Rotarians at Work Day on April 24, 2021

Digital waiver form link:  CLICK HERE

We will be celebrated by taking action in our communities with a statewide Ridge to Reef Cleanup & Data Collection project. Pick a location: beach, trail, park, or reef to clean up and if possible, classify the rubbish. If you and your Rotary Club are interested in participating, please :

  1. Reference the Rotarians At Work (RAW) Day 2021 Instructions Docx
  2. Submit Rotary Club sign up from to your Island Coordinator ASAP Rotarians at Work Day 2021 - Club Sign up Sheet - Due 4/3/21
  3. Spread the word of your Club’s cleanup location and details (time, volunteers needed, address of meet up, etc.) with this  One Pager/Flyer - Rotarians At Work Day - Ridge to Reef Cleanup & Data Collection and Share customizable one page flyer and social media graphic  
    1. *If your club needs help recruiting volunteers let me know
  4. Send volunteers to our D5000 Waiver/Release/Sign-UP (all in one) online and printable version for Sign-IN the day of WAIVER/RELEASE & VOLUNTEER SIGNUP Rotary District 5000.pdfPlease have volunteers signed up by 4/15/21.     Online volunteer form:
    1. *Reef cleanup will be done in partnership with Ocean Defenders Alliance. 
      Any interested Open Water Divers, Advanced Open Water Divers, Rescue Divers, Dive Masters and Instructors, please contact David Livingston  Space for underwater cleanup is limited.
      Volunteers interested in the Reef cleanup at Magic Island will need to   sign Ocean Defenders Alliance Application
  5. Join the next RAW Day 2021 planning meeting on 4/15/21 at 6:30 PM • Topic: Ridge to Reef Rotarians at Work - Data Collection and Classification
    • Join Zoom Meeting
    • Meeting ID: 898 9667 2366
    • Passcode: 490318
    • One tap mobile : +14086380968,,89896672366#,,,,*490318# 
    • Dial by your location :    +1 408 638 0968 
    *This meeting will be recorded for anyone unable to join live
  6. Arrange appropriate rubbish disposal for your cleanup location by 4/17/21
  7. Join the final planning zoom meeting (see meeting info above) Topic: Ridge to Reef Rotarians at Work - Safety, Resources, and any last minute updates
  8. 4/24/21 ROTARIANS At WORK DAY OF  — Clean up your community, take some photos, and have some fun sorting and classifying rubbish data! Fill out the simple Ridge to Reef Data Collection Sheet to Print  then at the end of the day enter the total numbers into the Google form Ridge to Reef Data Collection Form to Submit 
We hope you will join us to take action to help make our communities safer, care for the ocean, protect Hawaii's natural beauty, marine animals, and our own health from the damages of plastic pollution. As an added benefit, the data we collect can help local advocates launch successful campaigns against plastic pollution, targeting long-term solutions, promote reusables and eliminate single use waste wherever possible. Many hands make light work and we hope to see you lending a hand on this Ridge to Reef Cleanup & Data Collection project.
If you have any questions please contact your island coordinator for more information.
Oahu:  April Bullis
East Hawaii:  Keith Greer, 
Maui:  Mariko Higashi, 
Kauai:  John Harder,

April Bullis
DIY Wax Cloth Cloth Wraps idea Video by south Hilo Club for Earth Day 2021

A Climate for Change:   issues facing Hawaii recording:

Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring an endemic Legacy Tree 
If you would like to plant your own Monarch Milo Legacy Tree,  go to : 
Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring an endemic Legacy Tree to be planted in the Legacy Hardwood Forest at Gunstock Ranch. Your funds will help us collect seeds by hand, raise your seedling in our nurseries, plant your tree to create a forest, fence out pests, and clear invasive species.  You will receive a beautiful, personalized certificate and the RFID tracking number and GPS location so you can track your tree. Included in your sponsorship is a $30 donation to Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako to support future environmental initiatives like the 2020 tree planting project.


Let’s plant 10,000 Trees!!  Why We Should Plant More Trees? Trees create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution. Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas. Most importantly, trees sequester carbon, helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth.  Join us on November 28, 2020 for a Rotary Gives Thanks Day project to plant trees on every major island.  Please contact the following island coordinators for information:

Committee - Island
Big Island - Coordinator
Benson Medina
South Hilo
Kauai - Coordinator
John Harder 
Hanalei Bay
Kauai - Coordinator
David Dinner 
Hanalei Bay
Maui – Coordinator
Mariko Higashi
Pili Valderrama
Lahaina Sunset
Eco Rotary of Kakaako

For Oahu, sign up at or click here

  • All equipment is provided.
  • Free onsite parking is available.
  • Holes are pre-dug, volunteers won’t dig holes.
  • The event will comply with all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
As Hawaii residents, climate change poses a huge risk to our future. In the near future ocean levels may rise, and temperatures may become unbearable. Come help us offset climate change by planting trees. Each tree takes 48 lbs of carbon out of the air.  We’re planting 5,000 trees — that’s 240,000lbs of carbon per year!
Be a Gift To The World



Ever since the first chipped stone tool was crafted, some 2.5 million years ago, we as humans have been shaping the Universe to better suite our needs.  It’s sort of what we do, and what makes us quite special as beings. Take for example farming.  In the first early millennia of man we followed the chaotic movement of surrounding fauna and flora just as the other species did.  However as Homo sapiens began to understand the habits of wildlife and vegetation we were able to establish an order on to them.  For roughly the last 10,000 years Humans have confined specific species, altered their anatomies, and propagated their populations to desired quantities as a way to alleviate the dilemmas of hunting and gathering.   When we find chaos inconvenient to our well being we try to order it more suitable. 

The problem with this whole making ‘order of the universe’ business however is that it revolves entirely around what we perceive to be ‘disorder’.  We may not be conscious of when there is chaos and when there is not.  We may think that we are making order out of just disorder, but in fact may be reordering something, which is actually organized and beneficiary to us.   

Take for instance the 1930’s “black blizzards”, dust storms that stretched for miles wide and high, like something out of an apocalyptic action film, across the great American prairies.  The reason for these series of natural disasters was due to the extensive reorganization of the Great Plains.  Unaware European immigrant settlers plowed the virgin topsoil across millions of acres replacing the native deep-rooted tall grasses that were once apart of a natural system.  These prairie grasses would trap moisture deep below the ground keeping the soil heavy and damp through periods of drought.  However after being replaced by a domesticated crop that dried out the soil it was just a matter of time before an intense wind came along causing a storm of dust.  The damage was so extensive it forced families to foreclose and abandon their farms, with over 500,000 reported homeless.  At the time people perceived the High Plains as a blank canvass to which they could harvest what they willed, little did they understand the intricacy of the natural order already well evolved and in place. 

It is not that we shouldn’t be establishing our own order onto the universe, but rather that we need be conscious of how our ordering impacts other systems in place.   Although our planets abiotic and biotic systems may appear chaotic, if not anarchic, they in many ways are not.  Life is itself an organization of matter in the Universe.  And through a process of evolution with planetary phenomena Life becomes relatively stable.  If we are not conscious of the systems in place before altering or displacing them, then we are blindly jeopardizing Earth’s order within an otherwise chaotic universe.

One of the biggest challenges we face today is how to improve and maintain our standard of living while balancing the order of the environment.  It is about new approaches to already established technologies, such as energy, farming, transportation, etc.  However it is important to note that this education goes further as well, because as we learn how the world really works we become inspired to develop new and better ways of living.  


Article written by: Jon Krizan, Eco Rotary Club of Kaka'ako