April 2021 Volume 32 | Issue 41

April 21, 2021

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Online (Zoom meeting)
P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
President's Announcement
Lorraine Davis
member photo
Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner!
Recorded Meeting:
Published Presentation: 
New Logo for Rotary Year 2021-22
Saturday Cleanup!  260 pounds of garbage removed from downtown Hilo!
Special Thanks to those who participated:
Jan Abundo and her husband
Junichi Noumaru and his wife and son
Michelle Flemming and her husband
Janell Kuamoo and her daughter
Art Taniguchi and his wife and daughter
Richard Cunningham
Tim Hansen
Bryan Lindsay
Mary Begier
Misa Saito
Lorraine Davis
(My apologies to Mary and Misa for not including them in the original thank you.)
Special Thanks to:
Deborah Beaver for coordinating the efforts
Deborah Beaver for supplying tables, chairs and paint for the project
County of Hawaii for supplying vests and garbage bags
David DeLuz Jr. for supplying the signage
The YWCA Preschool for loaning us their pop-up tent
Starbucks for coffee
Deborah's friend, who does this every week, for helping and supplying additional paint
Michelle Flemming and her husband for hauling the garbage to the dump

Notable Board Decisions

We will continue to Zoom through May.
The BOD voted to support a previous Peace Fellow applicant, Anika, who also was the recipient of the school supplies project in December.
The BOD voted to support sign waving for HPD and EMS with $200 for professionally made signs.

The notes of the last club meeting has been posted on the ClubRunner.

  • Recorded Meeting:
    Published Presentation:  None
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Volunteers needed!

May 5, 2021 Meeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Preston Barnes IV
  • Inspiration:     Marlene Norton
  • Birthday Song:   Minions
  • 4-Way Test:   Mike Carroll

Upcoming RCHB Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 5 -- Youth Service Month, Guest Speaker Art Kimura - Exchange with Ehime High School
  • Wednesday, May 12 -- DARK -- Please plan to attend the District Conference over May 14-16, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Guest Speaker is Jessica Histo, Hawaii Diaper
  • Wednesday, May 19 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, May 26 -- Guest Speaker, Michelle Flemming, YWCA Preschool and recipient of RCHB Funds
  • Wednesday, June 2 -- Rotary Fellowship Month -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Vocational Day, Guest Speaker Yu Yok Pearring
  • Wednesday, June 16 -- Board of Director's Meeting, Immediately following the general meeting
  • Wednesday, June 23 -- Guest Speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, June 30 -- Induction of New Officers -- stay tuned for more information

Other Rotary Meetings and Invitation

District Happenings

A series of D5000 Rotary webinars is available for your viewing, either live or recorded.  You can also find ton of webinars in the Learning Center at
D5000 Webinar Recordings:
Business Assistance webinar recording:
Mark Your Calendars

District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.  The event is now 100% virtual.  Volunteers who have skills in videotaping and virtual platforms are requested.  Please contact Alan Kusunoki at

District Conference 2023

  • Will be held in Hilo.  The committee is looking for volunteers to help with the planning and a co-chair from East Hawaii.

Future Rotary International Conventions

  • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021 Rotary International has announced that the International Conference will be virtual due to the ongoing threat of the COVID virus.  Stay tuned for further news.
  • Houston: June 4-8, 2022
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
  • Volunteer opportunity  - COVID Vaccine Scheduling for DOH.  Looking for experienced volunteers to staff the phones.

  • HRYF -- Richard Cunningham.  We have surpassed our goal and the end of the month will be the close of this years donation acceptance and opportunity to win the incentive.

  • April 24 Work Day -- Deborah Beaver.  Watch for emails.

  • Dictionary Project -- James Tyrin. For this school year, we're going to be using the existing video from Rotary Club of Hilo and distributing the dictionaries. Will start getting ready for next school year.

Today's Inspiration

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
            - Vince Lombardi

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker April 21 2021 Misaki Saito


Wednesday’s Guest Speaker was Club Member Misaki Saito. Misa has lived in Hilo for 14 years and is originally from Akita, Japan. She was a Pharmacist in Japan but since moving to Hawaii she has become a full time Mom to her 2 children. This has given her the opportunity to explore other interests such as Japanese baking, sewing and quilting, and studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony at the tea house in Liliuokalani Garden. Misa also volunteers for the Japan Wizards Competition in the High Schools that is organized by the Japan America Society of Hawaii. Misa gave us a virtual tour of her hometown of Akita which is south of Hokkaido.  Akita is known for the Akita dog and the Namahage which looks scary but is a good spirit for the New Year. The famous festival they are known for is the Kanto Festival in August. They also host the national fireworks competition and it is the home to the Guinness Record Holder “Biggest Japanese Drum”. 


Yokote Kamakura Festival – Tourism of ALL JAPAN x TOKYO


Tsuzureko: Catch the beat at the Tsuzureko Odaiko drum festival - Travel -  Stripes

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William Barnes
May 6
Geoli Ng
May 8
David De Luz
May 10
Janell Kuamoo
May 16
Barbara Hastings
May 25
Dawn Pung
May 31
Spouse Birthdays
Leslie Carroll
May 25
May 30
Emmeline de Pillis
Michael de Pillis
May 2
Yu Pearring
Mike Pearring
May 6
Dawn Pung
May 23
Join Date
Dale Tokuuke
May 1, 1996
25 years
Kim Keahiolalo
May 14, 2014
7 years
Steven Sylvester
May 17, 2017
4 years

Happy Dollars

Sharon Scheele - $50 to HRYF happy, she became a great grandmother on Sunday at 2:00 am to Gabriella who is 21 1/2 inches long and weight in over 7 pounds.  
Richard Cunningham - $100 happy.  He closed on the sale of his gallery.
Steven Sylvester - $500 happy.  He was on television representing BOH, he was promoted to Assistant VP in August 2020 and then to VP in April 2021 and in June 2020, he and Hirona became engaged.
David De Luz - $200 in response to his challenge about Steven, is donating $100 to HRYF and $100 to Rotary International on behalf of Steven Sylvester
Art Taniguchi - $20 happy -- congratulations to Sharon and Al, to Richard and to Steven.  He announced there will be a sign waiving event for HPD and EMS and to stay tuned for more information.
Tim Hansen - $5 happy. He announced activities associated with National Victims Week.  His unit is collecting limited household items for victims of sexual assault and DV.  Lorraine will forward his email to club members if they care to contribute.
Miyuki Lee - $100 happy to HRYF with congratulations to Sharon, to Richard and to Steven and Hirona.
Alan Okinaka - $100 happy to HRYF.  Congratulations to Sharon and it is great to see Steven.  Also his 4 Kolea's have left for Alaska.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 4/28 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Guest Speakers, Peter Mattock and Bruce Matthews, UHH School of Agriculture


Inspiration by: Art Taniguchi
Pledge led by: Richard Cunningham
4-Way Test: Bryan Lindsey
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