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.
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 Waipahu High School's 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
2022: 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.
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.