Aloha and welcome to the Hawaii Kiwanis Ohana website! In Hawaii, "Ohana" means family, and that is truly what we are. Our 11 Kiwanis Clubs sponsor 23 Key Clubs at the High School level, 3 Circle-K Clubs at the College level, 3 Builder's clubs at the intermediate/middle school level, and 2 K-Kids Clubs at the elementary school level. Kiwanis in Hawaii is unique, in spite of our geographic isolation from the mainland, and our separate islands we all call home, we serve THOUSANDS of youths in our communities, through THOUSANDS of hours of community service projects annually. Service is our way of life in Kiwanis, and we are "dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."
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Division 22 had the honor to welcoming District Governor Rae Whitby-Brummer and First Gentleman John Brummer to Hawaii for their official visit and for the Division 22 Club Leadership Education (CLE) seminar, held at Aiea High School Library. During the CLE, facilitated by Gov. Rae, and assisted by incoming CLE trainer Tiffany Iida, Club leaders learned about the expectation of their new offices, and about positive goal setting, and improving their member experiences, along with a myriad of other topics. We also had the privilege of welcoming some members of a newly forming club to be known as the Kiwanis Club of West Oahu.
During a fabulous lunch, catered by Ige's Division 22 presented 2 Distinguished Service Awards (DSA). The DSA is
awarded to Kiwanians and members of our community for outstanding service to the community and Kiwanis. The two DSAs presented this year were to Hank Akita and Senator Jill Tokuda.
Hank Akita was the Key Club Lieutenant Governor's advisor and a member of the Waikiki Kiwanis Club in the 1970s, and was presented his DSA by Honolulu Kiwanis member Calvin Hara. Senator Jill Tokuda is a longtime supporter of the Kiwanis Club of Kaneohe, and serves as the Hawaii State Senator from the 24th District. Following the CLE and lunch, Division 22 held a Divisional Council Meeting (DCM) where Governor Neil Yamamoto issued an ELIMINATE "ice bucket" challenge to all clubs, saying that he would endure the shock and cold of the ice buckets if clubs would be willing to donate $50.00 per club to the ELIMINATE project to help end maternal and neo-natal tetanus. So far, we have received $150.00 for this challenge to be recorded and uploaded to youtube shortly after the District Convention in San Diego. Also, during this DCM, we elected our Lieutenant Governor Designate for the 2015-2016 Kiwanis year, Mr. Joshua Chang from the Kiwanis Club of Kaneohe. Many congratulations and thanks are due to Josh for his willingness to step into this new and exciting leadership role. Following the CLE and DCM, a Governor's Pau Hana was held at Big City Diner in Pearlridge which was attend by Governor Whitby-Brummer, First Gentleman John, and a number of Kiwanians and a few of our Service Leadership Program students. All in all, a good time was had by all!