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Aloha my fellow members,
Hope you enjoyed your weekend! I spent half of my weekend out in the nature. I did a great hike on Windward side, called "Friendship Garden & Oneawa Hills". 100% recommended! It was a spectacular hike with amazing views on Koolau mountains and beautiful ocean. I felt rejuvenated and lucky to live in such beautiful place like Hawaiian islands. This outdoor experience also made me feel more grateful for the opportunities in my life and reassured me in my continuous wish to give back to my community that I consider home. So, I am looking forward to our Tree Planting day which will be on Saturday, January 23rd. Join me! Let's plant the trees together!
With aloha,
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS


The Tree Planting service project is rescheduled for 2021! See the details below and sign up!


WhereGunstock Ranch (56-250 Kamehameha Hwy)
When: Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
8:30 am - 10:30 am (2 groups of 5 ppl in each) 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm (2 groups of 5 ppl in each) 
What: Each person will plant 10-15 trees.  These trees will never be cut down or sold for profit.   

How: Holes are pre-dug!  Training, equipment, parking, and directions will be provided.

Please sign up by January 16th by emailing to our Club's President and Tree Planting Ambassador Ary at

Our speakers last week were Sam King II and James Stone Jr.   They spoke about the Three Meter Telescope (TMT) planned for Maunakea, providing information about the issues and possibilities of astronomy and the TMT in Hawaii, from the perspective of native Hawaiians who support the project.
James explained that the controversy involves four basic questions. 

1. Is modern astronomy consistent with native Hawaiian culture?

James explained that in his view modern astronomy is consistent with native Hawaiian culture. Historically, Hawaiians have embraced astronomy.

For example, in 1779 Captain James Cook was given permission by the chiefs and kahuna to establish the first western observatory at the Hikiau Heiau.

2. Does TMT have the legal right to begin construction at Maunakea?

Yes. All appeals have ended and TMT has the right to proceed, after a decade of litigation. There are no further legal obstacles to the right to begin construction.

3. What is the true nature of the TMT protests?

James cited it as an example of "movement politics." As such, the protests are not concerned with compromise or accommodation. They are about obstruction. Period.

The strategy, he explained, is to conflate historic grievances with TMT. Many Hawaiians believe that foreigners have taken advantage of Hawaiian values. Through "a hundred years of tears" and a loss of political control, Hawaiians have suffered disproportionately in many ways. This protest uses claims sacredness to cut off debate and conflate unrelated issues. The modern claim of sacredness has no support in the historic record, he explained.

4. What are the consequences should TMT succeed or fail?

The loss of TMT funding would mean harm to Hawaiians, through the loss of $1 million/year over 50 years, the loss of jobs, the loss of $200,000 a year in rent to OHA, and the loss of the opportunity to study and work with scientists such as Nobel laureate Dr. Andrea Ghez. 

However, if TMT fails, not a single native Hawaiian will benefit.

As a closing thought, James reminded us that Hawaiians used the stars to navigate when Europeans were afraid to travel out of sight of land.

For more information or questions, please reach out to the Executive Director of Imua TMT, Sam King, at
Please join us for our weekly meeting on Zoom! Our usual informal happy (half) hour begins at 6:00 pm, and the bell rings at 6:30 pm to formally start the meeting. 
Our speaker this week will be Dr. Jose Barzola.
José Barzola has a passion for creating social change through nonviolence, nurturing relationships that transcend cultural barriers, and focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He is a highly organized higher education administrator with almost 20 years of experience and success in administration, student development within academic and student affairs. José has also been an affiliate faculty teaching courses on peace and conflict resolution, a professional mediator and facilitator for almost 10 years both in New York and Hawaii. He is currently the Educational Specialist and Affiliate Faculty at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, a Peace Educator with Ceeds of Peace, a Program Advisor for the Institute for Climate and Peace, and a Board of Director for the Conflict Resolution Alliance, a local nonprofit that aims to develop and support peacebuilders in Hawai'i.
To join the meeting via Zoom, please follow this link:

Meeting ID: 865 8869 6909

Passcode: 1995

Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma).


Congratulations to University of Hawaii Rotaract Club President Kimberly Matutina for joining the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset. Kimberly is the first in Rotary District 5000 to hold membership in Rotary and Rotaract together!
Our newest member, Kimberly Matutina, writes:

Aloha all,

I'm excited to be a part of Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset! My background: I was born and raised on the island of Kauai. I love spending my free time hiking, going to the beach,  fishing, or hanging out with friends. Last year I was the Secretary and Treasurer for the Rotaract Club at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I currently serve as the Rotaract Club's President. 

I look forward to the upcoming events! Happy holidays and Happy New Year.



President Ary Radnaeva


“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
—Nelson Henderson
Upcoming Events
RCHS Meeting w/ Jose Barzola (Institute for Peace)
Jan 14, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Dr Mann, MD
Jan 21, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Lillian Cumic, the Vegan Chef
Jan 28, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Earl Mentor - CEO/Author - TeamRise South Africa
Feb 04, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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January is Vocational Service month in Rotary.
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on
Rotarians to encourage and foster:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider
these suggestions:
• Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
• Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
• Help young people achieve their career goals.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.