Upcoming projects 2018-2019

  • July 28, 2018: School Supply Drive
    Walmart Keeaumoku 9.00 AM - 3.00 PM

Completed projects 2018-2019

July 2018

Details coming soon ...

Completed projects 2017-2018

Garage sale proceeds to Waikiki Elementary School

May 30, 2018

Kathryn Henski our Community Service Chair presented Ryan Kusuda, Vice Principal of the Waikiki Elementary School with our check of $2,500 for the successful garage sale held at their school.

A Thank you Letter from Waikiki Elementary School: Waikiki Elem thank you letter06272018

Global Grant GG 1861825 — Thai hemodialysis machine/medical equipment global grant


The multinational global grant worth almost a quarter million US has just received approval from TRF to finalize the application, and are in the process of authorizing the required legal agreements. This grant provides life saving medical equipment to be installed in Thailand. This grant application will service rural hospitals that requested more diverse critical care devices to become full-service treatment facilities which can help patients closer to where they live.

With sincere gratitude from patients and their families, from medical staff, to our dedicated Thai and Japanese Rotary partners and the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Our continued work to improve medical access and care in rural cities and provinces.

Global Grant-Lebanese school for the deaf and blind

June 13, 2018

In a Global Grant partnership with Beirut Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated $1,000 through Grant number GG 1643078 in favor of the Lebanese school for the Deaf and Blind. POC: Tony Gedeon, Joseph Gedeon, Adrienne King.

Scholarships to high school students

May 23, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki presented scholarships to three high school students. PP Sally Blanchard HRYF chair introduced the student winners at our Rotary meeting on May 23, 2018.

Pakalana Kim winning $5,000, majoring in Psychology, Joseph Lyons $1000, majoring in Engineering and Jade Spallina, $1000 majoring in Political Science.

Thank you to PP Sally Blanchard and to all of our Rotarians who assisted in the interviews.

Books to Taiwan

May 15,2018

Three Waikiki Rotarians, President Steve Koyama, Taiwan Sister Club liaison Nora Chen and PP Laura Haas will take and deliver 50 children's books to the Wutan Elementary School library in Taiwan. The Metropolitan Rotary of Rotary  District 5000 was the international service partner in this Project, to renew the library.

Family Literacy Night-Waikiki Community Center

May 12, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians donated over 100 hard covered books to the preschool children at the Waikiki Community center at our annual Family Literacy Night on May 12. Rotarians provided snacks and stories to the children and their families. A great fun night for all.

Rotary Reads-Waikiki Elementary to Kindergarten

May 2, 2018

Rotarians from RC of Waikiki read to the Kindergarten classes today at Waikiki Elementary School. Thank you to our volunteers!

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. Reading aloud helps students learn how to use language to make sense of the world; it improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. Reading aloud targets the skills of audio learners. Research has shown that teachers who read aloud motivate students to read.

Rotarians at Work-Tree Planting and Painting @ Waikiki Elementary School

April 28, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians planted 74 (one for each club member) trees and shrubs at Waikiki Elementary School and painted railings and vertical posts for our annual Rotarians at work day. Waikiki Rotary you're AWESOME!

March for Babies-Water Station

April 21, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Because when a society supports every family, we all win. When we come together, even the toughest problems can be solved. March for Babies draws thousands of people across the islands who come together to support the March of Dimes goal which is, simply put: A fighting chance for every baby. Each year, 1 in 10 babies is born premature in Hawaii. Did you know that premature birth is the #1 killer of babies? That’s why, for 80 years, the March of Dimes has fought for little ones who can’t fight for themselves. With your support, we can find the causes of prematurity and birth defects together through research, education, treatments and more. The walk started and ended at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand on the Kalakaua Avenue side of the bandstand. It goes up Monsarrat Avenue to Paki Avenue and then up to the first look out on Diamond Head Road, just after the light house where the turn around and at The Rotary Club of Waikiki’s water station. Walkers then return back to Kapiolani Park walking along Kalakaua Avenue to the finish line.

Books 4 Kids-Kapalama Elementary School

April 19, 2018

Over 600 books were given to students at Kapalama Elementary School. Always a great day when we can share the Gift of Reading to kids who may not have book at home. The Rotary Club of Waikiki's wonderful volunteers helped with this distribution by setting up over a thousand books into age groups, students than selected a book of their very own to read and to keep as a gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Thank you Rotary Club of Waikiki!!!!

Rotary Reads to Kindergarteners at Waikiki Elementary School

April 4, 2018

Always a great day when we can share the gift of reading and Reading to Keiki is very important. Rotarians read to 100 students at Waikiki Elementary "K" class today. Thank you to our many volunteers. POC: Sylvia Makk

Building awareness at the St. Patrick's Day parade

March 17, 2018

Eight Rotarians and mascot Pino Morgan from the RC of Waikiki participated in the St, Patrick's day parade to share the good work of Rotary. As they walk down Kalakaua avenue they passed the message of Rotary & support to our community.

Answering the call to "What is Rotary"? An international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide, and 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians.

International Literacy Project

March 6, 2018

Internationally we donated 100 books to a school in India in part of a Polio National Immunization Day (NID). Books were delivered to India by PDG Ron and Sylvia Young in conjunction with NID. Thank you Waikiki Rotary! PDG Ron and Sylvia Young just returned from the Rotary NID India Polio Eradication trip.It took some 30 hours traveling between Delhi and Honolulu. Although the trip was exhausting it was well worth the experience. They were moved to see the village people bring their children to receive the polio vaccine.olio is a terrible scourge that leaves a person crippled physically and emotionally for life.There were 7 cases of polio reported so far this year (when there use to be 100,000's).  We are "this close" to eradicating polio from the world. Sylvia and Ron are glad to be part of the effort.  Administering the vaccine to the children will be a memorable experience they will not forget. They donated the Books that the Rotary Club of Waikiki to students and to their school library and also visited wonderful projects sponsored by the India Rotarians. Thank you Waikiki Rotary!

Hawaii Tohoku Rainbow-Garage sale to support Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami

March 3, 2018


Rotarians at work with big smiles at a special garage sale to raise money for children affected by the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami. Funds go to Hawaii Tohoku Rainbow. Over $1,000.00 was donated towards this special garage sale. Thank you to the many volunteers who assisted on this project. Thank you for your generous supports for us. We always keep thinking that "Love = Action", and we really think that it was "Love = Action" by these Rotarians:  Mr. Roy King, Mrs. Gloria King, Mr. Joe Gedeon, Ms. Kathy Higa, Mr. Steven Morgan, Ms. Nora Chen, Ms. Sylvia Makk and Ms. Ikko Tomita. They allowed us to donate $1,000 to 'Rainbow for Japan Kids'. We would like to express sincere appreciation to them.  We would like to inform you that the donation check has been given from us to the chair of Rainbow for Japan Kids, Mr. Ryoichi Okubo (HISLEA).

Thank you very much!
James Matsumoto & Chako Setoyama

Annual Garage Sale-Proceeds to Waikiki Elementary School

February 24, 2018

Our annual garage sale held on February 24th, 2018 at the Waikiki Elementary School. was a HUGE success raising over $2,200.00 in cash and the items left was donated to the Cystic Fibrosis.
The money allows kids to participate in field trips and buys items for the school. This is a really big deal to the school and they are always very grateful for the Waikiki Rotary's help.

Waikiki Reads to Waikiki Elementary Kindergarten students

February 7, 2018

Dictionary Project- Kalihi Kai

February 7, 2018

Books 4 Kids-Puuhale Elementary School

January 29, 2018


It's always a great day when we can give books to students and inspire the love of reading! RC of Waikiki delivered over 300 books to the students at Puuhale Elementary School. Thank you to our volunteers!

Student Exchange-Japan

January 24, 2018

Dictionary Project-Kalihi Waena

January 11, 2018

Do you remember the first book you loved as a child? It probably wasn't the dictionary. But these dictionaries are different -- they have photos and graphs, and are more like an encyclopedia. President Steve and Chair Ron with the Rotary Club of Waikiki gave a dictionary to all third graders at Kalihi Waena Elementary School today.

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 problems that arise as a child develops his or 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. We emphasize the importance of using a dictionary to make sure that all words are spelled correctly.

The program is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. A strong vocabulary is an essential tool for gaining knowledge. The limits of an individual's language are the limits of his world. A large vocabulary does not guarantee success but a small vocabulary limits the use that a person can make of his or her natural abilities. Low vocabulary decreases the effectiveness of inborn gifts in any civilization.

Toys and Books 4 Tots

December 23, 2017

Thank you Waikiki Rotarians and friends for your generosity this Christmas by providing hundreds of toys which was given to different agencies for children in need this holiday season.

Books were also delivered to Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP).

Kahauiki Transitional Housing

December 23, 2017

Dear Oahu Rotarians,

DG Nalani would like to send a "Mahalo Plenty" message for the outpouring of generosity to provide household items to the homeless families that are moving in to the permanent homes at Kahauiki Village. With every one of the 26 clubs on Oahu participating in this project, Rotary District 5000 is providing pots, pans, toothbrushes, hairdryers, shower curtains, baby bottles and much more to each family moving in this first phase of the project.

Here is a message from the Village contractor:  "Seen couple moms carrying their babies last Sunday through the site. They’re said they are very excited and couldn’t wait to move in. As they walked in (to a 1 bedroom unit), they were so happy—tears flowed. They kept saying “this is a real house” and "we’re so blessed”. They also asked me to pass this on: THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH----MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
This is what Rotary is about...making a difference in our communities.  Thank you particularly to the following clubs that provided items for more than 1 unit: Honolulu, Mililani, Honolulu Sunset, Waianae Coast, Pearl Harbor, Ala Moana, Kapolei, Honolulu Sunrise and Metro. Also to the Waikiki club for the wrapped gifts for each unit and even DG Nalani's family wanted to participate by collecting items for a unit, in lieu of giving Christmas gifts to each other.

This amazing project is being put together by many, many volunteers from organizations, the military, construction workers, caring individuals, but Rotary D5000 and friends have been credited for really stepping up with manpower to paint, clean and provide a lot of the household items. Kudos to Kirk Hovious (Honolulu Club) for tirelessly coordinating the volunteer efforts to get the units ready.

BUT, there is more to be done.  If you, your friends, your co-workers are able to help, there is a need for about 50 volunteers each on Saturday, Dec 30 and Jan 6, from 9am to noon, to help move things into the units and maybe to install carpet tiles. The first group of families, selected by IHS, is scheduled to move in on January 12th.

To sign up to help, click here --->  VOLUNTEER registration. If you were planning to help on Wednesday to sort linen at 1pm, call Naomi at 492-0126 because someone donated boxes of sheets and the Wed delivery may not be needed. We won't know until Tuesday. Information about the project can be found at their website: If you want information about volunteering, call Kirk at 330-1339.

On behalf of DG Nalani and the District Homelessness Task Force, THANK YOU to all of the Oahu Clubs and volunteers! Merry Christmas!

December 13, 2017

In support to the Homelessness Project at Kahauiki Village Transitional Housing on Oahu, where fellow Rotarians in collaboration with other organizations are donating their time, talent and resources by painting and cleaning these housing units. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is actively painting the units with the help of President Steve Koyama and PE Stephen Morgan. RC of Waikiki also wrapped and filled 30 "Welcome Home" shoe boxes filled with some essential items for the homeless tenants.

We are also working on supplying a unit with needed household products and supplies.  A Random Act Aloha that will make such a big difference for many families this holiday season. For more information:

Shoe Boxes 4 Seniors and Homeless

December 12, 2017

Over 130 Shoe boxes were Christmas wrapped and stuffed today at the Waikiki Community Center. Thank you to all the many volunteers from the Rotary Club of Waikiki, Waikiki Community Center and the Aston Waikiki Hotel.

Thank you to all the generous donations of items to fill the boxes. Boxes were delivered to Seniors and Homeless Seniors for a better Christmas. Did you know sometimes Seniors are forgotten during the holidays and this is a special gift to say we're thinking of you and we hope you have a Merry Christmas. Chair: Kathryn Henski.

Books 4 Tripler Fisher House

December 11, 2017

Patti Mitchell wrapped and delivered books for the kids at Tripler Fisher House. Throughout the years books are donated to the children staying at Fisher House.

Books 4 Kids-Navy Hale Keiki School

December 7, 2017

Over 200 new hard-covered books were given to all students at Navy Hale Keiki in support of our military families. Always a great day when we can share the gift of books and reading. Thank you RC of Waikiki!

Dictionaries to Navy Hale Keiki School

December 6, 2017

Rotarian Patti Mitchell presented all 3rd graders a new dictionary for them to take home and use forever. Thank you Rotary Club of Waikiki for a great alearning tool!

Books 4 Kids-Kuhio Elementary School

December 4, 2017

Great day when we can share the gifts of Books! Over 300 books given to all students at Kuhio ES. As an added Bonus Wally Amos read to the kindergarten students...YAY! Thank you to our volunteers!

Books 4 Kids and Reading at Waikiki Elementary School — Over 600 Books!

November 28, 2017

The Rotary Club of Waikiki distributed over 600 books to the students at Waikiki Elementary School today. Our volunteers unpacked and sorted out over 1000 books for the students to select the perfect book that they wanted to keep and take home with them to read in their leisure. The Rotary Club of Waikiki believes very strongly that literacy and reading is one of the most important elements in a child's growth and instilling the love of reading at a young age will make more kids better readers and increase test scores and their outlook will be more successful. We also had as an extra added BONUS today with Wally Amos aka Famous Amos or Doctor Cookie reading to the second graders....Oh what a Fantabulous Day for all.


Our Awesome volunteers were: Lisa Ahmed, Ikko Tomita, Patti Mitchell, Patti Look, Kathryn Henski, Jacob Henski, Robin Henski, Nora Chen, Kyle Detke, Phil Sammer, Steve Koyama, Charod Dodd, Clyde Min, Wally Amos, Bob Tellender and Gloria King

Thanksgiving Lunch-Salvation Army

November 23, 2017

Very humbling to serve the needy a well deserved Thanksgiving lunch organized by the Salvation Army today. Nine members of Waikiki Rotary volunteered with hundreds of other volunteers from different organizations. It truly was a joy to watch the guests smile from ear to ear as you placed the tray of food in front of them. Happy Thanksgiving.

Annual Thanksgiving lunch with Seniors

November 22, 2017

In support of our Kapuna, the RC of Waikiki invited Seniors from the Waikiki Community Center to enjoy Thanksgiving lunch with our Rotarians. Lunch was great! Thank you to our Director/Chair Kathryn Henski for setting this up for our seniors.

Dictionary Project-Waikiki Elementary School

November 22, 2017

Holiday Homelessness Project-D5000 Project

November 18-December 31, 2017

We have Rotarians at work on real solutions to our state’s huge challenge with homelessness.  Kahauiki Village is an inspiring new community that D5000 is helping with and we will be getting families off the streets by the end of the year.

 Stephen Morgan spray painting units

D5000 Ride so they can Walk-Bike Ride

November 11 – 18, 2017

Help Rotary - End Polio Now During the week of November 11 – 18, 2017 there will be Rotarians, individual community members, biking groups and clubs riding bikes, and those on stationary bikes in health clubs and gyms all riding in the support of eradicating polio. This ride is different in that no roads need be closed as everyone will ride on their own schedule and desired distance. Each rider will pay a $20.00 registration fee and will also have friends and family sponsor their ride with all those donations going to Rotary’s Polio Plus program. When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in the world. As of the date of this writing there are 10 cases worldwide – 6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan. This isn’t good enough - Zero is the magic number.   Each rider will receive a commemorative towel with the specially designed logo once they complete their ride and bring in a minimum of $100.00 in sponsor donations. Do even more by challenging another rider to see how many sponsor dollars you can bring in….   Join in the fun by becoming a rider and/or sponsoring a rider to help Rotary End Polio Now.

Waikiki Rotary reads to "K" students at Waikiki Elementary

November 1, 2017

Monthly reading to Waikiki Elementary School "K" classrooms.

Thank you to our volunteers A-1 Bob Tellander, A-2 Carol Riley, A-3 Gale Warshawsky, A-4 Patti Mitchell

POC: Sylvia Makk | email:

International Global Grants


The Rotary Club of Waikiki is contributing to two Global Grants for year 2017-18.

  1. Global Grant GG1743935:  Teacher Training Yangon, Myanmar
    Lead club: Rotary Clubs of Metropolitan Honolulu and Yangon
    Area of Focus: Basic Education and Literacy
    This project was initiated in 2016-17 as District Governor, Clint Schroeder's Centennial Project. Waikiki Club members Steve Morgan PE and Adrienne King, with 32 other Hawai'i Rotarians, traveled to Myanmar in February, 2017. They met with head monks at 3 schools in Yangon area, and spent time with teachers and excited students getting to know their needs and capabilities. This was the first time Waikiki Rotarians traveled overseas to investigate and support a Global Grant Project.  As a result of the trip, and Steve Morgan's excellent slideshow report of the experience to the Club, Waikiki Rotary is enthusiastic about this grant and hopes to continue support for educational initiatives in Myanmar.
    The Budget is $35,000. Waikiki Rotary contributed $ 1,726.42.
  2. Global Grant GG1861825:  Awareness, Prevention and Treatment of Disease, Thailand
    Lead club: Rotary Clubs of Honolulu Sunrise and Silom
    Area of Focus: Disease Prevention and Treatment
    Waikiki continues its support of previous successful GGs with RC Honolulu Sunrise and allied clubs in Hawaii and Japan (Niigata prefecture) to enhance rural communities’ health infrastructure by bringing more life-saving medical equipment to rural Thai public hospitals. The emphasis is on hemodialysis machines which extend lives of patients in kidney failure.
    Budget is $135,000. Waikiki Rotary contributed $,1000.

Waikiki Community Center’s Annual Wellness Fair

October 7, 2017

Aloha Steve, When I look at the after Faire review, I sit in great appreciation for the Rotarians and Justin’s friends who gave us so much support. It was such a great contribution to our event.  I received so many comments about how everything was so well organized and displayed and how much attendees appreciated having the time to visit all the exhibitors tables without feeling overwhelmed. Your contributions were without a doubt significant. With appreciation, Merle and directors of programs, Waikiki Community Center.

Waikiki Reads at Waikiki Elementary School

October 4, 2017

Stories have the power to give children “windows and mirrors” -- the ability to see themselves reflected in what they read and read aloud. Children are like sponges and appreciate the diversity around them.  Waikiki Reads is a monthly reading program to Waikiki Elementary School "K" classrooms. Thank you to our volunteers for their dedication and amazing storytelling: A-1 Bob Tellander, A-2 Carol Riley, A-3 Lisa Ahmed, A-4 Cindy Lewellen Tagavilla POC: Sylvia Makk

Youth Day at the State Capitol

October 1, 2017

This is an opportunity for many of Hawaii's organizations focusing on youth to showcase their services. From Pre-Natal to Teens, Children and Youth Day event has Zones targeted for each age bracket to help the 40,000+ attendees learn about educational and family oriented programs available to them. Kama‘aina Kids is proud to be a part of this extraordinary event and look forward to serving the keiki, families and communities we live in.
Ray Sanborn, Event Administrator, Children & Youth Day

Reading to students @ Kapalama Elementary School

September 29, 2017

Make friends with a Book. Read Aloud 2017 at Kapalama Elementary School. Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Waikiki was on hand to read to the students. 

Waikiki Rotary donated $2,000 to Waikiki Elementary School

September 27, 2017

President Elect Stephen Morgan and Community Service Chair Kathryn Henski presented a check of $2,000 to Principal Bonnie Tabor and Dotty of Waikiki Elementary School. Proceeds from our Annual Garage Sale.

Fisher House 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll 2017

September 9, 2017

Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island.  This event was created to raise awareness about the mission of the Fisher House here in Hawaii. We are here to provide comfort homes to our Service Members and their Families during a medical crisis. This is our 6th year honoring our Fallen Service Members by creating an event that would bring back the names and faces of all Service Members who lost their lives in combat since 9/11.
POC: Patti Mitchell

Waikiki Readers - Waikiki Elementary School

September 6, 2017

Thank you to our Rotary Club volunteers A-1 Bob Tellander, A-2 Carol Riley, A-3 Clyde Min, A-4 Cindy Lewellen Tagavilla. Your enthusiasm in reading to keiki in kindergarten took flight to new heights and adventures. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.

Service to the Marco Polo residents

August 12, 2017

Rotarians from the RC of Waikiki along with other Rotarians from D5000 provided a fun day of food, games and fellowship with the Marco Polo residents after their devastating fire on July 14, 2017.

School supplies delivered!

August 3, 2017

Get Set, Get Ready, it's time for School and School Supplies!!! The Rotary Club of Waikiki with the generous support and donations from Wal-Mart Shoppers and Special Angels we were able to deliver Backpacks and assorted School Supplies to (8) Various Schools on Oahu: Waikiki, Kuhio, Kapalama, Likelike, Lanakila, Kalihi Kai, Kalihi Waena, Puuhale and to the Surfrider Spirits Foundation for their spirit sessions. Thank you all for your help and special Mahalo to our Chair Kathryn Henski.

School Supply Drive @ Wal-Mart

July 22, 2017

SUCCESS! What a GREAT day to have a School Supply Drive to help Children in Need for a better Education. The Rotary Club of Waikiki was in full force at Wal-Mart Keeaumoku to help collect school supplies for children in need. We want to sincerely thank the Amazing GENEROUS Wal-Mart Shoppers who made this project a HUGE success. We have never seen so many contribute from their hearts to give to this wonderful project. We also have to Thank our WONDERFUL Volunteers, without our volunteers and our Energetic project chair Kathryn Henski we could not have accomplished this extraordinary task. We collected 3 SUV full of supplies and over $1300.00 in cash. School Supplies will be given to Homeless Shelters, YO House and Title 1 School on Oahu.