Welcome to the Hawaii Region
of Y Service Clubs International - U.S. Area
Welcome to our Y Service website. Here you will find valuable information about our Hawaii Region, US Area and International Y Service Clubs. You will especially learn about the exciting and dynamic activities of our Region’s programs and services. If you are a Y Service Member visiting our site or islands, please leave us an email message. We would love to hear from you. From all the members of the Hawaii Region Y Service Clubs, we say Mahalo nui loa . . . . thank you very much for visiting us.
Eddie Miwa, Regional Director Hawaii, 2016-2018
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RD's Memo. May/June 2017
From Regional Director Eddie Miwa.
Our Regional Director feels great about how our 81st Hawaii Region Convention went and reports on that great event on Kauai and the Endowment Dinner that followed soon after on Oahu. To read RD Eddie's latest "RD's Memo"
click here.



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Endowment Dinner Photos. On May 12 the Hawaii Region's Endowment Dinner was held at the Manoa Grand Ballroom. Entries for the international "Golden Book" were read and certificates awarded, new members were inducted and officers were sworn in at a very well-attended dinner. To see an album for photos from the evening click here or on the photo at left.



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Convention 2017 Photo Album: A few pictures (about 100!) from the great 81st Convention of the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International, held on the "Garden Island" of Kauai May 5-7. The convention activities included a special tribute to the East Kauai Y's Men's Club, chartered in 1950, whose surviving members are shown above.. To go to the album click on the Kauai group photo or the title of this item.

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Youth World. There is a new issue of "Youth World," the youth publication of our parent body, Y Service Clubs International. Click on the thumbnail picture at left to see the issue. Read it to learn many things about the activities of young people in our movement and you'll learn something else, too — the identity of "the world's most dangerous disease."


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Donna Schulze Passes at 92. Donna Schulze, who served in many capacities in the East Kauai Y's Men's Club, died April 27 after a fall at her home on Kauai. Donna was known by many of us and loved by all who knew her. She is pictured at left in 2006 with a cake marking her 30 years in Y'sdom. There will be a more-detailed obituary here soon but for now some memories can be found in the following links: An article by District Governor Lance Niimi about her receiving the Red Triangle Award in 2015 and a 1993 entry placing her name in the Y Service Clubs International "Golden Book" for her services to Y's Men and Women and her community. In 2007 she was awarded the national Boots Fabian Award for extraordinary service to Y Service Clubs by a YMCA professional. Remember her early East Kauai club bulletins? She wrote them out by hand, ran them through a copying machines and mailed them to members. She's sadly missed.

The Latest Hawaii Region Club Bulletins: Hilo May. Hilo April. Central May. Kaimuki April. Windward March. Hilo February. Nuuanu January. West Oahu February. Kalihi January. Club bulletins as far back as 2006 are available via Hawaii Club Bulletins in the menu at left.


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International President's News. Joan Wilson, international president of Y Service Clubs International, has issued her "IP-eNews" for May 2017. It contains some marvelous historical pictures, leading with part of a big shot of the attendees at the 1929 International Convention in Toronto, Canada, just seven years after our organization was founded. To get your copy, click here or click on the thumbnail picture at left.



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Veteran Kauai Y's Man Dies at 96. Jiro Yukimura, a Kauai Y's Man for 67 years and a wonderful person to all who knew him, died April 6 on Kauai. Jiro joined the Y's Men in 1950 and has remained a member of the East Kauai Y's Men's Club ever since. He served as a club officer in positions including secretary and president, and attended a number of Hawaii Region conventions, including 2010 on Oahu where he spoke to us about his World War II experience and how he came to be on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to watch the Japanese surrender. We will be hearing a lot more about Jiro at our convention on Kauai and his wife for nearly 68 years, Jennie, plans to attend. Meanwhile here are links to a glowing tribute in the local newspaper The Garden Island, to his Y Service Clubs International "Golden Book" writeup and to a ten-minute video of his talk to the Hawaii Region 2010 Convention:
"Garden Island" Feature Obituary.
Golden Book 1996 Writeup
"Witness to the End of War" video on YouTube.




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Healthy Kids Day 2017. Members of the Y Service Clubs in the Honolulu area helped at the YMCA of Honolulu's Healthy Kids Day 2017, which attracted thousands to the Bishop Museum grounds on April 8th to learn about the YMCA and organizations connected with it. The Y Service Clubs' shave ice booth went through nearly 700 pounds of ice and 24 gallons of syrup to make hundreds of the cool and tasty treats. Click the photo above to go to an album of photos of the event. This photo provided by Wes Pei. Others were taken by Russ Lynch.


Y's Alliance Supplement.
The national publication of Y Service Clubs USA has issued a two page supplement to include the Hawaii article left out of the latest issue. There are also important new articles on the Dollars for Scholars/Alexander Scholarship Fund and on how to register and maintain your club's membership information in the international Portalbuzz system. Get the supplement here.

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Y's Men's World. The latest issue of YMI World can be downloaded here. The March 2017 issue of the international magazine is a high quality 16-page publication filled with interesting articles on the activities around the world of Y's Men International, also known as Y Service Clubs International. It's timely too. There's an article on World Malaria Day which falls on April 25. To get your copy click on the small copy of the front page at left.

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Camp Work Day. On Saturday March 25, 2017, 64 volunteers gathered at YMCA Camp H.R. Erdman way out on Oahu's north shore for a day of work painting cabins and doing ground work at the historic camp. Of those volunteers, 52 came from the island's Y Service Clubs and the rest from an Aloha United Way group connected to the YMCA. A great day of work and socializing. Some who started the day with black hair ended up with streaks of white -- paint, not instant aging! Click on the photo to go to a photo album showing the day's action.
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Hawaii Region Convention on Kauai. The 81st regional convention of the
Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International will be held May 5-7 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Kauai at beautiful Coconut Beach on the Garden Island. The convention information document, which includes the registration form, is now available here. Come back to this site often because more and more details of this important event will be reported here as we build up to one of the greatest conventions of all nine of our Hawaii Y's Men and Women and Y Service Clubs. We took forward too spending time with the members of one of our oldest clubs, the East Kauai Y's Men's Club, which was chartered in 1950. To get the information package, click on the thumbnail at left or
click here.
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Y's Alliance. The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International has published its latest "Y's Alliance" national magazine for the January-March quarter of 2017. Click on the thumbnail or the blue link to see the full issue. Unfortunately a Hawaii article by our Regional Director Eddie Miwa did not make it into the publication so we've uploaded it to our website and you can see RD Eddie's article here.

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Area/Caribbean Convention: It already looks like there will be a substantial Hawaii delegation at the combined convention of the U.S. and Canada/Caribbean Areas of Y Service Clubs International in Las Vegas in August but now we can make it official. The registration form is out and you can print it and send it in with your check. The registration fee for the even August 4-6 is $310 which includes four meals, fun. fellowship — square dancing, even! — and a good working convention at the Hampton Inn Tropicana. To get your copy of the registration form click here, or on the image of the poster at left. And don't forget to register for our own Hawaii Region Convention May 5-7 on Kauai. See below.

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Harold Kuwahara. Services were held Saturday January 28th at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in downtown Honolulu for long-time Y's Man Harold Kuwahara. Y's Men and Women from several of our clubs joined family and friends in celebrating his life. Harold died January 11th in Kuakini Medical Center at age 88. He was a member of the Nuuanu Y's Men and Women's Club since the late 1960s but had joined Y'sdom in the Hilo Y's Men's Club in 1962 and job transfers took him to Maui, where he joined Maui Y's Men and then on to Honolulu where he joined Nuuanu. To see a lot more information on his life and his service to Y's Men, click here. Photo by Maurice Shimonishi.


Area President's Memories of Brad: Charley Redmond, Area President of Y Service Clubs International - U.S. Area, sent a nice message of remembrance to the November 26 celebration of Brad Ishida's life ad it was also signed by Charley's wife Debbie, the Area president before Charley. To read what these leaders of our organization had to say about Brad click here. Also see the page listed below about Brad, a former Hawaii Region regional director.

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Hilo's 67th Tree Sale: The Hilo Y's Men and Women Service Club has begun its 67th annual Christmas Tree Sale, expecting to raise thousands of dollars to help the Hilo YMCA and other good causes. Over the years since its first tree sale in 1950, the club has built up a close relationship with customers, who eagerly await the arrival of the trees at a lot in Downtown Hilo, and with the local newspaper, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, which always gives it a great publicity boost. This year the paper was there when the tree arrived and the result was the main story on the front page of the November 22 edition, with lots of pictures, primarily of National Guard Youth Challenge Academy volunteers helping to unload the trees at the Ben Franklin lot. You can read the whole story here.




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Hawaii Region Bulletin: The latest issue of "The Bulletin Board" is now available. It's the newsletter of the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs International for November 2016 and was handed out at the Regional Mid-Year Conference on November 19. Click here to get your copy or click on the image at left. There's obituary material on Y's leader Brad Ishida, news from the Hawaii clubs and lots of other reading.


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International President's Latest E-News: Joan Wilson, International President of Y Service Cubs International, has sent out her second emailed newsletter and it is available here. (Note: If you are using two-sided printing, select short-edge binding.)

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Youth World. Y Service Clubs International has published the October 2016 issue of "Youth World," its magazine for young Y's Men and Y's Women. It has articles of interest and pictures from all over the world, including a lot from the International Youth Convocation in Taiwan in August. Click on the thumbnail picture or the blue link to get your copy. Please pass this along to young people you know.


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Membership Message. This flyer encourages us all to tell our story, to spread the word of the great work Y Service Clubs do to help our YMCAs and the people who live in our communities. Created by Bobby Stivers-Apiki, membership service director for Y Service Clubs Hawaii, it will make you enthusiastic and encourage you not to be shy about telling your friends, associates, families and others something about who we are and what we do.


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International Convention, by Bobby. Calling it "the experience of a lifetime" Bobby Stivers-Apiki has prepared a four-page illustrated report that gives us just a glimpse of the Hawaii delegation's time at the 72nd International Convention in Taiwan in August of Y Service Clubs International. Bobby (Hilo) was at the convention with Ray Seto (Kaimuki), Maurice Shimonishi (Nuuanu), Phil Sammer (Central) and Bobby's former classmate James Dang who decided to join our group for the trip. This was the first international convention for Immediate Past Regional Director Bobby and his enthusiasm for the rewarding and good-fun time they all had makes it pretty sure it won't be his last. Get the report here.

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International President's Speech: Joan Wilson, the new international president of Y Service Clubs International, gave a memorable speech to the International Convention of our organization (also called Y's Men International) and has made the full text available. It is filled with wise words and you can get it here.



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Youth World. A new issue of "Youth World," the youth magazine from Y Service Clubs International, has been produced and it's available here. It contains a wealth of news and information about the activities of the young people in Y's Men and Women and Y Service Clubs all around the world and a special section on the International Youth Convocation to be held in August with the International Convention. To get your copy click here or on the thumbnail picture at left.

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Join Us. Our Hawaii Region service director for membership, Bobby Stivers-Apiki, wants clubs to see one of the membership promotion pieces used by Y Service Clubs International, as something clubs might be able to use as is or modify to their own needs. Click on the thumbnail copy at left.




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80th Convention Photos. The Hawaii Region's 80th Regional Convention May 20-22 was a fabulous success, attracting a record number of participants. There was a dynamic keynote speech by Mike Broderick, president and chief executive officer of the nine-branch YMCA of Honolulu; speeches and other active participation by U.S. Area President Charley Redmond and his wife Debbie, immediate past area president; training, awards ceremonies and other activities. One highlight was the signing of an International Brother Club agreement between the Kaimuki Y's Men Club and Kyoto Zero Y's Men of Japan. Full details will appear here soon but for now enjoy an album of photos from the three days of events. Above: Some of the happy conventioneers at the Ilima Hotel at the end of the convention. Click here to see the photostion about keynote speaker Mike Broderick, president and chief executive officer of YMCA of Honolulu.


New U.S. Area Website. The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International now has its new website up and running and you can get to it at http://yserviceclubsusa.org Since the new site went on line the old one has been taken down.



Hilo Y's Men and Women Help Fight Dengue Fever

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Some 170 people on the "Big Island" of Hawaii have contracted dengue fever that is being spread by mosquito bites and the homeless and particularly their children, living in the open all the time, are especially at risk. The local Y Service Club decided to do something about it. After exploring chemical-treated mosquito nets they came came up with an effective but less-expensive solution by working with a local supplier of mosquito-repellent bracelets and recruited willing donors to help. The result was 1,500 of the anti-mosquito bracelets being distributed free to homeless around the island. The Hilo daily newspaper, the Hawaii Tribune Herald, gave the project a nice write up on Monday, December 21, and you can click on the photo or this link to read the Tribune-Herald article.



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Historical Photos. The Y Service Clubs of Hawaii's Metro District are working their way through stacks of photos and other materials at the YMCA of Honolulu headquarters. Go to this page to see some sample pictures and learn how you may be able to help identify people or events.


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Albert Lee is a new winner of the international Elmer Crowe Award. Here's a note from Hawaii Regional Director Bobby Stivers-Apiki:
I am pleased to announce that U.S. Area Y Service Clubs Immediate Past President Debbie Redmond officially presented our Albert Lee the Elmer Crowe Award, for his outstanding leadership as District Governor of the Hawaii Region (Metro District), at the 26th Asian Area Convention in Kyoto, Japan. Debbie was very impressed with Albert and declared "Albert Lee is such a delightful person. We need more of him and Eddie Miwa (previous winner) in our organization." Congratulations Albert on behalf of your fellow Y Service Hawaii Region and U.S. Area members! Mahalo.
Bobby, RD.



International “E-News” -- The latest online newsletter from the Geneva headquarters of Y Service Clubs International has lots of news and valuable information and you can see it here.

Peace Project Video: A seven-minute video now posted on YouTube tells about our 2014 “Peace Through My Eyes” poster/essay project for kids and features the winners. Slides start after a three-minute musical introduction.

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Join our Hawaii Region Facebook Group: Receive automatic notifications when new items are posted. Hear from friends of Y’sdom around the world. As a group member you can post your own items, add your club bulletin, show photos of events etc. First, make your own Facebook page. It’s simple and it can be as private or public as you want. Then go to the Hawaii Region group page (link through the logo here) and ask to be a member. Our administrator will approve you. Everyone can see the page but only members can post to it.

U.S. Area Facebook Page: The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs has its own new national Facebook page. It’s ”public” and that means anyone can read it and anyone with a Facebook page can post items to it.

“Golden Book” Endowment Honorees: To find the names and write-ups of persons honored by your Hawaii club in the past in the Endowment Fund Golden Book of Y Service Clubs International, enter just your club number in the appropriate blank in this page of the U.S. Area website. Club numbers are: Central, 388. East Kauai, 228. Hilo, 224. Kaimuki, 227. Kalihi, 371. Maui, 225. Nuuanu, 226. West Oahu, 340. Windward 296.

Acronyms Used in Y’sdom Our organization’s documents and reports are full of acronyms and some of them can be pronounced as words like “ape” and “why sigh.” Don’t know what they all mean? Click here for a list.