PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Last week, Capsun, his wife Linh, Ray, and myself were able to help the Rotary club of Kapaa with the Taste of Hawaii. This was a huge event, with over 1,000 people, food and drink vendors, and entertainment. Before the event, we did some work, ate a ton of food, and had fun together.
Many months ago Ray was approached by the Rotary Club of Kapaa, if the Rotary E Club of Hawaii would be interested in helping with the Taste of Hawaii http://www.tasteofhawaii.com/. If we were able to help, it would be the clubs' fundraiser. The work would start on June 5th, and it would be the whole day. Capsun had a great idea to go over a day earlier to spend time with Ray. We later found out that we would help on June 4th too, so it was very fortunate we were coming up on the 4th.
When we arrived, Ray greeted us with his H3 hummer, which was a very cool ride. Capsun, Linh, and I flew over in the morning and it was a beautiful day. We then went down to the venue where Ray introduced us to everyone, and showed us the lay of the land. After helping out at the event, Ray drove us down to Hamura’s to eat their saimin. I haven’t eaten there, and I really enjoyed the saimin, and their homemade chiffon pie. It reminded me of those small hole in the wall places, that I would eat at when I was a kid. I loved the vintage feel, and it brought back many memories.
That evening we could go with Ray to one of the bon dances he and his wife Carol goes to. It was at the Lihue Hongwangi, and it was wonderful. Ray was awesome playing the drums, while me, Carol, and others danced. The “food” at the bon dance was really good too. I thoroughly enjoyed the beef and chicken stick (which I don’t order normally), and the poi andagi. Capsun and Linh loved the food too. All the food there was really good, and it reminded me of how bon dances were as I was growing up. Now on Oahu, most of the bon dances are very busy and crowded. This bon dance was very low key, mellow, and not crowded. I also enjoyed the Japanese bon dance music, with some Okinawan music thrown in there. It was great to meet Ray’s friends from back in da day at the bon dance. Overall, it was a wonderful evening.
The next morning we were up early to work at the Taste of Hawaii. Ray went to pick up our future DG Nalani at the airport. I really appreciated her coming to help us at the Taste of Hawaii, and support our club. That day here is what we did, Capsun, Linh, Ray, and myself were driving around in golf carts delivering supplies, ice, and anything to all the food and drink vendors. Nalani was the lead dispatcher for us, and did a wonderful job. There was even a call for a plumbing emergency that me and another Rotarian Sal took care of. Basically, wherever you were needed, you went and helped. While running around I could try some things here and there at the event. The food and entertainment were wonderful. Our very own Ray Paler helped start the event 28 years ago, which is amazing. The event was great, but most importantly I had the best time hanging out with my friends Ray, Capsun, Linh, Nalani, Carol, and many other folks. Big Mahalo again to Ray and Carol for letting us stay over your wonderful home, and spend time with your beautiful family.
Today we are having our last board meeting in my year, and I hope to see you there. We’ll be inducting two new members in our club. Also, I hope you folks can make it to the President’s change of command this Saturday that Capsun and Rory from the East Honolulu Club have been working so hard on. In addition, hope you folks can make it to Kama’s event on June 17th too. I'm looking forward to seeing you all, and spending time with you. Lastly, it was our district conference this weekend, and it was just wonderful. I’ll report back later about it. Mahalo to Ray and Capsun for helping out with the SAA duties, and for Garry and Linda on attending. I’ll leave you with a quote, “Try something new. Go after the crazy dream. Be the person you always wanted to be."
Before the event, Hamura's, and the Bon Dance
Taste of Kauai Event
Speaker: A Brief History of Rotary International - The Boys of 1905
Rotary E-Club of Hawaii Upcoming Events
E-Club Meet Up at Cinnamon's
Date: June 17th
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Where: 'Ilikai hotel
Parking: Cinnamon's at the 'Ilikai will validate your valet parking if you dine with them or free public parking and metered parking is available by the harbor.
You may BYOB or purchase a limited selection of alcoholic beverages at Cinnamon's at the 'Ilikai which will be sold in a plastic cup to be consumed on the 'Ilikai property.
You can purchase food at Cinnamon's at the 'Ilikai and dine in or place take out orders. You may also purchase a selection of cold food at the small store in the hotel. You may also bring your own food.
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