A reflection by Neil Yamamoto reposted from social media
“The kids are counting on us…”-Richard Minatoya
It is with a heavy heart, that I write this post. Yesterday afternoon, I received word that my friend, and fellow Kiwanian, Richard Minatoya passed away. Richard was a champion for children, and though he would never seek the limelight for himself, Richard worked tirelessly for many years to ensure that the Children of Hawaii, and ultimately the world would be happy, healthy, safe and loved. I remember Richard as a laid-back guy, with an almost aloof nature, and I never heard him raise his voice above an authoritative “nuff already” but that laid back nature belied a quiet intensity, that was proven to me time and again in his work as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Maui County, his work with the Maui 442nd Veterans Club, and of course, via his work with Kiwanis.
I also write this post with a grateful heart. Grateful that I knew Richard He is the reason that I became a Lieutenant Governor, and Foundation Ambassador for Kiwanis. I am grateful always to Richard for his friendship, and his devotion to the kids.
Yes, Richard, the kids ARE counting on us, and we’ll hold your legacy high. Thank you for everything, my friend. I will miss you, and remember you in everything we do as Kiwanians for the kids.
Kiwanis 4 Kids made its second donation to a
Title 1 elementary school. Our Waipahu Key Club
chose the Waipahu Elementary School to be the
recipient of donated items. They asked what was
most needed for their students. Schools supplies
and rubber slippers are always needed at this
particular school. The Key Club asked for
donations from their school community as well as
from Pearl Harbor Kiwanians.
The 25th Annual Children & Youth Day held the first Sunday in October, kicked off the new Kiwanis administrative year. All of our Oahu KFamily come out to support this free event. The Kaneohe Club had their tent ready to check in our KFamily volunteers for the day. The volunteers were then taken to their assigned posts throughout the event. Pearl Harbor partnered with the YMCA of Honolulu to provide a kite making activity for our keiki. It is always a popular hit with both children and adults.
2018 officers were installed on September 29 by Ltg. Governor Roy Kagawa as his last duty for the club representing Division 22. Lani Ann Miho being inducted as the incoming Vice President. She has been with the club as an active member involving in most of the projects and meetings, and she has been on the board of directors for many times (in this photo on the left, her husband Arthur is taking the honor of pinning her with her VP pin.
Here’s to a wonderful, new administrative year, for the Kiwanis Club of The Valley Isle! These SUPER Kiwanians held their Installation dinner on September 26th. The theme for this year, as chosen by Calnevha District Governor Rocci Barsotti, is “Heart of a Hero,” and by all accounts, these Kiwanians surely possess this quality! (pc: LTG Greg Pers)
We interclubbed with the Kaneohe Kiwanis Club at their Installation Banquet on Thu, September 27 at the Kailua Hongwanji. The Kaneohe Club honored their SLPs at King Intermediate, Castle, Kailua and McKinley High Schools. They presented Phil McInnis with a DSA for his dedication to the K-Family Dance. They inducted “new” member Linda Squeo who has permanently relocated to Hawaii from California. And welcome to the “J-Club” of first time presidents — Joy, Jacob and Judy. Best wishes for a great 2018-19 Kiwanis year.
Safe Communities held its annual event at the Pearlridge Shopping Center on Sat, September 28. We partnered with the YMCA of Honolulu and provided a make-and-take activity that focused on healthy eating habits and alternatives with an emphasis on sugar and salt. The Pearl City Key Club worked with the keiki (and adults) on making the “fortune tellers.” We were even on the KFVE news that night!
Our monthly USS Missouri Workday was held on Sat September 29. The Aiea Key Club joined us on board the Mighty Mo as we made more teak bookmarks and performed light housekeeping such as sweeping the deck. The day was very hot and humid. Thus, the ice cream surprise at the end of our community service was a welcomed treat!
Tenrikyo Mini Bazaar was rescheduled for September 3 due to Hurricane Lane. Judy and Kay helped at the Baked Goods Table. Freshly made delicacies were sold such as andagi, ohagi, brownies, butter mochi, party mix, cookies, breads, and lilikoi butter. There were plant, clothing, huli huli chicken and much more on sale. The Tenrikyo church generously donated children’s shoes for our Kiwanis 4 Kids project.
The Annual Okinawan Festival was held on September 2 at the Hawaii Convention Center this year. It was a much different venue from Kapiolani Park. Because it was indoors and airconditioned, there was no need for the Hydration Team. Instead, we shared children’s mini golf, face painting, and children’s games with the Leilehua Leo Club and the Pearl City Key Club. The mini-golf was a tough course!