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Aloha my fellow members,
Hope you are doing well. My message here today is to draw your attention to our club's fundraising efforts to support our service projects. Our fundraising goal is $17,000 for this Rotary Year. We need everyone's help on this! Our biggest fundraising initiative is the Online Silent Auction which will be open from November 16 - 20, 2020. Beth is collecting any valuable items until the end of October, please reach out to her. It can be restaurant/gas gift cards, art pieces, women jewelry or designer purse, wine bottles, gift sets, hotel or resort certificates, any flight certificates and etc. If you are not able to donate any items, please consider make a monetary contribution. (Please read the details below).
Your contribution will go a long way! 
Ary Radnaeva
2020 - 2021 President of the RCHS


As the number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii is increasing, the RCHS, following City and County of Honolulu mandates and guidelines, is offering only virtual Zoom meetings in October. We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our members, guests and the community.
Please join us for our weekly meeting. This meeting will be only 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 will be Colonel (Ret.) David H. Molinaro, Director, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT). 

Leads a consortium of Air Force, State of Hawaii, and other key stakeholders in demonstrating, validating, and integrating the latest hydrogen fuel cell and environmentally compliant technologies for use by the Air Force. HCATT has evolved over 20 years of DARPA, APTO and AFRL demonstrations in alternative and renewable energy projects in Hawaii and is complemented by a significant investment by the National Guard Bureau and the Hawaii Air National Guard. 

The first initiative is the Pacific Energy Assurance and Renewables Laboratory (PEARL) microgrid, a project focused on developing an integrated microgrid utilizing 100% renewables, a variety of energy storage technologies, and cyber secure control system for sustained “off the grid” operations by the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The second initiative is continuing the development and demonstration of various FCEVs, support equipment, and hydrogen infrastructure in an operational military environment. The first hydrogen production and fueling station was established by HCATT to serve as a model for other Air Force installations and is currently the leading hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure activity in the DoD. 

Dave joined the HCATT team in April 2016 and began his tenure as Director in August 2019. He is a 30-year Air Force/Air National Guard professional with extensive CEO level experience in joint operations, strategic planning, logistics, aircraft maintenance, human resource development, and congressional advocacy. Prior to HCATT, Dave worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Infrastructure Protection where he conducted comprehensive classified and unclassified analysis of the nation’s critical infrastructure and provided strategic-level recommendations to DHS leadership. He brings extensive project management experience as he was directly responsible for the $400M logistics conversion of the Hawaii Air National Guard’s F-15 Eagle to F-22 Raptor. 

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).

Our speaker on October 15 was Jacob DeNeui, an architect and author based in Montana. He shared with us the “trampoline principle” of leadership, and his ideas about how to be a balanced leader.

A trampoline, he explained, is made up of three parts: rigid tubing, a flexible mat, and the springs that connect the two. Effective leaders use a combination of structure and flexibility to achieve their vision. As with a trampoline, the higher a leader propels people towards the leader’s vision, the more effective the leader is. The leader’s task is to manage the tension between structure and flexibility.

He told us that there are three main ways that this tension manifests itself. First, leaders should pursue polarities—that is, two opposite ideas, like the Chinese philosophy of yin/yang, that are equally valid. Second, leaders should work to deepen discernment. Like Solomon’s polarities, there is a time for every purpose under heaven. There is a time for flexibility, and a time for structure. Leadership without flexibility is just pain, and leadership without structure doesn’t go anywhere. The question is not which is better, but when is it better to focus on one or the other. Finally, leaders should spot the connections between structure and flexibility. In his view, the connections are made up of the environment, the communication, and the culture of an organization. As with a trampoline, if one spring is damaged, the others are overstretched, and are at risk of failure.   Good leaders should be aware of those things, and be able to make adjustments to the environment, communication, and culture of their organization, to keep it healthy.


RCHS Meeting with Jacob DeNeui.
(Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey)
Every year our Club provides support to HUGS families. HUGS supports Hawaii's families with a child up to age 21 who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or disease. This holiday shopping event gives an opportunity to HUGS families to shop for personal items at Walmart  as these families face financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child. There will be 3-5 HUGS families in need that are invited by HUGS. 
Where: Walmart Supermarket (700 Keeaumoku, Honolulu)
When: Sunday, November 22, 9 - 11 am.
How: For COVID-safety purpose, shopping will be done in 3-5 groups with no more 7 ppl in total, including the family from one household. For each family we need 2 Rotarians to assist with shopping. Everyone must wear masks and maintain social distancing. No lunch will be provided. 
Please sign up by emailing to the Project Lead - Community Service Chair, Glen Bailey, at


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is NOW!  This year, join us as Rotary Gives Thanks by planting 5,000 Hawaiian Native trees to combat climate change! 
Our COVID Strategy: 
The planting area at Gunstock Ranch is 5 acres!  This gives us ample space to socially distance in the vast, open-air area.  Furthermore, each tree will be planted in a pre-dug hole that is 10 ft apart from each other!  Planting will be coordinated with regards to teams and planting zones.  The number of participants in a team will depend on the current guidance by the government (ie. no more than 5 per team).   Only one team will be present on each planting zone and will be planting in the same direction as the other teams.  This will decrease the likelihood of teams of being in proximity of one another. 


WhereGunstock Ranch (56-250 Kamehameha Hwy)
When: Saturday, December 5th
Shift times:
  •8:30am - 12:30pm
  •12:30pm -4:30pm
What: Each person will plant 10 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 emailing to our Club's President and Tree Planting Ambassador Ary at & let her know about the shift preference and number of people in your group.


Beth Hoban writes:

I was born in the Philippines, left home at 17 after high school, to pursue a nursing education in Chicago. I married my 1st real American boyfriend 2 years later on August 16, 1969.  Jim’s sister, nursing school classmate, invited me to dinner at Mom and Dad Hoban’s home, and it was there that I met Jim while he was visiting his parents.  Jim asked his Mom, “If I feed her…can I keep her?” This year, we celebrate 51 years of marriage, 26 years of working in the same business/office space and 10 years of having fun together as a Sunsetter Rotarian.  We also celebrate 10 years as Grandparents to  7; the youngest born on September 20th.  No secret to many—we both enjoy family, church, travel and good humor. (Yes- the ice cream too!)

My parents, business owners, engrained the importance of college education, owning your own business and giving back to the less fortunate.  The latter was an expectation, as I was educated in an all-girls private Catholic school run by the Maryknoll Sisters, a missionary order based in New York.  In high school, I tagged along with the nuns to deliver food, clothes and taught English and Math to children in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.  I almost thought of becoming a missionary Maryknoll Sister.

After high school and nursing school, leaving the cold winters in Chicago, Jim and I with our 3 year old son, moved to Hawaii in December 1973.  The Queens Medical Center offered me a job as soon as we arrived, where I worked for 21 years as Staff Nurse, Manager and Educator.

In 1986, I started the first Grandparents’ Class in Hawaii, long before I became a grandma.  Bob Krauss, newspaper writer, interviewed me and commented “ How gutsy of you-What do you know about grand-parenting?”  Contrary to his comment, it was one of the most popular classes in Hawaii with a waiting list of 3 months!  I was a self-employed Lamaze ( Childbirth) Instructor and my students encouraged their parents to attend Grandparents Classes, sometimes concurrently while they were attending my Lamaze classes.

Two years prior to completing graduate school (business/organization management), Prime Care Services Hawaii, a licensed, Medicare-certified home healthcare agency, was established.  I left Queens in 1994 to start the business and Jim joined me shortly. I am President/ CEO of Prime Care with a loyal team, our Prime Care ohana, who have been with the company since we started in 1994.  Some of them I worked with at Queens.

Jim was a member of the RC of Pearlridge, where a fellow Rotarian and Banker, Roy Matsuo, helped us to get the business off the ground with a line of credit from the Bank of Hawaii. The trust and relationship Roy had in us was pivotal in getting our business off to a great start.  This is an excellent example of the value of networking in Rotary.

I was happy tagging along when Jim went to his club’s service projects and selling his fundraising tickets.  Then….I was introduced to Rotary International’s Group Study Program by Rotarian Marietta Bustamante. She was the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society and I was a President of ACS Board.  Marietta asked me to help her coordinate vocational visits and home stays for  the GSE Australia Team while in Hawaii.  A group from Hawaii, in return, would spend 3 weeks in Australia.  When my “hanai”daughter  (actually, my niece)  was accepted to join the GSE Team to Australia, I felt compelled to thank Rotary for the great gift of allowing young professionals to share their culture and vocation in another country. That was when I decided to join the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset in 2007. 

We are a Rotary Family.  Our son, Sean, was charter member and President (x2) of the Rotary Club of Pau Hana.  This year, he is Membership Chair of that club.  Jim is my Rotary partner —- we are joined at the hip!

Soon after becoming a Rotarian ( ~2 months) Ayman asked Jim and I to develop the D5000 Rotary Directory.  It was a great introduction to get to know  Rotarians from our District. That assignment led to several District positions as District Conference Chair (x4), Award Chair (x3) and this year as District Secretary.       

My best leadership position was leading our own club as President, while Jim and I  were also co-chairs of the District Conference.  That year, the board and our members accomplished several projects in our local and international communities and was recognized for the great work of our members.  I can still smell and feel the sweat off of Dan (plastic surgeon) digging dirt with bare hands and PDG Win off loading elephant dung from the back of his pick up truck to revitalize Jefferson Elementary’s garden.  25 of our members came on a Saturday morning to work!  I remember the excitement of our club members as the Club of the Year was awarded to the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset. 

I have learned that working with volunteers can be challenging, but the lessons learned and rewards are life-changing.  My most recent leadership position as volunteer was Board Chair of  HAH (Healthcare Association of Hawaii), an organization of all hospitals, long term care, homecare and hospice organizations. Three months after I was inducted as Board  Chair, the President of HAH accepted another position in the mainland.  On the HAH Board were CEO’s and Presidents of major healthcare  organizations.  It was a humbling and challenging position to lead the task of overseeing HAH’s administrative issues and leading the hiring of a new president, Hilton Raethel.  Today he is visible in the media covering COVID’s healthcare organization’s administrative issues.

Rotary has been a calling and I am honored to be part of the world of Rotarians who support education, peace and world health.  The Maryknoll Sisters and my parents, especially Mom, taught me to “ share and be part of the community.”   I believe that as a Rotarian, we are able to do just that and make a significant  difference in our communities…. Sharing our time, treasure and talent as gifts to the world. 

Rotary District 5000 
Environmental Action Group
October 21st, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Come Learn About the Impacts of Climate Change on our Coral Reefs and What We Can To Help Them Recover
Corals in Hawaiʻi suffered catastrophic mortality following the most intensive coral bleaching event on record for the state beginning in July 2015. Coral bleaching is a global and growing environmental problem that is one of the major stressors that threatens our reefs. To illustrate the need to better monitor and manage this problem, we’ll look at the coral reefs of West Hawaiʻi on the island of Hawaiʻi as a case study in recent coral loss due to bleaching. 
Meeting ID: 824 1211 9303,  Password: 189139
President Ary Radnaeva


“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

― Mother Teresa
Upcoming Events
RCHS Meeting with Dave Molinaro from HTDC
Zoom only
Oct 22, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Kim Haruki (CPB - Keep Hawaii Cook
Zoom only
Oct 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Foundation Meeting w/ Rich Zegar
Waikiki yacht club
Nov 05, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RCHS Meeting w/ Warren Lee (Honua Ola Bioenergy)
Zoom only
Nov 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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This 2020 year has been very challenging in many different ways. As many of you know, that we were unable to host our annual club's Fundraiser event in May due to COVID-19 pandemic and we likely won't be able to do any in-person events in the nearest future. However, our club's leadership is optimistic and creative in finding ways to raise funds to support the community projects locally & internationally. 
Our goal for this year is to raise minimum of $17,000 and we need everyone's help! Please review below the options how you can help & contribute to the good work we do in our community in Hawai'i & internationally!
1. Donating any valuable items for the online silent auction which will be hosted by our club on website. Please email to Beth Hoban, the Silent Auction coordinator, a filled out donation form and share a picture of the item. If the donation item needs to be packaged, please contact to Beth by October 10th. We will be collecting donation items for the whole month of October! 
The silent auction bidding will be open for everyone from November 16th - 20th. The weblink will be shared in advance.
2Contributing by writing a check payable to D5000 Foundation (if you would like a tax credit) for RCHS in support of local and international community projects. Please mail a check to PO Box 4684. Please add a note to the check "2020 Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset Fundraiser".
3. Attending the RCHS 25th Anniversary Virtual & Christmas Celebration event on Zoom on Thursday, December 17th. The event will be ticketed and all proceeds will go towards the fundraising goal in support of the community projects. More details and program will be shared soon. 
You are welcome and encouraged to support our club in other ways by planning and organizing our fundraising initiatives. Please reach out to President Ary for more details.




By Glen Bailey, Community Service Chair
NO MATCH PROJECTS - TARGET $4,367 PROPOSED Projects = $4,367    
  1. WOMEN IN NEED – Estimated cost $2,000 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Assist Hawaii Women In Need halfway house homes on Oahu by providing funds to buy items to upgrade living conditions for the occupants.  Additionally provide 25 hygiene kits.
  1. SHOPPING WITH FAMILIES – Estimated Cost $1,600 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Holiday shopping at Walmart with 3 - 5 local needy families (up to 15 persons). The families have a child in the HUGGS program due to a severe medical condition and are very financially strapped due to high medical expenses.
  1.  (New Project) ROTC Project at Farrington High School – Estimated cost $767 – Rotarian Project Lead – Jim Hoban
Provide funds to purchase Sports and Training Equipment for the ROTC cadets program at Farrington HS.  Additionally the cadets new instructor MS. Ranelle Manaois has offered her cadets to participate in a community service projects with our club.
MATCHING FUNDS PROJECTS - TARGET $13,122   Our Club Funds $6,561 District Matching $ 6,561 – Proposed Projects = $13,122
  1. HAWAII KEIKI – Estimated Cost $2,500 – Rotarian Project Lead – Beth Hoban 
Provide Funds to support exam and health rooms at 25 public schools.  These schools are staffed by registered nurses who are not given state funding to make the health rooms child friendly. 
  1. JEFFERSON SCHOOL – Estimated Cost $2,000 Rotarian Project Lead – Patricia Nevada
Provide funds for 7 laptop computers for students that cannot afford them and other required school teaching equipment and supplies. Project is a combined Youth Services and Vocational initiative. School has requested new laptop computers for home use for children that cannot attend classes.
  1. JABSOM H.O.M.E. PROJECT – Estimated Cost $2,700 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Purchase vaccines and provide new equipment for the examination room in the H.O.M.E. Project Medical Van that services Oahu Homeless centers.  The van is staffed by a group of volunteers mostly from the John Burns School of Medicine.   This outreach program brings the medical van to homeless areas on Oahu. (Note - This is a continuation/upgrade of our 2013 project.
  1. ALOHA MEDICAL MISSION DENTAL CLINIC- Estimated Cost $ 2,000 Rotarian Project Lead – Jonathan Okabe
Provide funds to purchase disposable dental supplies that are used daily in direct support of over 800 patients per year.  
  1.  (New Project) District 5000 Rotary Gives Thanks Tree Planting Day led by Eco Rotary Club of Kakaako. Estimated Cost $1,000 – Rotarian Project Lead – Ary Radnaeva
Provide operating funds to support the District 5000 Tree Planting Project that will be held December 5, 2020 for “Rotary Gives Thanks Day”.  We will participate as a club to help plant 5000 trees at Gunstock Ranch located near the Ko’olau Mountains on Oahus North Shore.
  1. (New Project) US VETS Facility at Barbers Point. Estimated Cost $ 2,922 – Rotarian Project Lead – Glen Bailey
Our Club will provide "Welcome Household Gift Sets" and other needed items to newly placed male and female VETS into the main home that houses up to 140 VETS and into the New Tiny Homes being built on the property by the State of Hawaii.  10 of the 35 new Tiny Homes are designated for use by US VETS.  There are about 50 new US VETS per year that enter into the program as new residents.  This new project re-energizes our past involvement with support to the US VETS.