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Congratulations Kiran!
Congratulations to Kiran Polk for receiving her Paul Harris Fellow + 1! 
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June 29, 2015 Weekly e-Bulletin
Club President's Message
Rotary Club of Kapolei- July 16 Update
Aloha RCK Members! 
I want to than all of you RCK members who attended the installation dinner. From the feedback I received it seemed as though everyone had a good time. There are several people that I need to thank for their help in making the night a success. Thanks Natasha with putting together the program. Thanks Marietta for getting the leis and helping with the planning and set-up. Thanks to my wife Linda for the planning, shopping and decorating. Thanks to DG Del Green for performing the installations. Thanks  Dick, Dan and Bili for your participation. Thanks to Miles Nakatani of MN printing for providing the logo for the name tags. Thanks to Don Arakaki for the sound system.

It appears as though all of the schools participating in the Dictionary Project have been covered. I want to thank everyone for their prompt and generous support of this important project. If you haven't paid yet please give Arlene your check.

I never did get a response regarding the school supplies drive at Longs. It was scheduled for this weekend. However, Kapolei Sunset is seeking our help with their book shipments on Sunday. If you can help please set aside some time in the morning. It will be at the Hawaii Self Storage behind Costco. Details will be provided at the meeting. I will also be contacting Longs to see about scheduling the school supply drive on the last weekend of July. We can also discuss that at the meeting.

This will be the final weekend without the usual breakfast. Natasha has volunteered to provide a continental breakfast.

The school will need our meeting room at 8:30 so I will try to keep up the pace so we can be out on time.  


July Meeting Schedule


July 16: Regular weekly meeting. Speaker will be Senator Mike Gabbard.

July 23: Regular weekly meeting and I believe the cafeteria will be open. Our speaker will be Dan Ashcroft of the Kamahao Canoe Club.

July 30: Regular weekly meeting. Our guest speaker will be Ford Fuchigami, Director of the Dept. of Transportation.

Mahalo to all for your support. If there is any topic you like to learn about, or a speaker you would like to hear, please don't hesitate to let me know, and we will work to get it on the schedule.

Aloha, Jim



June 29, 2015 Weekly e-Bulletin James Dooman 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z
Our Board for 2015-2016
July 10th District Governor Del Green inducted the 2015-2016 Board of Rotary Club of Kapolei! 
Our Board for 2015-2016 AHE 2015-07-11 00:00:00Z

University of Hawaii President David Lassner speaks at the Rotary Club of Kapolei's Aug. 28 breakfast meeting.‚Äč



LATEST CLUB NEWS 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
July 1, 2014 Weekly e-Bulletin
Message from the club president

Aloha RCK Members!  This is my first post as the 2014-15 President, and I first want to thank all of you for serving as Rotarians and as members of our club.  All that we do in the coming year in serving our community, and all that we do to have fun, will depend upon us as a team, supporting one another.

Many thanks to Arlene Estrella and to our 2013-14 board for their good work.  Our club is strong and our treasury is in good shape going into the new Rotary year.  Mahalo to all who joined us for the induction dinner, held at the Pacific Aviation Museum on June 24.

Going forward into the new Rotary year, we will work to have interesting and exciting meetings, and I solicit your thoughts on what you would like to see.  I am working to line up relevant speakers for many of our meetings, and we will send an e-mail blast each week to keep you up to date.

I look forward to your meaningful contribution to our club's success.  Here are a few highlights for the upcoming month:

  • July 10:  The school cafeteria is closed.  We propose a pau hana, very informal, and will soon announce the time and location.  This is just a time for fellowship and a chance to invite a friend or co-worker to meet our membership. 

  • July 16:  We will hold our annual board meeting with our new District Governor, Laura Steelquist.  She will conduct a meeting with each of the Hawaii Rotary Clubs, so has a really busy schedule, but she is a really supportive leader and fun to be with.  Tentatively, the meeting will begin at 6 PM and will be at the Seven Palms restaurant at the Navy/Marine Golf Course on Valkenburgh Street near the airport.  You do not need a military ID to attend and to eat at the facility.  We will send a final notice to all board members once we have confirmed the restaurant, but for all of our board, please mark the date and make every effort to attend. 

  • July 17:  This will be our regular Thursday meeting and is our annual club meeting with District Governor Laura Steelquist.  She is an excellent speaker, the meeting will be fun, and if you can only make one meeting in the next few weeks, please attend this one.

  • July 24:  The school cafeteria is closed again this week, and we are working to set up a breakfast and tour of the Barber’s Point Coast Guard Air Station.  They always have an interesting tour and a good and inexpensive breakfast.  More details to follow when firm.

  • Speaker Update:  In the near term, we expect to host Gov. Abercrombie as a speaker.  Our plan is to invite key political figures who can talk with us about their past contribution to our community.  As background, we are as an organization non-partisan and apolitical.  Therefore, speakers have been asked not to campaign but to outline their service to our community.  We encourage you to attend and to bring a friend, but do ask that we treat all speakers with courtesy and avoid political debate in our question and answer period.  Our goal is to keep us informed as community members and leaders.

Mahalo to all for your participation and support.  We are off to a good start in the new Rotary year.

July 1, 2014 Weekly e-Bulletin 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z

Hawaii Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui (center) meets with Rotary Club of Kapolei President Arlene Estrella and its president-elect Dick May after being the featured speaker at the club's Sept. 5, 2013 breakfast meeting.



LATEST CLUB NEWS 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z
Previous featured speakers


  • Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent of the Department of Education - April 11, 2013
  • Wil Okabe, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association - April 4, 2013
  • Manuel Mollinedo, director of Honolulu Zoo -- Feb. 21, 2013
  • Mark Recktenwald, chief justice of Hawaii Supreme Court - Feb. 14, 2013
  • Lea Hong, executive director of the state Land for Public Trust - Jan. 31. 2013
  • Mike Story, sports manager at the Hawaii Tourism Authority - Jan. 24, 2013
  • John Fuhrmann, events manager at Neal Blaisdell Center - Jan. 17, 2013
  • State Sen. Donna Kim - Dec. 6, 2012  
  • Charles "Chip" McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center - Nov. 29, 2012
  • Dave Rolf, executive director of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association - Nov. 15, 2012
  • Todd Apo, director of public affairs at the Aulani Resort - Nov. 8, 2012
  • Bram Begonia, director of operations for the Kroc Center Hawaii - Nov. 1, 2012
  • Art Ushijima, CEO of Queen's Medical Center - Oct. 18, 2012
  • Richard Dahl, president & CEO of the James Campbell Company - Oct. 11, 2012
  • Florence Nakakuni, US Attorney for Hawaii - Aug. 27, 2012
  • Chuck Cotton, general manager of Clear Channel Hawaii - Aug. 23, 2012
  • Laura Kodama, director of planning and development for Castle & Cooke Hawaii - Aug. 16, 2012 Nancy Kern, suicide prevention coordinator at the state Department of Health - Aug. 9, 2012
  • Dr. Jerris R. Hedges, dean of the medical school at the University of Hawaii - July 26, 2912
  • Donne Dawson, Hawaii's film industry development manager - July 19, 2012
  • Dan Grabauskas, executive director, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit - July 12, 2012
  • Charles Djou, former congressman and Honolulu City Council member - June 21, 2012
  • Tom Berg, Honolulu City Council member - June 14, 2012
  • Dennis Tanimoto, president of the Hawaii Credit Union League - June 7, 2012
  • Hilton Raethel, senior vice president at HMSA - May 31, 2012
  • U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa - May 24, 2012
  • Bruce Coppa, Chief of Staff for Gov. Neil Abercrombie - May 17, 2012
  • Gina Mangieri, owner of Cole Academy & KHON TV reporter - May 3, 2012
  • Jen Chahanovich, chief operating officer at Pali Momi Medical Center - April 26, 2012
  • J. Roger Morton, general manager of Oahu Transit Services - April 19, 2012
  • Lynne Waters, associate vice president of external affairs at UH - April 5, 2012
  • Esther Kiaaina, Hawaii candidate for U.S. House of Representatives - April 5, 2012
  • Tony Ching, executive director of HCDA - March 29, 2012
  • Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine - March 15, 2012
  • Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle - March 1, 2012
  • Gene Awakuni, chancellor at University of Hawaii West Oahu - Feb. 16, 2012
  • Former Gov. Ben Cayetano - Feb. 9, 2012
  • Rep. Sharon Har, Hawaii Legislature - Feb. 2, 2012
  • Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu mayoral candidate - Jan. 26, 2012
  • Michelle Kauhane, deputy to chairman of DHHL - Jan. 19, 2012
  • Rep. Kym Pine, Hawaii Legislature - Jan. 12, 2012
  • Cameron Nekota, Ho'opili residential development project - Nov. 10, 2011
  • Frank Montoya Jr., FBI Special agent in charge of Honolulu Office - Oct. 20, 2011
  • Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro - Oct. 6, 2011
  • U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono - Sept. 29, 2011
  • Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann - Sept. 22, 2011 
  • Kim Gennaula, president of Aloha United Way - Sept. 8, 2011
  • Jim Donovan, athletics director at the University of Hawaii - August 25, 2011
  • Mary Beth Lohman, publisher of the Pacific Business News -- August 18, 2011
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu city council member -- August 4, 2011
  • Ed Case, candidate for the U.S. Senate -- July 28, 2011
  • Tom Berg, Honolulu city council member -- June 23, 2011
  • Dan Meisenzahl, spokesman state Department of Transportation - June 16, 2011
  • Marc Alexander, state of Hawaii's homelessness coordinator - June 9, 2011
  • Mike Jones, president, D.R. Horton Schuler Homes - June 2, 2011
  • Jim Tollefson, president & CEO, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii - May 19, 2011
  • Roger Wall, vice chairman, Foodland Supermarket - May 5, 2011
  • John White, executive director of the Pacific Resource Partnership - April 14, 2011
  • Dick Rosenblum, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company - March 24, 2011
  • John Temple, editor of the Honolulu Civil Beat - March 17, 2011
  • Trisha Gonsalves, team leader for Down to Earth natural food store - March 10, 2011
  • Tim Steinberger, director of the city's Environmental Services Department - March 3, 2011
  • Wayne Yoshioka, director of the city's Transportation Services Dept. - Feb. 17, 2011 
  • Joe Davis, general manager of the Hawaii Convention Center - Feb. 10, 2011
  • Tim Johns, vice chairman of committee for the APEC meeting - Feb. 3, 2011
  • Mike Story, sports manager at the Hawaii Tourism Authority - Jan. 20, 2011
  • Roald Marth, chief executive officer at Kuokoa Inc - Jan. 13, 2011
  • Hugh Jones, president of the Hawaii State Bar Association - Sept. 2, 2010
  • Dennis Francis, president & publisher of Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 29, 2010
  • Laura Robertson, president & CEO at Goodwill Industries - June 24, 2010
  • Gene Awakuni, chancellor at University of Hawaii West Oahu - June 17, 2010
  • Alex Sou, general manager Aloun Farms - May 27, 2010
  • Rear Admiral Greg Thomas, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard - May 20, 2010
  • Brennon Morioka, director of the Department of Transporation - May 13, 2010
  • Kathryn Matayoshi, interim superintendent of Hawaii public schools - May 6, 2010
  • Pamela Witty Oakland, chief administrator at St. Francis Residential Care - April 29, 2010
  • Kealii Lopez, president & CEO at Olelo Community Television - April 15, 2010
  • Bernie Ploeger, president at Chaminade University - April 8, 2010
  • Mayor Mufi Hannemann - April 1, 2010
  • Former Congressman Neil Abercrombie - March 25, 2010
  • Ilima at Leihano - March 18, 2010
  • Leslie Wilcox, president & CEO at PBS Hawaii - March 11, 2010
  • Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. - March 4, 2010
  • Scott Chan, manager of Aloha Stadium - Feb. 25, 2010
  • Blenn Fugimoto, vice chairman at Central Pacific Bank - Feb. 18, 2010
  • Former U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo Jr.  - Feb. 11, 2010
  • Charlene Thornton, FBI special agent-in charge of the Honolulu office - Feb. 4, 2010
  • Mike Hamasu, of Colliers Monroe Friedlander - Jan. 28, 2010
  • Rep. Kym Pine - Jan. 14, 2010 Rep. Sharon Har - Jan. 7, 2010
  • The Hunt Development Group - Dec. 10, 2009
  • Allan Landon, president & CEO at Bank of Hawaii - Dec. 3, 2009
  • Rick Blangiardi, general manager of KGMB & KHNL - Nov. 19, 2009
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon - Nov. 12, 2009
  • Kaulana Park, director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands - Oct. 29, 2009
  • Virginia Hinshaw, chancellor at University of Hawaii Manoa campus - Oct. 22, 2009
  • Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development - Oct. 15, 2009
  • Kim Gennaula, director of philanthropy at Kapiolani Medical Center - Oct. 8, 2009
  • Project managers for the Kroc Community Center - Oct. 1, 2009
  • Gina Mangieri, KHON-TV new reporter and business owner - Sept.17, 2009
  • Lee Webber, president & publisher of Honolulu Advertiser - Aug. 27, 2009
  • Peter Carlisle, Honolulu's top prosecutor - Aug. 20, 2009
  • Former Congressman Ed Case - Aug. 13, 2009
  • Lee Sichter, consultant for Florida-based DeBartolo Development - Aug. 6, 2009
  • Senate President Colleen Hanabusa - July 30
  • Christine Camp, managing director of Avalon Development Company - July 16, 2009
  • U.S. Congressman Charles Djou - July 9, 2009
Previous featured speakers Arlene Estrella 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z
Mission/Vision Statement

We will reach out to youth and those in need with hands on and financial support to make the "Second City of Kapolei," the larger local community, and the world an even better place to live.

We will provide extensive membership and leadership development that will become a model for other clubs.


Our shared commitment to "Service Above Self" will continue to energize and connect our diverse membership.

Mission/Vision Statement Arlene Estrella 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z
About us - Membership Plan
 Residents and employees in Kapolei and the Ewa plain area are somewhat more transient in nature than in other sections of Oahu.  So, the club has an attrition rate that is reasonably predictable each year.  By adding 10-12 new members in 2011, the club can be reasonably sure that a net of six members will result, more than meeting our 10 percent goal.


The two most common methods of recruitment are referral by a current member, who usually also acts as sponsor, and drop-in, often because of local publicity.  The club believes that these methods are reliable into the future and better than any social event designed to attract candidates.  The quality of our speakers, meetings, esprit de corps and projects are what attract and retain membership.


The club has around 40 members, down from a high mark of more than 70.  In the club's estimation, the membership wants to be only as large as it needs to be in order to complete successfully the programs for service we take on.


While the west Oahu community is more transient, club members believe that there are steps that they can take to ensure that members feel connected to the club and, thus, likely to remain members as long as they live and/or work in the area. These include:

  • High quality service programs that people feel good about doing and are effective.
  • Members' moments, where members share with the entire club information and insights about themselves, i.e. education, occupation, favorite activities, little known facts.
  • Opportunities for fellowship with other members in interest subgroups or focused activities like a play or a baseball game attended together.
  • Members sitting at different tables each week to get to know more than their usual circle.

 Ultimate strategies 

  1. Build our local community by establishing strategic alliances with schools, businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to advance the well-being of the Kapolei region.
  2. Give good reason to members for their gifts of time, the most precious gift
Achieve the 20% minimum threshold where every member participates in 20% to 50% of the activities.
About us - Membership Plan Arlene Estrella 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z
Class of 2011 Scholarship Winners
  • Stephanie Kalili, Nanakuli High School student who has been accepted to Creighton University, awarded $5,000 by the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation
  • Kristen Fernandez-Kong, Campbell High school student who has been accepted to Cornell University, awarded $5,000 by the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation
  • Amanda Bird, a Kapolei High School student who plans to attend Washington State University, awarded $1,000
  • Nicole Long,  a Kapolei High School student whose first choice is the University of Hawaii at Manoa, awarded $1,000
  • Krystal Manuel,  a Kapolei High School student whose first choice is the Los Angeles Film School, awarded $1,000
  • Claudia Sanchez, a Kapolei High School student who has been accepted to the Art Institute of California in San Francisco, awarded $1,000
  • Kamry Nedd, a Kapolei High School student who has been accepted to the University of Oregon, awarded $1,000
  • Rachel Lew, a Campbell High School student who has been accepted to Johns Hopkins University, awarded $1,000
  • Christina Bowen, a Campbell High School student whose first choice is Hawaii Pacific University, awarded $1,000
  • Alexis Tsutsumi, a Campbell High School student who plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa, awarded $1,000
  • Ashlee Mae Gallardo, a Campbell High School student whose first choice is the University of Hawaii at Manoa, awarded $1,000
  • Zerald Lopez, a Campbell High School student whose first choice is the University of Hawaii in Hilo, awarded $1,000
Class of 2011 Scholarship Winners Arlene Estrella 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z

September 8th: Board of Water Supply 25 year Draft Water Master Plan.  We will have a representative from the Board of Water Supply to explain their plan. 

September 15th: No meeting due to WIELD event on Saturday 17th from 8:30a-4:30p. Come out and support our Interact and Earlyact students. 

September 22nd: Pauline Sato of the Malama Learning Center at Kapolei High School brings art, science, conservation and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawaii. 

September 29th: Lorraine Gershun, Director of College Directions - Hawaii will answer your questions about being ready for college and if not, where to start.  

October 6th This week is our Funtober Breakfast Meeting: Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. room will be decorated to fit the mood. Give aways, and raffles to some lucky ones. A scavenger hunt and a from the neck up costume contest will be observed. There will be a table of masks, hats, and accessories if you come unprepared. Prizes for winners. Come one come all. Board meeting to follow. 

Oct 13th: This week our vocational guest speaker will be Gerry Clarin a teacher from Campbell High School. Giving us a look at the life of a school teacher.

Oct 20th: Queen's Medical Center West Oahu: Will be our vocational tour/visit, directions and instructions will be on your table this week. Time will be from 7:30 - 9:30 am. You can leave earlier if you wish. 

Oct 27th: This week guest speaker will be Mike Hulser, the Biz MD, who will speak about the Easter Seals Hawaii program.  Also, this coming Thursday we will be at the Makeke Kapolei! Come visit us and pick up tickets for our upcoming Bingo for Scholarships fundraiser. 

Nov 3rd: Club Assembly - Bingo 4 Scholarships update. Photo Opportunity for Rice Collection for Rotary Gives Thanks Day

Nov 10th: Club Assembly - Briefing regarding Bingo 4 Scholarships, walk through and finalize logistics. 

Nov 17th: Breakfast at Denny's Kunia. Briefing and finalize logistics for Thanksgiving Luncheon for US Vets


Dec 1st: Club Assembly - Debriefing of Bingo 4 Scholarships. 

Dec 3rd: Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Kapolei Longs from 10a- 1p
Dec 8th:  our guest speaker will be Alicia Maluafiti, Founder of Poi Dogs & Popoki who will speak of her involvement in animal rescue.
Dec 15th: Christmas Party from 7:30a-9a 
Dec 22nd: No club meeting due to holidays. 
Dec 29th: No club meeting due to holidays. 
Jan 5th: Club Assembly
Jan 12th: Author Brock Tully will speak about "Creating a culture of Kindness" in our communities.
Jan 19th: Cayenne Pe'a of Alaka'i Development will speak on the "Hawaii Housing Market".
Jan 28th: Jeanne Torres, Executive Director of Guide Dogs of Hawaii.
Feb 2nd: Club Assembly. Updates on HRYF Scholarship committee and Rotarians at Work day on April 29th. 
Feb 9th: District Governor Nominee, Win Schoneman will speak to us about membership and the art of recruiting. 
Feb 16th: Lori Respicio, Interim Clubhouse Director of the Boys and Girls club of Hawaii at Hale Pono in Ewa Beach.
Feb 23rd: Breakfast at Ruby Tuesday's (morning social)
Kicking off the new Rotary year, Club President Natasha Clarin took the time to recognize the past presidents of our club. 
Left to Right: Dick May, Christina Enoka, Dan Fullenwider, Jim Dooman, Arlene Estrella and Natasha Clarin. 
Mahalo Rep Har for speaking to our club about the updates from the last legislative session. 
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Dick May

Aloha RCK Members!  As the 2014-15 President, I first want to thank all of you for serving as Rotarians and as members of our club.  All that we do in the coming year in serving our community, and all that we do to have fun, will depend upon us as a team, supporting one another.

Many thanks to Arlene Estrella and to our 2013-14 board for their good work.  Our club is strong and our treasury is in good shape going into the new Rotary year.  Mahalo to all who joined us for the induction dinner, held at the Pacific Aviation Museum on June 24.

Going forward into the new Rotary year, we will work to have interesting and exciting meetings, and I solicit your thoughts on what you would like to see.  I am working to line up relevant speakers for many of our meetings, and we will send an e-mail blast each week to keep you up to date.

I look forward to your meaningful contribution to our club's success.

Dick May
Rotary Club of Kapolei



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