January 2020 Volume 31 | Issue 23

January 8, 2020

Aloha. E komo mai.
Hilo Bay
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 6:45 AM
Hilo Yacht Club
77 Laehala St
Hilo, HI  96720-4931
United States of America
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President's Announcement
Junichi Noumaru
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  • There will be a party tributing Mike, Barbara's husband, at YWCA on February 22 at 4:30pm
  • On Saturday 2/29 there will be a Volcano Club Social at Volcano Art Center, all are invited
Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Attendance Secretary
Sgt at Arms
HRYF Chairman
Public Relations
Club Trainer
Oktoberfest Co-chair
2020 Convention Coordinator
  • Sharon Scheele - Art Taniguchi will be charing Hilo High Foundation Dinner. Table cost per person will be $75 on Friday, February 28 at Sangha Hall.
  • Richard Cunningham - Accepting HRYF donations. Donations over $50 will be entered in a raffle drawing. Interviews will begin soon for the scholarship applications. We also received a card from Keola (vet student), whom we sponsered last time,
  • Tim Hansen - Accepting 9th-12h high school students for RYLA at KMC from 2/28-3/1.
  • Loraine - Fuel and wash car at Minit Stop to support YWCA. 
  • Chester Cabral - Thank you for everyone who participated in the Hope Services dinner.
  • There will be a presentation by Rotaract on January 22.
Happy birthday! Deborah Beaver and Dale Tokuuke
Despite the rainy day, there were many bright Rotarians faces this morning

Today's Inspiration and Quote

“At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about what you've done with those accomplishments. Its about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It about what you've given back"
            - Denzel Washington
Quote of the day:
"At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely."
             - W. Somerset Maugham


From Left: a potential member Dawn Pung, Tim Hansen, Marlene Norton, Virginia and Bob from Arizona who recently moved to Hakalau and Irene Nagao (far right).
From left: soon to be member Jan Abundo with Chris Okano, Allen Novak, Pete Muller, and Steve Jacunski
From left: Kenneth Barnes with his father Preston Barnes, and Trevor Rodrigues

Guest Speaker: Dr. Yumiko Ohara

Dr. Yumiko Ohara introduced us to the importance of understanding and preserving languages.
Dr. Yumiko Ohara, Associate Professor, Linguistics at the UH-Hilo College of Hawaiian Language, spoke to our club about the importance of preserving languages.  There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken worldwide, of these, it is believed that one will go extinct every two weeks.
Languages are more than just a means of communication; they preserve important history and cultural knowledge that would otherwise be lost if a language goes extinct.  This is particularly important for cultures that have an oral tradition of record keeping and knowledge transfer.
Local examples of valuable knowledge lost when language or original meaning is not preserved, are the Wailuku River in Hilo and Leilani Estates in Puna.  The former is still known by its original name which translates to “Waters of Destruction.”  Valuable insight to anyone understanding Hawaiian language who would come upon it without the benefit of experience.  The latter was renamed “Leilani” from Keahialaka.  The definition of each could not be more different where Leilani translates to “heavenly lei” or figuratively “royal child” whereas Keahialaka literally means “The fire of Laka.”  Laka is the goddess of hula, according to Hawaiian legend, Pele dug a crater in which Laka built a fire.  It is unlikely early lot buyers in the 1960’s were aware of this.
The Hawaiian language was saved from the brink of extinction after being banned from schools in 1896 and restored after it was made one of the State’s official languages in 1978 and Hawaiian language immersion schools emerged in the mid 1980’s.  Today, there are 21 public Hawaiian immersion schools in the State.
For more information on the UH-Hilo College of Hawaiian Language, please go to:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Curtis Sharp
February 3
Junichi Noumaru
February 5
Spouse Birthdays
Kevin Reardon
February 14
Julie Hugo
Jeffrey Melrose
February 17
Join Date
Richard Cunningham
February 1, 1990
30 years
Robert uettner
February 5, 2002
18 years
Hirona Yamanaka
February 27, 2019
1 year

Happy Dollars

Alan Okinaka - ($9) Happy New Year, Shin-nen akemashite omedetou!
Gary Young - ($10) Happy to be back home from trip to California
Tom Witthans- ($2) Twin boys stayed back in New Hampshire and still on track to finish college in June
Virginia - ($10) Happy to meet everyone at the meeting today
Tim Hansen - ($5) 8 house guests came for a visit
Junichi Noumaru - ($5) almost 3-week trip in Japan and met sister for the first time in 10 years

Upcoming Events

Next club meeting - 1/15 at the Hilo Yacht Club

Wednesday, January 15: Vocational Speaker


Door prize donated by Deborah Beaver consisting a $50 cash and won by Marlene Norton

Inspiration by: Deborah Beaver

Pledge led by: Steve Jacunski

Mr. Mike: Dale Tokuuke

4-Way Test: Sandra Wagner-Wright

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