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!
Proud Rotarians at the Pride Parade 2019-09-27 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Waikiki's 80th Anniversary Dinner Janet Scheffer 2019-05-31 10:00:00Z 0

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
Maui News Front Page Story: (We added the "Saves Lives" part)
Rotary Provides Rescue Tubes 2019-03-02 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary E Club of Hawaii participates in the Human Trafficking Awareness Day Walk & Fair Laine Kohama 2019-02-17 10:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary Clubs of Hawaii Cited in Hawaii State Proclamation for 100th Anniversary of Romania Rich Zegar 2018-12-13 10:00:00Z 0

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!

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

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.

Hilo Rotary accepts $20,000 from Hiroshima South Rotary 2018-06-12 10:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Fund For Puna Lava Relief 2018-05-10 10:00:00Z 0
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
DG Nalani Flinn: May Message Sandy Matsui 2018-05-02 10:00:00Z 0
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. 
2020 Rotary International Convention 2018-04-19 10:00:00Z 0
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
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
District Conference May 18-20 2018-03-26 10:00:00Z 0
Maui Rotarian Mark Harbison Recognized with Peace Award Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0
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
DG March Message: Nalani Flinn Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0
A Month in Review Donna 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0
Foundation Presentations Donna Hiranaka 2018-03-06 10:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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 – 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:
To go directly to the registration, donation page ---> Click here
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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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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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