The Rotary Club of North Hawaii awarded $7,400 in grants to community organizations in Waimea, Honokaa, and North Kohala.
North Hawaii Rotary Club has a long tradition of providing support to community organizations from Waikoloa to North Kohala to Laupahoehoe. Funds raised through the club’s annual Oktoberfest and smaller events throughout the year are dedicated to community grants and scholarships.
“Each year, the applications we receive demonstrate a deep commitment to improving our communities. North Hawaii Rotarians are pleased to support the efforts of so many community-based organizations that provide vital services to our children and families,” said club president, Kari Waldhaus.
Club grant recipients this year include:
Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation: Assist the Hawaii County Fire Department in Waimea to secure essential equipment and training.
Honokaa United Methodist Church: Sew Fun for community projects. Participants make large terry cloth bibs for resident of Hale Ho’ola Hamakua and fabric for prayer quilts for North Hawaii Community Hospital.
Honokaa Corps: Transportation, food, housing and event support to send children to a weeklong summer camp hosted by The Salvation Army at Camp Hokelani on Oahu.
Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool: Care and education for children 24 months to 6 years old. Providing individual instruction to children and an overall positive influence to their students’ educational path.
Mala‘ai Garden: Initiate “The Super Kitchen” to expand healthy eating and encourage students to take volunteer roles and share cooking knowledge in the community. The Super Kitchen is planned for June 25.
North Kohala Resource Center Community Athletics: Association to provide after-school sports and activities for North Kohala youth; programs are for boys and girls in various sports.
Healthy Lifestyles: Fitness program held at Kohala Elementary School which maintains small groups and offers healthy activities such as “Jump Rope for Heart” and hula hooping.
Kohala Unupa‘a and Ocean Warriors: Summer camp for students in North Kohala. The camp focuses on Hawaiian culture through environmental stewardship activities which promotes community service and pride of identity and place.
Roots Advocates for Youth: 6th Annual Go Skate Day to benefit the youth and families of North Kohala and Hawaii Island. Event includes food, music, and partnership with drug and alcohol free coalitions.
Waimea Preservation Association: 2nd Annual Waimea Preservation Father’s Day Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 15. Event tailored to families, young, old, laughter, cheering, and community bonding.
We Empower Youth: Will educate the youth on nutrition, proper exercise, and fundamentals of a positive attitude.
Founded in 1954, North Hawaii Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, the world’s oldest service organization with more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 32,000 clubs, in more than 200 countries.