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Courtney Gusick with Pahiki Caskets spoke with our club on Tuesday May 14th.  Her sustainable caskets are now available at Dodo Mortuary.  Learn more about the good works Courtney and her team are doing by visiting https://www.pahikicaskets.com/

PĀHIKI (Hawaiian): 'To pass quietly, go lightly, touch gently'

Pāhiki came into existence after a series of deeply moving and intimate experiences with death. As we navigated the emotional & logistical complexities of funeral planning, we found a lack of continuity between eco-conscious living and sustainable burial options. The more we observed the more we realized our 'death denial' culture has the unintended consequence of perpetuating poor environmental stewardship. In the West we have defaulted to practices such as embalming; manufacturing caskets made of heavy toxins, metals, synthetic fabrics; and artificially making those who have passed appear animate. These gestures, though temporarily comforting to the living, are wreaking eco-havoc in perpetuity.

This past Tuesday was a busy meeting indeed! We had the pleasure of welcoming Gordon Shurtleff and his wife Penny from Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club.  Our guest speaker was Courtney Gusick founder of Pahiki Caskets on Oahu.  We also had the honor of welcoming our Rotary Scholarship recipients.
Thank you to all cam out an represented Rotary at the annual Rice Rally on May 11th at KTA.
On Wednesday night, May 8th, the Rotary Club of South Hilo chartered the first Rotary Satellite Club in the State of Hawaii.   A Satellite Club is an affiliate club of an existing Rotary Club but meets at a different time and place.  All members of the new Satellite Club are now members of the Rotary Club of South Hilo so we just added 11 new members to our club.  The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at Wiki Fresh on Kilauea Avenue. Meetings start at 5:30 and generally run for an hour.  Margaret Stanley and Marissa Guerra will serve as the Chairperson and Secretary for the new club.
Here are the charter members of the new Satellite Club and the newest members of the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Some are new to the area and some are very familiar names in our community:
  1. Jeff Calley
  2. Marcie Saquing
  3. Kalani Kahalioumi
  4. Darryl Oliveira
  5. Kurt Kuipers
  6. Courtney Pachecano
  7. Lokelani Dahl
  8. Tom Ivascanin
  9. Nicole Gasperi
  10. Mabyn Ganiron
  11. Shari Todd
Not everyone was able to join the charter ceremony but over 20 people attended the induction ceremony.  Even our District Governor, Win Schoneman flew from Honolulu to preside over the ceremony.  Please join me in welcoming our newest members:
Front Row (L-R) Win Schoneman (District Governor), Margaret Stanley (Satellite Chair), Mabyn Ganiron, Courtney Pachecano, Marissa Guerra (Secretary).  Back Row: Jeff Calley, Shari Todd, Benson Medina (President). Kalani Kahalioumi, Kurt Kuipers, Marcie Saquing, Randy Hart (Assistant Governor).   Missing: Lokelani Dahl, Tom Ivascanin, Nicole Gasperi, Darryl Oliveira.
In spite of high winds and rising tides, our 15th annual Hilo Huli fundraiser on Coconut Island was a rousing success.   With over 20 well-stocked vendors and the sweet sounds of Mark Yamanaka, over 750 guests enjoyed a cool and pleasant afternoon thanks to the efforts of our Rotary Club members, friends, families and volunteers.   Months of planning and a weekend of back-breaking work ensured our club would raise the funds needed donate to our two prime beneficiaries, The Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island and the Hilo Medical Foundation.
Arabel, Charlene and Claudia show off the sign that lets people know it's "Hilo Huli Time"
Thanks to the "Friends of Liliuokalani Park", the koi flew beautifully over Coconut Island
Pat Jr. and Justin P.  get ready to make the big push 
Troy gives Jimmy a ride over the bridge.
Justin Barrios is the coolest man on the island!
Near the end of the day, the crew takes a break to snap a picture
About Our Club

Welcome to the Rotary Club of South Hilo

South Hilo

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Queens Court Restaurant
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Hilo, HI  96720
United States of America

(808) 286-6559
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