Malama Honua
celebrating Our 95th Anniversary

The Hilo Rotary Club Foundation presents a donation to Pwo Navigator and Captain of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe, Hokule'a, to help fund their educational programs on their Malama Honua worldwide voyage.  (Left to right:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Donald Demuth of the Hilo Rotary Club Foundation, and Club President, Wally Wong)

Edmund Olson is recognized with The Rotary Club of Hilo's Malama Honua award for his efforts in caring for our aina.
     “Malama Honua” (to care for our earth) is the theme that we have chosen to celebrate our club's 95th anniversary.  Along with Rotary International's theme -- “Be a Gift to the World” -- we are inspired as we start this new Rotary year.
     President Wally Wong has sought out community service projects that will build a more sustainable community.  Projects such as building a vegetable garden for residents of a shelter to clearing illegally dumped trash in a vacant cul-de-sac area in Hilo.  We hope to be an example to other organizations and the community, that in order to stop and smell the flowers, we have to occasionally bend down to pull the weeds or pick up the trash.
     These are just a few of the many projects that the Rotary Club of Hilo has planned as it follows the Polynesian Voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, on its Malama Honua sail around the world.  On its worldwide voyage, the Hokule’a will grow and join the global movement towards a more sustainable world.
     Two individuals who embody the principles of Malama Honua were honored at our Officer Installation:  Bruce Blankenfeld, Pwo navigator and Captain of the Hokule’a for his leadership and efforts to educate our youth and  Edmund C. Olson of the Edmund C. Olson Trust II for providing agricultural opportunities and building a sustainable future for Hawaii Island.

Walk About for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

Please join Dr. Cliff Kopp from the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise as he attempts a second walk around our island to create awareness for hunger and homelessness.
Dr Kopp will walk conter clockwise around Hawaii island starting in Kona on January 28 and complete his walk on February 4.  Rotarians from the four East Hawaii clubs will rally around Dr Kopp as he passes through Volcano, Pahoa and Hilo.
Be on the look out for Dr Kopp as he enters East Hawaii on January 30 in Volcano and exits on February 1 passing Ken's Pancake House about 1030am on his way to Honomu.

Volunteer Opportunity
Keiki ID Events in 2016

Tim Hansen is requesting our help with the upcoming Keiki ID events.  Please remember that volunteers play an important role in making these keiki id events happen.
If you can help, please contact Tim at


Rotaract Club of Port Louis, Mauritius "Live with Dignity"

President Wally Wong presented a check for $1,450 from our club and the Honolulu Sunset Club (Oahu) to support the "Live with Dignity" project sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Port Louis, Mauritius.
Roopesh Koolwant, president of the Rotaract Club of Port Louis, took Wally and several other crew members of the Hokule'a on a tour of their project.   "Live with Dignity" will help 8 families over the next 8 months to fix their homes and water supplies.  The goal is to provide water tanks to the poor, train the homeless with some renovation skills, and help with repairs.  They will be posting videos of their progress on YouTube over the next 8 months.  Our club's contribution of $950 purchased the water tanks for the families.

Kaumana Cleanup

Hilo Rotarians will be scheduling a second clean up at this site on January 30, 2016.  Please sign up to assist with this event.


Bamboo Fun

Rotarians, volunteers from the University of Hawaii Master Gardeners Association, Sierra Club and Friends of Liliuokalani Gardens came together on Saturday July 18th to help thin the overgrown thicket of bamboo in the Liliuokalani Garden Park.  Volunteers worked in pairs cutting the bamboo, hauling it and then stacking it evenly on the truck.  We were able to fill two truckloads of bamboo, which will be chipped for fertilizer at the Mountain Meadows Nursery.

Garden Party

Over 5 TONS of green waste was collected and eliminated from the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery on Saturday, July 11.

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