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SPECIAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE EDITION
 
Aloha!
Come join us on the Big Island May 19-21 for the 2023 District Conference to reconnect with old friends and make lots of new ones!  Take advantage of the Hilo Hospitality and see our world famous volcano and the stars on Mauna Kea.  You won't want to miss the Friday night Kanikapila and Saturday night gala, topped off by music by Mark Yamanaka!  It'll be a memorable experience!  I look forward to seeing you there!
                                                         DG Randy Hart
 

Conference Registration

Full package registration from Friday to Sunday, covers the entrance to the Friday Kanikapila, Saturday lunch and Gala dinner and Sunday brunch.  Deadline is April 15th. $400.
Register here

Hotel     Reservation

The newly renovated Grand Naniloa Resort in Hilo, a Double Tree by Hilton hotel, will honor our special the room rates from May 15-23. Relax and make it a Staycation for the family! Deadline is April 15

Transportation

We will be arranging limited shuttle service, but the Hawaii County offers free Hele-On bus service. Airport bus stop (between airport restaurant and helicopter service counter.)
 
 
Be inspired and motivated at the District Conference!  You’ll hear from the Rotary International President’s Representative and Big Island County Mayor Mitch Roth. Learn about Rotary Initiatives and celebrate our accomplishments. DG Randy will recognize some of the awesome, impact projects executed by our D5000 Clubs and present the Club of Excellence Awards. You won’t want to miss the Friday night Kanikapila, which will be a blast with food and entertainment!  On Saturday night, be entertained by the 14-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, Mark Yamanaka!

EXPERIENCE BIG ISLAND ADVENTURES 

Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer (duration: 7 hours; deli-style picnic dinner included) $171.99/person (all inclusive
o Evening Volcano Explorer (duration:  8 hours; dinner included) $171.99/person
Reserve your spot by contacting the reservation team
at KapohoKine Adventures at 808-964-1000
mention “Rotary Member” to receive the discounted rates.
 
Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer Hilo, Wednesday or Thursday, 3:30-10:30pm: See Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Kaumana Caves, Saddle Sights & Picnic Dinner. Your guide will take you to one of our preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing under one of the darkest and most pristine skies (weather permitting) on planet Earth to view of objects, such as galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more.
 
Evening Volcano Explorer Hilo, Wednesday or Thursday, 12:30-7:40pm: Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town, see Kalapana, the Painted Church, then to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and dinner at Lava Rock Café. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna. Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018.
          

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Rotary Golf Tournament: Hilo Municipal Golf Course located at 340 Haihai Street. 7am-1pm. Limited to 40 players. 
Club teams are eligible to compete for the District trophy. Lunch and Awards program at noon. Cost is $100.00/person (includes18 holes, cart, transportation from/to hotel, lunch)
 

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP AND SILENT AUCTION

Meet up in the House of Friendship for Rotary finds, exhibits of Club Projects and buy Rotary apparel. If your club would like to reserve a table, go to the Conference page to complete the form.  If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction, contact Mary Begier at mary@marybegier.com
 

WALK FOR POLIO ON SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023

Saturday morning at the District Conference, we will be walking around Queen Liliuokalani Park to raise funds for PolioPlus. Check-in is at 6:30am and breakfast included, courtesy of Steve Handy’s Subway. Register for the walk for $50, of which $25 will be donated to PolioPlus in your name!  Sign up and join PDG Roz Cooper to walk to End Polio Now.     Sign up here
 
Make the Pledge and join the PolioPlus Society! CLICK HERE to join now.
 
GENKI HOU WAIHONU BALL TOSS SERVICE PROJECT
On Saturday afternoon, be part of the collaborative effort of community organizations, schools, and local businesses as they seek to bring bioremediation to Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo. Genki Hou – making healthy again – is the theme of this effort utilizing indigenous micro-organisms to eat sludge that has accumulated in Waihonu in places as much as three feet deep. The effort is based on the success of bokashi balls in a fish pond on the Kona coast and, perhaps more widely known, the success in the Ala Wai Canal in Honolulu, a project initiated by EM Hawaii. We’ll walk over to the pond on Saturday afternoon.
              
 
 

SATURDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT -

MARK YAMANAKA!

 
14-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner, Mark Yamanaka, is proud to call Hilo, Hawaiʻi his home. A father of 2, Mark released his debut album, Lei Pua Kenikeni, in 2010. It went on to win 4 of the most coveted awards at the 2011 Hōkūs and in 2013, he followed that success with the release of Lei Maile. Just as successful as its predecessor, Lei Maile also received 4 awards at the 2014 Hōkūs. In 2015, he collaborated with his close friends, Kūpaoa, to release a holiday album, A Gift of the Heart. That album was named Christmas Album of the Year at the 2016 Hōkūs.
 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Join us on Sunday morning  to honor all of our fallen fellow Rotarians who have passed this Rotary year. A representative from the club will participate in the ceremony.
 
PROGRAM ADS AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!
Interested in placing a business card or larger ad in the program?  Click here for info on Program adSponsors are welcome to support the conference.  Click here to go to the sponsorship page for info.
 
2023 Conference Schedule: (may be subject to change)
Friday:
~7am-1pm Golf Tournament: Golf Tournament: Hilo Municipal Golf Course 
~Noon: Registration, House of Friendship and Silent Auction opens 
~5:30-7:30pm: Kanikapila- music, food tents, FUN!
~8-9:30pm: Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship for Fellowship Members
Saturday
~6:30am check-in: Polio Walk around Queen Liliuokalani Park, breakfast included. 
~9:30am-1:30pm: Sessions including lunch, including 2022-2023 Leadership Team Presentation
~1:30-1:45pm: Genki Balls Toss Service Project
~1:45-2:30pm: Breakout sessions
~3:45pm: President-Elect Reception
~4:30pm: Presidents Reception
~5:30pm: General Reception
~6:30-10pm: Gala Dinner and “Red Carpet” Awards Ceremony
~8:30pm Mark Yamanaka & Friends!
~9:30pm Body & Soul Band/Dancing
Sunday
~8:15am: Interfaith Service
~9-1:30pm Sessions including brunch
~9am – Celebration of Life to honor those who have passed this Rotary year
~12:10pm: introduction of 2023-2024 Leadership Team and Club of the Year Revealed.
~1:30pm: Pau
 
Need Information?  
Celebration of Life: Joanne Laird, mamalrd01@gmail.com, 808 757-0981
Golf: Doug Adams, doug4rotary@gmail.com, 571-332-7248
House of Friendship: Lynn Goya, lkgoya@yahoo.com, 808 253-9986
Polio Walk: Roz Cooper, cooperr001@hawaii.rr.com, 808-382-6340
Program Ads – Sonya Mendez, sonyamendezrotary808@gmail.com, 8082284499
Registration: Konrad Ikei, konrad.ikei@gmail.com, 808 561-4464
Sergeant of Arms: Alan Kusunoki, aakusunoki@aol.com, 808-938-6771
Silent Auction items go to Mary Begier (mary@marybegier.com or 808-348-5831).
Sponsorships: Nancy Cabral, nancyc@daylum.com, 808-937-1004
Conference Co-Chairs Jen Tanouye and Lori Williams 
 
 
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