Aloha and Welcome to the Rotary Club of Honolulu

People of action, Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.  1.2 million members strong, as we emerge from the pandemic, Rotarians world-wide will continue to “Serve [with Aloha] to Change Lives,” our Rotary International [District 5000] FY2021-2022 theme.
 
Chartered on July 1, 1915, the Rotary Club of Honolulu remains the oldest and largest Rotary Club in Hawai`i.  Our club includes like-minded business, civic, and community leaders, both young and seasoned, who are guided by our Rotary principles and bonded together by a common philosophy of "Service Above Self".
 
Known for hosting influential, relevant and interesting speakers during our meetings at Noon on Tuesdays, our Programs provide our members an opportunity to broaden our understanding of current issues and challenges and encourage solution driven conversations.  We offer virtual and in-person meetings, and a variety of meaningful service projects, such as Centennial Park, our gift to the City, residents and visitors of Waikiki.  In addition to a plethora of local service projects, the members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu have participated in more than eighteen International Service projects in Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal, to name a few.
 
Please join us for one of our meetings to learn more about our club and how you can get involved in making Hawai`i a better place.  For details on our next meeting, please call Martha at 808-922-5526 or email us at administrator@honolulurotary.com.
 
In Rotary Service,
 
Gwen Yamamoto Lau
President 2021-2022
 
Home Page Stories
We hosted some of the students who participated in the 'Olelo video contest's Creating Peace category. Shown below with President Gwen and District Governor Sandy are the students, parents and teacher from Kipapa Elementary School.
 
 
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Dedicated park care volunteers weeded Centennial Park Waikiki on Saturday from 8 to 10 am.  Pictured: Keric Chin, Rob Hale, Paul Jackson, Maja Grajski, and Bob Sumpf.  Photo by Peg Jackson.
 
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Past President Rich made up for the April 26 meeting at the Rotary Club of Edinburgh. He exchanged flags with President Olive Geddes at their luncheon meeting at the Scotsman Hotel.
 
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Dr. Kim Holland, Research Professor at the Shark Research Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, presented data and images of the sharks they monitor around the Hawaiian islands.
 
 
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Guest speakers Lisa Tamashiro from Adult Friends for Youth and Lorenn Walker from Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice were joined by AFY participant Erfalyn and described their programs during a conversation with PE Lyla Berg.
 
 
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The dynamic trio of Dawn Marie, Hai Cha Lambert, and Joanna Amberger presented the numerous projects and causes funded through generous donations from Club members during the annual Service Above Self campaign.
 
 
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Guest speaker Delia Ulima, State Coordinator for EPIC 'Ohana, Inc., described programs and legislation that are crucial to providing resources for youth in foster care, and opportunities to engage in foster care advocacy.
 
 
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Guest speaker Greg Waibel, President and CEO of YMCA of Honolulu, shared the youth and wellness programs they offer for a diverse community.
 
 
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Rob Van Tassell, Club member and Catholic Charities Hawaii President and CEO, shared the history, mission, and strategy of the service and advocacy organization. PP Paul Saito, Chair of CCH Board of Directors,
introduced Rob.
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Club Trainer
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Director - Weekly Operations
Director - Weekly Programs
Director - Membership Recruitment
Director - Membership Retention
Director - Community Service
Director - International Service
Director - Youth Service
Director - Rotary Relations
Director - Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation
Sergeant-at-Arms
Centennial Park Chair
Club Administrator
Interact Adviser
Rotaract Adviser
RATPack Project for Kalihi Leadership Academy
We need volunteers to help renovate Community of Christ Church for the Kalihi Leadership Academy, which seeks to provide social emotional learning activities for youths 11-15 years old living at Kalihi Valley Homes housing project. They are at risk for entering gangs, failing grade levels at alarmingly high rates, and engaging in risky activities.  Many cannot read, write, or do math at their level.
 
When: Saturday, May 7, and Saturday May 14
Two shifts: 8 - 12 am and 12 - 4 pm, or all day
Lunch will be provided.
 
Where: Community of Christ Church
2319 Rose Street, Honolulu 96819

Please contact Ben Eger to sign up for the day(s) and shift(s) that you can help.
808-594-3511
Hawaii Beer Fest
 
Hawaii Beer Fest is back at
Bishop Museum Great Lawn!
 
Saturday June 25, 2022
6 pm to 9 pm
Click here for the promo video. 
 
'Olelo 2022 Youth Xchange Video Contest
 
The Rotary Club of Honolulu proudly sponsors this annual contest for all Hawaii youth, in the category of Creating Peace
Click here for more information on the 2022 ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Video Contest.
 
 
Rotary Village at YMCA Camp Erdman Project
Thanks to the efforts of one hundred volunteers from Rotary, YMCA, Nan, Inc. and the community, our Rotary Village cabins at YMCA Camp Erdman were transformed from being “not so gently used” to good as new!  A big mahalo to all of our members who joined us over the weekend!  Additionally, a special shout-out to Don Anderson and Reese Liggett for leading this project.  Also, to Phil Wright, Bob Sumpf, Kent Reinker, Dave Shanahan and Kirk Hovious for laying the foundation and prepping the village; as well as Linda Coble, Ann Stamp Miller and Paul Saito for being our historians and memorializing this project!  The work accomplished will positively impact thousands of children for years to come! - PE Gwen Yamamoto Lau
 
  
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Centennial Park Waikiki
 
Centennial Park Waikiki  
100 Years Rotary Service
 

Waikiki of today is worlds away from the wetlands, mudflats, fishponds and taro fields of the past. A walk among the modern concrete towers of our world-famous tourist destination reveals little in the way of culture or history and even less in green space.

Thanks to Rotary District 5000, Rotarians throughout the State of Hawaii, friends, neighbors and businesses in Waikiki, the only remaining patch of under-developed land in central Waikiki has been transformed from a barren debris-strewn gravel lot into an oasis of greenery.

 
Our Project and Social Outing Photo Albums-Please visit!
Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

 
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