July 2020 Volume 32 | Issue 3

July 15, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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P.O. Box 11506
Hilo, HI 96721
United States of America
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Lorraine Davis
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  • Notes from last meeting has been posted on ClubRunner
Link to watch past week's meeting:
  • Meeting Schedule in July and August

    • Wednesday, August 5 -- Membership Month.  Guest speaker is Sharon Scheele.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 12 -- Guest Speaker TBD.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 19 -- Vocational Day.  Guest speaker is Virginia Juettner.  Meeting starts at 7:00 am.
    • Wednesday, August 19 -- Board Meeting, immediately following the General Meeting.  Will end at 9:00 am.
    • Thursday, August 20 -- Club Social.  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Location TBD.
    • Wednesday, August 26 -- Guest Speaker TBD.  Meeting start at 7:00 am


    All East Hawaii Group Meeting

    These meetings will held every first Thursday of the month beginning at 12:00 PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 6, 2020.
    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:
    Email about upcoming District trainings sent July 30, 2020.  
    District 5000 is offering the Leadership Academy for Rotarians that would like to expand their duties beyond their local club.  The incoming class of 12 will begin August 29 and applications for admission are due August 21.  Minimum requirements for application is to want to expand duties and that you have been a past president of the club.  Lorraine will distribute information as it is diseminated.
    District 5000 is offering a class for new Rotarians on Saturday, August 8, 2020  beginning at 9:00 am.  The is specifically for Rotarians who have been with the club less than 2 years and folks interested in joining Rotary.  Lorraine will send the link for the class once she gets it.

    Mark Your Calendars

    District Governor and Assistant Governor Visit -  September 23, 2020


District Conference 2021

  • Will be held for the first time in Hilo commemorating 100 years of Rotary on Big Island at Grand Naniloa Hotel on May 14, 15 and 16, 2021.
  • Future Rotary International Conventions
    • Taipei: June 12-16, 2021
    • 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
  • Rice bagging project: -- Chris Okano and James Tyrin

    To date, we have processed approximately 34,000 pounds of rice, resulting in over 6,800+ individual bags for families.  Doing the math -- my car weighs 2804 pounds -- we have rebagged the equivalent of 12+ cars!

    Moving the location to Aunty Sally Luau Hale, on Thursday, July 2.  Big Mahalos to the folks who came out to bag:  James Tyrin and his son, Luke, Curt Sharp, Marlene Norton, John Gapp and friend, Mary Begier, Deborah Beaver, Jan Abundo, Dawn Pung, Art Taniguchi, Ken Barnes, Tim Hansen, Junichi Noumaru, Sharon Scheele, Chris Okano, Richard Cunningham, Mike Carroll, Chester Cabral, Brian Lindsey, Barbara Hastings, Steve Jacunski, and Lorraine Davis.
    Post rice social, sponsored by Richard Cunningham was attended by Barbara Hastings, James Tyrin and son Luke, Tim Hansen, Mike Carroll, Art Taniguchi, Chester Cabral, Junichi Noumaru, Chris Okano, Brian and Lori Ann Lindsey and Lorraine Davis.
  • Monthly Social: In person social, tentatively scheduled for July 23 at Cronies.  More information to follow.
  • District events:
  • District 5000 (Hawaii) Foundation meeting was held on June 27. The amendment of the Bylaws was approved. Election of the directors and board members will be made at the next meeting at 10 to 11 a.m. on August 1. One board member who will represent the Hawaii Island may be nominated among the member clubs on the island.
  • Happy Dollars: 
    • Keep your happy dollar donation in an envelope and bring it to the next in-person meeting. You may contact Deborah Beaver to make a payment with your credit card or mail your check to the club. Thank you.
    • In addition, you may now pay from our new online payment system:
  • Chester Cabral: There are two District Grant available. The match grant has been set aside for RYLA. The no match grant RFP is available for non-profits to apply for and application form is on Hilo Bay Rotary website. 
    If anyone has difficulty accessing the application, they can contact Chester or Lorraine and they can email the application out.  This year's amount is $576 and the due date for submitting the application is July 14, COB so the Board can review and select the recipient.
    Alan Okinaka - He had sent out the club membership lists to members and he requested that we review them and make any corrections.  He will update the lists again and send them out within the week.
    Art Taniguchi - The Hongwanji is offering a course in conversational Japanese and Calligraphy and if anyone is interested in taking the course, to contact him. If there is enough interest by the club, he thinks they might be able to set up a course for just us.
    Lorraine Davis - The Vocational Chair is still open and if anyone is interested in taking on the task to please contact her.

Today's Inspiration

“There is no exercise better for your heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
            - John Holmes
Misaki Saito - Thank you for joining us for the second time!

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker, Miyuki Lee, Owner Kayama, LLC


Today Miyuki discussed her company, Kayama Coffee, LLC. In 2016 a friend in Japan asked for help in sending Hawaii Coffee to Japan for her coffee shop. After visiting several coffee farms on the Island, they finally found Ka'u Ocean Vista Coffee Estate who was willing to sell to them. In order to ship the coffee, Miyuki created the export company. Currently she exports wholesale green beans to Japan, supports her clients with personal branding and offers weekly Zoom meetings. In Hawaii, Miyuki direct sells roasted and ground coffee wholesale to Honolulu clients and holds a booth on Saturday mornings at the Kino'ole Farmer’s Market. Looking to the future, she would like to introduce more items from the Big Island, establish a Kayama branch in Japan and begin importing items to Hawaii, expand the business to Taiwan, negotiate a better rate for international shipping, and hire part-time or full-time employees. 


At our last meeting Miyuki invited Rotarians to visit her booth at the Kino'ole Farmer’s Market and pick up a sample of coffee that we could make together at today’s meeting. She demonstrated how to use the bags and mentioned the key to using the drip bag is having a little patience while pouring the hot water into the bag. The sample bags are available for sale at her booth. One pack contains 4 coffees; one each from Ka'u, Kona, Kauai, and Oahu. 

This meeting may be watched on YouTube:

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carol Van Camp
July 10
Marlene Norton
July 15
James Tyrin
July 16
Arthur Taniguchi
July 22
Yu Pearring
July 26
Steven Jacunski
July 4
Kim Keahiolalo
Ted Keahiolalo
July 6
William Barnes
July 17
Jan Haraguchi-Abundo
John Abundo
July 24
Join Date
Arthur Taniguchi
July 1, 1994
26 years
Julie Hugo
July 1, 1991
29 years
Paul Ferreira
July 1, 2016
4 years
Thomas Witthans
July 1, 1991
29 years
Marlene Norton
July 8, 2015
5 years
Curtis Sharp
July 9, 2016
4 years
Barbara Hastings
July 12, 2006
14 years
Emmeline de Pillis
July 13, 2011
9 years
Gary Young
July 18, 2018
2 years
Suzanne Robotham
July 19, 2018
2 years
Junichi Noumaru
July 22, 2015
5 years
Tomoaki Saito
July 23, 2003
17 years
Lorraine Davis
July 25, 2012
8 years
Kevin Hopkins
July 28, 2010
10 years

Happy Dollars

Lorraine Davis - ($10) Happy for the support she received from club Rotarians in either mentoring her or getting her back on track.
Virginia Juettner - ($10) Happy for the fellowship opportunity with Mary Begier 
Bob Juettner - ($10) Happy because he didn't have to sing the Birthday song as he claims he can't carry a tune.
Alan Okinaka - ($10) Happy he found fountain pens and were able to fill them with ink and they worked.
Mary Begier - ($10) 
Tim Hansen - ($5) Apprehensive because Naomi M. has invited him to sit on a statewide planning committee for RYLA.
Julie Hugo - ($100) Happy to celebrate July birthdays of two of her grandchildren, Elijah(11) abd Mackenzie(6). Julie is requesting that her happy dollars be earmarked for HRYF.
Sharon Scheele - ($8) Happy to celebrate Mika's eighth birthday this past Monday.

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 7/22 at 7am on Zoom

Guest Speaker - Rotarian Alan Okinaka about Club Classification


Inspiration by: Deborah Beaver
Pledge led by: Deborah Beaver
4-Way Test: Miyuki Lee
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