September 2019 Volume 31 | Issue 12

September 25, 2019

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
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  • Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday, November 9 - Benson Medina, the president of Rotary Club of South Hilo is proposing all Rotarians to participate in this 2-mile walk and show support for the community. Curt will be communicating with South Hilo club for this event.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16: Fall District Training Assembly @ Hospice of Hilo, conference room
Executives & Directors
Vice President
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
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Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
2020 Convention Coordinator
In Loving Memory of Barry K. Taniguchi
Our Community and Club collectively suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Barry Taniguchi last Friday.  Barry could be described as a humble, community minded servant leader on top of being an astute businessman.  Pete Muller noted that Barry was one of the first people he invited to be a Charter Member of our Club in 1988, he loved what Rotary stood for and thought "The Four Way Test" was great, which is not surprising since that is the way he and his family ran and continue to run KTA.  Barry graduated from Hilo High and UH Manoa with a degree in Accounting, earning his CPA license in 1971 while working for Haskins & Sells (known as Deloitte today), National Car Rental and Realty Investment Co. before returning to Hilo in 1983 to work in the family business.  Barry led the third generation of K. Taniguchi Store, originally founded in 1916.  Under Barry's leadership, KTA continued to thrive on Hawaii Island while also becoming one of the largest positive forces in the community with its charitable works and general support of worthy causes.  Barry's support of local farmers and food producers and the UH higher education system (HCC and UH Hilo) will continue to have a long lasting impact.  The Pacific Tsunami Museum would not have become a reality without his and KTA's support.  Barry was not a person seeking credit or recognition for his good deeds, he had a way of positively influencing others to act for the collective good, he went out of his way to make others feel welcome.  Barry's legacy will continue to live within our hearts and through our positive actions.  Mahalo Barry, for all you have done for our Community and our Club, we will miss you greatly.

1. Walk-a-mile event by YWCA Saturday, 10/26 - Lorraine Davis (See flyer above) Steve Jacunski will shave his leg again for donations for this walk.

2. Tim - Thank you everyone who was involved in the Open World to host the Russian students.

3. Hawaii Explore Expo Sunday 10/27 @ Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium - Joel Lapinta

Today's Inspiration and Quote

"I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so heroic"
            - George Carlin
Quote of the day:
"If you can not do great things, do small things in a great way"
             - Napoleon Hill


1. Preston Barnes son Kennith Barnes
2. Kurt Gutknee from Wisconsin with Rotarian Thomas Witthans

Guest Speaker: Marcie Saquing

Marcie Saquing is the current Executive Director of Hawaii Island Adult Care (HIAC) who was preceded by our own Paula Usitalo.  HIAC reached a major milestone with the opening of a new 19,414 square foot facility earlier this year to enhance its ability to provide day care services to elders and cognitively impaired or challenged adults.
Marcie reflected on the late Barry Taniguchi and KTA's generous monetary support to help make the facility a reality.  When he visited the new facility as it was being constructed, Barry noted that his Grandmother Taniyo Taniguchi (co-founder of KTA) would often repeat the Japanese saying "Okage sama de" which translates to "we are what we are because of those who have come before us" and it was an honor for the Taniguchi family to contribute to the present well being of our kupuna who have paved the way for the rest of us.
For more information on HIAC, please visit 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mary Begier-Phillips
October 9
Michael Carroll
October 10
Julie Hugo
October 11
Steven Sylvester
October 12
Sandra Wagner-Wright
October 10
Deborah Beaver
October 24
Join Date
David De Luz
October 16, 2002
17 years
Sandra Wagner-Wright
October 21, 2009
10 years
Yu Pearring
October 28, 1998
21 years

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 10/2 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, October 2nd: Vocational Speaker


Door prize donated by Suzanne Robotham consisting a $50 gift card to paradise plants and won by Kurt Gutknee

Inspiration by: Suzanne Robotham

Pledge led by: Sandra Sakaguchi

Mr. Mike: Hirona Yamanaka

4-Way Test: Allen Novak

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