Niu Valley Middle School Cleanup Day

The Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise turned out to help clear up yard debris (photo credit: Ryan Kawamoto)

I really enjoyed our last half-day community service project, helping to clear invasive mangrove trees at a fish pond in Kaneohe Bay. For this month’s project we stayed in the East Oahu area and helped Niu Valley Middle School with a campus cleanup project. About a dozen of my fellow rotarians turned up early this past Saturday to pitch in and help!

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Waikalua Loko I’a Fishpond

My first service project as a newly inducted member of the Kahala Sunrise Rotary Club was helping to clean the Waikalua Loko I’a Fishpond in Kaneohe. After an early morning drive through the Ko’olaus via Likelike Highway, I arrived to a picturesque view of the mountains and the bay. Although laughable to my former neighbors in Minnesota, Oahu has been a bit chillier lately which was perfect for the day’s physical activities in the muddy fish pond.

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Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise

A couple of months ago I saw on Facebook that a friend of mine, Kim, was collecting donations of rice on behalf of her Rotary Club to provide to families during Thanksgiving. The club was setting up a collection table at Safeway in Hawaii Kai, which is quite literally a block away from me. It was the season for giving so I went to Costco and picked up two big bags of rice to drop off during the “rice rally.”

Fast forward to today, when I was inducted this morning as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise (RoCKS). Leading up to my decision to join the club, I had visited a few of their weekly morning breakfast meetings at the beautiful Waialae Country Club. While the venue was certainly nice, more impressive were the people who make up the club. Their dedication to service, the community, and each other was apparent.

I look forward to a year of great fellowship and community service with my fellow rotarians!

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