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Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive
Moku'ola Room (Lower Level, oceanfront)
Hilo, HI  96720
United States
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November 2015
Upcoming Events

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.

Volunteer Opportunity
Keiki ID Events in October

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.
2 -- "National Night Out" on 6 Oct fr 5 to 8pm at Target Hilo
4 -- "Community Celebration" on 10 Oct fr 1am to 1pm at Glad Tidings Hilo
2 -- "Harvest Fair" on 10 Oct fr 9am to 1pm at Keaau Christian Liberty School
2 -- "Breast Cancer Awareness" on 17 Oct fr 10am to 1pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza
2 -- "Paauilo Blue & White Fair" on 17 Oct fr 9am to 2pm at Paauilo School
2 -- "Puna Resiliency Block Party" on 24 Oct fr 3pm to 8pm at Pahoa Main Street
If you can help, please contact Tim at


East Hawaii Blue Zones Kickoff Celebration

On Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm at the Hilo Civic, the Blue Zones Project will celebrate their kickoff.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Cabalis, the East Hawaii Engagement Lead (
The event is FREE, family-friendly filled with all kinds of goodies--a keiki zone, food demos, and free food samples, free massages, entertainment, lots of great prizes (grand prize is a trip for two to Vegas that includes air, hotel, and food), and more.  Dan Buettner will also be there to conduct a presentation, and the first 500 guests will receive a bunch of cool stuff, including Dan's book.


YWCA Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, & Gender Violence

Date:  Sat Oct 24 2015
7:30am  Registration begins
8:30am  Walk begins at YWCA 145 Ululani Street
9:30am  Closing Ceremony
Help us reach our goal to raise $25,000 for the YWCA SASS program.
Join Mayor Billy Kenoi, DC from B83/B97 and men from all walks of life as they proudly walk one mile in women's shoes through downtown Hilo to support stopping rape, sexual assault, an gender violence. . . all part ofthe YWCA of Hawai'i Island's 2015 Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event to raise money to support our YWCA's Sexual Assault Support services (SASS) program
Submit your Entry Form and $10 minimum donation


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.

Nov 16th Operation Christmas Child

Our Waiakea High School Interact Club will be packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child so they can drop them off during the week of Nov 16th to the 23rd.  The Hilo Misionary Churh at 1044 Komohana will be accepting boxes from 3pm to 5pm (M to F).  If you are interested in donating or helping our Interact and Rotaract clubs, please contact Ed Hara, Judy Gibson, or Tammy Silva.


Nov 12 Chicken Hekka Social

Would you trust these guys to make you the most delicious chicken hekka?  Of course you would!!
Please join us for our first club social on Thursday, Nov 12th from 6 to 8pm at the lage picnic pavilion at Wailoa State Park. 

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