Upcoming projects 2019 - 2020

  • July 27 — School supply drive: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM @ Walmart Keeaumoku
    POC:  Stephen Morgan
Why do kids need books?
  • Books create warm emotional bonds between adults and kids when they read books together.
  • Books help kids develop basic language skills and profoundly expand their vocabularies — much more than any other media.
  • Books are interactive; they demand that kids think. Fiction and nonfiction books widen our consciousness. They give us new ways to think and new ideas. They expand our universe beyond time and place and inspire our own original thoughts.
  • Books develop critical thinking skills. A book is read by an individual. It has no laugh track or musical score that emotionally primes a reader’s reaction. You alone decide what you think about a book and its contents with no one leaning over your shoulder telling you how to think.
  • Books develop and nourish kids’ imaginations, expanding their worlds. Picture books introduce young children to the world of art and literature. Novels and nonfiction books stimulate kids’ sensory awareness, helping kids to see, hear, taste, feel, and smell on an imagined level. Books inform our imaginations, inspiring creativity.
  • Books let kids try on the world before they have to go out into it. Books give kids an opportunity to experience something in their imaginations before it happens to them in real life. Books help prepare kids for their next stage of maturity, vicariously preparing for the “grown-up” world.
  • Books help us to understand ourselves, to find out who we are. Books strengthen our self-confidence and help us to understand why we are who we are. They help us discover where we come from and help us figure out where we want to go.
    Books help children and adults to open up, to move beyond self-absorption and connect to other people. Books show us the inner workings of multiple perspectives and let us know there is more than one way to view the world. Books build connections and broaden our capacity to empathize; they help us to understand others. Books help us to become more compassionate.
  • Books help kids to chart their own moral and ethical course. Books help us to reflect on right and wrong, good and evil. Books can offer guidance and help us to determine our life priorities, our own set of values.
  • Books answer questions.
  • Books create questions.
  • Books provide the opportunity to share cultural experiences. When kids read the same book, enjoying a common reading experience, peer bonds are built within a generation. When children, parents, and grandparents share classic books, extended familial and community bonds are formed creating a shared frame of reference.
  • Books offer a wide breadth of information, experience, and knowledge. But unlike many electronic mediums, books also offer a great depth of information, experience, and knowledge. Books inform us about other people, other countries, other customs and cultures. Books help us to teach ourselves about history, the arts, science, religion, nature, mathematics, and technology –– anything and everything in our universe and beyond. Books also help us to understand the effect that all those things have on us and our world.
  • Books entertain and offer a great escape. They make us laugh and giggle. They make us cry.
  • Books — unlike many other entertainments –– are free for everyone. You can find the book you need, for free, at your neighborhood public library.
  • Books are great companions. You are never lonely when you have a book to read.
  • Books comfort us. Books help us understand that no matter who we are, or what our experiences may be, we are not alone in the world.


Excerpt from the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

Completed projects 2018-2019

Scholarships-Waikiki Rotary

June 12, 2019

PP Sally Blanchard introduced the winner of the the Hawaii Rotary Youth Scholarships and two winners of the Rotary Club of Waikiki scholarship awardees.

They are Taylor from Kalani High School, Nicole from Mid Pacific High School and Allan from Roosevelt High School. All are going on to Colleges on the Mainland.

HRYF, founded by PDG Sulli Sullivan, has generously funded scholarships for deserving students since 1976.  This year The Rotary Club of Waikiki Committee selected Taylor Kang as the recipient of the $5000 scholarship.  A graduate of Kalani High School,  Taylor is a goal oriented, dedicated young woman who aspires to be a Pediatric  Dentist and will be attending Pacific Union College in California.

Allan Chan,  an outstanding student and graduate of Roosevelt High School, came in second.  Our Board of  Directors voted to give Allan $1000 award funded by The Rotary Foundation.  Allan's dedication and tenacity makes him stand out in a crowd.  His goal is to attend medical school with cardiology as his main focus.  He will attend the University of  Hawaii in the fall.

Nicole Poentis, a graduate of Mid-Pacific High School was also selected to receive an award from our Board of Directors. Funded by the Rotary Foundation, Nicole has received $1000.  Nicole is a high-energy young woman who will use her talents to study Data Analytics and Statistics at Chapman University in the fall.

On behave of our selection committee, PDG Phil Sammer, PDG Dave Benson, Patti Michell and myself, PP Sally Blanchard,  we thank Stephen Morgan, our President 2018-1019 for giving us this opportunity to serve.  

International Celebration — Rotary Club of Kaohsiung Central-Taiwan

May 14, 2019

Waikiki Rotarian Flora Lu representing the Rotary Club of Waikiki at the Rotary Club of Kaohsiung Central’s 36th Anniversary Celebration.

Books 4 Kids — Lanakila Elementary School

May 13, 2019

Always a great day when we can share the love of reading and a gift of a book to a student to take home, share and enjoy!!!

Over 400 happy, enthusiastic and energetic students received a book from the Rotary Club of Waikiki today. It was such a joy to see all those happy faces and what fun to share in the delight of giving a book to a student to take home and enjoy and share with their parents and siblings. It's just simply wonderful when the kids come up to you with a hug or handshake to say "thank you for the new book". I'm so thankful for the Rotary Club of Waikiki's mission to provide new books to kids in various schools across Oahu.

The Rotary Club of Waikiki has provided nearly 5,000 Books to 7 public schools (Waikiki, Kapalama, Kuhio, Likelike, Lanakila, Puuhale, Navy Hale Keiki) and to Tripler Fisher House, Angel Tree, Toys 4 Tots and other agencies this Rotary year alone and continue to make this a signature project for the Rotary Club of Waikiki 2018-19.

Our sincerest Mahalo nui loa to the Rotary Club of Waikiki for all that you do for our Keiki and our community.

Books 4 Kids — Kapalama Elementary School

April 6, 2019

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Waikiki and the many Rotarians who came out to help with the Books 4 Kids project at Kapalama Elementary School.

A lot of happy faces at Kapalama Elementary this morning! Over 600 students had a choice to choose from over 1,000 different books of various titles to keep, take home and read! All the students were so happy which made us all happy too! We have provided books to all the students at Kapalama for the past 6 years.

Thank you Rotary!!!

Serenity Gardens-Rotarians at Work Day

April 27, 2019

Rotarians from 5 Rotary clubs gathered on the North Shore of Oahu at the abandoned Crawford’s Convalescent Home to work on a project for Ho ‘ola Na Pua a local non-profit.  Ho ‘ola Na Pua is renovating the abandoned home to provide a shelter for women who have escaped from sex trafficking.  The Rotarians are working on a D5000 project to build a Serenity Gardens where the women might meditate, relax and recover.   The Serenity Gardens project has been underway for several months and will be completed in May of this year.  Thank you to Rotary Club of Waikiki volunteers: Stephen Morgan, Kathy Higa, Paul McGillicuddy, Rhodora Pagay and Steve Koyama.

March for Babies - Water Station

April 20, 2019

WALK TO HELP MORE BABIES BE BORN HEALTHY! Waikiki Rotarians, family and friends provided water to thousands of walkers as they participated in the March for Babies event on Saturday, April 20.  The walk started and ended at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand on the Kalakaua Avenue side of the bandstand.  They marched up Monsarrat Avenue to Paki Avenue and then up to the first look out on Diamond Head Road, just after the lighthouse where the turn around and water station was located. Walkers then returned back to Kapiolani Park walking along Kalakaua Avenue to the finish line.

By raising funds for March for Babies, you’re building a brighter future for moms and babies everywhere. You’re helping March of Dimes advocate for policies to protect them, support radical improvements to the health care they receive and empower families with programs, knowledge and tools. Every dollar you give today makes a real difference in your community and across the country. When a society supports every family, we all win. When we come together, even the toughest problems can be solved.

If you would like to donate contact David Livingston at

Rotary Readers-Waikiki Elementary School

April 3, 2019

A great day to hear wonderful stories from the volunteers from the Rotary Club of Waikiki as they shared a new adventure with the wonderful kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School. 

Master Chef cooking class and cultural dinner

March 30, 2017

What a fun evening with my Waikiki Rotary Club! Member Alida Jurconi whipped up a Transylvanian (Hungarian), Romanian and Austrian menu. A team of us helped her in the kitchen and picked up a few cooking pointers. The food was delicious and plentiful! We ate so much, that we all rolled home. 😎 Thank you Alida for all the delicious food. Glory King, mahalo for opening your home to this wonderful evening. Alida’s menu included cabbage rolls, chicken schnitzel, potatoes with sautéed onions, a vegetable mayo salad, deviled eggs, apple strudel, palacsinta (crepes) two ways. Gloria made homemade bread and buns, butter tarts and the Romanian Mici. The evening was topped off with President Steve’s presentation of a Master Chef certificate and apron to Alida! A new Master Chef tradition has been initiated!! Love my Rotary Club!  (submitted by Sylvia Makk)

Friendship Banner Exchange — Rotary District 2740

March 27, 2019

We welcomed DG Kaneharu Fukuda from District 2740 and 5 members from the Rotary Club of Sasebo and 14 students from Japan on a student exchange opportunity with Kapiolani Community College.

Sasebo Rotary Club encourages high school students to study tour in Hawaii, the screening process for application included an essay.  14 good students were selected. The students was lead by Sasebo Rotarians.  Sasebo Rotary Club is RI District 2740.

Serenity Gardens at Pearl Haven Work Day

March 23, 2019

President Stephen volunteered at the Serenity Gardens on Saturday representing Waikiki Rotary along with several other district Rotarians and 20 Army volunteers. Stephen was very busy with using a chainsaw cutting trees, lifting and cleaning. 

Serenity Gardens at Pearl Haven is a District project on the North Shore.

Thank you President Stephen for your dedication!

Pearl Haven is Hawaii’s first long-term licensed residential special treatment campus for underage females rescued from sexual exploitation and is a sanctuary for healing. It is a beacon of hope for children who have been exploited. It will provide a safe and healing location where they can begin to process their complex trauma and receive the wrap around services they need. Every day more and more children are being identified as victims of exploitation and the immediate and urgent need for residential care as a placement option continues to grow. Rehabilitation for this population is essential for the long term health of the child as well as our community. Pearl Haven, with 32 beds, will be a residential rehabilitation campus to help meet a national need for intensive therapeutic aftercare for this vulnerable population of children.

Attention to the specific needs of sex trafficked children is essential. Pearl Haven will be a home that is a balance of safety and comfort.  ~ Mariel Moriwake, Architect and Hawaii’s Project Manager

St Patrick's Day Parade — Waikiki

March 17, 2019

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Waikiki participated at the 52nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2019. The parade featured 800 participants, including marching bands, military groups and colorful (green mostly) floats. Members marched down Kalakaua Avenue from Ft. Derussy to Kapiolani Park. This is the last parade on the planet each year, later we all enjoyed lots of beer, Irish food and live entertainment. It's great to have Rotary represented at this event every year building awareness of the good work we do around the world.

Cultural Day Exchange — Kaviyangan Ballad Troupe from Wutang Elementary and Middle School Taiwan

March 13, 2019

Sixteen students plus four teachers from Taiwan visited Honolulu to participate in the 2019 Honolulu festival. Encouraging people from around the world to listen to the moving ancient folk rumors of Taiwan's Aboriginal people. In addition, it is expected that students will learn about the historical background of Hawaii and discover and understand the culture of different countries in the exchange of interactions.

This has been a dream in the children's heart. Every child screamed loudly when they learned that they could come to Hawaii. Director Tien followed the team to dream, and also to sing the hope of the children at the Honolulu festival. The team practiced day and night to have a dynamic performance to share with people of Hawaii and around the world. is more of a day-to-night practice.

Wutang in Taiwan is a primary school for Aboriginal people. There are currently three school districts, respectively, vo school district, peace school and poor school district. The majority of school students come from economically disadvantaged and kak families.

This group was sponsored by the Taipei International Rotary district 3480, Kaohsiung District Rotary Club for donating 200 million dollars in honor of our Hawaiian Rotary Club friends in district 5000.

We want to thank  Nora Chen, Steve Koyama, Flora Lu from the Rotary Club of Waikiki for assisting the group on many cultural student exchange events with Waikiki Elementary School, the Rotary Club of Waikiki and so many other functions.

It was an absolute treat to have the Kaviyangan Ballad Troupe from Wutang Elementary and Middle School from Taiwan perform dances and songs at our Rotary Club of Waikiki meeting today. They are all from the Paiwan Tribe, living in a village of 1,000. We thoroughly enjoyed their performance of dance and music and see the authentic folk clothing. This has been a very memorable week for the children of Wutang Schools from Taiwan.

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Books 4 Kids — Puuhale Elementary School

March 7, 2019

Over 300 excited and happy students received a book today from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. They were able to choose any book their little hearts desired to keep and enjoy!!! Always a great day when we can share the gift of reading and a new book to add to their home library. So happy to be a part of Rotary Club of Waikiki! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Patti, Sylvia, Eva, Ikko and Gloria...The Super 5!

Rotary Readers — Waikiki Elementary School

March 6, 2019

In celebration of Dr Seuss Day, Rotarians Stephen Morgan, Bob Tellande Save & Exit r and Patti Mitchell read to the Kindergarten classes today with entertaining stories of The Cat in the Hat and many other Dr Seuss favorites! The kids enjoyed their stories. Thank you Waikiki Rotary!

Annual Garage Sale @ Waikiki Elementary School

February 23, 2019

The Rotary Club of Waikiki hit a home run today with more items than ever before. We raised $2,000.00 with all proceeds going to Waikiki Elementary school. Homeless families asked to fill suitcases with anything they would like. Lots of recycled clothes and toys and everyone went home with treasures.  All the Rotarians who attended had a great time.  Thanks for all those who helped to make this a great event!  The real winners – the Boys and Girls Club – we donated everything that was left to them!  I love Rotary! Submitted by PP Dave Livingston

Over a dozen Rotarians came together last weekend to make the annual Waikiki Elementary School Garage Sale a huge success. On Friday we collected what many would say was our largest amount of donations ever as car load after car load pulled up and delivered their items.  We worked from about 4:00 PM to almost 8:00 PM collecting goods and setting up the school's cafeteria for the garage sale.  The following morning we showed up at 6:30 AM and opened the doors to public at 7:00 AM.  The influx of traffic was constant and steady and it wasn't until 1:00 PM that we finished.  At that time we collected the remaining items and turned them over to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  We collected $2,000 and everyone worked incredibly hard but we also had a great time!  Dolly from Waikiki Elementary School was a superstar as were the rest of the Rotarians who pitched in and helped. submitted by Paul McGillicuddy

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Waikiki Rotary Reads — Waikiki Elementary School

February 6, 2018

Rotary Club of Waikiki members read to kindergarten students today at Waikiki Elementary school. The Rotary Club of Waikiki are strong supporters of reading and various literacy projects in our community and Reading Aloud to children is one of our many projects. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Reading aloud to children helps to build motivation, curiosity and memory. Children will develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. It is very important for parents to read aloud with their children.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Waikiki and to our many Rotary volunteers!

Books 4 Kids — Hale Navy Keiki School

January 29, 2019

Always a Special Day to share the JOY of reading and giving books to kids. Today we provided nearly 300 books in support of our military families at Hale Navy Keiki School. The kids were so happy to receive these wonderful books to take home and share with their families and friends. Thank you to Rotary Club of Waikiki and to Patti Mitchell and Gloria King our faithful volunteers.

We just love their school motto...

We are respectful, responsible, ready, and safe. We are also sharing, caring, helpful, and kind.

Each morning these words are spoken in the Navy Hale Keiki School courtyard at our daily flag ceremony. The Navy Hale Keiki motto exemplifies the spirit and magic of our school and that of our students, staff, and 'ohana.

Angel Tree-Family Assessment Center and Family Promise of Hawaii

December 23-24, 2018

Thank you to Waikiki Rotarian Richard Fikani who planned the 2nd Annual Angel Tree Program that was held on December 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Family Assessment Center.  The Angel Tree Program provides the parents and their children with a hot meal (chicken katsu, chop steak, fish, rice, noodles, macaroni salad and a juice drink).  A Christmas Movie is shown to everyone in attendance.  Each child receives a Christmas candy, snacks, a gift and a book from Santa Claus. Twenty-one children received Christmas candy, snacks, a gift and a book.  Ten parents and two staff members were in attendance.

The Family Assessment Center is designed to help connect these families with permanent housing through our housing placement programs and collaboration with other social service providers. The center will temporarily house up to 50 people or approximately 15 families at a time.

The 2nd Annual Angel Tree Program expanded this year.  On December 24, 2018. the 2nd Annual Angel Tree Program also provided a gift and a book to the Family Promise of Hawaii After Care Program. Ten children at the Honolulu and Kailua Shelter Programs received Christmas candy, a gift and a book. Fifteen children at the Diversion Program received Christmas candy, a gift and a book.

Since opening in 2006, Family Promise of Hawaii has assisted hundreds of homeless families with much-needed programs and services that help them transition into affordable housing. We shelter up to 28 people (8 families) each week, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Mahalo Richard and your wonderful family for all that you do for our community.

Toys and Books 4 Tots

December 19, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians donated hundreds of Toys, nearly 200 New Hard covered Books and contributed $200.00 to the Toys for Tots program. Mahalo to the Waikiki Rotary Club once again for your generosity and loving kindness for the wonderful toys for needy children.

Books 4 Kids — Kuhio Elementary School

December 14, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians donated over 250 books to all the students at Kuhio Elementary school and to several preschools in the area.  Thank you to our many volunteers that always go beyond Rotary’s motto “Service above Self”. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is a strong supporter of literacy projects in school and at home. We give books to students so they develop a lifelong love of reading and books.

Waikiki Rotary Readers — Waikiki Elementary School

December 5, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians shared stories to 5 year old students today at Waikiki Elementary School by reading aloud some of their favorite stories.

Thank you to our volunteers who understand the The Benefits of Reading Aloud. When kids sit next to a caring adult and hear engaging stories, they develop positive associations with books. Reading aloud to a child strengthens the part of their brain associated with visual imagery, the ability to understand stories and word meaning. When you read to your five-year-old, they pick up on important book smarts, like how to hold a book, which direction to turn the pages, what an author is and where to find the title. These skills are called 'concepts about print', and they help kids prepare to be successful independent readers.

Serenity Park Work Day

December 1, 2018

About a dozen Rotarians gathered on the North Shore of Oahu at the abandoned Crawford’s Convalescent Home to work on a project for Ho ‘ola Na Pua, a local non-profit. Ho ‘ola Na Pua is renovating the abandoned home to provide a shelter for women who have escaped from sex trafficking. The Rotarians are working on a D5000 project to build a Serenity Gardens where the women might meditate, relax and recover.   The Serenity Gardens project is set to last several months and will be completed in May of this year.

Thank you to our club volunteers: President Stephen Morgan. Kathy Higa, Janet Scheffer and friend, Jade Powers and daughter, Paul McGillicuddy. Other volunteers that also helped included: Mark Merriman, DG Win Schoneman and Lyla Berg.

Books 4 Kids — Waikiki Elementary School

November 29, 2018

Rotary Club of Waikiki delivered over 600 books to the students at Waikiki Elementary School today. It’s always a great day when we have the opportunity to share the gift of reading and seeing the excited faces of the students while they select a book of their very own to keep and take home. Thank you to our many volunteers.

A message from Waikiki Elementary School... Dear Rotary Club of Waikiki: On behalf of Waikiki School, thank you very much for once again providing the wonderful holiday gift of reading. The time that the Waikiki Rotarians spent ordering, labeling, and distributing all the amazing books was well worth it when you see the smiles and expressions of children being immersed in a good story. As a school administrator, we see the benefits, long after you've left our cafeteria, of children reading in the hallways, in the classroom, and on one of the many shady benches scattered across our playgrounds. Mahalo for this relationship between the Rotary Club of Waikiki and Waikiki School, and we look forward to finding avenues to strengthen the bonds between our two organizations. Thanks Much, Ryan Kusuda, Vice Principal Waikiki School

Food Drive — Waikiki Community Center

November 24, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki collected canned foods over a two week period and delivered them to the Waikiki Community Center on 24 November 2018. Hundreds of cans were collected and the Waikiki Community Center was very grateful for the delivery.

Books 4 Kids — Likelike Elementary School

November 8, 2018

Over 350 books were given to all students at Likelike Elementary School as part of the Rotary Club of Waikiki's commitment to bring new books into the hands of kids in need. Literacy is one of our top priorities of the Rotary Club of Waikiki and this project is just one of those projects. Thank you to our many volunteers!

Dictionary Project — Lanakila Elementary School

November 7, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians Stephen, Lisa, Nora and Gloria presented nearly 70 dictionaries to the students at Lanakila Elementary School. Students were asked to sign each book with their names and a brief lesson was given on how to use a dictionary and the many benefits of a dictionary in school and at home. The students were asked to find various words to demonstrate their comprehension. The fun part was when they discovered all the cool information that's in this very special Gazetteer.

Rotarian Lisa reviews the Rotary 4 Way Test with the third grade students at Lanakila Elementary

President Stephen Morgan presents dictionaries to the third grade students at Lanakila Elementary School...they are so excited!

Rotary Reads — Waikiki Elementary School

November 7, 2018

Rotarians Patti Mitchell and PP Carol Riley read to the kindergarteners at Waikiki Elementary School today. Reading to children gives them the skills needed for when they start to read themselves.It is important that children learn to follow words across the page from left to right, and turn pages which are pre-reading skills that benefit children and help them to become better readers. Reading aloud is not just fun-It's critical to improving kids abilities as readers. Reading aloud helps develop kids vocabulary skills, increase knowledge and boost their love of books and reading!

Dictionaries to Kalihi Waena Elementary School

October 31, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians Stephen, Lisa, Carol and Gloria delivered over 100 dictionaries to the third graders and teachers at Kalihi Waena school today. A short lesson on the use of a dictionary and shared some of the wonderful information that can be found in this Gazetteer.

The idea for the Dictionary Project began in 1992. Since that time, more than 17,000,000 dictionaries have been given out including the 2,397,306 given out in 2011 alone. Rotarians across the country and in Hawaii have been donating dictionaries to elementary schools since 2002-2003, with a total thus far of 7,404,618 dictionaries. Each year Rotarians as a whole give more than one million dictionaries. In Hawaii nearly 18,000 are given out each year.

This Rotary year the Rotary Club of Waikiki provided over 850 dictionaries to third graders and teachers at 10 local schools. This project is one of many literacy projects our clubs provides for the Kids in Hawaii. 

Dictionary Project — Puuhale Elementary School

October 24, 2018

We had another exciting great day to give dictionaries to the students at Puuhale Elementary School. The students and teachers and yes, our volunteers, had a wonderful time learning how to use a dictionary, to look up words and definitions and see all the fantastic information to be found in this special one-of-a-kind dictionary. Thank you Rotary Club of Waikiki and to our volunteers President Stephen, PDG Roy, Nora and a special guests from Taiwan PP Alfred Liu.

Children and Youth Day @ Hawaii State Capitol

October 7, 2018

Community Service Director Paul reported that his team of 12 Waikiki Rotarians had a very successful day manning the information booth for Children's Youth day at the Hawaii State Capitol. It was a hot day and the volunteers were busy: finding a lost child, finding two lost cell phones, helping with trash pickup, and lots of other things. He said there were about 50,000 people in attendance. They answered myriads of questions for directions ATM’s, first aid, concert stages, activity booths etc. They provided hundreds of goodie bags to families and kids.

In 1994, the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Governor established Children and Youth Day (CYD) in Hawai‘i as the first Sunday of every October to celebrate and honor our children and youth and the special contributions they make to our community. After much community discussion, Act 30 of 1997 was passed to dedicate the entire month of October as Children and Youth Month in Hawai‘i. Children & Youth Day happens on the first Sunday of October, each year. CYD is a time to recognize the potential and special gifts of our keiki (children) and ‘opio (youth). It is a time for them to shine and share their bountiful energy with their community.

Rotary Reads — Waikiki Elementary School

October 3, 2018

Waikiki Rotarians read stories aloud today to the kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School. This is a monthly program of the Rotary Club of Waikiki to share  a story to wonderful students that are eager to learn and listen and to imagine.

Thank you to our readers Carol, Uncle Bob, Janel and Patti and a big Mahalo to our chair Sylvia Makk.

This is one of the most rewarding projects we participate in! We really do make a difference in the world and it doesn’t involve money ... just our time and attention. These children and the teachers recognize us and adore us.. Here is yet another chance for Rotary to change lives for the better.
~ Patti Mitchell, Rotary Youth Chair

Dictionary Project — Likelike Elementary School

September 26, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki provides dictionaries to every third grader every year to Likelike Elementary School in Palama-Kalihi, Oahu. Rotarians Mela, Nora and Gloria presented dictionaries and gave the students a brief overview on the use of the dictionaries, we looked up words and shared fun facts that can be found in the dictionary. Always a great day to share the gift of a dictionary.

We give dictionaries because it is the best learning tool a students can have throughout their learning years. This is a special dictionary it has more than words and definitions, it also contains the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Multiplication tables which the third graders are learning this year. It also includes information on U.S. States, Facts about Countries and Locations, Maps, Planets (did you know Pluto is no longer a planet?) Biographies on all of our U.S. Presidents, Metric, Braille, Sign Language and so much more.

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, so we encourage our members to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.

Recognition Luncheon-Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarships

September 18, 2018

The Hawai‘i Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF) Scholarship Committee honored 48 scholarship winners at a recent luncheon.

The Ala Moana Hotel was the venue for a wonderful luncheon celebrating the students from Rotary District 5000 who were awarded HRYF Scholarships.  The event was funded by Foodland, Hawaii. Waikiki Rotarian Sally Blanchard, HRYF Chair was represented at the luncheon by Waikiki Rotary Youth Chair Patti Mitchell. Pakalani Kam from Sacred Hearts School was the recipient of the $5,000.00 scholarship who represented the Rotary Club of Waikiki.  She is not only a scholar but a star Soccer Ball Player.  She is attending the University of Hawaii.

Above left to right:  Mahea and Pakalana Kam, Kaleikaumaka Cruz, Beeper Nakamaejo and Patti Mitchell

Dictionary Project - Kalihi Kai Elementary School

September 18, 2018

Rotarians Patti, Nora, Rhodora, Stephen and Gloria presented dictionaries to the third grade students and teachers at Kalihi Kai Elementary.

The students were so excited to receive their very own dictionary. One student was actually using her brother's dictionary when he received it 3 years ago from the Rotary Club of Waikiki, he is now in the sixth grade and you could see that he used the dictionary a lot.

Why are we giving dictionaries...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.

Dictionary project - Kapalama Elementary School

September 13, 2018

It’s always a great day when we can share the gift of a dictionary to all third grade students and teachers at Kapalama Elementary School. Over 100 dictionaries were given to excited students and teachers.

Our volunteers Patti M, Nora, Paul, Jim, Bob and Gloria presented the dictionaries to the students, gave a brief lesson on the use of this amazing learning tool, looked up words, reviewed the table of contents and reviewed other sections of the dictionary. It was a great day and we all left with smiling faces.

A dictionary is a very important tool for anyone who is learning a new language. ... find the English translation of a word in your language. check the spelling of a word. check the plural of a noun or past tense of a verb. find out other grammatical information about a word.

Dictionary project - Navy Hale Keiki School

September 8, 2018

Rotarians Patti Mitchell and Dave Livingston presented dictionaries to the third grade students and teachers at Navy Hale Keiki School in support of our military families. They shared a brief lesson on the importance of using a dictionary, a review of all the many things that can be found in this special edition of the Students Dictionary.

A dictionary is important as a quick reference book and a great learning tool.

Dictionary project - Waikiki Elementary School

September 5, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki recently donated over 100 dictionaries to third grade students and teachers at Waikiki Elementary School. Rotarians Chuck, Kathryn, Jacob, Jade, Stephen, Dave, Pam, Patti and Gloria provided a brief lesson on the importance of using a dictionary; they looked up words, reviewed information on states and countries, the multiplication tables and so much more. The students were overwhelmed to receive their gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki.

A dictionary is a compilation of words ranging from letters A-Z. When reading or writing an article, deciphering a word or phrase, the use of a dictionary could be of great help. Primarily, its purpose is to give meanings to words. However, there are many advantages of using a dictionary:

  • Right pronunciation. Through the aid of a dictionary, you can check out a word’s right utterance. For that it will assist you in the right pronunciation of words
  • Which part of speech. It could inform you as to which part of speech does a certain word belong. May it be a verb, noun, adjective or a combination of these three? One more thing, it could also be a guide as to how should a particular word be used.
  • Correct spelling. Linguistically speaking, it is no doubt that a dictionary could help us out in knowing the proper spelling of words. In this connection, it will guide us in writing a word or phrase.

Truly, a dictionary is of great help to everyone especially to students who are learning a language. It is also helpful in enriching our vocabulary. So, remember to bring a dictionary with you.

Dictionary project — Kuhio Elementary School

August 29, 2018

The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated a Student's’ Dictionary to all third grade students and teachers at Kuhio Elementary School. Waikiki Rotarians President, Stephen Morgan and PP, Joe Gedeon, talked about Rotary and the good work we do in our community, gave a short tutorial on the importance of using a dictionary and proceeded to tell the student on all the information they can learn from this wonderful learning tool. The Rotary Club of Waikiki has participated in the Dictionary Project since 2004. It’s always a great day to share the love of reading and this great dictionary to the students at Kuhio Elementary School.

School supplies delivered

July 31, 2018

As you can imagine, there are many barriers to homeless children getting a good education and obtaining proper school supplies should not be one of them.

At the School Supply Drive at WalMart we collected $1027.61 which was used to purchase 109 backpacks which were stuffed by Paul McGillicuddy, Stephen Morgan, Ikko Tomita, Nora Chen, Patti Mitchell and Lisa Ahmed and were delivered on 31 July.

School supplies were donated to: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Waikiki Elementary, Tripler Fisher House and to The Hawaiʻi Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Providing supplies for the kids at the Kakaʻako Family Assessment Center, the Oneluaena and Onemalu Shelters in Kalaeloa, the Waianae Paiʻolu Kaiaulu Shelter, and the IHS Women’s and Children’s Shelter. And 3 backpacks for 3 special grandkids of the cashier where Lisa purchased the backpacks – A really neat act of kindness.

School Supply Drive at Walmart – Keeaumoku, Honolulu

July 28, 2018 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 and 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 thank our faithful volunteers; without our volunteers and our project chair Paul McGillicuddy we could not have accomplished this extraordinary task.

We collected a large suburban SUV full of school supplies and collected over $1,000 in cash. With the cash, 109 backpacks were purchased and packed with school supplies. The school supplies were given to The H.O.M.E Project, Kalihi Kai Elementary School, Waikiki Elementary School, and Fisher House at Tripler.