“The kids are counting on us…”-Richard Minatoya

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.


The Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle and its partners celebrated the Keiki on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Keiki Fest is an annual Kiwanis One Day event, celebrating the “Month of the Young Child,” held at the Great Lawn of the University of Hawaii-Maui College. This highly successful Keiki Fest offered a fun, educational, and family-friendly community event that drew people from all over the island. This event promotes a positive, safe and healthy environment for Maui’s Keiki. It is a fun-filled family event with FREE games, prizes, Keiki I.D., jumping castles, children’s activities and entertainment. Low cost food was available for purchase and there were lots of vendors with Keiki related items and many non-profit organizations. Selected children had the opportunity to participate in the Bike Safety program to learn and practice safe bicycling skills ending with a drawing for free bikes for the participants.
This fundraiser is in partnership with the 4-H Clubs of Maui, County of Maui-Department of Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui, and the University of Hawaii—Maui College, with support from many Maui businesses.
Great job, Valley Isle Kiwanians, Co-Chairs Jan Shishido and Shari Yamamoto, Vanessa, Marc, Region 18 Trustee John Buck, Lt. Gov. Roy and Audrey Kagawa, and all the other Maui Kiwanis clubs and SLPs that were involved!


T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K! WOW!!


Region 18 Trustee John Buck’s April Message

John L. Buck III

Aloha, Division 22 Kiwanians:
If you were not on Maui for the Key Club Annual HCON, you missed a wonderful event. The Service Project at Queen Kaahumanu Center was a big hit with the public. Those who were there, had a lot of fun and an excellent learning experience for the participants from the public.

On Saturday night, while the dance was going on, we held our Regional Training Conference and Regional Election Conference. During the Regional Training Conference, our District Governor Joni Ackerman did say a few words of her goals and the importance of recruiting new members. For our future leaders, it is important that our clubs continue to support our SLPs and continue to service our community.

Also at the RTC along with recruiting new members, it was stressed the importance of why someone would leave our organization. We need to find ways to keep our members, be it through service projects or other projects or programs that will keep them excited about our organization.

Division 22 should be proud of their efforts in recruiting new members. We have had new members join our ranks. With our new members, we now have additional hands to assist in our efforts to serving our children and community. I personally thank each and every one of you for your efforts.


Richard Minatoya

Following the Regional Training Conference, we held our Regional Election
Conference. This happens every three (3) years. Since I am in my third year of my
term as your Region 18 Trustee, we needed to elect a new Trustee to replace me.
Richard Minatoya was elected as your new Trustee for the 2018-2021 term. He
will be installed during the District Convention in August.


I know Richard will do an excellent job, for he has been a true Kiwanian. He became a member of the Kiwanis family when he became a member of the Key Club while in high school. I ask that everyone give Richard their support. I want to thank everyone for their support these last three (3) years.

This year’s District Convention will be held on the Big Island, in Kona. If possible, I would like to see as many Kiwanis members from Division 22 as possible. I would like to see a good showing from our Division, since the convention is in our Division. I would be nice to have our new Trustee Richard and our new Lt. Governor Greg have a good contingency cheering them on at the installation of officers.

One of the projects I was involved in recently, I was part of the judging committee to determine which Signature Service project that would represent the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. I will tell you it was a tough job, for we have a lot of good service projects throughout our District and also here at home in Hawaii. (see attachment) The winning project that will be our District’s entry to the Signature Project International Competition. Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Kiwanis Special Games was the winning District project. It is an annual celebration attracting participation of over 45 Kiwanians. This field day of athletic events has 18 vents tailored to fit the abilities of all athletes, ranging from the 100 yard dash, bean bag toss on the popular obstacle course. There are over 900 athletes participate and they are celebrating their 40th year. I will be submitting a list of all the entries.

I hope to see all of you at the convention in August. It will be a great event and lots of fun. Thank you for support these last three years as your Trustee and thank you for all you do as a Kiwanis’ member.

LTG Roy Kagawa’s April Message

Hi and aloha, members,
All Kiwanis clubs should be getting their slate for officers for the 2018-2019 administrative year done soon. The incoming officers list will be due to KI in May. Good luck in finding officers, for most clubs, they must be asked, for they won’t say “I will.”
Maui Keiki Fest — WOW, is all I can say. It was done with a lot of sweat and was a very organized project. I noticed they teamed up with the Maui and Kahului Kiwanis clubs, and together they had volunteers for all areas. They net about $3000, which they turn into scholarships to various organizations. I would like to congratulate the Valley Isle club for a job well done, and Audrey and I were there to witness all the hard work that needed to be done. If any other club members from the other islands happen to be in Maui on April 13, 2019, please consider stopping by and give a hand to these hard working Kiwanians!
Audrey and I will be going to the Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas. If you want to join us, John Buck, and Richard Minatoya, the convention is on June 28-30. The host hotels are the Paris and Bally’s.
If you have a signature project, let me know.
“Much mahalo for service”
Roy Kagawa, LtG. 2017-2018
219 Kanoelani St., Hilo, HI 96720 Phone (808) 959-8358 E-Mail: kagawa@hawaii.rr.com