Aloha from the Rotary Club of Kapaa! Our mission is to support the youth and community of Kauai, our country and our world by combining and leveraging our expertise, volunteer services, and financial resources.
The Rotary Club of Kapaa Foundation continued it's three decades of service to Kauai by making a large contribution to a new non profit, Aloha Angels. Aloha Angels' byline is "Philanthropists Partnering for a More Perfect Kauai". Through a donation of over $59,000 along with matching funds from another local non-profit, the Kapaa Rotary's total gift to the new organization was $103,800. Through Aloha Angels, a donor advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, the club’s foundation is using proceeds from previous Taste events to provide $700 to each elementary-grade teacher at Kapaa and Kekaha this fall, for classroom supplies and a field trip. It is also funding five new after-school clubs at Kapaa Elementary.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Ric Cox, Jim Saylor (RCK Foundation President), Past President Ron Margolis, and President Elect Ronald Lemay present the large check to Aloha Angels.
With $25,000 of its donation to Aloha Angels, Kapaa Rotary has taken a leadership role in bringing Junior Achievement to Kauai. Junior Achievement is an international youth program focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. While students on Oahu and the Big Island have access to these programs, Kauai students, until earlier this year, did not. The donation will enable Junior Achievement to expand its operation on Kauai, with a goal of reaching every island student in the next 5-7 years.Freshman English educator Cheryl Morita invited Hanalei Bay Rotarian Chris Young, co-chair of Junior Achievement Kauai, to lead both personal finance and entrepreneurship activities.“He got them thinking about what they could contribute to Kauai,” Morita said. Read the rest of the story which appeared in The Garden Island on June 4th, just prior to this year's Taste of Hawaii fundraiser.
To view a short video of the launch event for Aloha Angels on Kauai, watch the video
The Garden Island was in attendance and published an article in today's paper
President Ronald Lemay emceed the ceremonies
Past members Darren Schneck, Dan Spriggs, Fahy Bailey, with Quiet Rotarian Ray Carpenter
Joseph Figaroa whose Coral Reef Hotel hosted the event with Christian Naea of Boys and Girls Club
You’ve heard stories like this one before. Someone gets in trouble in the water, another person springs into action to save them. Who doesn’t like to hear about a hero who swims to the rescue? We do. But this story, like others, might not have ended well without the Rescue Tube Foundation on Kauai and the Kapaa Rotary produced water safety video. It’s easy to overlook those yellow tubes on the beach — until you need them. The Rescue Tubes are personal flotation devices used to assist distressed swimmers if no lifeguards are around. And there are some beautiful beaches on Kauai that are not protected by lifeguards.
Here’s what Friday August 15th: A 63 yr. old man was snorkeling at Larsen’s Beach and got pulled out to deep, open waters. He tried to fight his way back but became exhausted. This is sometimes when a story ends badly. Not this time. The man’s 16-year-old son grabbed the Rescue Tube, swam out to his father and stabilized him. Together, they worked their way back in over the reef, suffering a few bruises and scratches. The wife later said her son couldn’t have saved him without the Rescue Tube
There’s more to this story. The heroic teen knew to use the Rescue Tube because he watched the video about it at the Lihue Airport (pictured above). When he saw his father in trouble, he looked around, saw the Rescue Tube, grabbed it, strapped it over his shoulder as instructed in the video, swam out and saved his father.
Wow. If you’ve ever wondered if these Rescue Tubes work, if they’re making a difference. if they’re really worth having on beaches around the island, you can stop. Since the first Rescue Tube was installed more than four years ago, about 100 saves have been reported. Without those tubes, we could be talking about people drowning instead of sharing heroic tales. (Picture above of the Hawaii 2014 Ocean Safety Statewide conference and there's a yellow rescue tube right in front)
Sometimes, those responsible for a difficult undertaking are asked if it’s worth it. The answer is often yes, if it affects just one life. We’re talking well beyond affecting one life when it comes to the impact of The Rescue Tube Foundation. Same is true for the water safety video that loops endlessly at Lihue airport baggage claim. And this year, Kapaa Rotary intends to enhance the content displayed at the airport making it more effective.
Locals know how dangerous the waters can be. Visitors do not. That’s why we encourage everyone to know where these Rescue Tubes are located and read the instructions for their use. It’s easy for most of us to dismiss any idea we might have to save someone. You can bet that teenager didn’t think he would have to rescue his father during their vacation on Kauai, but he took a few extra minutes to be prepared, just in case.
He made a difference.
He saved a life.
Voted the "Best Community Event" on Kauai ten years running, the event will once again take place at Smith's Tropical Paradise in Wailua. Taste the best dishes from over 40 of Hawaii’s finest chefs. Indulge in the best micro-brewed beers from around the state of Hawaii. It’s unlimited food and drink along with 10 music ensembles performing on four stages around the lush, tropical paradise owned by the Smith Family. The event begins at 11:30 AM and goes til 3:30PM.
The Taste of Hawaii is produced by the Rotary Club of Kapa`a and the proceeds from the event fund the clubs ongoing community service activities throughout the island.
Funds from the Taste of Hawaii support: Anahola Diabetes & Wellness Fair, Boys & Girls Club, Children & Family Services, Hale Ho`omalu, Kapa`a Elementary Adopt-a-Classroom program, Kapa`a Elementary PTSA, Kapa`a Middle School Robotics, Kapaa High School PTSA, Kapa`a Interact Club, Kanuikapono Charter School Playground and Classrooms, Kauai Lifeguard Association, Mokihana Swim Club, Rescue Tube Foundation, Scholarships for College and Vocational Students, Kauai Water Safety Video Project and more.
For further information, contact Ron Margolis, Event Chair, 808-346-7095 or Darren Schneck, Ticket Manger 808-635-9421.
This year’s Kauai candidates for Youth of the Year were Rendle Mones; Frances Kaye Abundo; Charlene Hanie; Chailan Kanahele; Minoaka Kuehu-Sheldon; Waihealani Reynolds-Kane; Grace Peralta; and Luke Rita.
The Youth of the Year Academy, Naea said, is open to all high school students on Kauai and usually meets once a week from October to February.
Throughout the formal program youth participants are taught interviewing skills, poise, public speaking techniques and how to dress in a professional atmosphere.
Toward the end of the program, each of the island’s three clubhouses in Lihue, Waimea and Kapaa pick two candidates, who compete on Oahu to become Kauai’s representatives in the state’s Youth of the Year competition.
As a part of the state competition, eligible students who have been members of the Boys and Girls Club for at least two years and are high school juniors or seniors complete three-minute interviews, write two essays, and submit transcripts and letters of recommendation.
The Youth of the Year finalists from Kauai who were selected for this year’s state competition are Grace Peralta of the Lihue clubhouse and Luke Rita of the Kapaa clubhouse. Luke sat at our table and told us if we had any questions about Boys and Girls Club just to ask. Luke is an inspiring young man and we wish our Kapaa Clubhouse winner the best of luck in the state competition. The winners of that competition will be announced at the Youth of the Year Luncheon on March 8 on Oahu.There were no losers at the Youth of the Year. Each one of the candidates was clearly a winner.
Kauai Youth of the Year recipients along with Christian Naea and (Kapaa Clubhouse) and Tim Motts (CEO)
Process mapping is defined as Structural analysis of a process flow by distinguishing how work is actually done from how it should be done, and what functions a system should perform from how the system is built to perform those functions. In this technique, main activities, information flows, interconnections, and measures are depicted as a collage on a large sheet of paper, with different colored 'Post-it' notes or slips of paper. This graphic representation allows an observer to 'walk-through' the whole process and see it in its entirety.
Their were multiple presenters/educators and many of the attendees sat attentively through each presentation. Sean Chun, began the event, and Sean is a traditional Hawaiian healer. Sean spoke powerfully about the body and mind connection and the power of the breath. He brought up one gentleman and worked with him on his massage table while educating the audience at the same time. Sean reviewed natural herbs like tumeric and how drinking teas from some herbs could help in the treatment of Diabetes. Dr. Christopher Black, Dr. Tyler Chihara, and several nurse practiioners and dieticians also presented sessions throughout the day.
With the help of Wilcox Health and their vendors, blood pressure, glucose tolerance, and Hemoglobin A1C tests were provided, for FREE. Rotary managed and supervised the healthy snack corners and food provisions. Jakki Nelson, our COmmunity Service Chair
Dennis Fujimoto, known as the Happy Camper, from the Garden Island newspaper attended and spent close to an hour at the event. Read Dennis' article covering the event.