K-Family Working Together in Service

At the July 14 Key Club Komohana DCM hosted by Kailua High School Key Club, our K-Family was busy cleaning and painting new stripes in the school’s parking lot. Although it was forecasted to rain on our project, we were blessed with cloudy but dry skies! The Vice-Principal thanked us for a job well done!
Our USS Missouri workday on July 28 brought together not only Division 22

K-Family members, but a Kiwanis family from Germany. Eric Meurer-Eichberg, 2018-19 Vice Governor for Germany and Past LTG for Cologne, is vacationing with his family and joined us for our monthly workday. Eric, Ellen, and Felix worked with our Waipahu Key Clubbers and Pearl Harbor Kiwanians. Eric and his family will be attending our District Convention in Kailua-Kona.

Club Social Involves More than Food and Conversation

On July 3, the Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor held a club social at Bravo Italian Restaurant in Aiea. Club members were joined by Key Club Region 18 Advisor Joshua Chang and Circle K UH Manoa members Ace, Danielle, Nikki, and Brent. Honorary member Ruby came and graciously served as our photographer du jour.
President Aladdin livened things up with a round of Heads Up with a theme of movies. After the laughter settled down, the winning team was Ace, Carol, Brent and Nikki.
Everyone went home with at least a State of Hawaii “coat of arms” vintage pin and/or a stuffed animal. Remaining “coat of arms” pins will be taken to DCON. All remaining stuffed animals were donated to be used at the Key Club RTC Fall Rally and K-Family Dances.

President’s Column — Asking, Applying, Learning …

Aladdin Roque-Dangaran

During this past spring semester, I was working as a long-term substitute teacher at James Campbell High School. I had a full line of 9th grade physical science students. What I learned from that experience is that your mastery of the subject only accounts for a portion of your effectiveness. The effectiveness of your classroom management can be the determining factor of whether your students learn or don’t learn. And that is what I struggled the most with during my time at JCHS. Through all my previous classes, they talk about some strategies to manage your students, but it is different once you’re actually out there.
I believe that the main goal of a science teacher is to make students question the world around them and the world in themselves. My classes were much more fun for both me and my students when the students were asking about related topics or how we can apply the lesson to other concepts. Once you start asking questions, there is no limit to your knowledge. I hope to train my students so that they keep making connections and is always in wonderment. After this past semester, I have concluded that students do not like science classes because they are too accustomed to just being fed information. Science is the application of knowledge to the real world, and some students that I have talked to have trouble applying these concepts. That being said, I believe that the more interactive and hands-on learning students can participate in, the more they will learn because it becomes easier to see the applications; this is true not only for science, but for all subjects. – Aladdin Roque-Dangaran, Pres

USS Missouri Workday with Waipahu Key Club


Our monthly workday on the USS Missouri was with the Waipahu and Pearl City Key Clubs. We cut, drilled, sanded, stamped (Vicky in photo), oiled, and refinished many teak bookmarks. We reworked many bookmarks that were rejected by our quality control crew. These were bookmarks that were finished by other groups.
We helped to put up the welcome banner for RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. This year, China was excluded and the Army and Air Forces were added to the exercises.

Oahu Key Club Officer Training Conference (OTC) and DCM

Komohana and Hikina held an all-Oahu OTC on Sat June 9 at Farrington High School. The day started at 7:15a with breakfast provided by the Kiwanis Club of Honolulu. Komohana LTG Halia and Hikina LTG Lawrence planned the day’s events starting with the OTC at 8:00am. Officer workshops were interspersed Team Building activities. Lunch was provided by Alakai, Kaneohe, and Pearl Harbor. Kaneohe Kiwanian Craig Yamada took care of the food preparation! Hikina and Komohana held separate DCMs at 3:00pm. The day adjourned at 4:00pm with clean up for the library, classrooms, and cafeteria. Thank you Farrington for hosting the 2018 OTC.
Komohana welcomes the Kapolei High School Key Club. Five officers attended the OTC. Alakai will be their sponsoring Kiwanis Club and Lori Morimoto will be their Kiwanis Advisor. That brings the total of Komohana Key Clubs up to 10.

Front left: LTG Halia and Charter President Michelle.

The Adolescent Brain

Aladdin Roque-Dangaran

During this past semester at UH at Manoa I took a class in developmental psychology. One of the more interesting topics that we learned about was the development of the adolescent. Many of us work with high school key clubbers. And to many of them, we are more than just advisors or chaperones. We often create personal bonds with our students in which they trust us and we trust them. Prior to neuroscience, and even today, there was a stigma about adolescence as being a period of ‘raging hormones.’ However, we now know that the surging hormones doesn’t tell the whole story. According to Steinberg (2011), the “maturation of the brain systems responsible for thinking ahead and controlling impulses is influenced by the sorts or experiences young people have.” Because the plasticity of the brain is at its peak during adolescence, what we experience can heavily influence the way our brain matures and develops. The connections that we form with our SLP, no matter how small it may seem, to them it can mean the world. I have had many a student just sit in my office and ‘vent’ to me. And as an adult it is easy to just push them away because it may seem like they are just complaining. But for many of those students they needed to just have a release to get them through their day. And it is not because they are ‘moody,’ but because their brains are trying to cope with the world around them, and we as educators can help push their brains in the right direction.
Sternberg, L. (2011). Demystifying the Adolescent Brain. Educational Leadership.
– Aladdin Roque-Dangaran, Pres

Kiwanians – Therapy Dolls – Preemie Caps — Child Life Specialists

What do these four things have in common? LOVE! There is the love of serving, which Kiwanis shows us. There is the love in the hands that cut patterns, sew and stuff these unique therapy dolls with their different colors, fabrics and attitudes, as well as the hands that tenderly crocheted the tiny preemie caps. The Child Life Specialists exuded love in all they do for children. The Kiwanis Club of Pearl Harbor met two dedicated women, as guest speakers at our June meeting.

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USS Missouri—Ready with a Plan B

On May 26, our monthly workday on board the Mighty Mo was with the Pearl City Key Club. Originally scheduled to help prepare beds on the second deck, we were reassigned as the floors were being refinished. We tackled finishing teak bookmarks—sanding, stamping, varnishing, and adding the tie. During the summer break, our workdays will be open to all of our SLPs.