Yep... four new members!
Maureen Poirier ~ Insurance Industry, Retired
Brooke Higa ~ Student Pharmacist
Brittney Luna ~ Student Pharmacist
Atsuko Winston ~ Coldwell Banker Day Lum
Help Us End Polio World Wide!
In 1988, Rotary International started a campaign to eliminate Polio. At that time there were over 350,000 cases every year in the world.  As of RIGHT NOW, there are only 11 cases worldwide!  But that isn’t good enough... ZERO is the magic number... and you can help:
Log on to and click on RIDE FOR POLIO!
September 2 ~ Wouldn’t you want a clean Park
for the Queen’s Birthday?
Rotary members turn out with rakes and brooms to get the Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens all “spiffed” up for the upcoming Birthday Celebration!
September 10 ~ Rotary International has challenged Rotary Clubs to plant a tree for every member!
Getting a good start on planting over 90 trees (that’s our membership... and that’s a lot of trees!) are club members planting Ulu trees.
September 16 ~ Walk to End Alzheimers
Rotary member Mike Meyer snapped this selfie at the Walk on this beautiful Saturday at the Park!
Thanks, Mike for “Walking the Walk!”.
September 17 ~ Rotary District Meeting
It’s important to plan... especially with projects that are local and internationally. 
Club members met with other Rotary Club members to “get the big picture”.
September 30 ~ Laupahoehoe and Waiakea High School Interact students and club members help clean up areas in Queen
Lili’uokalani Gardens, Coconut Island and the nearby fishing areas.
This beach clean up was part of the International project “Get the Drift and Bag It”.
The Club donates backpacks and water bottles for deserving keiki
The Hawaii County Police Department again staged a “Backpack Drive” for needy and homeless children to start off the new school year on a good note.  The Rotary Club of Hilo joined in again this year, supplying 102 backpacks along with a water bottle included in each pack.
“It’s an important part of feeling like a child ‘belongs’… is no different than other kids,” said the Club’s Community Service director, Wally Wong. “Research shows that underprivileged keiki do better in school when they are not ‘singled out’ as different.  Having a brand new backpack may seem like a small thing, but its effect can be powerful,” concluded Wong.
“The Rotary Club of Hilo is proud to continue this annual donation,” said Steve Handy Jr, current Club President. “I figure that it took around 80 volunteer hours to shop, buy and assemble the backpacks and water bottles. And we estimate that the value was somewhere around $1000.  That’s a lot of savings for needy kids and a great annual project for our club,” said Handy.
New Member!
Skye Czember
Having Fun with Rotary... just one of the reasons we have so many new members!
August 27 - Volcano Winery
Our club joined with other Rotary Clubs for a fun afternoon of wine tasting and... yes, barbeque! A great way to spend a casual Sunday afternoon.
We're Out and About In August!
August 6 ~ Memorial Flowers sent to Hiroshima as a token of goodwill and friendship
Since 1971, our club has sent flowers for the Cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in remembrance of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.
August 19 ~ Helping at the Volcano Run
Aid stations are an important part of any run, and we were there to help out in Volcano!
August 19 ~ Hitomi Gilliam Bamboo Prep
Queen Lili’uokalani’s birthday is coming up and large floral arrangements are going to need prepared bamboo.  Club members are helping out!
August 19 ~ Helping our fellow Rotarians
with a big painting project at the Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
“Many Hands” make the work go quickly, especially when you are painting!
Our Youth are Important!
August 4 ~ “STEM” Student Akil Marshall
Akil tells us how our club is advancing STEM education by co-sponsoring NexTech STEM workshops for Hawaii Island Youth.
An Interesting Presentation at our Meeting
August 18 ~ Club member Chris Tamm shares slides of his trip to Borneo
Seen here is the unusual “upside down house” that is only one of several strange upside down life-size items found in Borneo!
A Busy July, 2017
New Members
Kathy Borer, Social Worker IV
Deana Scott, Business Owner, Accountant
Leo Myers, Myers Integrated Tech, Inc.
Susan Myers, Myers Integrated Tech, Inc.
Where do all our members come from?
Thanks to our hardworking Membership Committee, lots of new people are getting to know us by visiting a meeting or as an invited guest at one of our Membership Mixers!
Interested?  Send us a message through this website. Click on CONSTANT US.
And, of course, new members find us at our Annual Hilo Brewfest!
Thanks to all of you (1300+ people!) who supported our annual signature fundraising event!  We are again sharing the profits with the Hilo Medical Primary Care Physician Training Program and The Friends of the Children’s Center of East Hawaii.
Helping our Community
July 16 ~ Do you enjoy sitting on a park bench, gazing out at the bay? Club members helped to first pour concrete slabs and then install THREE benches at “Rotary Park”. Enjoy these new additions!
This park is the first one on the left after you turn onto Kalanianaole in Keaukaha.
July 22 ~ Keeping our beautiful Island of Hawai’i clean!
Weed pulling prevents unwanted invasive species being transported up to higher elevation areas of
Maunakea. 29 bags of fireweed won’t make it up towards the top of our amazing mountain!
Learning About our Community at Weekly Meetings
July 7 ~ Hilo High School Robotics Students tell us about their amazing progress in competition on statewide and national levels... and show off their robot to interested club members.
July 14 ~ Chris Ridley of the Alzheimers Association talks about knowing the “Ten Signs of Alzheimers”. (Don’t worry if you lost your keys!)
July 21 ~ Olivia Rounds of Hilo Bike Hub tells us of her solo adventures crossing the US on her bike! Member Mike Meyers introduces Olivia and shares some “bike-care” advice.
July 28 ~ Coaches Daniel Kuramoto and Misty Ambrosio tell us about “Surf Soccer Club" that trains keiki and helps to get them on the road to success... in soccer and life.
Mahalo Randy Hart for a Year of hard work and fun!
Aloha, Steve Handy Jr., incoming Club President for our next exciting year!
First Place in MEMBERSHIP - 22 new members!
(Connie Ichinose, Membership Chair shown here
First Runner-Up in YOUTH SERVICES
INTERACT (for High School) and ROTARACT (for University)
students help develop our next generation of leaders!
Support of Two Interact Clubs, Waiakea HS and Laupahoehoe Charter, with over 100 members!
Co-support of UHH Rotaract Club
Hiroshima Interact visitation - World Youth Exchange
Support of Rotary Youth Leadership Academy
College Scholarships awarded to High School students
Over 400 keiki in Kindergarten are read to by club members and then given free books
- $9000 Shredder to Thailand for
   agricultural development
- $4000 to Taiwan for literacy
- $3687 (139% of goal) to help eradicate Polio world-wide
Bobby Fujimoto of HPM, Coach Jimmy Yagi and Russ Oda, Architect,
seen here with Mayor Harry KIm and President Randy Hart
Instead of attending a weekly meeting, club members visited many member businesses including the Palace Theater, YMCA, The Water Department and Hawaiian Fresh Products Papaya Processing Plant.
Our community always needs people to get out and actually work to make a difference!
Matson Ka Ipu Aina Project - cleaning up our local community beaches and areas
Helped shovel and paint at BISAC’s Keaau garden
Served Seniors at a Kamana Luncheon
Helped with Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving lunch
Rotary Park (Kalanianaole) Clean up, tree planting, and slabs poured for new benches
Laupahoehoe Beach Clean up
Hilo Medical Residency Cottage Cleanup
Invasive ginger eradication in Volcano National Park
Walk a Mile in her Shoes - YWCA Domestic Abuse Awareness
American Heart Walk
Walk to End Alzheimers
Big Island International Marathon Aid Station
Queen Liliu’okalani Birthday in the Park keiki booth
Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving luncheon
T-shirt sales at Laupahoehoe Music Festival
“Rice Rally” at KTA SuperStores
Appearing in the annual Merrie Monarch Parade
Our Club’s Salvation Army’s Bell Ringing brings in over $1700
Our annual HILO BREWFEST provides a fun festival for our community and allows our Club to financially support many community non-profits and organizations.  
Where do the profits go?
$13,850 to the Hilo Medical Foundation’s Residency Program
$13,850 to the Friends of the Children’s JusticeCenter of East Hawaii, supporting children of abuse
350 dictionaries to area 3rd grade students
Donating Library books to Naalehu School
Donating Gardening books to Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
Donating to “Camp Agape” for keiki of incarcerated parents
- Over 60 “Glam Bags” for homeless women with needed hygiene products through Hope Services
Dollars to “buy” a solar panel at the Palace Theater
And many other projects!
Chicken Hekka "cook-your-own-dinner”
Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Competition
WikiFresh food, selfies and more at this “mixer”
Celebrating our 96 years of Rotary combined with a Holiday Mixer at the Wainaku Executive Center.
Silent Movie Night at the Palace in costume “mixer”
Mardi Gras Party in costume ( of course!) “mixer”
Historic Lorraine Penn/Shin Home visit and tour
Aomatsu Tonkatsu dining, cooked by our own club member
Wai Oli Lounge get together and “mixer”
Beer Sampling at Mehana Brewery
Yacht Club Party with our Japanese sister club
May 11 ~ Rotary Park in Hilo ~ Our "Golden Three"
   The meeting held on Thursday, 5/11/17, was no ordinary club meeting. It was a very special event that celebrated our distinguished “GOLDEN THREE” of the Rotary Club of Hilo, Bobby Fujimoto, Jimmy Yagi, and Russ Oda (seen here with President Randy Hart and Mayor Harry Kim standing behind one of the three loulu palm trees planted in their honor). These amazing gentlemen have given over 150 years in service through the Rotary Club of Hilo! The meeting venue was just as exceptional since it was held at the Rotary Park a.k.a. Kuhio Kalanianaole Park in Hilo.
   According to President Randy Hart, the Rotary Park was initiated 14 years ago, in 2003, when hard working members of the Rotary Club took the lead to invest sweat equity and clean up the once squalid park; hence its alias,
Rotary Park. In fact, most recently, club members took the time to tame the canopied hala tree that stands tall & proud overlooking the water’s edge. It is this kind of action that is reflective of the very heart and soul of the club and its collective theme of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
   According to President Randy, Bobby Fujimoto’s monetary contributions allowed the club to extend its service and aid both locally and internationally. Jimmy Yagi’s basketball prowess has afforded him the opportunity to impress core values and work ethics upon the youth of Hawaii. As for Russ Oda, he was christened by President Randy as the “young one” in the group; however, don’t be fooled by his youth because Russ has architecturally put his stamp around Hilo town. Aside from designer talents, in 1970, Russ took on a key role in founding our club’s connection to the Rotary Club of South Hiroshima.
   After presenting the “Golden Three” with certificates of Appreciation, Mayor Kim noted that we all should leave this place that we call home a better place. These “Golden Three” have done just that.
May 5 ~ Club Members support the Friends!
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii hold a special place in the hearts of our club.  Eight Rotary members sponsored a table at the Friends’ Gala. The "Friends" are one of the two beneficiaries of the upcoming 2017 Hilo Brewfest.
May 6 ~ Brewfest Ticket Sale Day

The public wants tickets to our annual fundraiser (coming up on June 24!), so club members held a TICKET SALE DAY at Mehana Brewery... tickets and free beer sampling!  Yeah!
May 19 ~ “Glam Bags” Report

About 60 bags (purses) were filled with toiletries and hygiene products and will be distributed through Hope Services to women in need in East Hawaii!
Rotary Supports College Scholarships!

Victoria Magana Ledesima (top photo) was our club’s 2017 $1000 UH Hilo Scholarship awardee.  
Nicholas Ohara (seen here with his parents)  was awarded a $5000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Scholarship towards his goal of a major in Mechanical Engineering. I mua Students!

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.

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