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
In Rotary Service,
Gwen Yamamoto Lau
President 2021-2022
Home Page Stories
Welcome Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director and CEO of the Honolulu Museum of Art, sponsored by PP Rich Proctor!
Guest speaker John De Fries, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, discussed the organization's plans to redesign tourism to regenerate Hawaii's economy.
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Welcome back Mitch Weld, retired from the healthcare industry, sponsored once again by Don Anderson!
Guest speaker Aiko Yamashiro is a poet and the executive director of Hawaii Council for the Humanities. Aiko read poems and guided participants to express their thoughts as poetry.
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Mana Up co-founder Meli James described the six-month accelerator program and the successes of the participating businesses.
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Catherine Payne, Chair of the Hawaii Board of Education, spoke with PE Lyla Berg about the challenges and lessons of the pandemic for the public school system.
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Colleen Hanabusa, Chair of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) board, discussed the history and finances of the rail project.
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Dr. Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art and Culture in Honolulu, presented "Cultural Heritage in Afghanistan: Past, Present, Future."
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October 2021
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Trainer
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
Centennial Park Chair
Club Administrator
Interact Adviser
Rotaract Adviser
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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'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.
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!
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.