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

Joint Service Project-Project H.O.M.E

August 1, 2019

Our Rotary Club participated in a Joint Service Project for Project HOME on August 1st at Burns Medical School.   Participating  Rotary Clubs were Waikiki, Honolulu Sunset, Ala Moana, Hickam Pearl Harbor, Pau Hana, Windward Oahu, and Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako.  We welcomed Homeless guests and gave them vanity packs, school supplies,  and dinner!  We then toured the Medical Van and shared a potluck dinner while listening to the Program Manager along with a representative medical student. The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated 50 plus Backpacks and school supplies for the homeless kids.

Great collaborative effort!

School Supply Drive

July 27, 2019  9AM-2PM

At Walmart – Keeaumoku, Honolulu

SUCCESS! Always a GREAT day when we can help those in need of school supplies at our Annual Back to School Supply Drive. The Rotary Club of Waikiki was in full force at Walmart Keeaumoku to help collect school supplies for children in need. 

Community Service director Stephen Morgan says:

We want to sincerely thank the amazing and generous Walmart Shoppers who made this project a HUGE success for our island keiki!" and "We have never seen so many contribute from their hearts to give to this wonderful project. 

 Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who came out on Saturday to help with this fun event. We collected a large suburban SUV full of school supplies and collected over $400.00 in cash. With the cash we will purchase backpacks and additional supplies. The school supplies will be donated to local schools in Kalihi, Waikiki and The Hawaii H.O.M.E Project.

The mission of the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project is to improve quality and access to health care for Hawaii’s homeless, while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of the homeless and their healthcare needs. The project was founded in August of 2005 and currently provides free medical services to sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals, through weekly student-run free clinics per at nine sites across Oahu. In addition to these clinics, we also utilize our mobile health van for outreach to other unsheltered homeless populations on Oahu and to provide special events for the keiki at the shelters.

Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project is a John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) student-run free clinic staffed by volunteers,including:

  • University of Hawaii premedical students
  • JABSOM medical students
  • University of Hawaii and Tripler Army Medical Center resident physicians
  • University of Hawaii faculty and community attending physicians

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.