Join us Tuesday as welcome our speaker, Paul Normann.  Paul is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Place of Puna, a non-profit working to eliminating child abuse and neglect in our community. Paul joined Neighborhood Place of Puna in 2009 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. He is passionate about collaborating in strategic, effective, and compassionate responses to poverty, privation, and social injustice.
Speaker: Paul Normann - Executive Director, Neighborhood Place of Puna 2018-11-18 10:00:00Z 0
We had a blast last Thursday at Talk Story Thursday! So much fun and fellowship over a few drinks and pupu’s.  We played “Never have I ever.”  Rotarians were asked many questions and answered with their very own custom paddled whether they “Have” or “Have Not.” Oh boy, did we learn a lot about each other!
The night ended with each Rotarian telling a little story about themselves or background. Val made sure each of us spoke and it was so neat to see the varied . backgrounds we all have.  All in all, another great night. Join us for the next Talk Story Thursday in January.
Talk Story Thursday 2018-11-18 10:00:00Z 0
On November 17th, Lani, Lisa, Zeda, Rick, Maurice and Charlene participated in the Rice Rally at KTA.  130 bags (1950 lbs) of rice were delivered to the Food Basket.
Rice Rally 2018-11-18 10:00:00Z 0
I am writing to let you know that we have successfully and joyfully distributed dictionaries to 5 schools. I want to thank all that volunteered to help on this project.
Randy for making sure we got the dictionaries on time and organizing us to help put the Rotary labels inside.  Jeanna for helping me with the ClubRunner email system to keep everyone in the loop.   Benson, Zeda, Pat, Jeanna and Charlene for helping with 3 classes at DeSilva school.  Nate, Paul, and Valerie for taking care of the students at St. Joseph's school.  Doug, Paul, and Tom for assisting with 2 classes at Kapiolani school.   And Lani and Paul for helping me at Keaukaha school.   An extra thank you to Lani for being ready and willing to help me at Kalanianaole school even though I gave her the wrong info! 
We provided dictionaries to 241 students. They were all very excited to have their own dictionary and the teachers were very appreciative. 
For those of you who were unable to participate: if you haven't done this before keep it in mind for the future. It really is one of the funnest projects. The kids are so enthusiastic and the teachers are genuinely thankful. It is a real upper to your day!
Mahalo nui loa to all,
Dictionary Distribution Success 2018-11-18 10:00:00Z 0
Charlene Iboshi was honored by the Hawaii County Bar Association on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Annual Ku'ikahi Mediation Center Recognition Dinner.  Mahalo to Charlene for her continued works in our community. 
Hawaii County Bar Association Honors Charlene Iboshi 2018-11-13 10:00:00Z 0
Holiday Social 2018-11-11 10:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting on Tuesday, November 13th.  We will have a joint meeting on Friday, November 16th at 12:00 at the Hilo Hawaiian.
Joint Meeting 2018-11-11 10:00:00Z 0
Kris Speegle, AllState Insurance 2018-11-11 10:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation provide a $1000 gift to Kalani Kahalioumi and the Surfer's healing Foundation to support the surfing camp for children with autism and other mental disabilities.  The event, in it's 10th year,  took place on Saturday, November 10th at Richardson's Beach Park.
Surfer's Healing 2018-11-11 10:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all Rotarian who came out to show support at the Veterans Day Parade.
Veterans Day Parade 2018-11-11 10:00:00Z 0
Rotarians are needed for Dictionary Distribution on the following dates:
Wednesday, Nov 14 Chiefess Kapiolani 10:15 & 10:45
Wednesday, Nov 14 Keaukaha Elementary 12:30.
Contact Irene Bender with any questions.
Thanks to the Rotarians that came out to distribute dictionaries at EB De Silva and St. Joseph's.
Dictionary Distribution 2018-11-04 10:00:00Z 0
Halloween Meeting Fun! 2018-11-04 10:00:00Z 0
Advance Healthcare Directive 2018-10-28 10:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all that participated in the Special Olympics On Saturday October 21st.  South Hilo Rotary managed the awards tent for the Bocce Ball Games.
Service Project - Special Olympics 2018-10-28 10:00:00Z 0
Maurice participated in the YWCA's Walk A Mile In Her Shoes on Saturday October 27th.  The Hawai’i Island YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a march that promotes an end to rape, sexual assault and family violence. The one-mile march features men in heels in an effort to raises money for Sexual Support Services.  Thanks to Maurice and all the Rotarian's that supported this great cause!
Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 2018-10-28 10:00:00Z 0
Charlene Iboshi Honored at Ku'ikahi Mediation Center Recognition Dinner 2018-10-21 10:00:00Z 0
RYLA Camp is scheduled for February 15-17, 2019 at KMC (Kilauea Military Camp, Volcano, HI).  Please reach out to the High Schools in your area, send applications to these schools to recruit students for this well organized program.  Attached are the applications for both Students and Rotarians.
Transportation of students is the responsibility of our clubs.  Rotary Club of South Hilo and their logistics team will arrange transportation for of East Hawaii Students.  All Rotarians who plan to be involve in any way with RYLA requires a background check.  District 5000 will be offering this via online on their website soon.  I will alert you all on when that will be.   Please email me for any questions or concerns.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa Kwee
New Generations Chair
Rotary Club of South Hilo
(808) 936-1556
RYLA 2019 Student & Rotarian Applications 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
Mahalo to our speaker, Michele Carvalho with Hui Ho'omalu who talked to us about foster care in East Hawaii.  There are 1400 children in foster care in the state and 1/3 of these children are on the Big Island.  The majority of the children are between the ages of 1 and 2 years old whose parent are in drug treat and can not care for their children themselves.  There is a crisis situation in East Hawaii because of the high case loads.  Case workers average 40-50 cases per worker with multiple children per case.  The state has paid millions of dollars to settle cases with families because of neglect.  Foster families feel unsupported by the system.  A bill was introduced to cap the caseload to 20 children per case worker.  This bill did not pass but 4 new case workers were added.  To learn more on how you can help contact Hui Ho'omalu at 808-987-5988,
While on Oahu, Randy ran into former South Hilo Rotarian Rev Moki Hino at Pacific Club on Oahu.  He sends his Aloha!
Starting in November, Rotarian will be able to buy a ticket for a drawing for fabulous prizes donated by our fellow Rotarians.  You may buy as many tickets as you like and the drawing will be held at the end of each meeting.  Kris Speegle is donating the first item , fabulous Allstate cooler with wine, coffee, mugs and an umbrella!   
Weekly Happenings 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
We will be holding our Annual Membership Luncheon Meeting and United Nations Day Celebration on Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Nani Mau Gardens (upstairs).  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Ryan Perroy, Associate Professor at UH Hilo in the Department of Geography & Environmental Science, whose topic will be “Global Warming and Hawaii”. 
The impacts of climate change are beginning to be felt worldwide, and future projections are highly concerning. In this talk, Dr. Perroy will provide a brief summary of our current understanding of climate change science, examine global and local examples of present-day impacts due to increasing temperatures and sea level rise, and discuss projections of future impacts in a warmer world. Discussion follows.  
The cost of the luncheon is $35, payable at the door.  To make a reservation, please reply to or phone 935-7991 and leave a call-back number for confirmation.
We hope to see you there!
Aloha, Ruth Robison
President, United Nations Association - USA - Hawai`i Island Chapter
Peace Update: United Nations Day Celebration 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
A free Surf Camp for children with autism and other disabilities will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10th, at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo.
Now in its eight year, the Surfers Healing Hawaii Chapter provides disabled children and their families with the unique experience of surfing with professionals under supervised conditions. Knowledgeable surfing instructors, surfboards and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests will be provided at no charge. Complementary drinks, snacks and lunches will be offered to participating children and their families.  Surfers Healing is a national organization started 21 years ago in California to share the joy of surfing with the less fortunate. Surfers Healing Hawai‘i Island chapter is sponsoring this drug-, alcohol and tobacco-free event. Additional support provided through a partnership with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, Rotary Club of South Hilo and The Eddie Aikau Foundation.  An estimated 300 people, including approximately 100 keiki, are expected to participate in the Hilo camp. Surfers Healing Camps are held throughout the world, providing more than 3,000 children annually with the opportunity to try surfing.  To register your child and learn more about the camp, please visit Space is limited, and spots fill up fast.
November 10th - Surf Camp For Children With Disabilities 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
November 15th - Talk Story Thursday 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
October 30th Meeting 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
Shelter Box Relief Efforts For Indonesia 2018-10-07 10:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Benson and Hawaii Electrical Maintenance Services for winning the $5000  media award at the finals of the HiPlan Business Competition on October 27th.
Congratulations Benson 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
Healthy Me Book Distribution 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
September 25th Meeting Highlights 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
CarFit Event - October 20, 2018 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
Kakou Let's Work It Out Workshop Series 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24, 2018 2018-10-01 10:00:00Z 0
Talk Story Thursday at the Grand Naniloa was a success!  Rotarians and guests enjoyed delicious pupu's and a game of 1 Truth & 1 Lie in which we learned some interesting truths about our members. 
Some interesting truths we learned  about our fellow Rotarians, see if you can guess who the Rotarians are:
  • On a reality TV Show
  • Wrote a book
  • Had long hair and was in a rock band in high school
  • Worked for Hawaiian Airlines
  • Known for having multiple hair colrs as a teen
  • Can still do their high school cheer
  • Trained  Hooter's employees
  • Did not have their first slice of pizza until they were 40 years old
  • Climbed and jumped form a 40 ft tree, blindfolded
  • Is an adventurer that has parasailed
  • Has 2 MMA titles
It was a great networking event and met a couple individuals that are interested in coming to our meeting...Mardini we hope to see you on Tuesday!
Talk Story Thursday 2018-09-21 10:00:00Z 0
Ikaika Marzo and Gilbert Aguinaldo spoke to us about their experience in Leilani Estates with the recent eruption and efforts to help the community through Pu'uhonua o Puna. They will join us again on September 25th and continue the conversation on coming together as a community to serve.
Ikaika Marzo and Gilbert Aguinaldo with Pu'uhonua o Puna 2018-09-20 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Mediation pledge winner for our Club was Pat Aiona, Jr.
David DeLuz, Jr. was the HIlo Bay Club.  Grand prize winner was Maureen Poirier from the Hilo Club.
The East Hawaii Rotary Peace Committee provided a scholarship to UH Masters Student,  Carlton Ruley to attend a 4 day Mediation Training Workshop conducted by Kuikahi Mediation Center.
UN International Peace Day is Friday, September 21st. 
Rotary Club of South Hilo continues to raise awareness and provide education about conflict resolution and respect.
The Hawai`i E-Rotary Club with the help of UH HILO secured the seeds from trees that survived the Atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1946 and grew our Legacy Peace.
Peace Update 2018-09-20 10:00:00Z 0
Harold Ohata Day was declared on Tuesday September 18, 2018 by the Rotary Club of South Hilo to honor Harold's 50 years of perfect attendance. Mahalo to Benson, Jack and Jim for sharing memories and stories.
Harold Ohata Day - September 18, 2018 2018-09-20 10:00:00Z 0
35th Anniversary Hawaii Care Choices 2018-09-19 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.  The Rotary Club of South Hilo will be hosting the 2019 RYLA retreat,  February 15- 17, 2019 at Kilauea Military Camp. To be a participant or volunteer please contact Lisa Kwee at

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
2019 RYLA Retreat Planning 2018-09-19 10:00:00Z 0
Due to Hurricane Olivia the weekly meeting scheduled for Tuesday 9/11 has been cancelled.
9/11 Meeting Cancelled 2018-09-10 10:00:00Z 0
Talk Story Thursday 9/20 2018-09-06 10:00:00Z 0
Mahao to Darryl Oliveria for speaking at our club on Tuesday September 4th about the importance of community stepping up during times of crisis and the work done on the micro-housing units in Pahoa for lava evacuees.
Speaker - Darryl Oliveria 2018-09-06 10:00:00Z 0
Happy Rotarians 2018-09-06 10:00:00Z 0
Hawai`i Island Adult Care’s Clean-Up Crew 2018-09-06 10:00:00Z 0
For those of you that missed Aunty Momi's visit, enjoy the following video clips!
Aunty Momi Recap 2018-09-06 10:00:00Z 0
Fitzgerald Ranch Social - Rescheduled 2018-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
    Aunty Momi Souza will be our guest speaker on Tuesday 8/28 .    Aunty will speak about the following: 
  This is will be highly engaging and informative, please plan on attending.
Guest Speaker, Aunty Momi Souza 2018-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
Ho'ola Na Pua is offering another opportunity to learn about Sex Trafficking of Minors in Hawai`i. This presentation is suitable for tweens, teens and adults. We encourage everyone to share this flyer with your schools, teachers, counselors, sports clubs & coaches, representatives, Churches, family, friends and co-workers. 
REGISTER on Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s Event Page   
Hoʻōla Nā Pua: Sex Trafficking of Minors in Hawaii 2018-08-24 10:00:00Z 0

Our Fall District Training is rapidly approaching and will cover the issues of membership, foundation and grants.  All are invited to attend.  If you are new to Rotary, you might find these sessions especially valuable.  We will have two Past District Governors providing the training,  Laura Steelquist and  Clint Schroeder.  The training will be held at Hawaii Care Choices on Saturday September 15th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

East Hawaii - Fall District Training 2018-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
Saturday 8/27 Kua O Ka La Workday Cancelled 2018-08-24 10:00:00Z 0
Short N Sweet - Delicious Destinations 2018-08-19 10:00:00Z 0
Tom Yeh (+4) and Kevin Wilcox (initial) received recognition from District Governor Win Schoneman as Paul Harris Fellows. Pictured are from L to R, DG Schoneman, Dr. Kevin Wilcox, Tom Yeh, and South Hilo President Benson Medina. Dr. Wilcox was also recognized by DG Schoneman as a 6-year member of Rotary.
Paul Harris Fellows 2018-08-19 10:00:00Z 0
Volcano Rotary Down Home Country BBQ, Monday September 3rd at Cooper Center, Wright Road in Volcano Village. Food served from 11a-2p, music from noon-3p. Games for the kids and music from the Gone Country Band. $35 for half chicken or half rack of ribs, $10 for hot dog or hamburger. All meals include sides, dessert, drinks, and entertainment.
Tickets available online at or from any Volcano Rotary member.
Email for more info.
Rotary Club of Volcano - Downhome Country BBQ 2018-08-19 10:00:00Z 0
Just a friendly reminder will will not have our normal meeting on Tuesday 8/14, rather we will host a joint meting with the Rotary Club of Hilo on Thursday 8/16 at noon at the Hilo Hawaiian.  Our District Governor, Win Schoneman will be the guest speaker.
REMINDER: WEEKLY MEETING WILL BE 8/16 2018-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
Mahalo to Jim Wyban with Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition (HIPlan) for speaking with our group.  The deadline to enter this year's competitin and a chance to win $25,000 for your new business is September 8th.  To learn more go to
Jack Stevenson, Harold Ohata and Jim Wyban
Guest Speaker, Jim Wyban 2018-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
East Hawaii Rotary clubs put forth another Herculean effort this weekend to get Kua O Ka La Charter school ready to open it's doors on Wednesday, August 8th at Nani Mau Gardens.  Rotarians spent the weekend painting, power washing, hammering, spreading gravel, putting up walls, moving furniture and preparing classrooms for teachers and students.  The weekend volunteeers also included District 5000 Governor Win Schoneman, who flew in from Honolulu to join the workforce.
Kua O Ka La Charter school was destroyed by lava on July 13th and in less than a month, with a huge boost from eastside Rotary Clubs, the K-6 portion of the school will be ready to accept students at their temporary location at Nani Mau Gardens.  "You guys literally saved our school," said Susie Osbourne, Head of the School.  "We could have never pulled this off without Rotary's help."
Rotary Club of South Hilo will also provide financial assistance for the relocation of Kua O Ka La's high school to the Boys and Girls club.   
Hawaii News Now story update can be found here 
Kua O Ka La Update 2018-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
The BEST and EASIEST way to give to HRYF is at Foodland during the “Give Aloha” campaign, September 1-30, 2018.  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 and Western Union (up to at least $250,000). Based on past years, the matches have provided at least an additional 20%!
To make a donation, go to any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms with your Maika`i Card or number, designate the donation to the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (Org. Code - 77199) and request a duplicate receipt. Give your copy to your HRYF Representative to mail in so we can credit you and your club.  Please write in your name and club.  You can also scan the receipt and email it to: Your donations can count for the Per Capita giving award to be announced in the Spring.
Suggested giving to HRYF is $40 per Rotarian. This level of giving will allow HRYF to continue with the $5,000 scholarship per club funding. Currently, HRYF receives about $225,000 from our Foundation investments each year but we need at least $260,000 to fund all of our clubs and the number of clubs keeps growing!
Thank you for your support!
Rotary Youth Foundation 2018-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Friendship Exchange 2018-08-12 10:00:00Z 0
A surprised Audrey Wilson, Jim Wilson and Jimmy Souza all received their Paul Harris +3 pin at the July 31st meeting . A generous gift of points accumulated throughout the years from former Rotarian, David Hurd allowed our Rotarian to reach the next level.
Paul Harris Fellows 2018-08-05 10:00:00Z 0
By the time most of you read this, our Club Runner website will be able to take credit card payments for annual dues, events, donations to the foundation and any other financial transactions that are necessary to keep us engaged and moving.  Making the transition from just a website to Club Runner took us to a new level of interaction with District 5000, Rotary International and the thousands of clubs who use Club Runner as their main internet platform.
All of our events can now be scheduled, promoted, paid for and planned on Club Runner.   Each of us can check our donation history and attendance with just the push of a button.  More importantly, we can keep statistical information that will help us to gage the depth of our engagement with club members, other Rotarians and of course, our community.
This is a pretty big leap for some of us who don't use computers or don't have access to one. But no matter what your situation, there are club members who will help you to understand and receive the information that is important to our club.   I'm committed to engaging every member of the club to help us better serve our community and make Rotary a more meaningful experience.  Using Club Runner is the key to making this happen.
A Message From Our President 2018-08-05 10:00:00Z 0
We celebrated our July Birthday's: Zeda Medina, LaniWeigert, Valerie Peralta and Irene Bender!  Mahalo to Maria and Short n Sweet for the yummy cake!
Mahalo to our speaker, Lahaina Olsen-Kurioda.  We learned how Workforce Solutions creates partnerships with business to develop employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Arabel, Club Secretary and Zeda, Club Treasurer are presented their pins.
Jimmy collecting Harold's Happy Dollars.
Elena gave a Hilo Medical Center Update, reminding us of the Diabetes Support Group that starts Tuesday, August 7th.
Weekly Roundup 2018-08-05 10:00:00Z 0
Talk Story Thursday - September 20th 2018-08-02 10:00:00Z 0
D5000 Rotarians and Leaders:
Each year the clubs of Rotary District 5000 have the privilege and honor of suggesting candidates for District Governor from their membership. If your club has a qualified and willing member, we hope that you would support and honor that individual by submitting their name during this open window of nominations. Being considered is a memorable experience, as each candidate develops new and meaningful connections with Rotarians throughout the District.
The nomination process for the 2021-2022 District 5000 Governor will be open from August 1, 2018 through midnight October 31, 2018.  Please see the attached D5000 DG Questionnaire, and the Official Rotary International Nomination Form.  Both forms must be completed and submitted to PDG Phil Sammer, No later than Midnight October 31, 2018.  Our District Governor Selection Committee will hold interviews on November 3, 2018 beginning at 8 AM.  Upon acceptance of your application, you will receive notification by email as to your interview time and location no later than November 1, 2018.
Forms should be submitted to PDG Phil Sammer at: 
Or mailed to:  Rotary District 5000, PO Box 3325, Honolulu, Hi 96801
Frequently Asked Questions about the Nomination Process (RI Manual of Procedure):
  1.  What are the Qualifications & Specifics for the Position of DG?
    1. At the time of selection, the nominee will be called governor-nominee-designate and will assume the title of governor-nominee on 1 July two years before serving as governor. The governor-nominee must:
  1. Be a regular member of a club in the district (RIB 15.070.1.)
  2. Have full qualifications for membership in the strict application of the club membership provisions, and have a classification whose integrity is without question (RIB 15.070.2.)
  3. Have served as president of a club for a full term or be a charter president of a club having served the full term from the date of the charter to 30 June, provided that this period is for at least six months (RIB 15.070.3.)
  4. Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability, physically and otherwise, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor as provided in RI Bylaws section 15.090. (RIB 15.070.4.)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of governor as prescribed in the RI Bylaws, and submit to RI, through its general secretary, a signed statement acknowledging a clear understanding of them.
  6. This statement shall also confirm that the Rotarian is qualified for the office of governor and willing and able to assume the duties and responsibilities of the office and to perform them faithfully (RIB 15.070.5.)
  7. In addition to the qualifications of governor-nominee, a governor, at the time of taking office, must have completed seven years of membership in one or more clubs and have attended the governors-elect training seminar and International Assembly. (RIB 15.080.)
  1. More information on the governor-nominee’s responsibilities and assignments can be found in the Learning Center at
  1.  What are the Duties of the Governor?
    1. The District Governor’s responsibilities can be found in Lead Your District: Governor (233). This manual is updated annually. In addition to fulfilling their responsibilities, District Governors are expected to adhere to the Rotary Code of Ethics.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I am more than happy to discuss them with you at any time!
Aloha and Best of luck!
Win Schoneman
Rotary International
District 5000 Governor 2018-2019
District Governor Nominations 2018-08-02 10:00:00Z 0
The Hiroshima Rotary Peace grown from a seed of a survivor plant.
Steve and Noko Yoshida and Lee Dombroski coordinated the Legacy Tree project at UH Hilo.
The Rotary Hiroshima Peace Tree was loaned to the Hiroshima Fujinkai for their use next week. The camphor tree will be made into bonsai trees as “Peace Symbols” and assist teaching non-violent conflict resolution.   The Hiroshima Fujinkai will have a Hiroshima Service at the exact same time as the dropping of the nuclear bomb over Hiroshima. The service will be at the Hawai`i Japanese Center, at the same time as the service in Hiroshima.   
The Rotary Peace Tree will be displayed at the Hiroshima exhibit all of next week.

Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a “conventional” bombing of Japan was underway, “Little Boy,” (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets’ plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas. Tibbets’ B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, “Little Boy” was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read “Greetings to the Emperor from the men of the Indianapolis” (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city’s 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before—only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

According to John Hersey’s classic work Hiroshima, the Hiroshima city government had put hundreds of schoolgirls to work clearing fire lanes in the event of incendiary bomb attacks. They were out in the open when the Enola Gay dropped its load.

There were so many spontaneous fires set as a result of the bomb that a crewman of the Enola Gay stopped trying to count them. Another crewman remarked, “It’s pretty terrific. What a relief it worked.”

Peace Update 2018-08-02 10:00:00Z 0
District Governor August Newsletter 2018-08-02 10:00:00Z 0
8/7 Speaker - Jim Wyban with HIplan 2018-08-02 10:00:00Z 0
July 24th Meeting 2018-07-30 10:00:00Z 0
Lahaina Olsen-Kuroda will be our guest speaker on Tuesday July 31st.  Lahaina will be speaking to us about Workforce Solutions.
Workforce Solutions (WFS) is a collaboration of service agencies and businesses that train, hire and support employees with a multitude of skills. Together we establish an environment where people with disabilities achieve their highest potential by engaging in meaningful/gainful employment while earning an honest paycheck. The objective is to develop a Win-Win for the business community and individuals served.
Mission Statement: Workforce Solutions strengthens the Hawaii Island workforce by increasing employment opportunities for people with diverse abilities. We are committed to promoting inclusion through community & employer partnerships, education, outreach and advocacy.
Tuesday Speaker: Lahaina Olsen-Kuroda 2018-07-30 10:00:00Z 0
Mahalo to Maurice Goulding for coordinating and those that those that participated in the Ike Kai Donation Drive  this past Saturday at Hilo Town Tavern.
Ike Kai Donation Drive 2018-07-30 10:00:00Z 0

This past Saturday at Nani Mau Gardens all East Hawaii Rotary Clubs were assisting  with repairs to siding and window frames for the relocation of Kua O Kala kindergarten thru sixth grade. This school was taken by the lava near Ahalanui beach park at Pohoiki and part of it intends to relocate to Nani Mau. The school year starts August 7th and there is a lot of work to do. The efforts for this past Saturday were repairing areas of siding including removing jalousie window hardware, remove window trim and frame, remove termite eaten T1-11 siding, replace siding with new, replace damaged parts of window frame, reinstall window frame, hardware and trim. 

 There is another opportunity to serve on Saturday August 4th at 8:00.  Please join other Rotarians as we work to prepare Kua O Kala for the new school year.



Kua Kala School Service Project 2018-07-30 10:00:00Z 0
The Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for our keiki.  Please bring items or a monetary donation to our meeting this Tuesday, July 24th.  The Salvation Army would like to have all items by the end of the week for distribution.
Salvation Army School Supply Drive 2018-07-22 10:00:00Z 0
Christine Waters received her Paul Harris pin and Brenda Ho received her Paul Harris +3 during our meeting on July 17th.  
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of 1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 
Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. 
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 
At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.  
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We kicked off our 1st Talk Story Thursday with a potluck at Reed's Bay.  Every other month, on the 3rd Thursday we will hold Talk Story Thursday as a membership mixer so we can get to know fellow Rotarians and guests.  There will be a $10 fee to cover heavy pupu's at the locations.  Upcoming dates and locations are as follows:
                     September 20, 2018      Hula Hula's
                     November 15, 2018       Liko Lehua on Pauhi
                     January 17, 2019           Short & Sweet (BYOB)
                     March 21, 2019              Wiki Fresh
                     May 16, 2019                  Wai'oli Lounge


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Donation Drive for Ike Kai 2018-07-16 10:00:00Z 0
Running For Grace, filmed in Hilo and featuring John Fitzgerald's horses, Ruby & Ehiku, will be playing at the Palace Theater July 27th-30th.  John will have his horses at the Palace on July 29th at the 2:30 pm showing.  Come show your support for this movie  and John!  Click the image below to watch the trailer.
Running For Grace Movie Premiere 2018-07-15 10:00:00Z 0
Before Benson called the meeting he made us get up and SING!
After singing and dancing, Benson rang the bell which lead the entire club to walk out!  Welcome to your first meeting Mr. President!
Elena provided us with a Health Update      
  Ornishi Graduate and Vegetarian , Nate!
Brenda enjoying her time away from the podium.   Proud Dad, Justin! 
Benson getting comfortable behind the podium.
Baby Kai and Audrey        
   Brenda, Lani and Skye from the Hilo Club
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Community First will help you complete an Advance Health Care Directive that documents your end of life wishes.  It's free!  RSVP for the nest session here.
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Join us for our first "Talk Story Thursday" on July 19th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Reed's Bay.  This will be a pot luck event. Guests are welcome! Click on the image below to sign up .
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Grand Opening of the NEW Hawaii Island Family Health Center 2018-07-09 10:00:00Z 0
Hope Services - Micro Unit Blessing 2018-07-09 10:00:00Z 0
Pearl Haven Site Visit 7/21
Modern day human trafficking occurs daily under our very eyes.  The average age of a child trafficked in Hawaii is about 13 years old.  We have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of, not only the children, but their families by partnering with Ho’ola Na Pua to create Hawaii’s first home, Pearl Haven, that will help survivors and their families rebuild their lives and become productive members of our community.  Please join us for a site visit, to Pearl Haven, on July 21, 2018 at 9AM to see what is, not only possible, but will be the future.  To ensure that the location remains secure we do not publish the address.  Please, contact Mark Merriam for location information at or call 381-5504.  Learn more about Ho'ola Na Pua here.
2019 Rotary Convention - Hamburg, Germany
     Want to be inspired, learn more about Rotary, meet people from all over the world?  Then Hamburg is the place to be in June 2019! DG Win         would like you all to get the scoops.  Find info on the RI website and sign up for the newsletter, if you are interested.  Here's are the links:
Registration: Click here
Hotels:  Click here
Ticketed events: Click here
1.  If you would like to reserve a room in the block we have secured, need your commitment asap. We are approved for the Radisson Blu Hamburg, which is  walking distance to the convention site.  There are no hotel shuttles, all transportation is via the public uses and rail. Being close by means you don't have to wait in line to get on the rail.  If you want to get one of the rooms, please let me know your arrival and check out dates. Price is $275 Euro, inclusive of taxes and fees.  
Price is $275 Euro (about US$319), inclusive of taxes and fees for the Radisson.  We need to  make a commitment to accept this hotel and block of rooms this week and have the final count by October 1.  By Dec 1, we need to collect from you 2 nights's deposit.  This deposit is needed if we want to get a block of rooms in the same hotel. There is a $150 cancellation fee, if cancelled after Oct 1.  By 2/25/19, we need to submit all names.  You can reserve your room on your own, but if you want in on our block, here's Radisson's web address to check out:
2. On the district website, Rotary is collecting info on what hotel and events you are going to. The list will be sent to all before the convention, IF you want to share your information.  We will set up a communication system to let others know what good restaurants or shopping areas you've discovered. etc.  To go to the website, CLICK HERE
Hope to see everyone there! The HOC needs a lot of help to promote the 2020 Convention in Hawaii. (Booth volunteers needed)
Naomi Masuno 808-492-0126
District 5000 News 2018-07-08 10:00:00Z 0
When Hakalau local boy Duane Kurisu was successful in creating a Kahauiki Village, a public-private-partnership that built one of the most successful communities for homeless families with children in the country, he became a global star. But when Duane returned to his local roots to pledge his support for a similar project on Hawaii Island yesterday, we all listened. "It's about creating community, not about providing shelter. That's something that's unique to Hawaii and why it can't be duplicated anywhere else," he said, referring to experience growing up in a plantation camp. Get ready Hawai'i Island....we're on the way!!
Duane outlined five key components that makes a project like Kahauiki Village a success:
1. Emergency Proclamation - by having an emergency proclamation in place, infrastructure could happen at a quicker pace.
2. Public/Private Partnerships - government involvement is good but getting the buy in and cooperation of the private sector is critical for success.
3. Focus on a particular group, for Kahauiku Village it was families with children.
4.  Create a sustainable off-grid community - Kahauiku Village it the first off grid community in the world according to Tesla.
5. Ensure city and county bring in off site improvements to the area - this includes utilities, internet, child care services.
In Phase 1, thirty homes were built.  Phase 2 will have 114 homes, housing over 600 adults and children.
Learn more at
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It was a full house as South Hilo Rotarians and guests joined together to celebrate Brenda Ho as she pounded the gavel for her last meeting as South Hilo President.  It has been a great year.   Mahalo to Brenda and her leadership!  Duane Kurisu spoke to the club about building a community and his success with Kahauiki Village on Oahu.  We celebrated June Birthday's and Anniversaries with a delicious strawberry cake from Maria Short.  And lots of Rotarians were happy!
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The last two weeks we have inducted a new Rotarian, had two new members of the HMC team at our meetings, honored our Scholarship recipients, volunteered installing Rescue Tubes and building houses in Pahoa, check it out....
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The Salvation Army is  currently in urgent need of help distributing goods to those impacted by the lava flow.
Shifts are from 9 am – noon or 2 – 5 pm. 
Sign up here
Contact Amy Takemoto, Community Development Coordinator with questions.
p:  808.440.1860   c :  808.384.9680
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Charlene patronizing businesses that helped with our Huli and have been impacted by the Lava,  information on meetings about Puna Insurance claims and a free Legal Clinic.
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Art, Elena, Marissa and Dr. Nordling lead us on a tour through the new Family Health Center and Residency Program. Additionally we received an overview and tour of the Hui Pono, the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program.
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A great time was had on Saturday, June 2nd as we socialized and feasted on roasted pig.  Mahalo to Audrey, Jim, Brenda and Clyde for preparing the food.  Special guest, Andrew Arakawa lead us in the blessing. 
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This week we had Gabriel Low speak to use about his upcoming  ride across the country for rare diseases.  We celebrated Rosemary and Val's birthday.  Honored Cody's anniversary and he won a great hat in the auction.  Our special guest were randy Hart and Steve handy.  Steve reminded us to donate to the Rotary Fund for Pahoa Lava Relief.  And Benson told us how Harold continues to inspire across the state!
May 22nd Weekly Meeting Summary 2018-05-26 10:00:00Z 0
10 cups rice cooled 
1 lb regular bacon diced & cooked
1 can 25% less salt spam diced & cooked
1 lb KTA Mountain Apple Brand Portuguese Patties diced & cooked
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 handful finely diced onions
1 dozen eggs cooked & diced
2 bunches green onions diced
1 bottle Lum Kum Kee Oyster Sauce
25% lower salt Aloha Shoyu
Saute the onion & minced garlic, add ¼ of rice & mix, add ¼ of oyster sauce & shoyu to taste & mix, add ¼ of each meat, ¼ eggs & handful of green onions mix.  Ready to serve.
Jim Nakagawa’s Famous Fried Rice 2018-05-26 10:00:00Z 0
We want to thank all our vendors that supported the 2018 Hilo Huli.  Let's return the favor and support their businesses as they struggle with a slow down in business due to the lava  in Pahoa and closure of Volcano National Park.  Mahalo!
AJ & Sons Catering
Akamal Indian Kitchen
Angry Bull
Anheuser Busch/Kona Brew
Any Kine Wontons 
Café Pesto 
Coca-Cola Bottling of Hawaii
Hawaii Island Gourmet/Atebara ChipsHiga’s Specialty Products
Hilo Bake Company
Hilo Burger Joint
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel/
Queen’s Court Restaurant
Hilo Medical Center - People’s Choice Winner
Hudie’s Hawaiian Kitchen
La Casa Azul
Mehana Brewing/Hawaii Nui
Park Café
Pepsi Beverage Co.
Soontaree’s Deli
Sweet Thunder Products
Sombat’s Fresh Thai Cuisine
The Seaside Restaurant
Wiki Fresh
Young’s Market
Volcano Winery
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All registrations for the Installation Dinner must be made by 10:00 am Monday June 18th.   Last chance to sign up for Installation dinner,
What:  2018/2019 Installation Dinner
When:  Tuesday,  June 19, 2018
              5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where:  Imiloa Astronomy Center
               Moanahoku Hall
Cost:    $40 per person
             Guests welcome
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Please join us for a day of community service on Saturday June 9 from 8 am to 12 pm to replace and repair Rescue Tubes which have been placed at East Hawaii beach parks over the past few years.  Many of the tubes have been either taken or in need of repair.  We will meet at Hilo Bayfront, divide up people and resources, get training, then dispatch from there.  It’ll be a day of Rotary service to our community as well as fun and fellowship working alongside other rotarians.
Sign up here:
Sign Up for the Rescue Tube Project, June 9th 2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
Hilo Huli Mahalo Party 2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
Brewfest Tickets & Volunteers Needed 2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
2018 Hilo Huli 2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Volunteers Needed 2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
Peter Boucher receives his Paul Harris + 5 pin.   2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of South Hilo enjoyed another riveting session with Hawaiian historian Boyd Bond at their May 15th meeting.  Speaking on wrongful blaming of the missionaries for the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in the late 1800’s, Boyd wove an interesting story of how the missionaries brought very positive impact for the citizens of Hawai’i.   Besides bringing education and a high level of literacy among Hawaii’s people, they taught the Hawaiians music and also philanthropy.
Boyd Bond’s knowledge of Hawaii’s history stems from his academic studies and from a lifetime spent in Hawaii as a 6th generation descendant of early western settlers in Hawaii. Boyd was raised in Hawaii in a sugar plantation family, living on plantations throughout the state. Of his interest in Hawaiian history, Bond says, “I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t immersed in it. Many of the stories of Hawaii’s history are also our family stories.” Bond earned a BA in Hawaiian history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and went on to earn a masters degree in education.
This was the second visit of three (the third scheduled for June 5th) visits that take a close look at specific periods of Hawaiian history.  Bond is a close personal friend of one of our longtime members, John Fitzgerald, who arranged these talks.
Boyd Bond Brings His Hawaiian History Expertise to Rotary  2018-05-16 10:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset is holding its 4th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

When: May 8th 5:30 social, 6 dinner, music, presentation

Where: Eagle Club 16-11Opukahaia Kea'au

Why: The Fundraiser raises money for youth and community projects.

What: This event includes a delicious Mexican dinner & Drinks, Musical entertainment and and dancing. Also check our our great Silent Auction which includes donations from the community and art work of Alan Lakritiz

Tickets are only $35 purchase tickets from club member or 

Get your tickets on-line at

Cinco de Mayo Festival - Rotary Club of Sunset Jeanna Rimmer 2018-05-01 10:00:00Z 0

Phoebe and Nate Receive Paul Harris Pins

Phoebe Lambeth (+4) and Nate Change (+3)  were honored with their Paul Harris pin on Tuesday April 24, 2018 during our Weekly Meeting.  Mahalo for your continued support and contributions to Rotary.
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Our annual fundraiser, HILO HULI will once again fill Coconut Island with food, drink and song on Sunday, May 6th.  This year's chairman, Pat Aiona Jr. expects another large crowd.  "We had almost a 1000 people last year and we'll probably have a similar size crowd this year," said Aiona.   Once again, local food guru, Audrey Wilson will head an impressive group of over two dozen food vendors that will serve everything from spicy thai food to french desserts.  Lots of liquid refreshment will be on hand for the thirsty throngs that will populate the island during the 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 window.  Headlining the main soundstage will we Hilo's own multi-Hoku Award winning musician, Mark Yamanaka.
This year's tickets are priced at $55 a person (same as last year) but children under two years old are free.  There will be a free shuttle to help with the expected premium on near by parking spaces.  Shuttles will run continuously from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. between Civic Auditorium and Coconut Island.  Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Club of South Hilo member or online at  Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of South Hilo Foundation which donates the majority of funds raised to local community groups such as the Hilo Medical Foundation and the Keaukaha Community Foundation.
Hilo Huli Just Around the Corner Benson P Medina 2018-04-07 10:00:00Z 0
At the March 13th Board of Directors meeting, the decision was made to move RCSH from our current internet platform (Wild Apricot) to the more widely accepted “Club Runner” platform that is in use by thousands of Rotary Clubs around the world.  Club Runner is a software program that was developed by Rotary International to help clubs conduct their club business by engaging every member of the club with easy to use tools to track attendance, donations, event calendars, etc.
“Moving to Club Runner was a no-brainer,” said President-Elect Benson Medina.  “It allows all the different chairpersons and club officers to post information on the website.  Every member gets a user name and password and they are able to track their activities, donations, club news and announcements. In the past, the set up and monthly charges were too expensive for many small clubs to participate, but now the set up fee is only $199 and the monthly charge is less than $50.”  The transition to the Club Runner system will take place over April and May and will fully operational by the time the new Rotary year starts on July 1st.
There is also a very easy to use mobile app that allows every member to access club information and communicate with members from their cell phones.
 South Hilo Moves to Club Runner Internet Platform 2018-04-07 10:00:00Z 0
Local-born Talmadge Magno, our Hawai'i County Civil Defense Director, attended our last Rotary Club meeting to talk about disaster readiness.  This was a joint presentation along with  Marlene Murray (from the Pacific Tsunami Center) as part of a presentation for Tsunami Awareness Month.  Magno talked briefly about the many different programs that come under his supervision: nuclear missle alert, hurricane preparedness, lava flow, earthquake and tsunami's just to name a few.  Hawaii Island is susceptible to more potential natural disasters than any other location in the United States.
Tsunami readiness means being alert to weather conditions, civil defense annoucements and alerts and accurate news and social media updates.  Magno noted that tsunami evacuation usually dictates that you be a least a half mile from the shoreline and at 100 feet elevation or more.
April is Tsunami Awareness Month Benson 2018-04-05 10:00:00Z 0