It was a special day at our Club meeting when several members were recognized for their generosity to the Rotary Foundation.
David Arita (blue shirt front row) and Sam Shenkus (light dress, front row) were honored as Rotary Foundation Major Donors for donating more than $10,000 during their time as Rotary members. 
Others were recognized as follows: 
Yoko Tanaka (far left): Paul Harris Fellow, 5th Level 
Valery O'Brien: Paul Harris Fellow, 2nd Level
Duane Fujii: Paul Harris Fellow, 3rd Level
Scott Wishart (back row, left): Paul Harris, 5th Level
Akiko Sakamoto (front row, far right): Paul Harris, 2nd Level

Also pictured (2nd row right) is Rich Coursin, Club Foundation Chair
A million mahalo and congratulations to our generous Club members. 
We had a fun pau hana gathering last week at Side Street Inn. Sweet and talented Katie gifted everyone note cards of her artwork, and we laughed and chatted and had a great time in fellowship.
Teachers thought it was a regular staff meeting, but the let out a collective gasp at the special announcement. "We are happy to give Lunalilo School a $5,000 gift," said Community Service Chairperson Lani Paet (pictured left). "The funds can be used for teaching supplies and library books." 
The Ala Moana Rotary Club has a special relationship with Lunalilo School which spans decades. Each year, we provide support for their fun fair, undertake clean up projects, and help to get the school into shape for the beginning of the school. year. We have even helped to build their Peace Garden, aimed at reducing bullying and promoting peace and cooperation. 
One of our most popular projects is Santa Clothes, where we take students in need, give them $100, and take them shopping for clothes and school supplies during the holidays. "You should see their faces light up," said AMRC President Sue Ann Lee (pictured right). "Many of these children have never been able to buy new clothes for themselves. When they walk out of the store with bags of clothing, you can tell that it was a very special day for them." 
Pictured here with Lani and Sue Ann are Lunalilo Principal Wendy Kau and Vice Principal Cindy Ching. 
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Kip Wilborn
Feb 09, 2023
The Arts in Hawaii
The Arts in Hawaii

Kip Wilborn has enjoyed a career as a leading tenor with opera companies and symphonies around the world including Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, New York, and San Francisco. He has also enjoyed success in film and music theater, starring as Sam Kaplan in the musical film of Kurt Weill’s "Street Scene," which was awarded the "Best Musical Film" award at the International Wide Screen Awards in Amsterdam. 


On the music theater stage, he starred as Ravenal, Raoul, and Phantom in the Hal Prince productions of “Showboat” and “Phantom of the Opera”. His solo CD, “Be My Love,” with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, garnered a "Best New Artist" nomination from the International Surround Music Awards. He has performed many times with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Hawaii Opera Theatre.


In 2017, he made his debut at the Blue Note. He was Music Director for the historic Hawaii premiere of “Allegiance” at the Hawaii Theatre Center. Currently he is the Executive Director of Manoa Valley Theater.


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  • C. Kevin McCrary
    February 15, 2001
    22 years
  • Mary Ann Berry
    February 23, 1993
    30 years
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We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 11:50 AM
Assagio Restaurant
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States of America
Our meetings are now hybrid! Join us in person at Assagio Restaurant in Ala Moana Shopping Center, or join our zoom broadcast. Lunch is served at 11:50 a.m. and the meeting starts promptly at noon. Adjournment at 1:00 p.m.