We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to find a solution. Rotary members are working in communities to feed the hungry, tutor disadvantaged children, maintain parks and playgrounds, and much more.
Rotarians Respond to Floods
Rotarians from three different Oahu clubs, Hawaii Kai, West Pearl Harbor, and Metropolitan Honolulu Clubs, came together at a northern Oahu farm to help recover the place that was greatly affected by flood waters and rivers of mud.
The Green Growers farm in Hauula has been an asset to the local agricultural economy since the 1950’s. The father of Terry Shintaku, a local boy with a degree in agriculture, bought the land in 1954 and it has been producing ever since. Terry continued his father’s footsteps in producing vine-ripened Beefsteak tomatoes and also lettuce. Most of the products goes to local restaurants, and families can also get their produce there too.
However, the recent devastating rains brought streams of water and mud running through Terri’s tomatoes and lettuce beds. The crops were destroyed and equipment and material were displaced. There were mud everywhere!
Hence, to restore the farm, Rotarians and their guests joined Terri and his small staff in clearing the area of debris. Irrigation pipes were also collected and stacked, as well as as truckloads of torn plastic sheets that was initially used in the tomato beds had to be gathered and loaded for removal.
Despite slipping and sliding in the fresh mud, shoes getting stuck in the muck, gloves that kept hands somewhat clean while arms, face, and clothing became covered with the ubiquitous mud, all rotarians shared a good time. Laughs were everywhere! All the volunteers remained happy and chipper.
At the end of the day, connections were made among Rotarians who had not met before, ideas for future joint service projects were discussed, and everyone left satisfied of having been of service.
We had an amazing time serving at The Pantry this past weekend. The Pantry, by Feeding Hawaii Together, is the only e-commerce food pantry in the country operating weekly, year around, to provide free, nutritious food to families. Hawai’i is facing a hunger crisis and since the beginning of this year, almost 50% of Hawai’i families with children reported experiencing food insecurity.
If you would like to volunteer at The Pantry or make a donation, please visit their website: thepantry.org
Painting Football field bleachers
Rotary Works Day was spent together with National Honor Societies from Waipahu Schools to paint the Waipahu High School Football Stadium bleachers, BLUE & GOLD! With the sponsorship and support from The West Pearl Harbor Rotary Club and Waipahu Papa Johns, the following participating National Honor Societies gives back to their community:
Waipahu High School - National Honor Society
Waipahu High School - Phi Theta Kappa National College Honor Society - Beta Chi Omega Chapter
Waipahu Intermediate School - National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
August Ahrens Elementary - National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)
Honowai Elementary - NEHS
Waipahu Elementary - NEHS
Kalei`opu`u Elementary - NEHS
Waikele Elementary - NEHS
Hawaii Food Bank
West Pearl Harbor Rotary Club and other D5000 club's served together preparing 2000 nutritious food boxes for Hawaii Food Bank Senior Food Box Program. Thank you Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor for coordinating this event!
Rotary Gives Thanks
Every year on the last Saturday of each November, Rotary International celebrates "Rotary Gives Thanks" - a day showing gratitude, appreciation that strive for a better life.
This year, we participated in our 4th annual Pacific Gateway Center Thanksgiving meal distribution with the help from Rotary Clubs of West Honolulu, Kapolei Sunset, Kapolei, and Waianae Coast.
We distributed a total of 90 bentos with pumpkin pies and canned juice for the farmers at the Kunia site. We also put together 10 snack bags for the children. At the Kalihi site, 112 gift cards were distributed and 40 snack bags.
Holiday Bingo Night
In December, we spread some holiday cheer at Waipahu Hall Elderly! This amazing moment could not have been possible without the support from students of Waipahu High School. The room was filled with so much joy and warmth! Thank you for helping us take care of our seniors.
Speed Networking Event
January is Vocational Service month in the Rotary Calendar - a month appreciating the various professions and how each can contribute to making our communities stronger.
Our club therefore decided to host a Business Networking Social on January 30th to bring business community together to meet, share ideas and have fun supporting each other.
We had a great time and connected with many different businesses/professions in our community while sharing the wonderful works of Rotary!
Plant, Grow, and Care for our Coconut Trees together with Niu NOW!
The Coconut Tree is a fundamental practice of food security. It is considered the tree of life in most tropical regions and Hawaii was once a nation nourished with it.
In April during Rotary Works Day, we spent the day weeding and preparing soil around a 11000 sq feet coconut tree planting area on UH West Oahu together with Niu NOW! - a movement focusing on Hawaiian cultural revitalization, environmental conservation and local food production.
Food Distribution in Waipahu!
We helped Waipahu Community Association with their food distribution of over 330 bags to support families in the community!
In June , we donated 10 bags of women's clothing to YWCA Oahu's dress for success program, which offers a second chance to women dealing with poverty, homelessness or incarceration. The program ensures participating women leave career ready.
School Supply Drive
In August , we held a school supply drive to support Honowai Elementary and ensure they are equipped with enough supplies for their students before summer break ends. Their student count is 600 per year and overall the cost of school supplies has been on a constant rise, making it difficult for many local families to provide their children with the necessary tools for learning.
Polio Awareness Walk!
It has been the mission of Rotary International to bring awareness to public health issues. On Oct 24th, we walked together with our dogs to raise awareness but also celebrate Rotary's success with the eradication efforts to eliminate the paralyzing disease. Over the years Rotary Clubs have contributed millions of dollars and uncountable volunteer hours to the effort to prevent children from polio and we have seen a 99.9% eradication initiative since the first vaccination of children in the Philippines in 1979.
Polio Awareness Walk!
Rotary Gives Thanks is a day we show gratitude, appreciation and respect for individuals, groups and communities that strive for a better life.
On November 24th, we held our 5th annual Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) thanksgiving meal distribution for 40 workers at their Kunia farm. It was such a great day sharing a meal together, getting to know the farmers personally, and to see what they grow.
We also provided 35 gift cards to members of Waipahu Clubhouse. The Clubhouse program have served nearly 900 members with severe mental illness since opening their doors in 1997.
Holiday Bingo Night
In December, we held our annual "Holiday Bingo Night" for the seniors living at Waipahu Hall Elderly together with support from the Waipahu High School PTK and Interact students.