From weeding community gardens, to helping at the food bank, rescue tube installation and maintenance, road side cleanup, beach clean up, Christmas angels to foster kids, building schools in Nepal, tutoring in schools, passing out books to kids, installing AEDs and more!
Service Above Self
It hasn't been that long ago since the local Kauai Schools were a revolving door for mainland teachers. The idea of teaching in Hawaii sounded good but after a couple of years teachers found out that the cost of living was high, housing was out of their reach, and teaching on Kauai could be a challenge.Â The Rotary club of Hanalei Bay partnered with Growing Our Own Teachers and helped provide scholarships for local, home grown teacher candidates and gave them the boost they needed to complete their studies.The result has been that 39 teacher candidates have been given scholarships and have become teachers in our school system.Â The need continues and your support is greatly appreciated
More people on Kauai have died in the ocean than on the highway. It's hard to imagine, but it's true. Kauai's rip currents are killers. They have created the highest drowning rate in Hawaii.The Rescue Tubes on Kauai's beaches are personal flotation devices to be used to stabilize distressed swimmers before rescue by our lifeguards.Since the first Rescue Tube was installed in 2008, 48 Rescue Tube saves have been reported, and it is estimated that 15 to 18 drownings may have been prevented.There are over 200 Rescue Tubes surrounding Kauai today, but the job isn't finished because all of those rescue tubes have to be maintained and replace on an ongoing basis so that there will be a Rescue tube available for the next emergency. Rescue Tubes are there for all of us.Let's enjoy our beautiful beaches and stay safe Kauai!
The Kilauea Food Pantry opened its doors in 2014 with support from the community and the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay. Today the food pantry buys about 2,000 pounds of food each week at the food banks, courtesy of grants and donations, and nearly all of it is given away each Saturday afternoon.That's about 100,000 pounds of food that goes out the door of the small building in a year.About 70 people arrive each Saturday for food that will provide them with meals for a week's meals they otherwise would go without.The need has increased since day one.There are young men and young women. Families. Kupuna. Moms and dads and keiki, too. Some are homeless. Many arrive early to get one of the first places in line. Sign-in begins at 2:30 p.m., with the pantry opening at 3:30.
Aloha Angels, A Rotary International Significant Achievement Award winning program (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) was started by Ric Cox and members of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay in 2013.
Aloha Angels, spun off from the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay in May 2015, is now a 501(c)(3) non profit and receives funding from all five Rotary clubs on Kauai and the Zuckerberg Chan Foundation. With donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, Aloha Angels currently supports three youth-related programs on Kauai: Adopt a Teacher, Adopt an After-School Club, and Adopt-a-Band.
Each year we povide 25 volunteers for a community project to receive a $10,000 grant from the Weinberg Foundation. The funds are then directed to a community non profit in our area - 2017 the project was a clean up at the Kilauea Agricultural Center with the Weinberg money directed to the Kilauea Food Pantry.
The Rotary club of Hanalei Bay has adopted a stretch of highway from the Princeville shopping mall to the spa. On the first Saturday of every month you will find the regular crew out there every month keeping our highways clean. This is a notoriously dirty part of the highway because the Transfer station in just down the road and trash blows out of trucks when people don't cover their loads..
Each year our club participates in decorating the Mahelona Hospital courtyard for the holidays. The hospital long term care patients appreciate the holiday spirit.
Working with Child Wefare Services in the County of Kauai each year we purchase, wrap and deliver holiday gifts to over a hundred foster children on Kauai.
Following the destruction of a large earthquake, our club working with Rotary International helped fund and construct a new school house in Bungamati Nepal.