It certainly was One Fine Evening! From the fine art to the delicious food by top chefs to the unique wines to taste, and the great tunes by Rumba de Fuego and Hui Na Holoholo, it was a fun time!
Thanks to all who came out to the event, the many silent auction donors, the event sponsors, and the additional volunteers who helped! Thanks also to Mayor Carvalho and Ron Wiley.
Together we had a fun time and a great fundraiser that will finance local scholarships and community programs throughout the year!
Weinberg Foundation Project at Salt Pond Beach
Rotary Exchange Students
Adopt-A-Highway with Interact Club
Kids' Christmas Party
This annual event is sponsored by our club. Club members Mike Curtis, Craig Nishimoto, and Michael Carlsson participated in the festivities. The Interact Club helped in advance to wrap Santa's gifts.
Additional Community Grants
- Salvation Army
- Adopt an Angel (Hanalei Rotary project)
- Kids' Christmas Party for Nana's House/Child and Family Services (Poipu Rotary project)
- Waimea High School HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals
- Koloa Elementary School
- Kalaheo Elementary School
- Eleele Elementary School
Vacation for Donation Fundraiser
Adopting Koloa Elementary School
One of our key initiatives is supporting education and youth opportunities.
As part of that, we have partnered with Aloha Angels and Joe Nelson, owner of Koloa Surf Company, to sponsor supplies and field trips for 19 teachers at Koloa Elementary School. In addition, we are also sponsoring 8 after-school clubs.
Here we are presenting a check from Rotary Club of Poipu Beach to Linda Uyehara, Principal of Koloa Elementary. Pictured are Chris Young, club President, Rick Cox of Aloha Angels, Linda Uyehara, and Michael Carlsson, past-President of our club.
This is in addition to book donations, Rotary Readers, the Dictionary Project, and other work that Rotarians do with youth in the community.
Partnering with Kauai Nonprofits
The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach recently awarded over $25,000 in community grants to 26 nonprofit organizations on Kauai.
The grant awards are used for items such as uniforms, food for the needy, transportation, safety gear, cultural education, sporting equipment and literacy supplies. Each grantee organization must be sponsored by a Rotarian and then is invited to apply for the grant awards.
Nancy Kanna, Rotary Club of Poipu Beach past president and community grants chair, said since the Community Grant Program was established in 2001, the club has awarded over $275,000 to over 50 organizations.
“By partnering and funding specific items for other nonprofits, we are able to work together to have an even greater impact in the Kauai community,” Kanna said.
Movies in the Park
This event also supports the Koloa Elementary School PTSA as they offer a food concession at the movie. This has enabled them to fund many extracurricular programs that improve the quality of campus life for all of their students by funding after school activities and supplemental education programs that do not make it into the school budgets.
4-Way Test Essay Contest
Kauai Community College Nursing Scholarships
Congratulations to Breanna Vegas and Hilary Leasiolagi who were each awarded a $2500 nursing scholarship for Kauai Community College by our club. They were selected from among ten applicants. We wish them continued success in finishing their education!
Pictured with Breanna and Hilary are club secretary Jan Pascua, club treasurer Becky Fries, and club president Michael Carlsson.
Third Graders Receive Dictionaries
Packing Medical Supplies for Cebu, Philippines
Our sister club is the Rotary Club of Cebu Port Centre (RCCPC). The island of Cebu sustained major damage in a typhoon in 2013. We continued to assist them in 2015 by gathering up surplus and expired medical supplies on Kauai under the leadership of Dr. Craig Nishimoto, DVM. Volunteers from the club then spent an evening packing boxes for shipment and enjoying a pizza party.