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Please join us next Thursday January 18, 2018 at the Royal Lahaina to welcome our Guest Speaker Joanne Doell.  From 1998-2016 Joanne Doell was a UHMC/OCET/EdVenture Noncredit Instructor in following classes: Computer Tech & Software, Effective Supervision, Customer Service, WorkForce Development, Personal Enrichment.  She spent 10 years as Coordinator/Instructor in College for Kids program, and was a Program Developer for several areas of Non-Credit classes.   She has been a Rotarian approximately 10 years & is was President of Rotary Club of Kihei-Sunrise 2014-2015 and Co-President the following year. Currently she is a member of Wailea club.   She has a BA/MA Speech Pathology & Audiology, and is a retired teacher of Special Ed, Gifted and Middle Schoolers.
On Monday October 30, 2017 members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset all got together to get ready for the BIG Halloween Parade!  We stuffed 500 goodie bags with candy and toys to give out to all the keiki who are in the costume contest.  We also had help from the Maui Preperatory Academy in getting our Rotary Float put together.  It was a wonderful time of getting together with all the Rotary Clubs of Lahaina to "Make a Difference"!  
Mahalo to all who were able to help, and we hope to see everyone at the Halloween Parade!!
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!" =)  
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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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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Member Birthdays:
  • Patrick Kelly
    July 20
Join Date:
  • Carole Pluta
    July 9, 2015
    3 years
  • Don Russell
    July 12, 2007
    11 years