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Aloha and Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lahaina

Lahaina

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
The Royal Lahaina Resort
2780 Keka'a Drive
Royal Ocean Terrace
Lahaina, HI  96761
United States
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The Rotary Club of Lahaina will be at Long's in the Cannery Mall on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9am to 3pm for a School Supplies Drive!  Please stop by and say hello, and help us support our youth by donating school supplies to help them "GROW THEIR BRAINS!" =)  
Come join us for lunch at the Royal Lahaina on July 13, 2017 at 12 noon as we welcome our guest speaker Kai Pelayo the Community Affairs Manager of Monsanto Hawaii.
 
Kai Pelayo
Community Affairs Manager
Monsanto Hawaii

Kai Pelayo has been the Community Affairs Manager for Monsanto Hawaii on Maui since January 2016. In his capacity, he serves as a community liaison for the company, to promote positive education and meaningful dialogue.
Kai came to Monsanto Hawaii with 38 years of experience in community service and the hospitality industry. He previously served as Director of Operations for the Grand Wailea Resort, and before that, as the Director of Food and Beverage for the Westin Maui. He has also held executive positions with Hyatt and Starwood Hotels.
An active member of the community for many years, Kai’s numerous contributions include serving as:
- President of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.
- Vice President of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
- President of Maui Economic Opportunity.
- Chair of the University of Hawaii Maui Campus HOST Committee.
Raised on Maui, Kai is proud to be a graduate of King Kamehameha III School and Lahainaluna High School. He has also successfully completed the Preferred Institute/Washington State University Leadership Development Program, and received numerous awards for his leadership
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, The Rotary Club of Lahaina invited all of our 2017 scholarship recipients to our weekly luncheon meeting.  Representing Lahainaluna High School, Molokai High and Maui Prep Academy, 11 recipients were able to join us, with four unable to attend.  The Maui Prep students were joined by long-time MPA advisor Keenan Reader, and Lahainaluna's acting Principal Daniel Espaniola was onhand to support his students.
 
In all, these students received a total of $21,000 to help them begin this new phase in their lives.  We wish them all the best of everything.
 
 
Pictured: Past President Rick Nava, Sophia Johnston (MPA), Paul Gaper (LHS), Past President Eric Van Ketel, Iwalouise Bryan (LHS), curent RCL President Marti Wukelic, Taylor Asio (LHS), Past President Joe Pluta, Elizabeth James (MPA), Daniel Ornellas (MPA),  Tea Vana'ata (MPA), MPA Advisor Keenan Reader, Lexi Leon (MPA), Alexa Narayan (MPA), Kamryn Perry (MPA) and Sarah Wilhelm (MPA).  Not pictured: Alana Power (through HRYF grant), Shania Abut and Jamie Fujii - all from Lahainaluna High School, and Erik Svetin, from Molokai High School.
We've always known Maui is filled to the brim with wonderful friends and neighbors, and your generosity and spirit of good fun has proved it true, once again.  The Rotary Club of Lahaina held a special event at the Lahaina Yacht Club on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and the support was beyond measure.  Through attendance, participation in a silent auction and a "suggested donation"drawing, you helped us raise over $3000 for our scholarship fund!  
 
On Saturday, April 15, the scholarship committee interviewed 14 high school seniors - from West Maui and the island of Molokai - and thanks to you - we were able to award ... wait.  You have to wait until after the three schools hold their award ceremonies!  We'll let you know which students were awarded.  But in the meantime, please enjoy some photos of the event...
 
A small island is comprised of even smaller communities.  And within those communities, folks often belong to a number of groups, have multiple roles, etc.  So the Rotary Club of Lahaina is making an effort to partner with other groups whenever possible, with the intent of doing the most good with a greater number of hands.
 
So when Rotary Club of Lahaina's Past President Mila Salvador asked if we'd like to partner up with her gang from the Whaler in Ka'anapali, we said "yes, absolutely!"
 
The Whaler arranged the beach clean up and supplied supplies and snacks, our Maui Fire Department supplied cold bottled water (it was a HOT morning) and the Rotary Club of Lahaina supplied the (hu)manpower.

We arrived at 7:00 sharp and set a goal of one hour.  The results?  A clean beach area from the Sheraton to the Alii.  And - thanks to past president Leah Lambros' discussion  of the damage to ocean life via plastic straw debris, we now have an increased awareness of - regardless of how innocuous an item might be - the danger it poses to our living ecosystem.
 
By midmorning, we were a group of exhausted, happy Rotarians with aching calves and a peaceful feeling of accomplishment.  Mahalo to all ...
 
Ka'anapali Beach, at 7AM
 
Tired but happy beach clean up gang
 
Stocking up on school supplies can be a daunting task, particularly for families who have several keiki in school at the same time.  To help alleviate the financial impact, our Maui Rotary Clubs sponsor a School Supply Drive each year.  Generally held the last weekend in July at various locations island-wide, the supplies and monetary donations are collected and distributed our schools within our respective areas.
 
The three Lahaina Clubs each hold their own drive, but then pool their resources and distribute equally among the West Maui elementary schools.
 
Here are some photos from start to finish:  Our Rotary Club of Lahaina volunteers who collected the items, the volunteers from all three Lahaina Rotary Clubs who organized and distributed the collections, and finally ... RCL volunteers delivering the goods to Princess Nahienaena Elementary School.  In addition to these supplies, we collected $300 for their use, as needed. 
 
Just another modest example of Rotary Serving Humanity.  Mahalo to all ...
 
   
  
     
 
 
 
When current Rotary Club of Lahaina President Leah Lambros realized the Rotary year was coming to an end, her first thought was that she'd like for the club to start their new year with a bit of a financial cushion.  New projects often present themselves, and her wish was for the incoming board and membership to have some flexibility regarding unexpected but worthy causes.  Her next thought was "Fellowship!  We need to get together and celebrate!"
 
Both ideas came together perfectly in one very successful Social/Fundraiser.  On Saturday, June 18, 2016, we gathered at the Wine Palette in Kapalua, Maui - the perfect venue for our event.  Eighteen Rotarians (including five Rotary friends from other clubs and our ADG) were joined by over 30 of our friends and family to enjoy some great fellowship - the Rotary Way.  
 
Special mahalo to guitarist, Gary Larson, for setting such an easy, comfortable tone.
 
Oh and about the fundraiser part?  Our "Instant Wine Cellar" was a great success.  The donations will be put to good use (scholarships?  food drives? projects for our keiki?) during the 2016 - 2017 Rotary year.  We'll keep you posted.

And in the meantime, here are some photos ...
 
 
         
 
 
      
    
 
Mahalo to all who supported this event!
The Rotary Club of Lahaina was honored to collaborate with various community groups to malama the Lahaina Skate Park as our Centennial Project.  
 
We raked ...
 
 we cleaned,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
we brought our friends along,
 
the Lahaina Sunset PE pitched in to help
 
we sanded and scraped
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
we made new friends
 
 
we painted
 
 
(including our clothes, oops)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...  all in preparation for 
this guy's 
 
wonderful, team building art.
 
 
All in all, it's been a wonderful project.
 
But stay tuned.  The  West Maui Improvement Foundation is going to add even more value to this project by installing security cameras and more.  It took a long time for the West Side to finally get their skate park, and we are honored to be part of the team that will keep it going strong.
 

Special shout out to Danae Marin, Richard Jack and his Island Gents, The Boys & Girls Club of Lahaina and especially to Ken Nishimura, artist extraordinare...
 
 
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Mahalo for your support.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Richard Jarman
    September 13
Anniversaries:
  • Darryl Ng
    Jane Ng
    September 9
Join Date:
  • Rick Nava
    September 1, 1993
    24 years
  • Chet Goldberg
    September 12, 2013
    4 years
  • Darryl Ng
    September 15, 2016
    1 year
  • Amanda Burns
    September 17, 2015
    2 years