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."

 Do you know what a homeless student looks like? 

      On a beautiful sunny Saturday in April approximately 80 high school Key Clubbers and Circle-K members spent their entire afternoon in the Farrington library.  It was Kiwanis One Day for the Kiwanis Club of Honolulu.  In the past, activities such as beach clean-ups or school beautification were conducted.  This year we wanted to try something a little different.  We wanted to do something that perhaps might last longer than just “One Day.”   
     We set out to introduce a whole new way of thinking.  Design Thinking is a problem solving tool used by institutions such as Stanford University and companies like Apple and IBM to create innovative solutions to society’s toughest challenges.  At the very basic level it is a five step process of empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.  It may seem simple but it is a powerful process that allows for meaningful solutions to complicated issues.  The challenge posed to our eager participants that afternoon was to find solutions to help homeless students succeed in school and end the cycle of homelessness 
     According to the Hawaii State Department of Education, there are approximately 2,000 homeless students enrolled in our public and private schools.  For many of these students, the fear of being judged or teased at sch ool for being homeless is enough of a deterrent to not attend.   
     With guidance from Mr. Ken Hiraki, President of the Public Schools Foundation of Hawaii and Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Hawaiian Telcom (and former State representative), participants were led through each step of the Design Thinking process. 
    Imagine not being able to take a bath for a few days or wash your clothes; or not finishing your homework because there are no lights for you to study at night?  Would you feel uncomfortable going to school, associating with your classmates, or even sharing your situation with friends?  These are just a few of the challenges faced by Victoria Cuba who was a homeless student while attending Waipahu High School.   Victoria’s story is an incredible one.  By the time she was in high school she had already been homeless twice.  The first time she lived in a Matson container in a junk yard and the second time she and her family lived in several used cars.  Victoria was interviewed by Key Club member Sydnie Ito, who is also a Design Thinking student at Punahou School.  Despite all the obstacles Victoria faced in high school, she was able to graduate and is now attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 




 The Key Club members from Komohana & Hikina participated in a Dance for Eliminate. They collected money from students to learn how to dance to a song.




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Criminal history background checks may be required for all adults working with youth. If conducted the background check should conform to applicable local and state/provincial laws and requirements. In the absence of any other requirement to do so, Kiwanis clubs are required to have a clear background check, by any provider, of any member serving as advisor to any Service Leadership Program club, program or activity. Kiwanis International’s criteria shall be followed to determine if the background check is considered ‘clear’. Approved background checks shall be valid for no more than ten years. Clubs are strongly encouraged to ensure confidential background checks for all adults who will be working directly with youth outside of the school or who may not have undergone a background check. Kiwanis International requires clear background checks conducted by its provider for all adults working with youth at all Kiwanis International-sponsored events.  These include the Key Club International Convention, the Key Club Governor and Administrator training conference, and the Key Club International Leadership Conference, and any Key Leader weekend. A district may also require background checks for other adults working with youth as part of district programs or events. (See Kiwanis International Policy B and Procedure 197 for complete information regarding criminal history background checks.)  

Komohana held their DCM and year-end banquet on April 18 at the Seicho No Ie Hawaii Jisso.  Aiea, Castle, Leilehua, Mililani, and Waipahu were present.  Outgoing officers were retired by Immediate Past LTG Bennet and incoming officers were inducted by LTG Justin.

Justin’s personal goal for the year is to make Key Club more vital to its members and more serviceable to the community.

The next Komohana DCM will be May 16, 10a-2p at Damien Memorial School.  


District Awards were presented to:

District Tree:  Aiea, Waipahu

Membership Growth 25%:  Waipahu

Membership Retention:  Castle

Most Improved Club:  Leilehua

MRP Bronze:  Alyssa, Elizette (Aiea), Abegaile, Allana, Anisette, Larissa,  Maribeth, Nheslyn, Tiannah (Waipahu)


Susie and Kay joined the Kaneohe Kiwanis Club at the semi-annual HPR Pledge Drive on April 16.  Susie and I were in HPR#2 along with Joy Nishida and Craig Yamada. During our two-hour shift, the four of us raised more than $1000.00 towards HPR’s goal.  Dr. Jacquie Maly was a guest speaker on HPR#2 during the second hour and reached out to former SLP for their support.  She personally pledged a $250.00 matching contribution.   

Our March 28 workday with Leilehua and Castle had us dusting flatware and glasses in the galleys. We were then treated to a tour of the Barber Shop and the Brig Cell #3. Our April 25 workday with Aiea had us cleaning the rooms on O2 level behind the CEC.  We were happy to have “world traveler” Ruby assist us on Saturday with picture taking and videos.  After we cleaned, we were treated to a tour of the radio room where information is gathered and sent to the CEC.  We learned that the two most important things you need to win a war are information and logistics. After our morning of dusting and cleaning, we were treated to ice cream.



On Sunday, April 19, Pearl Harbor and its SLP were honored at a volunteer thank you luncheon at the Kroc Center in Kapolei.  Susie accompanied Aiea Key Clubbers  Kiarah and Mariel at the event.  Kiarah said that “during check-in, we received a raffle ticket and two free passes to the Kroc Center. We were then moved along to make a candy bag. After a brief introduction and a few thank yous, we were treated to a fish and chicken lunch with desert. Through out the luncheon, there was raffle calling and many people including …  Mariel, won a prize. …”  

At our DCM on April 21, Audrey Kagawa (East Hawaii) was unanimously elected to be our 2016-17 LTG, following Joshua Chang.  Congratulations Audrey!   
LTG John reported that as of March 31, Division membership is 221 and District membership is 13,080.   

We are proud to announce that our application for 501(c)(3) status has been approved.  We are now a public charity.  Donors can deduct contributions they make to our foundation under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.  Thank you, Sir Danny, for enduring the lengthy process.  

New member, Aladdin, was the guest speaker on April 7.  He shared some of the research that he did while attending Washington State University.  Fifty percent of dementia goes undetected in primary care.  What is a significant sign of dementia is often the hardest to detect.  Cognitive functional screening requires time (about three hours), not something that can be done within the usual 15-minute office visit.  Five domains are tested:  memory, concentration, visual-spatial orientation, language, and problem solving.  The domain of problem solving is a critical one in early detection. 

Research still shows that tau protein is present in higher levels in all dementia patients.  What causes this buildup is still unknown.  
Is it genetic or environmental?  Aladdin feels that it is more environmental.  Aladdin says that a healthy lifestyle is still the best prevention for many ailments.  Good nutrition, exercise to increase blood flow to the brain, adequate sleep, and stress management are keys to good health.   
Let’s keep our bodies and brains healthy so that we can continue to serve! 


The Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor and its Key Clubs from Aiea and Leilehua participated in the annual Kiwanis One Day on April 11.  We partnered with the YMCA of Honolulu and their Healthy Kids Day event at the Bishop Museum.  Our members and our SLP assisted in various areas such as registering attendees, distributing goodie bags and maps to attendees, assisting with activities for preschool aged children, letting keiki have fun on a “golf course,” sharing nutritional information with keiki and family, and cleaning up.  Hawaii’s families who came out that day were treated to great activities for children of all ages, healthy food options, and free access to the exhibits including the current running “Dinosaurs Unleashed.”  What a great way to spend the day.  Thank you to the YMCA for hosting the event and to all the many sponsors who make it happen each year.