COMMUNITY & INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
Community projects 2020 have been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As we are unable to do any fundraising events at the moment, online donations are greatly appreciated! Mahalo for your kind generosity.
Completed projects 2018-2019
- August 1, 2019: Back to School at Walmart
- August 1, 2019: Project HOME at Kakaako Waterfront Park
- August 21, 2019: Small freezers to Kaimuki High School
- October 5, 2019: Serenity Gardens
- October 19: International Food Festival
- October 23, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Waikiki Elementary
- October 24, 2019: Rotaroke: Sing so they can dance….polio
- November 5, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Price Kuhio Elementary
- November 11, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Puuhale Elementary
- November 13, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Nave Hale Keiki Elementary
- November 18, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Kalihi Kai Elementary
- November 19, 2019: Dictionaries to third-grade students at Honolulu Waldorf Elementary
- November 28, 2019: Thanksgiving dinner donations at Blaisdel
- December 5, 2019: Christmas bags for Senior citizens and Micronesians
- December 18, 2019: Toys for Micronesian children Christmas celebrations
- January 8, 2020: Reading to Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School
- February 1-3: Rotary Youth Leadership Association Camp
- February 5, 2020: Reading to Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School
See other projects below.
World Polio Day
October 24, 2019
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th. It was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease that Rotary has worked 30 years to eradicate. We have reduced polio cases significantly throughout the world by 99.9 % and have eliminated it completely in the United States. However, we are not finished. Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria still have active cases and they are just a plane ride away. We have immunized more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and have joined together with The World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control. Because of the Bill and Melinda Gates Eradication initiative, the incidence of polio has plummeted considerably. The World Health Organization calls the progress encouraging, but we are not done.
Rotarians are people of action. We must see this through to the end. Let’s work together to make this a 'polio-free' world.
Sally A. Blanchard, Foundation Co-Chair
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
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.