jen Tanouye 2022-10-03 10:00:00Z 0 #DISCON2023,District Conference,Early Bird Registration,Grand Naniloa Hilo Hotel,Hilo

Dictionaries to Third Graders! 

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From Barry Villamil:  The RC of Pearlridge Foundation annually sponsors free dictionaries to over 650 third grade students and their teachers representing 12 Aiea and Pearl City elementary schools.

Their Foundation also financially supports two students from each school with Good Citizen Awards that consists of a Good Citizen Award certificate and a $50.00 check. The students are selected by their teachers at the end of the school year for best exemplifying the Principles of Rotary International’s Four Way Test.

Neil Blomberg, Principal, Kanoelani Elementary School said, “It’s always nice when a group like the Rotary Club of Pearlridge comes and supports the local schools and seeing the kids and their excitement looking at the dictionaries and using them. It’s a great tool for them for the rest of the year, so we’re really grateful for the help and partnership with the Rotary Club of Pearlridge. The students are always motivated to do well, but I think the Good Citizen Award might take them to the next level. That’s an exciting opportunity for them as well. Thank you!

Dictionaries to Third Graders! 2022-09-30 10:00:00Z 0

Out of The Darkness’ a World Day of Hope and Awareness

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‘Out of The Darkness’ a World Day of Hope and Awareness’
by Rick Tabor, MS, LMHC | RC of Honolulu | Rotary Cares Walk, Team Captain
World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed every year on September 10th, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. 
Hawai’i’s American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk, raised $65,252.75. AFSP Co-Chair & Rotarian, Kathleen Rhoads Merriam says, walk organizer’s goal was $50,000. 200 walkers were expected and over 600 walkers participated in the event. Hawai’i truly cares about suicide prevention. After a two year pandemic break, the in-person enthusiasim was incredible. As team captain for our Rotary Cares Walk Team and helping set up the Rotary Refreshment tent, I felt the love all morning. As we moved past the stigma and listened to listen, in hopes of a world that cares for those who want to be heard. Saturday’s event was incredible! Thank you Kathleen, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Out of Darkness Walk volunteers and participants! 
Out of The Darkness’ a World Day of Hope and Awareness 2022-09-30 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary All-Member Survey coming soon

Heads up:  The 2022 Rotary All-Member Survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a member — what you like, what you don't, and how we can make your membership experience even better.  The survey is being sent to all Rotary and Rotaract members for whom we have a current email address. To ensure that you receive it, sign in to My Rotary and update your email address by 1 October. Then, look for the Rotary All-Member Survey in your inbox in early October.

Rotary All-Member Survey coming soon 2022-09-29 10:00:00Z 0

West Maui Community Wellness Fair

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West Maui Community Wellness Fair
On August 27th, the Rotary Clubs of West Maui, in partnership with the Lahaina United Methodist Church, held a Wellness Fair, which was funded in part by The Rotary Foundation grant funds. Kihei-Wailei President Al Weiland reported that there were 30 organizations, from keiki to kupuna participating, along with 2 Food Trucks; Feed My Sheep signing up people for food assistance and handing out free food. 
We had a Qi Gong class; followed by CPR training for 50 people; followed by a chair Yoga class. We handed out passports for adults to get stamped and turn back in for a door prize; about 100 were filled out and turned back in. Joanne Laird ran a prize wheel for keiki and handed out around 100 prizes.  In addition, we had entertainment - first a 50-member Lahainaluna Band, and then Uncle George Kahumoku played guitar and sang for about  2 hours. The initial feedback from the vendors was all positive, and they were happy they came - "let us know your next event". (Click the "Read more" for more pictures and the Press Release)
West Maui Community Wellness Fair 2022-08-31 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange is Back in Business!

Youth Exchange is back!  We have three students outbound from Hana sponsored by Lahaina Sunset and one from Big Island sponsored by North Hawaii.  Hennessy is in Chile, Mahea is in France and Kawai, who has not left for Spain just yet.  They are all spending their junior year abroad.  Lily from Kamuela is in Belgium where she is a gap year student as she was supposed to go abroad when COVID hit so we are excited that she is able to fulfill her dreams this year.
  There are four students who are inbound.  Sara from Italy is spending her year in Hana and sponsored by Lahaina Sunset.  Julie from Norway is sponsored by Maui Upcountry.  Elsa from France is sponsored by North Hawaii.  Nico from Sao Paulo, Brazil is sponsored by Poipu Beach.  Please take the opportunity to meet these students and invite them to speak at your club.
   I am hoping to have the students visit each of the islands.  This is a perfect opportunity for your club to experience Youth Exchange.  Youth Exchange in Hawaii has different challenges than the mainland, like having events where the students in the district get to meet the other students and other club’s members meet in a social setting.    I am hoping that you know of a way to bring the students in for 2 or 3 nights to your island, participate in a service project, meet other students with the interact club you may be sponsoring and see something special on your island like a special hike or a boat trip.  If you have a home that could house the students (hide-a-beds and air mattresses work just fine) or know an inexpensive location that could have housing, please let me know.
   I cannot do this alone.  I need your club’s help.  I do have some funds to assist with costs.  Please let me know if you can assist in making this an amazing year just as your counterparts in Chile and Europe are doing for our kids.  Please reach out to me at or 808.634.2988.

Yours in Rotary,

Tom Gross,  808-634-2988 
D5000 Hawaii Youth Exchange Chair
        Lily's arrival in Belgium and Nicolas arrives on Kauai. Student from Milan with her Hana host family and counselors
Rotary Youth Exchange is Back in Business! 2022-08-27 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary People of Action Summits

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Registration for the Zone Institute November 10-12 in Salt Lake City is still open. Go to for more info.
Our Zone 26/27 has put together People of Action Summits for you to attend either in-person or virtually.  The Zone is made up of thousands of Rotary members across the Western US, as well as part of British Columbia, Canada. The People of Action Summits will provide an opportunity for Rotary members to join forces with communities and industry experts to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face.  It’s all about individuals identifying issues, solving problems, and making a difference. More info at:
Green Transportation and Clean Energy Hybrid Summit, San Jose, CA, Sep 10, 4pm GMT
COST:  $20 for in-person attendees, and free for virtual attendees
REGISTER at (in-Person attendees). Virtual attendees/webinar registration (Free): or

Water: Source to Sea Hybrid Summit, New Port Beach, CA, Sept 10-11, 4:30pm GMT
COST:  $50 for in-person attendees, and $10 for virtual attendees, REGISTER at

Healthy Soils Virtual Summit, Fort Collins, CO, Sept 10, 3pm GMT
COST:  $25 for virtual attendees, REGISTER at
Stop Human Trafficking, Virtual and In-Person in San Diego, CA, Oct 1, 
COST: $50 for in-person or virtual.  REGISTER at
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Youth Programs: Is your club compliant with youth protection?

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Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Youth Programs: Is your club compliant with youth protection? Joshua Laguana 2022-08-09 10:00:00Z 0 Youth Services

New District Public Image Resource

The District Public Image team has created a new resource for clubs and Rotarians.

Looking to create a brand compliant club logo?
Looking for the Imagine Rotary theme?


If your club is interested in getting a public image review of your website and/or social media accounts, or if you are interested in having one of our District Public Image Co-Chairs speak at your club, email
New District Public Image Resource Joshua Laguana 2022-08-02 10:00:00Z 0 District 5000 Public Image,District 5000 Resource,Rotary Brand


One of the initiatives of our District Education Team is to help develop leaders and, as District Trainer Benson Medina puts it, raise your Rotary I.Q. Besides the many Saturday workshops for the Committee Chairs and Committees, there is, at the 101-level, a quarterly "Kuleana, A Course in Leadership" Zoom sessions, starting on September 3. At the 201-level, we have the District Leadership Academy for Past Club Presidents, which is 8 monthly sessions, starting August 20th. Registration closes soon.  Click here for info and application 
We have quarterly sessions for the Boards to share best practices to strengthen the support team.  The Spring Training Assemblies in March and April will help the incoming chairs and committees to prepare for their positions.  Session information and Zoom links can be found on the website in the District Calendar.
Rotary International offers tons of courses in the Learning Center, not only for club positions, but also for personal growth, including  Professional Development courses in public speaking by Toastmasters.  Log in to and check out the Course Catalog at :


Here's an example of how Rotary funds save lives. The Omben Village Water Project District Grant will provide a safe water source to the 800 people living in Omben Village located in rural Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea.  The project will be managed by Water Hands Hope, a Honolulu-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by James Ham, working in Papua New Guinea since 2013.  The District Grant is broken down into three components: RC Honolulu Sunset will purchase the rain catchment tank, RC Windward Oahu will purchase the water tap, and pipe fittings, and RC Kaneohe will purchase Sawyer bucket filters and buckets to be used for teaching programs in local schools and in homes of the villagers.  Rotarians Murray Visser and Bede Cooray (RC Windward Oahu) along with James Ham (RC Honolulu Sunset) will travel with 13 other volunteers from Water Hands Hope to implement this project as well as global grant GG2231243 which will provide ultrasound devices and specialized training to emergency physicians at 4 hospitals in Papua New Guinea.
Below is a picture of their current water source and some pictures from our previous projects in the same region of Papua New Guinea.


It’s time to celebrate your Rotary Club, your members and all the good you do in your community and around the world. There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:
  • Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud Rotary member in your Twitter and Facebook profile
  • Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on Rotary Showcase,  on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram 
  • Stay Connected. Rotary clubs continue to demonstrate their value by staying connected to members and responding to changing needs in the community.  Find ways to adapt to new challenges  
We are 1422 Rotary members in 53 clubs strong at the start of this year and we know that when people find value in Rotary membership and  see all the good we are doing in the world, they will want to join you for fellowship and service.
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Pledge to Promote Peace

Rotarians, take the pledge to promote peace by adding your name to the blog. Log in to and click on the Comments bubble at the top of this story and enter your name and club name. 
Click the Read More button for names of those who have taken the pledge.
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Career Conversations

We have an opportunity to bring in Leaders to share their insights about their industries and philosophy about their business life.  If you would like to hear a speaker on a particular topic, please add your suggestion, comment or request in the "Comment" blog below.  You must be logged in the District website to write or view comments.
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Kauai Clubs Award Scholarships

LIHUE — The five Rotary clubs on Kauai have announced recipients of the 2020 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) Scholarships. Each student receives $5,000 to attend an accredited four year college or university in the United States.

The clubs, students, and fields of study are:

• Rotary Club of West Kauai: Leslie Uri, Waimea High School, Nursing at Washington State University

• Rotary Club of Poipu Beach: Macy Melchor, Kauai High School, Nursing at Washington State University

• Rotary Club of Kauai: Destrey Shibuya, Kauai High School, Electrical Engineering at College of Wooster

• Rotary Club of Kapaa: Kasiah Vercelli, Kapaa High School, Religion and Ancient Civilizations at Agnes Scott College

• Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay: Lana Ersoy, Kapaa High School, Biology at University of Southern California\“We are so happy to support these students to continue their education,” said Ray Paler, Trustee of the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation. “We are extremely excited to see what they will accomplish.

Ted Faigle, Assistant Governor for Rotary on Kauai, added, “A key area of service for Rotary clubs is to mentor, assist, and empower young people. These scholarships are one of the many ways that Rotary clubs in Hawaii do that.”

Each year the 52 Rotary clubs across Hawaii select recipients for HRYF scholarships. Scholarships awarded across the state this year total more than $270,000.

The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation was created in 1976 by Maurice “Sully” Sullivan, founder of Foodland Supermarkets, when he served as the District Governor for Rotary in Hawaii. It was his desire to assist Hawaii’s high school graduates to realize their potential by attending a college of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland United States.

Since its inception HRYF has granted scholarships across Hawaii totaling almost $7 million. HRYF receives donations from Rotary club members and other community minded people and foundations. Donations can be made at

Kauai Clubs Award Scholarships 2020-07-27 10:00:00Z 0

Business Consulting

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Barnes Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 808
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(251) 554-4883
Jackie Barnes

Wahiawa Rotary
Carolann Biederman Consulting
44-391 Nilu Street #4
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 386-7728
Carolann Biederman
Peg Jackson & Associates
1860 Ala Moana Blvd. #1105
Honolulu, HI 96815
(415) 609-5341
Peggy M. Jackson
Business Continuity & Risk Management
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Alarm & Access Control Technologies, Inc.
HC 3 Box 11095
Keaau, HI 96749
(808) 930-3032
Patricia Terada
Rotary Club of Hilo
American Floor & Home
302 Sand Island Access Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
David K. Arita
Rotary Club of Ala Moana
Drainpipe Plumbing and Solar, LLC
P.O. Box 1128
Pahoa, HI 96778
(808) 966-9002
John Gapp
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
Grace Pacific LLC
949 Kamokila Blvd, Suite 200
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 478-3266
Bob Peterson
Sales Representative
Metro Honolulu
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
841 Bishop Street, Suite 2001
Honolulu, HI  96813
(808) 535-9500
Allie Ackerman
Project Manager
Windward Sunrise of Oahu
Island Asphalt Maintenance, Inc
75-5660 Kopiko Street
Suite C7-465
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 322-5672
Jenny Rasmussen
Vice President
Rotary Club of Kona
Island Drafting & Special Inspections
P.O. Box 180322
HNP HI 96718
(808) 960-1380
Kevin LeBourdais
Pacific Recreation Co., LLC
99-899 Iwaena Street, #113
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-0644
Dave Hamil
The Rotary Club of Waikiki
ProVision Solar, Inc.
69 Railroad Avenue, Suite A7
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 969-3281
Kim Keahiolalo
Sales and Marketing Manager
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
660 Ala Moana Blvd. #220A
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 469-5022
Steven Mazur
Commercial Project Developer
Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako
STI Solar Roofing and
Air Conditioning
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy
Suite 1300
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 212-9339
Chris Reyher
Sales Manager
Kapaa Rotary Club
Sun Construction, Inc.
HCR 1 Box 5446
Keaau, HI 96749
(808) 982-9530
Jeremiah Leonard
Rotary Club of Hilo
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Athena Clinic
1319 Punahou St.  #1070
(Kapiolani Hospital)
(808) 944-8551
Robert Peterson
Medical Director
H.K. Blaisdell-Brennan, M.D., L.L.C.
1188 Bishop Street, Suite 1810,
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 946-2002
Helen K. Blaisdell-Brennan, M.D.
M.D., Psychiatry
Rotary Club of West Honolulu
Hawaii at Health Work Hawaii
(808) 535-5980
Valerie Davison (Au)
Workplace Wellness Manager
Metro Rotary
IVDiagnostics, Inc.
P.O. Box 873
Kula, HI  96790
(808) 707-9710
Frank Szczepanski
Cofounder & Chairman
Upcountry Maui
Kokua Kalihi Valley Community Health Center
2239 North School St.,
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 791-9400
Dr. Poki'i Balaz
Provider and GRACE Project Coordinator
Linden Family Medicine Clinic
400 Hualani St. Suite 196
Hilo HI 96720
(808) 961-0146
Margaret Rosemary Linden
Rotary Club of South Hilo
Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats
P.O.Box 881199
Pukalani, HI 96788
(808) 866-6155
Bridget S. Bongaard MD
President and Medical Director
Rotary Club of Maui
Maui Medical Group
2189 Main Street
Wailuku  HI  96793
(808) 242-6464
Anne Biedel, MD
Site Supervisor/Physician,
Lahaina Clinic
Ohana Pacific Management Company
3-3420 Kuhio Hwy. Ste. 300,
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 651-4596
Kurt Akamine
Vice President
Pacific Health Ministry
1245 Young St , Suite 204
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-6556
Rev. Anke Flohr
Executive Director
Stanley F. H. Wong Dentistry
1600 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 955-3522
Stanley F. H. Wong, DDS
Rotary Club of West Honolulu
William McKenzie, MD
302 California Ave. #210
Wahiawa, HI. 96786
(808) 622-2212
William McKenzie
Young Living Essential Oils
137 Kuuala St.,
Kailua HI 96734
(808) 386-7555
Susan Szabo
Independent Distributor
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii
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Blue Hair Mermaid
2414 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-1999
Flora Lu
Waikiki Rotary Club
15710 W Colfax Ave., #204
Golden CO 80401
(303) 459-2222
Kat Haber
Affinity Rep
Hawaii Monarch Chocolate
826 Queen Street, # 200
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 591-8826
Terry Lo
General Manager
West Honolulu Rotary Club
Humble Soul
5619 Bennion Court
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 294-8185
Gabrielle Elliott
Rotary of the Hickam Pearl Harbor
Island Art Party
1279 S. Kihei Rd., #109
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 419-6020
Mary Albitz
Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui​​​​​​​
Island Traditions of Hawaii, Inc. 
P.O. Box 240040
Honolulu, HI 96824
(808) 845-6677
Robert Jackson
Honolulu Metro
Makk Studios/Makk Art Hawaii
1515 Laukahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96821
(808) 373-2772
Sylvia Makk
Rotary Club of Waikiki
One Gallery
186 Kamehameha Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-2787
Deborah Beaver
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
Treasures of the Tree
(808) 937-6345
Bill Hamilton
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Bodhi Massage Therapy
Mobile Services & Studio in Ewa Beach
(808) 888-8169
Arlene Estrella
Sirene Hawaii
1660 Kalakaua Ave., 105B
Honolulu HI 96826
(808) 852-0202
Rica Chantel
Waikiki Rotary
Wailea Massage and Body Care
(Islandwide Outcalls)
349 1B Kehala Dr.
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-8244
Laura Rosenthal
Rotary Club of Maui
Spa Janet Kelley 2020-05-27 10:00:00Z 0


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Mana Means Communications
1088 Bishop Street, Ste. 1209
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 521-1160
Janet Kelley
Founder & President
Rotary Club of Waikiki
6 Pillars Marketing
1050 Queen Street #205,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 983-1353
Lincoln Jacobe
Chief Executive Officer
Rotary Club of East Honolulu
American Solutions for Business
(808) 469-5442
Danielle Lum
Brand Specialist
Ala Moana
91-449 Ewa Beach Rd.
Honolulu HI 96706
(808) 292-7405
Harvy King
Equity Managing Partner
Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako
Kauai Digital Marketing
P.O. Box 411391
Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 631-3701
Ted Faigle
Rotary Club of Poipu Beach
(608) 445-0044
Benjamin Mark
Chief Everything Officer
Rotary Club of Hilo
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AlohaGraphics, Inc.
64 South Hotel Street
(808) 545-2679
Mark Merriam
Metropolitan Honolulu
JPG Hawaii
1860 Ala Moana Blvd Ste. 420,
Honolulu HI 96815
(808) 429-4544
Joseph Gedeon
Vice President
Rotary Club of Waikiki
Pacific Digital Signs
2250 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 554-9687
John Strandberg
Hawaii Region General Manager
East Honolulu
PD Technologies LLC
1205 Hopaka Street
Honolulu, HI  96814
(808) 312-161
Eugene Price
Service Printers Hawaii, Inc.
1829 Dillingham Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 841-7644
Deborah “Debi” Halcro
Senior Sales Executive
Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise
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Five Star Distribution
1930 Auiki Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 838-7827
Thomas Coyne
Director of Distribution
Rotary Club of Honolulu
Ho'omau Trucking LLC
P.O. Box 700220
Kapolei HI 96709
(808) 745-6460
Monica R Calizo
Waianae Coast Rotary Club
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‘Ilima Hotel
445 Nohonani St.
Honolulu HI 96815
(808) 923-1877
Phil Sammer
General Manager
Ala Wai Yachts
1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 118
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 634-8703
Richard Olsen
Independent Broker
Rotary Club of Kauai
Hanalei Colony Resort
5-7130 Kuhio Hwy.
Hanalei, HI
(808) 826-6235
Laura Richards
General Manager
HNL Tourism Associates
1245 Young St. #203
Honolulu HI 96814
(808) 440-9651 
Wendy Goodenow, CTC
Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise
Kaanapali Luxury Vacation Rentals
110 Awaiku Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(408) 892-2675
Fereshteh Nikbakhsh-Tali
Maui on the Fly
219 Kupuohi St.
Lahiana, HI 96761
Brandie Henderson
Rotary Club of Kona
Stoke Drift Surf School
2161 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu HI 96815
(808) 517-5010
(808) 517-5010
Pili Valderrama
Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako
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Advocates for Africa’s Children
1111 Bishop Street #511
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 797-3530
Heidi Lum
Founder and Executive Director
Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii
200 N.Vineyard Blvd.,
Suite 430
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 532-7112
Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong
Executive Director
Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders
677 Ala Moana Blvd. #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 681-7687
Joy Matsuura
Student Leadership Facilitator- Big Island
Girl Scouts of Hawaii
410 Atkinson Dr., Box 3
Suite 2E1
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 966-9376
Marci Goldman-Manker
Island Regional Coordinator
Rotary Club of Kona
Great Aloha Run, Carole Kai Charities Inc.
418 Kuwili St., Suite 102,
Honolulu, Hi  96817
(808) 528-7388
Rene Mansho
Administrative Assistant
Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua
Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation
3536 Harding Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-1073
Geoff Horvath
RC of Wahiawa-Waialua
Oleander Initiative
45 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 963 0165
Ray Matsumiya
Executive Director
WE Rotary E-Club
Rescue Tube Foundation, Inc.
(808) 639-7458
Branch Lotspeich
Executive Director
The Salvation Army Hawaiian &
Pacific Islands Division
2950 Manoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822
(808) 988-2136
Major Jeff Martin
Divisional Commander
Rotary Club of Honolulu
YWCA of Hawaii Island
(808) 935-7141\
Lorraine Davis
Chief Operating Officer
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
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Rotary Doing Business
With Aloha


Anson O. Rego AAL, ALC
85-833 Farrington Hwy.
Waianae, HI 96792
(808) 696-7061
Anson Rego
Waianae Coast Rotary Club
Eileen M.S. Nims Esq. LLC
94-117 Hokualii Ct. #112
(808) 664-1834
Eileen M.S. Nims
Wills, Trusts and Probate Attorney
E-Club of Hawaii
Gary G. Grimmer & Associates
201 Merchant St. Ste 1940,
Honolulu, Hi 96813
(808) 457-1330
Gary G. Grimmer
Justina J. P. K. Murphy
225 Queen St. Apt. 22F
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 779-6885
Justina "Tina" Murphy
Mobile Notary Public
Rotary e-Club of Hawaii
King and King Attorneys-At-Law
735 Bishop St. #304
(808) 521-6937
Adrienne King
Obenauf Law Group
1930 E. Vineyard Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 244-3905
Meg Obenauf
Rotary Club of Kahului
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With Aloha


Quick Stars Tutoring
94-1157 Pulai Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
(808) 375-5244
Linda Parsons
Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor
Read Aloud America
250 Hau`oli St. #220
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 757-0981
Joanne Laird
Program Director
Stepping Stones Academy
860 Halekauwila Street
(808) 593-2922
Diana Sakurai
Founder/Executive Director
Honolulu Rotary Club
University of Hawaii Maui College
310 W Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 984-3656
Brian T. Moto
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
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Rotary Doing Business
With Aloha


Celebrations Event Photography & DigiTales - Tell Your Video Story
705 Queen St.  Honolulu
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 392-2464
Robyn McCreary
Photographer and Videographer
Rotary Club of Honolulu
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Event Planning

Rotary Doing Business
With Aloha


Sonya Mendez Productions
92-681 Malahuna Lp.
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 228-4499
Sonya Mendez
West Pearl Harbor, Oahu
Event Planning Janet Kelley 2020-05-27 10:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Monitors the COVID-19 crisis

Rotary is closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact. Rotary encourages members and their families to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting the virus by: washing your hands often and thoroughly, putting distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, and staying home if you are sick. The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group shares this handwashing tips below:

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Community Resilience Through Ecological Management

Community Resilience Through Responsible Ecological Management  
Harvy King
Of all the many ways to describe Hawaii as a beacon of reckoning across the pacific, Aloha stands the test of time. Highlighting Rotary International’s monthly theme for April, Maternal and Child Health, globally, April is Earth Month. Locally, there is lots happening around “Sustainability.” This month is all about taking care of Mother Earth. This article will explore two local projects that members of the Eco Rotary Club of Kaka’ako have been tracking as being independently operated, community driven initiatives that meet all six focus areas of the Rotarian Action Group on Environmental Sustainability.
• Promoting Peace • Fighting Disease
• Providing Clean Water and Sanitation • Saving Mothers and Children
• Supporting Education • Growing Local Economies
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Maui Rotarians Respond to Community Needs

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The three West Maui Rotary clubs immediately sprang into action in order to provide food and support to families and local businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Boards of Directors of the three clubs met virtually to hammer out programs to help our local community members and their families. The Rotary Club of Lahaina in cooperation with Sysco is donating $4000 in wholesale fresh produce (4400lbs.!), refrigerated, and frozen items to be donated to needy families via The Maui Food Bank.  Since the Maui Food Bank does not have storage for perishable items, Sysco is working with the club to keep these items in storage in their facilities until time of distribution.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise is making a $1000 donation to the Maui Food Bank.  Additionally, this club is purchasing 80-$25 gift cards from locally owned Island Grocery Depot to be distributed to West Mauians who have lost work due to the coronavirus crisis.  Additionally, several members have personally contributed extra cards, beyond the 80.  These will be distributed (mailed to recipients) over the next four weeks.  If the situation continues beyond that time, the club will continue the program. 
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is working with Dr. Rebecca Winkie, principal at Princess Nahienaena School, to help students and families in need who attend her school. This club has purchased 40-$25 gift certificates at two locally owned food establishments that are remaining open for take-out orders. Moku Roots located in the Lahaina Gateway Center and CJ’s Deli located in the Fairway Shops each received $1000 to provide the gift certificates. $1000 in $25 gift cards were also purchased by the club at Foodland. These 120 gift cards and certificates were presented to Dr. Winkie on Thursday March 26 th for distribution. Additionally Marilyn Jorgensen, co-owner of CJs Deli, in collaboration with Dr.Winkie, invited families to her place of business to pick up surplus milk, eggs, and other produce that was donated by Sysco. To quote Dr. Winkie: "To witness the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset's compassionate support for our community is both humbling and heartwarming.  Their beyond-generous donation of meals by way of gift cards is truly a blessing during these trying economic times, and I applaud their efforts to assist the students, families and local businesses of Lahaina.&quote; This club also made financial contributions to the following agencies to support local needs during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Maui Food Bank, $1000; Salvation Army, $500; and Maui Rescue Mission, $200. 
All three of the West Maui Rotary Clubs will continue efforts to raise funds to support future projects to assist families in need due to the COVID-19 crisis. Two of the clubs hold 501(c)(3) status and all contributions for future support programs are tax deductible. To make a donation to a local Rotary Foundation contact the following leaders via email: Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Foundation, Mariko Higashi, Rotary Club of Lahaina Foundation, Rick Nava, Photo ID: Dr. Rebecca Winkie, Princess Nahienaena Principa, and Erica Gale, Youth Service Chair for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset display some of the 120 gift certificates that will be given to families in need at the school.
Maui Rotarians Respond to Community Needs 2020-03-27 10:00:00Z 0

Zooming across D5000 with great speakers

Wednesday's at Noon:  Waikiki Rotary. Meeting ID: 886 3751 5841. Password: FUNCLUB

Wednesday's: Kihei-Wailea Zooms, Wednesday's at Noon:  email Dennis Bagshaw for codes at  
Thursday's at 6pm: E-Club of Hawaii Happ-E Hour at 6pm: Meeting ID 980 9925 3328
Upcountry Maui, Fridays at 8am: Meeting ID: 775 6728 9666, Password: 032672. Phone#408-638-0968
District Youth Service meeting, 4th Tuesday at 5:30pm
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Windward Mental Health Center Lobby Renovation

The Windward Sunrise Rotary Club, The E-Club of Oahu, the Windward Rotary Club, family, and friends teamed up to complete a major renovation of the Windward Community Mental Health Clinic! 26 volunteers from around Oahu dedicated over 150 combined man hours to make this happen, along with hardware store donations from Hawaii Hardware and a furniture discount from Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This clinic reached out to the Windward Sunrise Rotary Club to see if we could accommodate, and we planned and made it happen in about a month. We'd love to have you join us for our next project!
Windward Mental Health Center Lobby Renovation 2020-03-23 10:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work Helping Neighbors

Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION! Many clubs are jumping into action to help their families, friends and beneficiaries.
*Kauai, Maui Oahu- Rotary Caremongers buddying up to help a club member or neighbor who is higher risk due to age, lowered immune system, self-isolating and need help getting groceries, supplies or other errands and delivering them to a garage or doorstep after carefully wiping down items.  
Oahu: our Community Desperately Needs Blood Donors! Please call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at (808) 848-4770 with questions and to schedule an appointment in April or May.  You can also make an appointment online, at when you select “find a blood drive”. Appointments are available at locations in Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waikele and Kapolei.   Please indicate you are donating on behalf of Group Code 3010 - Eco Rotary  so we can track and report on our progress
Lots of need out there.  Be safe and proud that we are Rotarians! Please add your story on what your club is doing during this time of need.  Log in to the website and click the Comment button right under the Article title and add your comment.
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Windward Sunrise Rotary Club Kicks Off Symbol of Freedom Flag Program

On October 20, 2019, Windward Sunrise Rotary Club gifted the Boy Scout Pack 311 #1,848 through subscriptions to our Flag Program in the Olomana Community. For the five flag days each year (Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day), flags will be placed in subscribers yards.  This is a new fundraiser for the Boy Scouts and our Rotary club.
We are off to a great start and looking forward to having this grow!
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Hoʻokuaʻāina & Global Village Community Day

The Windward Sunrise Rotary Club members and local community groups had an amazing and fulfilling day learning about the history, culture, planting, caring for, and harvesting of taro at Hoʻokuaʻāina, a beautiful traditional farm. It was truly a wonderful experience to work our āina together and learning hands-on about traditional Hawai'ian cultivation methods. Mahalo to all those who joined us!
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Proud Rotarians at the Pride Parade

The RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:  "As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders."      Making diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority is everyone's responsibility.

Aloha PROUD District 5000 Rotarian! The Hawaii LGBT Fellowship committee and District 5000 is spear heading the first ever rotary representation at Honolulu Pride. We are excited for you to join us! Friends and family welcome.
Honolulu Pride Parade, Saturday October 19, 2019
Starting at Magic island Beach Park and ending at Kapiolani Park/Waikiki Shell.  Meet up time estimated: 9:30am
We request that you wear either a:
Proud Rotarian Shirt  to be purchased ( ***RECOMMENDED***
Or  A navy rotary shirt or a basic navy blue shirt.  
Also bring your best rainbow accessories! We will provide all participants a flag representing a country Rotary can be found in to wave to symbolize the theme “Rotary Connects the World”.
For more information on the parade and festival or to sign-up as a volunteer click here:
Questions? Contact Alicia DeVoll of Kahala Sunrise at or 360-941-4759 or Randy Soriano of E-Club of Hawaii at or 808-393-0639.
Help us bring Rotary to the largest parade and LGBT event on Oahu!
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“Fall Into Kailua” Blocktoberfest 2019

There was an amazing turnout for the first Blocktoberfest in Kailua! Thousands of residents and families came out to support their community in the Windward Sunrise Rotary Club’s Community Awareness Outreach event. Visitors had an opportunity to see what Rotary stands for, locally and internationally, as well as enjoy fun games and candy for the keiki.
“Fall Into Kailua” Blocktoberfest 2019 2019-09-19 10:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction and Club Social at D'Vine Wine Bar Kailua

A new member induction was held during a multi-club social mixer at D'Vine Kailua. Mahalo to all our awesome Rotarians, future Rotarians, friends, and family who came out to support and appreciate our inductees. Anna, Larry, Naty, Luke, and Lauren were excited to become Rotary International's newest members. A great time was had visiting with other club members, as well as supporting one of Kailua's newest businesses and sampling the unique food and wine varieties offered.
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Windward Elementary School Supply Drive at Long's

The very generous Windward community for donated 12 boxes full of school supplies for local area schools—and $640 in cash donations for items teachers need most. The Windward community's overwhelming care and interest in the local keikis’ education is what aloha is all about. Kudos to the eleven Windward Sunrise club members who donated their time on a Saturday!
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Kailua 4th of July Parade

Windward Sunrise Rotary Club held its amazing annual Kailua Independence Day Parade with Windward Sunrise member Joe Lichota providing live island-style guitar music for the crowd while other Rotarians passed out American flags and candy to parade attendees. Happy Birthday, America!
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Windward Mental Health Center Lobby Renovation

In honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month, a total of 26 volunteers, over three days, with a total of 155.5 man hours, made this amazing mental health clinic transformation happen for Windward neighbors in need.
The Windward Community Mental Health Clinic had been neglected since the 1970s and did not project the care the Windward Sunrise Rotary Club feels towards the local residents and families grappling with the effects of houselessness, mental illness, and/or substance abuse issues. Rotarians from the Windward Sunrise Rotary Club, the E-Club, Honolulu Metro Rotary, the Windward Rotary Club, as well as clinical mental health professionals, family members, and community donated their time to this project over three days.
 A big shout out to Hawaii Hardware, whose generosity supplied nearly all the paint, nails, brushes, spackle, and wood beams. Habitat for Humanity Restore also contributed to the project with affordable decor and furniture.
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Rotary Club of Waikiki's 80th Anniversary Dinner Janet Scheffer 2019-05-31 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of East Honolulu Brings Christmas Gifts to Palolo Elementary School

The Rotary Club of East Honolulu continued a sweet and impactful tradition of presenting each student at Palolo elementary school with a wrapped Christmas shoebox filled to the brim with snacks, games, school supplies, and a logo water bottle. About 50 rotarians, rotaractors, employees from AXA Financial, and family & friends picked up, wrapped, stuffed, and presented about 300 shoeboxes to students at their Christmas program.

Rotary Club of East Honolulu Brings Christmas Gifts to Palolo Elementary School 2019-03-04 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Provides Rescue Tubes

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Maui News Front Page Story: (We added the "Saves Lives" part)
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Rotary E Club of Hawaii participates in the Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk & Fair Laine Kohama 2019-02-17 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary clubs bring more rescue tubes to Maui west side

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

Rotary clubs bring more rescue tubes to Maui west side

The three clubs — the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Lahaina and the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset — have 22 tubes that they plan to install in late February, said Mariko Higashi, who was the president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset last year and has been spearheading the project. Higashi said the tubes cost about $3,000 in total and were paid for by the clubs as well as the Hawaii district office that oversees all Rotary clubs.

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Rotary clubs bring more rescue tubes to Maui west side Janet Scheffer 2019-01-21 10:00:00Z 0
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Kua O Kala Charter School Relocation

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Watch a Hawaii News Now Special Report about this project!

Kua O Kala Charter School Relocation: A Joint Rotary Club Project

A Joint Rotary Club Project

Rotarians, families, friends, students, and contractors gathered this past weekend to restore a building at Nani Mau Gardens for students to continue with their education. The Kua O Kala Charter School was destroyed by the lava flows in lower Puna. This building at Nani Mau needed very serious restorative work because of the extensive termite damage over the years, a joint club project was coordinated by the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset to get the job done!

Kua O Kala Charter School Relocation Al Okinaka 2018-08-01 10:00:00Z 0 Hawaii Island

Hilo Rotary accepts $20,000 from Hiroshima South Rotary

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The Rotary Club of Hilo accepted $20,000 US dollars from their "sister club", Rotary Club of Hiroshima South at their meeting on Friday, June 1.  Their contribution will go toward the Puna Relief Fund with the funds distributed by the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset.

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Rotary Fund For Puna Lava Relief 

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The Rotary d5000 Foundation (a 501 (c)(3) organization) is now accepting donations by credit card on the DONATE link below or checks can be mailed directly to the Foundation at 45-675 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744. Please put "Puna Relief Fund" on the memo line.

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DG Nalani Flinn:  May Message

Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
     Happy May Day to you and hope you are wearing that special lei that binds us as a community and that wreath of love.  Speaking of love, I’d like to thank those who have donated to the Disaster Fund through our District website; and if you haven’t made your donation, please kokua your neighbor on the island of Kauai.  They are still struggling with the aftermath of mud and debris caused by the heavy rain.  Show that aloha to those around you.
     Speaking about Aloha, in 17 days we will be celebrating all the accomplishments our clubs have completed throughout the year at the beautiful five-star Four Seasons Resort at Koʻolina.  And being that May is Youth Service Month, we are reaching out to Rotaractors and Interactors to attend Saturday’s plenary session for the cost of lunch at $65.00.  It’s surprising how many future leaders of tomorrow don’t know who we are nor what we do.  We want to close that gap in Hawaiʻi.  We’d love to see you consider sponsoring a student or your family member.  Your conference planning committee is working extremely hard to create an exciting conference for you!
     In closing, I would like to quote from RI President Ian Riseley’s remarks in The Rotarian magazine that’s worth repeating.  “Last June, your Rotary International Board of Directors voted to adopt a new vision statement, reflecting our identity and the single purpose that unites the diversity of our work.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create
lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
     Wherever we live, whatever language we speak, whatever work our clubs are involved in, our vision is the same.  We all see a world that could be better and that we can help to make better.  We are here because Rotary give us the opportunity to build the world we want to see – to unite and take action through Rotary: Making a Difference.”
E Hana Kakou (Let’s work together)……. Navigating Together to Change Lives……
Nalani Flinn
District Governor 2017 - 2018
Hawaii Rotary District 5000
(808) 342-1565
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2020 Rotary International Convention

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The Rotary International Convention is coming to Hawaii and we need your help.  Please consider making a donation to the Host Organization Committee! Funds are need for the website, the promotional materials, supplies, and much more.  Go to the site page to see Sponsorship benefits. 
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DG Nalani Flinn:  April Message

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Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
I want introduce one of my speakers at the District Conference.  His name is Mitty Chang. A Professional Motivational and Inspirational Speaker Specializing in How to Attract Millennials into Organizations. Mitty has delivered speeches to audiences in Canada, Thailand, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, and throughout the USA. He is one of the most sought after young speakers in the Rotary world.  He is the Creative Director of Candeavor, a digital marketing & web design agency based in the Silicon Valley.  I built my first website in 1998.  I was in the fourth grade at that time. By the time I was 13 years of age, I had already begun my freelance web design career. In my early high school years, I began my first part-time business--opening a web hosting business, which continues to run today. Over the past 16 years, I have designed powerful websites for a wide array of clientele.”  Mitty Chang will be speaking at our District Conference on Saturday morning May 19th and loves talking to Rotarians, especially young millennials.  Sign up for the District Conference on You will be glad you did!
DG Nalani Flinn: April Message Donna 2018-04-03 10:00:00Z 0

District Conference May 18-20

The District Conference will be held at the Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina, May 18-20.  Besides the inspiring speakers and the House of Friendship, there is a golf tournament,, tennis tournament, a zipline activity, a Walk to End Polio, a "Primping for PolioPlus" popup spa on Sunday 1:30-3:30pm . Register for the conference today -->  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
To go to the District conference site page for all the information and forms ---> CLICK HERE
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Maui Rotarian Mark Harbison Recognized with Peace Award Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0

DG March Message:  Nalani Flinn

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Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
Spring is in the air and the flowers are starting to bloom here in San Jose, California which is where I am and where the President Elects Training will start on Friday.  It is March and we have four more fabulous months in this Rotary year to do good in the world. Thereʻs still time to meet your goals for Membership, Polio Plus, and Annual Giving to The Rotary Foundation. Meeting your goals will offer others the opportunity to join 1.2 million fellow Rotarians around the world save lives and fund future global/district grants.  More hands, less work.
Speaking of work, we need your help with the Rotary International Convention that will be held in Honolulu in 2020.  Last week RI President Nominee Mark Maloney and his entourage were here reviewing the venue and activities Hawaii would be hosting for his International Convention. Our Host Organization Committee (HOC) has been busy putting plans together and we need your assistance through financial sponsorships, volunteers, club hosting, entertainers and your expertise. Please give your support as we will need everyone on board. 
Our District conference is happening May 18th – 20th at the breathtaking 5-Star Four Seasons Hotel on Oahu. Register now on the District website!  Come and represent your club and support your president.  Let them know you appreciate the time, talent and resources they have given to lead your club this year.
Additionally, Steve Dyer, District Alumni Chair from the Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, is reaching out to all Rotary Alumni to meet on March 14th at the Pagoda Restaurant in Honolulu for dinner at 6pm.  We need your assistance getting up-to-date email information and to get the word out.  If you know an alumni, please contact  In case you are wondering, an alum is someone who has  participated in any of the following programs: Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA), Rotary Peace FellowshipsRotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), vocational training teams  (members and leaders), Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers. What a great way to keep these young people engaged with Rotary!
Did you know that March 8th is International Women’s Day?  We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of women in Rotary with an Afternoon Tea throughout our islands, honoring women who are “Making A Difference.”  Check our district website or ask your Assistant Governor for information.
As a closing thought, we are fortunate in Hawaiʻi to have clean water in our homes when many in the world do not.  To quote from the RI website  “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 successful lives.”  Thank you Rotarians for your contributions to provide clean water worldwide
E Hana Kakou (Let’s Work Together)
Nalani Flinn
District Governor 2017 - 2018
Hawaii Rotary District 5000
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Foundation Presentations Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Nalani Flinn’s January Message

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Aloha Fellow Rotarians,
I trust you had an awesome holiday celebration with family and friends and you are now ready to get back to work with the remaining months of “Navigating to Change Lives.”  I want to mention a few things that are noteworthy and the first is about our District Membership standing in the zone ending November 2017.  
Per our Regional Membership Development Manager Nicole Jones, “District 5000 has experienced the highest net growth so far with a 3.33% net growth” which reflects an increase of  57 new members. However, we do know retention of members in December and June tend to drop as clubs are reviewing members that have stopped coming.  May I suggest finding ways to re-engage those who are thinking of leaving through projects, friendship, personal contact and restructuring club dues for financial support.  Reach out to them and ask if there is anything you can do.  Maybe that is all they need, someone who cares. 
I would like to give my heartfelt aloha and mahalo to those who participated in the “Ride So They Can Walk” Polio Plus fundraiser by riding their bikes to help raise awareness of this crippling disease AND those who chose to be creative in doing other fundraisers around the state.  I thank you and ask that you continue the fight to meet our District goal of raising  $300K.  I believe we can do it!
As you read our January Newsletter, you will find stories of fellow Rotarians sharing their vocational skills around our state.  Use this month to promote Vocational Service to friends and family by inviting them to join our organization.  The Kahauiki Village Transitional Housing project that Rotary partnered with the City & State is a good example of volunteers and businesses coming together for the one purpose of “service above self” and providing families who are working but can’t afford the housing market, a “second chance”.  To the countless clubs, Rotarians, family and friends, I thank you for supplying the units with household items, for painting, cleaning and giving of your time each week. The families moved in last month and you are part of that success story.  
District Governor Nalani Flinn’s January Message Donna Hiranaka 2018-01-02 10:00:00Z 0

District Governor Nalani Flinn's Message:  December

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Aloha My Fellow Rotarians,
We are six months into our Rotary year and so much has happened since our last visit.  We are having our Polio Plus Fundraising project “Ride So They Can Walk.”   It’s still ongoing and together, we can “Make that Difference.” The fight against Polio lives on and we can reach our goal of raising $300K through everyone’s participation.  Don’t give up!   I ask that you continue to raise the public’s awareness of Polio, the good Rotary does in the world, and continue to Ride So They Can Walk.
Another project that is dear to my heart is the Holiday Homelessness Project at Kahauiki Village Transitional Housing on Oahu, where fellow Rotarians in collaboration with other organizations are donating their time, talent and resources by painting and cleaning these housing units.  Our goal is to help homeless families get off the street and into a home by the end of the month.  We sent a “wish list” via your club president asking for your assistance in supplying 30 of these housing units with needed household products and supplies.  Please work with your Club President and/or AG in securing items on the list.  This is a manageable act of giving that will make such a big difference for many families this holiday season.
We have so much to do and only 6+ months left to finish -- selecting your club officers for next year, hosting Foundation dinners on each island, updating your Rotary Club Central projects, supporting the Centennial Park project in Waikiki, planning our upcoming 2020 Rotary International Convention, awarding clubs with the RI President and the Governor Citations, hosting the Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary Tea celebration, engaging with our the Mauka to Makai - Malama the Land service projects and more.  So much to do, so little time to finish…
As we navigate to the end of the year and approach the holiday season continuing to change lives together, may the Spirit of Christmas be never-ending, filling your home with the warmest greeting for this holiday season.   
From my home to yours, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! 
District Governor Nalani Flinn's Message: December 2017-12-01 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Stories from Across the Aloha State Donna Hiranaka 2017-11-01 10:00:00Z 0

DG Message: November

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am so blessed to be a Rotarian and have many friends like you.  As we enter into the holiday season, please be safe and share the opportunity of service through Rotary Give Thanks Day.  Our Polio Plus “Ride So They Can Walk”  Bike ride is ending November 18th and I know we can reach our goal.  Many are looking to raise a $100 and stop.  I say, don’t stop, continue and add another “0” zero at the end.  Ask family and friends to join our team to End Polio Now. 
I have been hearing about the many different activities clubs are working on to raise awareness of this disease.   The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach held a  Raise a Glass to End Polio  event on October 18th where they donated 100% of the sales from two beer taps at Merriman’s Kauai during the culinary market at the Shops at Kukui’ula to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fund.  The Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise held a casual   One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio  evening under the stars at Bakery and Table for World Polio Day on October 24th.    Palettes for Polio  will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka at which 40 artists’ palettes will be painted and offered at a silent auction at the Rumley Gallery at the King Kamehameha Hotel on November 18th.   The Rotary Club of Downtown Honolulu held a  Strike Out Polio  bowling event, while another club is collecting Pennies for Polio.  Share your story with our District Polio Plus Chair Charlene Meyers to post on the website.  Let her know how you celebrated World Polio Day. 
 I received an email from my classmate DG Claudette McWilliams (District 5110) and I quote, “As long as we are bragging, my DRFCC tells me that with the second check for $536,000 to TRF (the first was $500K), District 5110 was Number One in the world for giving.  Whether that lasted beyond the date that it was reported is unknown, but Number One in the world for even one day is something that I will gladly accept.” She reminded me that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  I thank the many Rotarians in District 5000 for stepping forward to share their resources in “Making a Difference.”   Without your generosity, the books we ship, the eye clinics we support, the clean water wells we build would not happen.  This is my favorite quote when an individual is recognized for donating $1,000 or more to Rotary Foundation:
You will build houses in which you will never live
You will feed hungry people of every race creed and political philosophy
You will make crawlers into walkers.
You will educate children you will never know
You will vaccinate children you will never meet
You will dig wells from which you will never drink
You will plant trees under which you will never sit
You will restore eyesight to those who will never see you.
When you donate to do these things, not only will you be IN the Rotary Family, but you will have the Rotary Family in you.
DG Message: November 2017-11-01 10:00:00Z 0
Zone Institute District 25 & 26 Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0
Polio National Immunization Day Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0

DG Message October 2017

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Having just completed 47 club visits in the District, I can’t believe we are already 3 months into the Rotary year.  Mahalo for your hospitality, accommodations and for chauffeuring me around the state.  Three (3) more club visits to go and we are done.  I have learned so much from you.  I hope you found our visits profitable, meaningful and of value. 
October is Economic and Community Development Month
October is designated as Economic and Community Development Month featuring one of Rotary International’s 6 Areas of Focus, The Rotary Foundation (TRF). I’ve asked Rotarians from our District to contribute to this topic. The first is submitted by Geoff Horvath, Past President of the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua that spotlights one of Rotary’s vital causes -- growing local economies.  According to the United Nations, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty. Unemployment and underemployment, along with a lack of economic services, lie at the core of poverty.  In addition, nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Rotarians promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
What are we doing in D5000?
I hope you have enjoyed the first issue of Mauka to Makai, our District 5000 Community Service Newsletter that highlights community service projects our clubs are engaged in across our islands. Mahalo to Wally Wong, Community Service Director of the Rotary Club of Hilo and D5000 Community Service Chair, for putting together this culturally based community service program.  
One of the projects featured this month is from the Rotary Club of Hilo in which Rotarians helped plant 28 ulu trees to provide an economic development start for an education and applied research based farm that will provide cultural programs and a sustainable crop.  It’s an ongoing project in collaboration with UH Hilo and a grant thru Kamehameha Schools that supports the lease of 15 acres of land with the purpose of propagating Ulu. Kaivao Farm, an agro-forest farm, specializes in the cultivation and production of two food crops: breadfruit (ulu) and cassava, and two art crops: wauke (paper mulberry) and hala (pandanus). Breadfruit and cassava produce high yields of organic starch to supply local markets, restaurants, and a feed mill in Panaewa, while wauke bark and hala leaves support the art-forms of kapa making and weaving.  Kaivao Farm presents an opportune venue for education and research surrounding the practices and resources of the farm.
From the Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, President Bruce Fink reminds us that October 24th is World Polio Day and brings our attention to the article, Our Goal: A World Without Polio,  recently featured in The Rotarian.  To reach this goal, the Rotary Club of Pearlridge, led by President Lasar McCabe, sponsored a BBQ fundraiser dinner with all proceeds going to Polio Plus.   A second initiative is the “Ride So They Can Walk – Polio Plus fundraiser” in which members who donate a minimum of $100 to Polio Plus before October 24 will receive a calendar. 
Let us continue to Navigate Together to Change Lives by supporting economic and community development through our service projects and by contributing to The Rotary Foundation…
DG Message October 2017 Donna Hiranaka 2017-10-09 10:00:00Z 0

A Tale of Two Governors

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Governor David Ige Joins Rotary Governor Nalani Flinn at her Family Reunion:
Helping to Celebrate September's Rotary Theme:  Basic Education & Literacy
At DG Nalani’s annual family reunion family members chose to do a community project together.  They worked side-by-side creating book marks for Nanaikapono Elementary School.  This   venture so intrigued Governor David Ige and his wife, Dawn, that they decided to join in the project!! They then signed the book marks with the message,  “Study Hard” and “Read 20 minutes every day.”
A Tale of Two Governors Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0

District Governor Nalani Planting a Kukui Nut Tree

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Q:  What is one of the goals for our new R.I. President, Ian  Riseley?
A: Our environment. 
Ian challenged every Rotary club to make a  difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a  Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”  He makes the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are    essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. 
                   Be sure to share at #pledgetoplant
District Governor Nalani Planting a Kukui Nut Tree Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary

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Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary!
How timely that Hawaii District 5000 starts the year with a female District Governor on the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary.  It seems hard to believe that it was as recent as May 4, 1987 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. 
As we celebrated 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii during PDG Del Green’s year, he hosted Sylvia Whitlock as the Keynote at the District Conference.  Sylvia has the distinction of being the very first woman Rotary club president . . . in the world! 
Did you know that in 1972 more and more clubs began lobbying for female members as females began to reach higher positions in their professions.   In 1977 three separate proposals to admit women into membership were submitted to the Council on Legislation for consideration at the 1977 RI Convention.
Today, not only do we have a female District Governor with Nalani Flinn, but 2017 also has the distinction of being the year that Hawaii is lead by our first Hawaiian District Governor.  Imua!
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0

HYRF: September 'Give Aloha' giving campaign

Support HRYF (Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation) and Help Provide Scholarships to Hawaii Students
Did you know that you can help support Rotary’s efforts to provide scholarships to students while you are shopping at Foodland?  
The BEST and EASIEST way to give to HRYF is at Foodland during the “Give Aloha” campaign September 1—30, 2017.  Your gift will be matched so that a $20 donation becomes approximately $24, a $40 gift would increase to around $48.  The match comes from Foodland (up to $250,000) and Western Union (up to $50,000).  Based on past years, the matches have provided at least an additional 20%!
1) When you shop at Foodland show your Maika`i Card and make your tax deductible donation to HRYF (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N. Save or Foodland Farms checkout from September 1-30, 2017. Please check to make sure that the HRYF name appears on the receipt.
2) Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined.
3) Give a copy of the receipt to your Club Donation Rep or email a copy to Please be sure to include your name and club for credit to your HRYF contribution account.
What is HRYF? 
The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation was founded by Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan (founder of Foodland) during his year as Rotary's District Governor in Hawaii, 1976-1977. It was Sully's desire to assist Hawaii's high school graduates realize their potential by attending a college or university of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland United States.
Did you Know??
HRYF gives a $5,000 scholarship award to each of the 50 participating clubs!
Where does the money come from?
HRYF programs are financed by contributions from Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, individuals and various foundations. Donations can be made through your Rotary Club representative or made directly to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.
Give Aloha, Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, was created in 1999 to honor Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan, and continue his legacy of giving back to the community.
HYRF: September 'Give Aloha' giving campaign Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0
Hawaii Rotary Featured in 'The Rotarian' magazine! Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-12 10:00:00Z 0

September DG Message

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I spent this past Labor Day weekend at my annual Kekauoha family reunion in Nanakuli. As a community project we made bookmarks for the students at Nanaikapono Elementary School.  When Mrs. Dawn Ige heard about this, she decided to join us accompanied by her husband, David.  Yes, thatʻs right, I mean Governor David Ige. She & the Governor both joined us making the bookmarks and signed them with “Study Hard” and “Read 20 minutes every day.”  Mrs. Ige commented that the most critical need in Hawaiʻi is Early Education for children 0 – 5 years old.  Of the 66,000 preschoolers, only half receive any type of basic educational training, pre-school or after school program.  It all starts with the parents which leads me to our Rotary theme for the month of September, Basic Education and Literacy.
The sad reality is that 1 in 6 adults in Hawaiʻi struggle with basic reading and writing skills.   What are we, as Rotarians, doing to help?   Think about the many education programs we support throughout District 5000. We provide dictionaries to the elementary schools, school supplies and books for the local communities, tutoring and mentoring, scholarships to high school graduates for college and trade schools, and much more.  In addition, we support Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and host annual camps to foster leadership development for our local youth.
As examples, one of the familiar sights on the Waianae Coast is the Hawaii Literacy Blue Bookmobile that serves families on a weekly basis at the Boys & Girls Clubs, housing developments, as well as homeless families and emergency shelters.  With humble beginnings of a donated VIP van, fellow Rotarians partnered with the Hawaii Literacy Project to produce a bookmobile that is still in use today.  Another Literacy program Rotarians are actively engaged in on the island of Maui is Read Aloud America, an after-school-reading program led by Joanne and Larry Laird.  As educators, they enjoy the opportunity to share their “craft.”  Through projects like these, we become part of the solution to a major social dilemma by providing “Basic Education and Literacy.” Every time we put a book in a person’s hand, we are improving their survival skills.   
Consider inviting local educators, representatives from literacy organizations or members of your own club who are educators to provide a “Craft Talk” and to promote basic education and literacy as one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.   
Let us continue to Navigate Together To Change Lives by improving Basic Education & Literacy…
September DG Message Donna Hiranaka 2017-09-10 10:00:00Z 0

Ride So They Can Walk-PolioPlus Fundraiser

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Ride So They Can Walk – biking event
State Wide Rides – We're on a roll. Keep going!
Help Rotary - End Polio Now
Rotarians, individual community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, and those on stationary bikes in health clubs and gyms are all riding in the support of eradicating polio. This ride is different in that no roads need be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance. Each rider will pay a $20.00 registration fee and will also have friends and family sponsor their ride with all those donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of the date of this writing there are 10 cases worldwide – 6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. This isn’t good enough - Zero is the magic number.
   Each rider will receive a commemorative towel with the specially designed logo once they complete their ride and bring in a minimum of $100.00 in sponsor donations. Do even more by challenging another rider to see how many sponsor dollars you can bring in….
   Join in the fun by becoming a rider and/or sponsoring a rider to help Rotary End Polio Now.
Aloha, Charlene Yours in Rotary,
Charlene M. Meyers, PHF
Rotary Club of Hilo D5000 Polio Plus Chair 2015 - 2018
East Hawaii ADG 2011-13 & 2014-15
President 2008-09, Rotary Club of Volcano
Home: 808-985-8800 Cell: 808-937-2178 Email:
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Rotary Global Rewards

Posted by Naomi Masuno

One of the benefits of membership is Rotary Global Rewards. Find discounts and special offers, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary.  Rotary and Rotaract members can add their own offers by going to Create a New Offer.  You can find discounts on:

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Interesting Speakers Keep Members Coming

Need an suggestion for a speaker or had a really great one that you want to let clubs know about?  Add your information to the message board, using the  "Comment" link.
Log in first to the website, click on the title of this story and then  look for the  "Comment" button.  You can add information about a speaker that was interesting and let other clubs know how to contact them.  If you are looking for a speaker on a particular subject, put your request out there and see if someone can help you.   This system will work as a message board for you to interact with the website and to help get ideas for speakers.  Comments are limited to District 5000 Rotarians only.
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