Community & international service projects 2015-2016

Waikiki Rotary donated Food to Seniors

May 11, 2016

Food Drive Sr Center WCC May 11The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated non-perishable food items to the Waikiki Community Senior Center. The collection of food was from May 4-11. Shown here is Project chair Kathryn Henski and Service chair Stephen Morgan. 

Waikiki Community Center Senior Programs are central to our values and mission of strengthening the community as a whole.  Serving the needs of seniors is especially important because over 30% of the Waikiki populations are over the age of 60. Additionally, many of our seniors live alone and without family members close by to help support them.

WCC Senior Programs address the whole person, providing physical and emotional support, along with counseling and referrals.  In this way, we are able to address the multiple challenges that most clients face whether it be housing, finances, food insecurity, health or other types of assistance needed.

WCC also provides a wide variety of educational and social activities to help maintain physical, cognitive skills, emotional health, and independence to avoid premature aging and institutionalization.  These activities include dance classes (hula, line, tap), yoga, language classes, music, arts and crafts, and even group outings.

 Keeping active is key to combating loneliness, isolation, and other factors that contribute to premature decline and help seniors live independently for as long as possible.

Many of our members have said that coming to the Center is the only consistent and meaningful contact they have with others.  This makes the Senior Program integral to strengthen the community as a whole.  We rely heavily on support from our volunteers and donors to make this program possible.

Waikiki Rotary Reads  & Books 4 Kids

May 4, 2016

Waikiki Rotarians Carol, Patti, Anthony and Janel read to the "K" students @ Waikiki Elementary School today and later each student received a book to take home and enjoy as a gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. 
Kindergartners can understand more than just the plot of a story. They are able to extend their thinking and discuss why events happened and why characters acted as they did. They can also make reasonable predictions about what will happen next and relate the story events to events in their own lives. Being able to discuss stories they listen to now will help children make meaning later on when they are able to read independently.

Books 4 Kids-Makalapa Elementary School

May 3, 2016

Over 200 Books given to students at Makalapa Elementary School. The Rotary Club of Waikiki are strong supporters of literacy programs and giving the Gift of Reading through new books is just one of many projects that we share in our community.
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April 23, 2016

Waikiki Rotarians participated in the March for Babies Walk on Saturday April 23. Our volunteers provided a water station with happy smiles to the thousands of participants. It was a fun day! We all shared our passion for improving the health of babies. Thank you to Menehune Water for their donation.

Centennial Project of the Rotary Club of Waikiki.First Step Painting Project #3

April 16, 2016

The final project of the First Step Homeless Shelter was held on Saturday April 16, 2016. This was a joint project of the Rotary Club of Waikiki and The Boy Scouts of Hawaii Aloha Chapter Troupe # 33 was a dynamic partnership team. New Eagle Scout Neil Sadaoka with the help of Community Service Chair Stephen Morgan organized the 3rd and final cubicle painting project at the Homeless Shelter in Kakaako. At the end of this project over 200 family units and single cubicles were painted and over 70 gallons of paint was used. This project could not have been completed without the physical support of all 100 volunteers +/-. The day ended with a delicious lunch and celebration of a job well done. Waikiki Rotary provided books to all of the Boy Scouts in appreciation of their hard work. Stephen Morgan presented on behalf of the Rotary Club of Waikiki a Rotary Eagle Pin to New Eagle Scout Neil Sadaoka. Congratulations and Mahalo!

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Books 4 KIDS-Kalihi Kai Elementary School

April 11, 2016

Nearly 700 Books were given to ALL students at Kalihi Kai Elementary, Preschool and Head Start Schools. It's always a great day when we can share the gift of reading. Today the students filed into the cafeteria to select a book of their very own to take home, keep and read. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Stephen, Nora, Ikko, Laura, Noel, Chuck, Patti, Sylvia, Kathryn and Gloria who came early to set up and helped the kids with their selection.

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April 6, 2016

Thank you to our Wonderful Volunteers for volunteering to Read to our Kindergarten Keiki at Waikiki Elementary School today.

It's always fun to share a story or 2 or 3 to the amazing students!

This month's volunteers were: Carol Riley, Anthony Poponi, Jaenl Denny and Bob Tellender. Chair: Sylvia Makk

Fisher House-Books 4 Kids

March 22, 2016

Rotarian Patti Mitchell delivered books to Fisher House and shared the gift of reading to Fisher House residents from Japan. This military family is in Hawaii to get medical treatment for their baby boy. He and his big sister love their books! Patti volunteers at Fisher House every Tuesday to help give assistance and support to families while they are here for medical help. Thank you Patti!

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Waikiki Rotary donates to ShelterBox for Fiji

Fiji in copy image(1)The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated $1000.00 to purchase a shelter box for a family in need in Fiji.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) arrived in Fiji to assess the need for emergency shelter following Cyclone Evan, the biggest cyclone to strike the Pacific nation in two decades that has left western parts of the main island Viti Levu the hardest hit. The Fiji Government were able to bring emergency shelter solutions to displaced families. ShelterBox assisted in needs assessments and distributed ShelterBoxes to the most vulnerable families.


Family Literacy Night-Books 4 Kids, Sing & Read @ Waikiki Community Center Preschool

March 18, 2016

Rotarians Gale Warshawsky, Carol Riley, Nora Chen and Rotary Club president Rhodora Pagay participated at the annual Family Literacy Night at Waikiki Community Center Preschool. They sang Hawaiian and English songs with the students, age 2, 3 and 4. After that the volunteers read a variety of books donated to this school by the Rotary Club of Waikiki. When the reading time ended, they distributed a book to all the children, to take home, to help grow their home library. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Waikiki.

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March 15, 2016

Over 600 Books given to ALL students at Kapalama Elementary School and Oahu Head Start. It was an AMAZING day today as a tsunami wave of students filed into the cafeteria to select a book of their very own to take home, keep and read. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Doug, Paul, Ikko, Cindy, Laura, Stephen and Gloria who came early to set up the books and helped the kids with their selection. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is a leader in literacy in our community. A special Mahalo goes out to for the opportunity to provide books to children that would not normally have any books at home. First book's mission is "transforming lives through equal access to literacy and education"

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Books for Kids-Puuhale Elementary School

March 14, 2016

Reading gives us Knowledge, Power, Thoughts and a Brighter Future. The Rotary Club of Waikiki are strong supporters of literacy. Today we shared the gifts of reading at Puuhale Elementary School by giving over 300 books to students to keep and take home and read and share with their family and friends. Thank you to our great volunteers (Doug, Chuck, Sylvia, Nora, Cindy, Stephen & Gloria), our literacy heroes for helping out with set up and spreading the word of the importance of reading and books in the home.

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March 14, 2016

Rotarian Gale Warshawsky read and sang at Kailua Head Start preschool today and later gave new children's books to all the children (the children were able to select their own special book, a gift from Waikiki Rotary.

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March 9, 2016

Rotarian Gale Warshawsky, known to the keikis in the Headstart classroom at Maunawili Elementary School, as Auntie Gale, sang Hawaiian and English mele with the students, age 3 and 4. After that she read a variety of books donated to this classroom by the Rotary Club of Waikiki. When the reading time ended, she distributed a book to children, to take home, to help grow their home library. Auntie Gale goes into this classroom once a month during the school year, to do what she calls Rotary Sings. The keikis learn to sing a variety of songs in both Hawaiian and in English and each month after singing with them and playing her ukulele, she reads books to them.

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March 2, 2016

Celebrating Dr Seuss's birthday with reading to 100 kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School. One of the many favorite books read today was Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. Thank you to our volunteers Bob, Janel, Carol and Anthony!!! It's always a great day to share a story with children's, encourage listening, learning and reading. It was so much fun for the adults too!

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Books 4 Kids @ Kuhio Elementary School

February 26, 2016

Nearly 400 books were donated to all of the students at Kuhio Elementary School and Kuhio Head Start. Thank you to our volunteers Bob Tellender, Ikko Tomita, Doug Seifers and Gloria King for setting up the books in the school Cafeteria. They also helped the students with selecting the perfect book of their very own to take home and enjoy.

We are so happy to give new books to children who need them most. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home. Many of the students received 2 books today to take home and enjoy.

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Waikiki Annual Garage Sale - Waikiki Elementary

February 20, 2016

It's was a perfect day for our annual Garage Sale to benefit the good work that Waikiki Elementary School does for their students and our community. Service director Stephen Morgan hangs the banner to let the public know of our upcoming garage sale a week in advance. On Friday night the real work began by accepting deliveries, setting up and pricing everything. Saturday bright and early the doors opened to the early bird shoppers. There was a flurry of shoppers all day with Rotarians, friends & families standing by to help loading cars and trucks with purchases. Anything that was left over was donated to the Big Brothers and Sisters Hawaii.

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Books donated to Fisher House - Tripler AMC

February 16, 2016

angel02Rotarian Patti Mitchell volunteers every Tuesday at Fisher House to help with families and children. Today was such an emotional day!! A baby boy has cancer and could not start treatment because his white blood cells were to high... He cried often.. So sad to see the family so isolated... He and his parents were so happy to have Patti's company. They loved the books that the Rotary Club of Waikiki donates to Children!! Thank you Patti for your Service above Self you are truly an ANGEL!!!

Waikiki Rotary Reads - Waikiki Elementary "K"

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Waikiki Rotarians read to "K" students today at Waikiki Elementary School. Thank you to our volunteers, Doug, Denny, Janel and Bob.

Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Reading aloud builds many important fundamental skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.

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January 28, 2016

HPD5The Honolulu Police Department's new campaign See & Be Seen was introduced to address Pedestrian and Traffic collisions in our community during the hours of darkness. The Honolulu Police Department along with community partners The Rotary Club of Waikiki completed a sign waving campaign to bring awareness to motorist, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Rotarians HPD Officer Richard Fikane, Stephen Morgan and Joseph Gedeon joined members of HPD and community volunteers as they took this message to See & Be Seen to Waikiki on January 28. It was a Fun night spreading the word on Pedestrian Safety.

Vision to Learn partnership


V2 Learn SponsorsRotary Club of Waikiki formed a partnership with Vision to Learn by providing the initial vision screening to students in Title 1 schools on Oahu.

Vision to Learn was Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations.

Kids’ vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class—all of which can result in poor grades and adversely affect academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by coordinating screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses—an age-old yet critical tool for success.

How Vision To Learn works

  1. Schools and partner organizations conduct vision screenings and identify children with visual challenges.
  2. Vision To Learn’s Mobile Eye Clinic visits each school or community site to conduct exams.
  3. Our optometrists and opticians conduct free eye exams and fit children for free eyeglasses. Because the students pick out their own frames, it’s a fun experience!
  4. Three weeks after the examinations, Vision To Learn delivers kids’ new glasses!

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Rotary's gift of ReadingBooks 4 Kids-Likelike Elementary School

January 29, 2016

Nearly 500 books were donated to the students at Likelike Elementary school on Friday, January 29. The Rotary Club of Waikiki are strong supporters of literacy programs and giving the Gift of Reading through new books is just one of many projects that we share in our community. Thank you to our faithful volunteers on helping on this great project.

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Books delivered to Fisher House-Tripler AMC

January 26, 2016

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Books 4 Kids - Lanakila Elementary School

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The Rotary Club of Waikiki Rotarians and students from Korea studying at Mid Pacific International college helped out today in giving over 300 books to the students at Lanakila Elementary. Every student selected a book of their choice as a gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. This project is to encourage reading and share the love of books while building vocabulary skills.

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Dictionary Project - Likelike Elementary, Puuhale Elementary and Waldorf School

January 21, 2016

logo-frontWaikiki Rotary provided dictionaries to Likelike & Puuhale Elementary with a presentation to each third grade class today. Thank you to our volunteers and Chair Ron Sauder, Karen Smith and Stephen Morgan. Dictionaries were also given to Waldorf School for their 3rd grade class.

The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn. The Rotary Club of Waikiki supports this project and other literacy projects to support our children in becoming better readers in school and into their future years as adults.

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January 20, 2016

Director Ikko Tomita with our Japan exchange student, Taylor Young, who will be studying at Hitachi City Japan for 1 month and her teacher Will Smith from Waipahu High School.



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January 6, 2016

Reading and writing is the Key to Success in school and beyond and it's always great fun reading to the students in kindergarten. They are like little sponges and they will learn so quickly whatever they are taught. Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child!

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January 6, 2016

Rotarian Patti Mitchell delivered more books to the Newborn Babies at Tripler Hospital. In support of our Military and Increasing awareness on the importance of reading from birth.

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January 2016

The Rotary Club of Waikiki along with other Rotary Clubs partnered on a global grant for a Romania Rotaplast w/ a total of over $5,000.00. Rotaplast... Saving Smiles, Changing Lives...Below the Story of Sangeetha from India.

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Little Sangeetha came to us one afternoon during a walk in clinic. Sangeetha fit all the criteria for a priority case; cleft lip, less than six years old. By getting the surgery done this young, she’ll get the maximum benefit as she starts her speech development. In every way, she represents the patients we are trying to reach.

After clearing the intake clinic, she and her mom spent the night at the hospital. Scheduled to be the first patient of the day, misunderstandings about not feeding after midnight pushed back her surgery time. She’d had some formula which could cause problems during the procedure.

Finally the time arrived for Sangeetha’s mother to entrust her baby to our care. She was quite understandably nervous and concerned for the welfare of her baby. From the time the baby leaves for surgery until she’s reunited with mom two hours or more can pass. Two hours can seem like a lifetime.

Dr. Soma performing surgery; tiny patients require a fine touch. Sangeetha’s surgery is a relatively simple cleft lip repair but will have life transforming implications.

Rotaplast International, Inc. is committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring, and other deformities. Working with local professionals, Rotarians, and other organizations, Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for the comprehensive care of these children. Rotaplast supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lip and/or palate. Our aim is to help local professionals build sustainable models for the care of these children, improving their lives and those of their families.

Waikiki Rotary Provides Holiday Meal for Youth Outreach @ YO House, Waikiki

December 18, 2015

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The Rotary Club of Waikiki provided a holiday meal for the homeless kids at YO House. Service Director Stephen Morgan delivered the meal of 10 whole Chickens, dozens of freshly baked Rolls, Salad, apples and oranges.

Since 1989, Hale Kipa and the Waikiki Health Center have been providing services to runaway and homeless youth and young adults on Oahu through the Youth Outreach (YO) program. The program provides street outreach, drop-in services, case management, counseling, and health/medical services to street/street-identified youth on a referral and walk-in basis.

YO provides services in Waikiki and downtown Honolulu and maintains a house in Waikiki that provides basic services such as showers, laundry and casual meals.

Each year, YO serves thousands of youth by providing these basic survival needs and assisting them to find permanent housing. YO’s staff develop relationships by effectively engaging a range of youth with differing ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and cultures in a sensitive manner. In this way, YO clients are introduced to a wide range of services that are critical to meeting their most basic needs.

KCCRotary Club of Waikiki donates $5,000.00 to KCC for Culinary Scholarships

December 16, 2016

Proceeds from our very successful fundraiser in October at Kapiolani Community College (Chair: Karen Smith) generated a generous donation to the Culinary School of the Pacific. $5,000.00 will be used for scholarships to our young chefs.

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December 14, 2015

Rotary Club of Waikiki delivers over 200 books to students at Navy Hale Keiki School. Patti Mitchell and Gloria King headed up the project - every student in the school got to select one book to keep for their own! Many thanks to the Rotarians who support this project with their time, talent and treasure! Thank you to Dave Livingston for taking the great photos! Dictionaries were delivered to the third and fourth graders on December 15.

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Angel Tree @ First Step Homeless Shelter

December 13, 2015

Richard Fikani spearheaded the Angel Tree Project at the Next Step Shelter. Santa Claus (Richard and his elfs) provided the children presents. Dinner was served to 250 residents. Later all enjoyed a Christmas movie. Volunteers served food, bought presents and donated money. The community event is a partnership of community and faith based organizations that work together to provide a memorable event for the children and families of the Next Step Shelter. The event is named Angel Tree Christmas at the Next Step Shelter.

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The Next Step Project provides up to 2 years of transitional shelter for both individuals and families free of charge.

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December 13, 2015

At our clubs Christmas Party at the Waikiki Yacht Club. Members donated Toys for the Toys for Tots program of the Marine Corps. Chair: Janet Scheffer.

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December 2, 2015

Our Waikiki Rotary Readers Carol, Anthony, Karen and Janel were out in full force at Waikiki Elementary School on Wednesday morning. The kindergarten students were all so excited to see their aunties and uncle walk into their classrooms to share a story. Reading Aloud and Sharing a story is the single most important activity for building knowledge and success in school for children. Read to your children daily!



Rotary gives Thanks

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November 25, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians donated non perishable food to the Hawaii Food Bank. Chair Stephen Morgan delivered our donations today just in time for this month of Thanksgiving.

Books for Kids @ Waikiki Elementary School

November 25, 2015

It's always a great day when we can share the gift of new books to kids. Thanks to First Book and the Rotary Club of Waikiki who provided 600 books to kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade at Waikiki Elementary School. Students were brought into the school cafeteria to select from a large assortment of books. They could choose 1 to take home and enjoy and add to their home library. The kids were so excited and so grateful to the Rotary Club of Waikiki. A special Mahalo to our volunteers Carol & Andy Riley, Ikko Tomita, Patti Mitchell, Bill Amigone, 2 HPD Officers, Doug Seifers, Sylvia Makk, Stephen Morgan, Flora Lu and Gloria King.

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November 16, 2015

Do you know what the longest word in the dictionary is? Just ask one of our third graders to show you it to you! We haven't figured out how to pronounce it...yet. Do you know the population of Kentucky? What about the state bird of Alaska? How many of us thought it was the penguin? It's not! Did you know that Australia is the only continent that is also a country?

Once again, the Waikiki Rotary Club, brought in five cases of "A Student's Dictionary" for every third grade student. How awesome is that! Students, as well as parents, have shown great interest in using this valuable learning tool.

If you have a third grader, ask them to share with you some of the fun things they've learned about using their dictionary.

Hats off to our FABULOUS community partner, the Waikiki Rotary Club!
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Keiki Vision- Kuhio Elementary Literacy Fair

November 7, 2015

KV Kuhio ES Nov 7 15 011If you can't see you can't learn. Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Waikiki Vision screened kids from ages 3-16 on Saturday at the Kuhio Elementary School Literacy Fair. After the screening, kids were able to select a book of their choice and was also given a pair of sunglasses from Kathy Higa and the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist. These tests are only a small part of a comprehensive eye examination. Other conditions may exist which can be detected by a comprehensive exam. A yearly comprehensive examination is recommended to ensure that your child can visually perform to their potential.

Screened items were as follows:

  1. Distance vision (for seeing the chalkboard)
  2. Near vision (for reading and writing)
  3. Far-sighted screening (to test for far-sightedness, which can effect reading)
  4. Binocular Vision (to make sure both eyes are working together)
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Painting Project @ First Step Homeless Shelter-Kakaako

October 10, 2015

The Rotary Club of Waikiki finished phase 2 of 3 of the painting to upgrade the Next Step Homeless Shelter. Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Waikiki, Windward and Honolulu, alongside volunteers from Hawaii State Federal Credit Union joined the fun of cleaning and painting cubicles. Exhausting work but it was well worth the time, sweat and tears. Thank you to our Community Service Director Stephen Morgan and his great group of volunteers!


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Dictionaries-Kalihi Kai Elementary 3rd grade

September 29, 2015


Dictionaries to Kuhio Elementary 3rd grade

September 23, 2015

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Dictionaries to Kapalama Elementary 3rd graders

September 17, 2015

What a great day to share dictionaries to third grade students at Kapalama Elementary School. Happy Happy Happy! Than you to our Volunteers!

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Dictionaries to 3rd grade students @ Waikiki Elementary School

September 16, 2015

Rotarians Ron, Stephen, Patti and Nora presented dictionaries to the 3rd grade students today at Waikiki Elementary School. In force over 100 students met in the cafeteria and learned how to use a dictionary and where to find the most interesting facts about the world we live in. Great JOB!




Dictionaries to Lanakila Elementary 3rd grade

September 14, 2015

The dynamic duo of Dictionary Project Chair Ron Sauder and Community Service Director Stephen Morgan delivered and presented dictionaries to the third graders at Lanakila Elementary school today. It was a Blast and the kids really loved receiving their very own dictionary from the Rotary Club of Waikiki, said Chair Ron Sauder. Both Stephen and Ron reviewed the importance of using a dictionary and a short lesson was given on finding words, learning definitions etc. This dictionary is not just a dictionary, it has so much information, the US constitution, the declaration of Independence, facts about all US presidents, maps of states and countries, multiplication tables, info on the solar system and so much more. Do you know what the name of the largest number is? Look it up in the dictionary! It was a fun day and it ended with all the students reading Rotary's Four Way Test!

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Dictionaries to Kalihi Waena 3rd Graders

September 9, 2015

Rotarians Ron Sauder and Stephen Morgan visited over 95 third grade students today to give them all their very own dictionary at Kalihi Waena Elementary School. A short lesson on how to use the dictionary was given. The Rotary Club of Waikiki have been giving dictionaries to third grade students for the last 10 years.

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Why? “A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool that a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists; it is a companion for solving the problems that arise as a child develops his/her reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities. Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim ``look it up.'' Teachers benefit by knowing that their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations”. The Dictionary Project

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Rotary Reads to Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary and Books for Kids Giveaway

September 2, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians read wonderful stories to all kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary today and later each "K" student selected a new hard-covered book to take home as a gift from Rotary Club of Waikiki.

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Kindergartners can understand more than just the plot of a story. They are able to extend their thinking and discuss why events happened and why characters acted as they did. They can also make reasonable predictions about what will happen next and relate the story events to events in their own lives. Being able to discuss stories they listen to now will help children make meaning later on when they are able to read independently.

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August 18, 2015

Rotary Club of Waikiki donated Baby Books to Newborns at Tripler Hospital. Rotarian Patti and her grandchildren Audrey and Charlie to help deliver the great book packets for Newborn babies at Tripler Hospital. What a great day it is when we can share with our grandchildren the good work that Rotary does in our community.

Books for Newborns, encourages parents to read aloud to their babies to promote the importance of reading and increase the awareness of children’s literacy issues. Studies have shown that a baby who is read to has a head start in life, with an earlier understanding of language and sounds.

Rotary Club of Waikiki feels very strongly about promoting the importance of reading and the value of books at home. Parents have the means and opportunity to instill these values in their children. When pre-literate youngsters see their parents reading, it helps to develop a healthy curiosity in their fertile young minds, and when parents read aloud to their children it has a far greater impact. Studies have shown that pre-school children, whose parents or caregivers read to them, perform significantly better than those youngsters who have not been exposed to reading.

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Family Literacy is not only being able to read. It emphasizes the bond between parent and child. Reading strengthens vocabulary, increases imagination and builds a greater love for reading. --- Barbara Bush

Book Labeling Party

August 15, 2015

Volunteers arrived early to label over a thousand books and dictionaries. Each book was labeled with Rotary's 4 way test and donated by The Rotary Club of Waikiki. Books will be delivered to children at Public schools, Tripler Hospital and Fisher House. A great day of work and fellowship.

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Over 100 Backpacks delivered to Homeless Shelter, Youth Outreach and schools

August 10, 2015

Service Director Stephen Morgan packed over 100 backpacks and distributed them full of school supplies to Homeless shelters and Youth Outreach. Thank you!

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Patti Mitchell and her Grand Children, Audrey (7) and Charley (5) delivered books to an 18 month baby and his Sister who is being treated at Tripler Army Hospital. The joy in the baby's smile says it all!! My Grand Children are so excited and are really looking at how they can participate!!

August 4, 2015

More books delivered to the children at Tripler Fisher House Hawaii. This is a photo of an 8 month old little boy receiving a CD with a toy lamb. Pure Joy!! This is the 20th since we started in July. Thank you Rotary!

Backpacks delivered to Homeless Shelter

School Supplies Next StepJuly 30, 2015

Community Service Chair Stephen Morgan delivered Backpacks to the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako. The shelter was so pleased to have received these back to school backpacks filled with all the school supplies the kids need to go back to school. These donations will make a tremendous impact to the students and families in the Next Step Homeless Shelter, Thank you Rotary!

School Supply Drive at Wal-Mart Keeaumoku

July 19, 2015

IMG_1536Thank you to our dedicated team of Rotary volunteers and to our FEMA (Americorps) volunteers that came out to help with this wonderful service project to provide school supplies to kids that are in need. Do you know some kids are so embarrassed to not have school supplies that they decide not to attend school? The Rotary Club of Waikiki can fill that need by donating school supplies to these kids via schools and homeless shelters.

Chair Stephen Morgan said “There are so many families that are financially strapped to purchase school supplies for their kids. Some of these families have multiple children and they just can’t afford school supplies. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is very happy to support this worthwhile project for our Keiki in Hawaii.”

IMG_1529Our team of volunteers collected thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies. Items collected were new composition books, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue bottles and sticks, facial tissue and paper towels, clip boards, scissors, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, pencil crayons, pencil cases, erasers, rulers, folder and copy paper, manila folders, backpacks and raised over $1,200.00 in cash. Waikiki Rotary will purchase backpacks and additional school supplies for children in need.

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School supplies will be donated to various island schools and homeless shelters on Oahu.

Books to Tripler Fisher House

July 22, 2015

More books delivered to the children at Tripler Fisher House. Thank you Rotarian Patti for delivering, presenting and spending time to read the books to the wonderful children.

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July 16, 2015

The Rotary Club of Waikiki announced a new partnership with The Tripler Fisher House, in support of our military families. The Rotary Club of Waikiki will provide quality hard-covered books to children and young adults staying at Tripler Fisher House. On July 16, new member Patricia Mitchell delivered and presented books to 15 children ages 6 days to 16 years old staying at Fisher House on the U.S. Army Medical Hospital - The children and staff were so surprised and delighted to receive their gifts from Rotary. We look forward in supporting our military families in their time of need.

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The Tripler Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. Families served are from the Pacific area, mainly Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam. Active duty and retired persons from all services are helped in their time of need. The Fisher House is nestled on a hillside north of the hospital half a mile. The Fisher House hosts up to 15 military families ( at no charge) throughout the duration of medical care at Tripler Hospital for themselves or a family member. Length of stay is for as long as they are under medical care. A few weeks to a year or longer.

Next Step Homeless Shelter Painting Project

June 27, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians, Family, Friends and FEMA (Americorps) volunteers came out to paint the living quarters of 40 Family cubicles at the Next Step Homeless Shelter in Kakaako. It was Hot and Exhausting work but it was all worth it when we saw the Happy Families appreciation. Waikiki Rotary ROCKS!

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