Today, our hearts are heavy with grief as the catastrophe unfolds on Maui. Lives of our fellow Rotarians, families, and friends across the island have been drastically changed, potentially forever, due to rampant fires. The devastation is immense and the loss unthinkable. As we grapple with this reality, our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers go out to all affected.
 
As is our charge, Rotary is stepping forward to lend help.

Action Amidst Tragedy: A Call to 'Create Hope For Maui'

In response to the distressing events, we, as people of action, have the power to catalyze change. We need to come together, more than ever, to 'Create Hope for Maui'.
 
Through the Rotary District 5000 Foundation, we have established a special relief fund. We are assessing the situation, talking with Rotarians on Maui, and are finding the areas of greatest need for the distribution of funds. This single relief fund strategy will ensure that the benefits, over time, reach those most affected and provide much-needed aid in varied capacities.

Your Contribution: The Power to Build Hope

This moment calls for collective action. We urge you to consider donating to this special fund. Every contribution, large or small, will make a noticeable difference, providing tangible aid and solace to those grappling with the enormous impact of the disaster.
 
 

In the face of devastation, we find strength. Let's transform sympathy into action, despair into hope. 

Once upon a recent time, the Ala Moana Rotary Club embarked on a remarkable journey known as the "Smart Start" mission. Predicated upon the belief that every student deserves to begin each school year with a confident, prepared stride, this program was born out of compassion, dedication, and a profound understanding of the plight faced by too many families.

This year, the Smart Start program's primary objective was to assemble and donate 60 fully-equipped backpacks to the children of Lunalilo School. School supplies, often taken for granted, can be a significant financial burden for families. We were determined not to let this adversity hinder our future leaders.

Club members labored tirelessly, gathering donations and stuffing backpacks full of essential supplies to ensure a bright start to our student's academic year.

The Ala Moana Rotary Club recently concluded a clothing drive that drew participation from different corners of our island. Many people devoted their time, sorting through their homes and pooling gently used clothing for the students at Lunalilo School.

This initiative saw its beginnings with Past President Sue Ann Lee. During a school visit, she noticed a student wearing clothing that had definitely seen better days. From this observation sprung the belief, "If children feel good when they go to school, they'll be more likely to have an improved readiness to learn."

People heeded this call to action and responded generously with donations. The pile of clothes eventually filled half the size of a cafeteria!

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Dreana Kalili
Jul 18, 2024 12:00 PM

Dreana Kalili
Deputy Director
Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Habor Division

Dre Kalili serves as a Deputy Director for the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and oversees operations of the state’s commercial ports system. She was appointed by Governor Josh Green in December 2022.  This administration’s priorities for the ports include preparing for sea level rise and improving port resilience, and completing key capital improvement projects and land acquisitions to increase capacity and alleviate congestion.  

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Dre served as the HDOT Highways Special Projects Manager and led the $25 million broadband pilot project to fiber-enable highway facilities and provide free high-speed internet service in underserved communities statewide. She also provided support for implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act programs including the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, and prepared discretionary grant applications for various highway programs.  Dre also served as an Interim Deputy Director and Executive Assistant for the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, Business Development Manager for HDOT, Policy and Program Analyst for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and as a Projects Director for Government Affairs and Business Development for the Native Affairs and Development Group in Washington, D.C. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in international affairs and Russian language.

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