This year all East Hawaii Rotary Clubs came together for the Annual  Social with the District Governor. DG Eric Kaler gave an informational talk about Hawaii's upcoming events including October's International Project in Bali and the June 2020 International Convention and on a personal note was enjoying his new life and position in Seattle, Washington. During the Social each of East Hawaii's club presidents had the opportunity to report on what their clubs have been doing and on future projects and fundraisers. Plenty of food, plenty of drink and plenty of socializing... a good time was had by all!
Picture: District Governor Eric Kaler (to the left of the flag), Assistant District Governor Randy Hart (to the right of the flag) and the East Hawaii Presidents
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August 17, 2019 marks the first Road Clean Up for our Rotary Club. Pictured: Jane Gibson and Ron Cutler
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President Jane Gibson, proudly presents a Paul Harris Award to former member Brady Metcalf.  Brady was a very active member in the Pahoa club until health and housing issues (Leilani lava flow) forced him to withdraw from the club. 
Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset is holding its annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser
Come join us for an evening of FUN, FOOD and DANCING!
When: Tuesday, May 7th from 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Kea'au Eagle's Hall, 16-111 Opukahaia, Kea'au
Tickets: $35 and include 1 beer, wine or soft drink, a delicious Mexican Dinner, Musical Entertainment and Dancing to the GONE COUNTRY BAND and Silent Auction.
100% of the proceeds raised go to help our youth and community projects.
You can purchase tickets on line by visiting our Calendar or Club Events page and clicking on the Event Link.
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Rotary Club of Pahoa's first Huli Huli event
With the help and generosity of the Volcano Rotary Club (they loaned us their barbeque, manpower and expertise) the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset sparked off their first Huli Huli Chicken and Ribs sale with great success.  Hidden amongst the smoke is past President Ron Cutler.  The club plans to use the proceeds to sponsor Teacher Mini Grants for Pahoa area schools. 
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Margery Edwards
Our newest member, Margery Edwards, and her sponsor Glen Calvert at her induction ceremony.  Welcome Margery!
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Dictionaries to Third Graders Holly Johnson 2018-10-03 10:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset mans first aid station
New member, Kirk Bailey jumps right in to hand out water and Gatorade to the hundreds of  thirsty runners and walkers at the final Volcano Rain Forest run. Always a fun gathering for our club, we will miss this event.
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HRYF scholarship winner, Juniper Ozbolt from HAAS school, was recognized at our Tues. Rotary Club meeting. She followed this with presenting her senior project with a video and talk about "Empowering Women through Confidence" Congratulations Juniper!
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We totally Love our Rotary Club AML 2016-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Rotarion on Aug 15, 2016
From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Reasons to love Rotary right now

1. Because we are about to eradicate a disease, and you can be a part of it

We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.
As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips. 
Reasons to love Rotary right now The Rotarion 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

Dear fellow Rotarians,

I embarked on my road to Rotary thanks to George Campbell, a dear friend and mentor who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. My former boss saw a potential leader in me and I thank him for his guidance. After starting down that road, I met many other Rotarians walking the same path. They offered me their help, shared advice, and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.

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Posted by The Rotary Foundation
Annual Fund and SHARE
David Stevenson and Asa Jupoa Stevenson co-founders of the Akha Training Center in Mae Suai, Thailand with some of the Akha children they have helped.
A child with a cup in Romania.
Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.
The Every Rotarian Every Year initiative asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year. In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund on a regular basis, members are encouraged to get involved in a Foundation project or program.
The Rotary Foundation for  Rotary Club members The Rotary Foundation 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Rotary’s Foundation 100 years centenary coincides with Rotary 100 Years in Hawaii.
Our Rotary Club serves in such simple tasks such as  our Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program.
  Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.
 “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said  RI President Jon Germ.
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Cinco De Mayo Part 2 Extravaganza AML 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

The town of Pahoa is alive and well following the recent scare from the lava flow that threatened the town during the past year. 

Starting Saturday, August 8th 2015, and continuing through the present times, on the Second Saturday of each month Pahoa Town will  light up and host a Music & Art Walk through the town. Many new venues spring up with eclectic foods and drink as well as the music and the arts.

The whole town participates with several music and art venues sponsored by the various merchants and businesses .

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Rotary is Celebrating 111 Years on February 23, 2016 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

            Hauoli Makahiki Hou ! - welcome another year of Rotary service to the community

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Posted by Alan Lakritz on May 31, 2015

Rotary Fellowship Month

June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages these groups to celebrate Rotary Fellowships Month through projects, activities, and events

What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provides opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. There are many Fellowships that would be of interest to our members, and they are detailed on You may find many extensive activities of the Rotary Fellowships that your profession, business or industry area has already established. If not, why not think about starting one yourself! Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking: Rotary Fellowships Handbook (729) or even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if their recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships. The Rotary Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.

June is known as "Rotary Fellowships Month" Alan Lakritz 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on May 04, 2015

Fantastic series of events in May in Hawaii  May First is May Day / Lei Day and May 5th we celebrate Cinco De Mayo

However we have our District Conference in May :

May is the month we look forward to celebrating the joys and accomplishments of our Rotary year so far – the amazing projects that clubs have accomplished in our local community and in our international community.  We celebrate the new friends we have made in the form of new members.  We celebrate our Foundation giving – knowing that every dollar will go towards improving the lives of men, women, and especially children in Kakaako, Waianae, Palolo, Chinatown, Pahoa, Waimea, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, South Africa….. the reach of Rotary is limitless.

     One way we celebrate is through our District Conference.  I once had a friend tell me that he finally understood what Rotary was all about after he attended his first District Conference.  It’s a chance for Rotarians and guests to mix and mingle and share ideas and share food and    - yes, TALK STORY! 
     Our Conference this year is May 22 – 24th at the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the Kona Coast.  We have an incredible room night rate ($139) which the hotel has told us will be honored until the hotel is sold out!  What great partners we have in the Hilton Waikoloa Resort hotel management!
     We also have some first-class speakers – PDG Sylvia Whitlock – the FIRST woman in Rotary – and the reason the rest of us are allowed to be here.  We have Kaimana Barcarse of the Hokulea to share his experiences, John Keawe and Danny Akaka and Nathan Grace and Kimo Hoopina to entertain and educate us, and Past RI President Rick King to inspire us!  Our RI President’s Representative is PDG Harry Fields from Chatanooga, Tennessee – and I know he will share stories that will truly make us glad we came. 
     So come join us on the Kona Coast!  Register now online – get your meals – sign up for golf – get ready for Kona vs Kau coffee tastings!  Let’s have fun – let’s get energized!  Let’s
The Month of May in Hawaii Alan Lakritz 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Osborne on Feb 28, 2015


The Rotaract Club East Hawaii

...........and it all can begin with our club engaging action with students and helping them to attend  RYLA.. which ourclub accomplished every year since our charter


March is Rotaract and Literacy Month Susan Osborne 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Feb 08, 2015

February is World Understanding Month!

Did you know the first Rotary meeting occurred on February 23, 1905? Since that day, Rotary has grown into an international organization helping to launch, complete and sustain numerous service projects worldwide. Rotarians promote and enjoy international friendships which help to broaden our commitment to helping others, no matter where they may be. While some projects and services have an immediate impact, all are excellent foundations for the future and continue to build peace and goodwill.

As Pahoa Rotarians, I encourage you to think back during this month about all the things we do, and have done, that have an impact worldwide. Our continued support of the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation and The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program are both excellent examples of how we reach out locally to influence globally. We are confident that we have learned as much from the individuals we have sponsored as they have learned from us. Another good example is the number of assistance projects that we have assisted with financially. A special thank you to everyone who has assisted with securing and completing the paperwork and grant applications that have resulted in helping those whose lives have been altered during the aftermath of Hurricanes and the ongoing PunaLavaFlow event

This year is flying by, and I can’t believe how much we have done! Thanks for all you do to make Pahoa Rotary such a success!

Pres Craig


February is World Understanding Month Alan Lakritz 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Dec 08, 2014

Holiday Season in Pahoa Town

December 6th was the Holiday Parade though Pahoa ~We, of course had our "float" and as has been our tradition, our eclectically costumed dancing marchers..~ we marched over a new route due to the Lava Flow protections encroachment  - much more on the story and pictures to follow the flowImage                    


                Parade photos by Pres Craig Watkins                                                                                  also click the "more" link for photos of the participation with Kua O Ka La field trip


December is Family of Rotary Month Alan Lakritz 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
November is Foundation Month Alan Lakritz 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Oct 02, 2014

As if we didn't have enough disasters in our lives....

The main highway to Pahoa is not only a vehicle access, but also a backbone for electrical & water transmission, and concerns are mounting that these services will be disrupted for the many thousands of residents who would be cut off by the lava flow. Businesses are worried about big losses and local schools and government are making contingency plans should the community be divided. Emergency repairs to wells and road construction to create alternate access are also under discussion. This area was the hardest hit during Tropical Storm Iselle just one month ago, and many residents are still on edge.

The lava warning has created an “edgy” mood in Puna, the rural region on the southeast side of the Big Island that is at risk from the lava, said Bill Parecki, a real estate agent who has lived in the area for 42 years. The area is still recovering from the damage from a tropical storm about a month ago.Image




“Everybody’s a little concerned,” he said. “Everybody’s a little worried. We just have to see where the lava goes. There’s no control. It’s Mother Nature.”

A big concern is lava crossing roads and blocking Puna off from the rest of the island, or becoming “lava-locked,” he said.

Business has been quiet since Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall over the region last month, said Mary Bicknell, owner of Big Island Book Buyers, a bookstore in downtown Pahoa.

“We’re always watching it, but we’re not usually threatened by it,” she said of the lava.



Pahoa Town under Lava Flow Threat Alan Lakritz 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Sep 01, 2014


Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset is formulating plans for a community service project partnership to assist with Albizia Mitigation !

HILO, Hawaii – Hurricane Iselle left her mark in Puna, where the damage was made worse by the many fallen albizia trees. In Puna, albizia – or Falcataria moluccana – line highways and fill vacant subdivision lots. They can look pretty, forming scenic canopies across the land, giving Puna the shaded, rain-forest character that many have come to cherish in recent decades. But Iselle was a reminder to residents that the tree is a statewide ecological and public safety problem. Albizia are known for their “rapid and pervasive growth, which destroys native forests by shading out native plants and improving conditions other invasive flora, such as strawberry guava,” according to Ecologist Flint Hughes, with the U.S. Forest Service, whom we interviewed in the video above. Even in minor wind storms, the brittle branches and shallow roots of albizia easily break. Iselle left a tangled mess of thousands of albizia on homes, roads, and power lines.

Albizia ! Alan Lakritz 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Aug 15, 2014

Volcano 2014

Saturday August 16th was one scant  week after we were "slammed dunked" by a Hurricane – Tropical Cyclone “Iselle”  did much damage to the infrastructures of the rural community where we live  and inflicted much frustration onto our population.-It was stull continuing as we honored our pre made commitment to the race organization   Although It was a rainy and chilly 5;30 AM morning at the 4000 ft level where we have volunteered for manning of an aid station for traditional Volcano Rainforest Runs

The pictures of our cold and wet crew and the snippets as seen



The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
  5. Will it BE FUN
Volcano Rainforest Run of 2014 Alan Lakritz 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Aug 05, 2014

August is the Membership and Retention Month

Rotary International has set aside this month to focus on membership. Membership development and retention are the most important elements in securing the future of Rotary and to continue the Rotary’s mission of humanitarian service.

As DG Laura mentioned during the visit with our club on August 5, RI President Gary Huang emphasized that we will Light Up Rotary reaching our goal 1.3 million Rotarians, bringing in new members while working to keep the members we have. To do this we’ll need to approach membership in new ways, and try new ideas.

With the above in mind, August is the perfect month to organize “a going forward plan” to have conversations with prospective new members

August is Membership and Retention Month Alan Lakritz 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
July Starts a New Rotary Year ! Alan Lakritz 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Jun 01, 2014

The Rotary Fellowships Program . . .

Rotary Fellowships are not fixed in time . some are removed for not being effective and some new ones appear.

There are currently 60 Fellowships with “Rotarian Jazz Fellowship” becoming official last September, and in January “The International Fellowship of Rotarian Photographers”. (IFRP) (Could have had a shorter name!).

IFRP is not just for skilled photographers, but is for any Rotarian interested in photography at any level. Probably we all fit that category.

There are many Fellowships that would be of interest to our members, and they are detailed on, including contact advice and advice on how to join.

June is Rotary Fellowships Month Alan Lakritz 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on May 05, 2014

International Convention Month

The Rotary International Convention is held annually in the last three months of the fiscal year (April, May, June) at the time and place decided by the RI Board. The 2014 Convention will be held in Sydney commencing on Sunday 1st June until Wednesday 4th June 2014. (House of Friendship, The Billabong opens Saturday 30 June.)

The primary purpose of the annual convention is to inspire and inform all Rotarians at an international level, particularly incoming club presidents, governors-elect, and other incoming club and RI officers, so they will be motivated to further develop Rotary at club and district levels.

The Convention also constitutes the annual meeting and conducts the business of the association.

To Register for the RI 2014 Sydney Convention go to

May is International Convention Month Alan Lakritz 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Watkins on Apr 09, 2014

Rotarians can now access and read The Rotarian Magazine on all Internet-connected devices! Just go to and enjoy the digital version on your iPad.

The Rotarian Magazine Online Craig Watkins 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glen Calvert on Mar 31, 2014

April is Magazine Month!

Last month, we celebrated literacy. 

This month, we put our reading skills to the test. 

Everything in our lives depends on consistent, accurate and constant communication.  We receive Rotary communications regularly; through our weekly meetings, club emails, club website, district website and Rotary International.    

April is Rotary Magazine Month Glen Calvert 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Mar 03, 2014

District Governor's Message  

Aloha Energizers!

March is literacy month in Rotary. Most of you take for granted the fact that you can read this sentence but literacy is not universal either in the United States or in the world. Currently fourteen percent of adults in the USA cannot read while twenty-one percent read below the fifth grade level. World wide over seven hundred million adults are illiterate, sixty-six percent of whom are female.


March is Literacy Month Alan Lakritz 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Jan 31, 2014

The theme for the month is “World Understanding”:


  What does this actually mean for the average Rotarian or Rotary Club?  From what I have read and have done some research on it means we are to communicate to our local communities what we are doing on an international level. We need to increase the level of awareness locally. How do we support international understanding between cultures and countries?

     If I asked every Rotarian in the District, each of you could tell me of an International Project your club was or is involved with.  

    The questions are:has this been passed along to your individual communities?

     Do we share this information with our friends, neighbors co-workers……we should.

     Rotary is doing so much good in the world. 

     Look at our 6 areas of focus, our peace centers, the 5 avenues of service, and the list goes go on and on.

     Last month was Rotary Awareness Month and this month is World Understanding….don’t they go hand and hand?

     Our communities see and read what we do on a local level. 

     Now we need to tell them what we are doing on a larger platform….the international level.

     I challenge each of you and your club to let your community know what you do on the international level.

     Feb 23 is a special day in Rotary……Do you know why?

World Understanding Month Alan Lakritz 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Nov 18, 2013

Donate to Shelter Box

From the desk of President  Ron Burton : R I President 2013-2014

Dear fellow Rotarians:

As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter.

I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur.

I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make after one of the deadliest tornadoes on record tore through communities in my home state of Oklahoma. The widespread destruction was heartbreaking. Almost immediately after the storm, Rotarians were out in force cleaning debris, collecting food and water, and comforting families who lost everything. The Rotary clubs in the affected areas showed perseverance and strength. We helped pick up the pieces and build them back up.

What really moved me was the support and compassion from clubs around the world. In the face of calamity, we were not alone. Rotary’s collective spirit is the essence of how we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for thousands of families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. They were already in the Philippines when the typhoon hit providing aid to families who lost homes in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines in September.

Such disasters are the reason why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox. On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better. The organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at

 We have more than 21,000 Rotary members in the Philippines. The hardest hit areas include Districts 3860, 3850, and 3830. We are working with our governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective, and we will continue to provide updates

I know I can count on Rotarians around the world to come to the aid of our friends in the Philippines. If you have any questions about how you can help, please write to
Thank you. Sincerely,
Ron Burton

Rotary Partner ShelterBox offers disaster relief assistance. Alan Lakritz 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Watkins on Nov 13, 2013

ImageRotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international youth program created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of openness, trust and respect.

RYLA aims to teach what it takes to be an effective leader and provides for practice opportunities with one’s peers. Every RYLA includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Conflict management and problem solving
  • Building self-esteem and self confidence
  • Elements of community and global citizenship
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Aug 16, 2013

President Glen writes:

Mahalo to the Pahoa Sunset Rotarians for your support of the Volcano Arts Center Rain Forest Run at Volcano 8-17-13.  Our aid station set new standards for enthusiasm, colored balloons, and water distribution to runners.  And, the runners appreciated all of our enthusiastic our support and cheerfulness despite the early hours!

In particular recognition of the seven members that were able to attend the event site this morning: Dr Bobby Layman, Past President Alan Lakritz, Dr Bob Johnson, Renee Wenkam, 2014-2015 President Craig Watkins, Brady Metcalf, and 2013-2014 Club President Glen Calvert.  And let us not forget that two of our most youthful members ran in the race—Elyse Morishita 5K and Cliff Townsend the 1/2 marathon~~many congratulations are in order!  We also thank Project Dir. Alan for organizing our participation and our training in the art of manifesting an aid station at the Volcano Art Center Rain Forest Runs.

Pictured is Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi arriving at our station with a smile


Pahoatarians at the Volcano Arts Center Fun Runs Alan Lakritz 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Aug 05, 2013

August is Membership Month:

The first club meeting of each month will be headlined by a speaker from our club who reflects the theme of the month

Membership Month Kickoff Challenge presentation by Elyse Morishita

Bring a guest to the meeting during membership and qualify for a prize winning dinner: See Elyse for the detailed rules

Membership Committee Chair Elyse personifies and exemplifies the goals and the aspirations of The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset

The following is a brief history of the membership of women in Rotary Clubs

The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.

"My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01.

The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

The response to the decision was overwhelming: By 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000.

October 1990
Membership Month Alan Lakritz 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Jul 14, 2013

The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset continues its efforts to support the needs of the community at large, and has embarked on another  collaborative project of “ Public Bus Shelters” on the newest route of the “Hele-On Bus” in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

The tale of another Bus Shelter Alan Lakritz 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Our Awards Night and Installation Banquet Alan Lakritz 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glen Calvert on May 22, 2013

Our Fifth Installation Banquet is on Tuesday June 18th

Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset will install the 2013-2014 Board and its newest President: Mr Glen Calvert

We will honor with certificates and awards the club members who supported the club's activities throughout the year.



Upcoming Gala Event Glen Calvert 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Outstanding Service to the Community Awards Alan Lakritz 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Global Peace Forum Alan Lakritz 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Divinski on Dec 07, 2012

Litter is unsightly. It destroys the natural beauty of Hawaii’s highways.

Litter is expensive. The State Department of  Transportation spend $2 million a year picking up litter

— and that doesn’t count what the counties and other state agencies spend !

Beautiful highways say “welcome” to visitors and show that we care about our community and our environment.


The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset has adopted a section of State Highway 130  between the 6 and the 8 mile marker


Our Club Supports Adopt-a-Highway Paul Divinski 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Doing What We Do Best Alan Lakritz 2012-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Jun 04, 2012

Rotary Club of Pahoa Installs New Officers

as compiled by our Public Relations Officer Ariela Murphy and was published in the Hilo HI Tribune Herald on June 19, 2012


Rotary Club of Pahoa Installs New Officers Alan Lakritz 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Club Literacy Team in Action Alan Lakritz 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Oct 03, 2011


 Pahoa Gets Legitimate Bus Stop Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset

 The new Pahoa Bus Stop located on front/side of Pahoa Auto Parts courtesy of the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset

With much cooperation from the local councilman (Fred Blas), the mayor (Billy Kenoi), the Department of Public Works, the county mass transit coordinator and the county engineers… the Rotary Club of Pahoa sunset has successfully installed a first class bus stop shelter on Old Pahoa Village Road adjacent to the Woodlands Center (near the new Pahoa Longs).
In the future with similar cooperation, We expect to be able to install another one of the same the high school end of town. The property for this shelter was graciously ceded by the Pahoa Auto Parts store owners. 
This is part of the pilot of our project we are working on, a plan to install shelters of our own conforming design on Leilani Ave in Puna.

Alan Lakritz
Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset

Our Club in Action:Pahoa Town gets a Bus Stop Alan Lakritz 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
3rd Annual Installation Of Officers Hugh Kefford 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Mar 29, 2011

On Tuesday April 5th,2011 at our regular club meeting time , we will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary of our Rotary Club Charter.

Our club was chartered on April 1,2009 . We will celebrate with Rotary themed ice cream treats as well as a Rotary themed sheet cake .

We will have some games and music as well as a regular club business meeting where we network and share ideas for community projects


Our Charter Anniversary Party


Rotary of Pahoa Sunset celebrates another anniversay of our Charter Alan Lakritz 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Kefford on Mar 29, 2011

Our little dynamo of a club turns two and like any enthusiastic tot will celebrate with cake and ice cream! Happy birthday to Ann and Sal as well!

There is new content appearing on the site as well visit the commiitee pages for a preview. The site is still has room for growth but is coming along nicely!

Happy Birthday Little Club! Hugh Kefford 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lon Brown on Mar 28, 2011

"If you dont know where you are going, Any road will take you there"

~quote from Service Projects Workshop @D5000 Assembly March 26,2011

District 5000 Assembly Lon Brown 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Alan Lakritz 2010-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Alan Lakritz 2010-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz on Sep 20, 2010
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! Alan Lakritz 2010-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lakritz


In the 1930s, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, had a wooden sign hanging on his wall that read, Det bedste er ikke for godt: "Only the best is good enough." Today, Christiansen is remembered as the inventor of Lego, the colorful plastic bricks beloved by children around the world. But in the early days of the Lego company, its signature product was a wooden duck – one built to the highest standards, out of aged beech, with three coats of clear varnish. Lego's company history tells how Christiansen used his ducks to teach a lesson in quality to his son, Godtfred Kirk:

One evening, when I came into the office, I said to my father: "It's been a good day today, Dad. We've earned a little more." "Oh," said Dad, "what do you mean?" "Well, I've just been to the station with two boxes of our toy ducks for the Danish Co op. Normally they get three coats of varnish, but since it's for the Co-op, I only gave them two. So I saved the business a bit of money." He looked at me in dismay. "Godtfred, fetch those boxes back. Unpack them and give the ducks another coat of varnish. You're not going to bed until the work's done – and you'll do it all on your own." There was no arguing with Dad. And it was a lesson for me about what quality meant.

Today, Lego's quality standards are legendary, and its products are the most popular toys in the world: Lego pieces outnumber humans 86 to 1.

We all recognize that this success stems directly from Lego's business practices – its insistence on quality, efficiency, and innovation. I compare this with our efforts in governance and accountability in Rotary, and realize that sometimes we fall short of the standards expected.

The leaders at the Rotary International, zone, district, and club levels have to maintain the highest standards in governance. The RI president and directors must serve the membership in a meaningful manner; zone leaders must deliver on the investment Rotary makes in them; district leaders must provide dynamic leadership in the district and focus on transparency in accounting and timely reporting of financials; and club leaders must adhere to proper reporting functions and get their clubs onto Rotary Club Central.

Just as Christiansen refused to consider sending a lesser product to any of his clients, so should we refuse to consider giving a lesser effort to any of our work. We must always demand the best of ourselves – in our professional lives, and especially in our Rotary work.

For in Rotary, what is our product? It is not wooden ducks or plastic bricks. It is education, water, health, and peace. It is hope, and it is life itself. For this work, only our best is good enough. I ask you all to remember this – and to do your very best to Be a Gift to the World.

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January – Rotary Awareness Month - Public Relations

This is the month for us to consider how our Rotary values – and our own actions – influence public perceptions of Rotary. Rotary’s strategic plan outlines five core values that define and guide us as we chart a course into our second century of service.

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The Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset Highway Cleanup CrewImage -Thanks to all who show up for our community service, this is a splendid opportunity to experience Rotary in the Community in a very simple manner of giving back.

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Thanks to Rotarian Steve Yoshida, our club was able to spend some time with the Taiwan Fellowship Exchange. Click on the "more" link below to read more, view the Photos here
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President Christine Kefford and fellow club member and husband, Keith, attended the 2011 Convention to meet Rotarians from all over the world, learn how to maximize our club's efforts, and experience New Orleans. Please be sure to follow the link to pictures at the bottom left of this page and join them!
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