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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The Latest Hawaii Region Club Bulletins: Nuuanu January. Central February. Windward January. Kaimuki January. Hilo January West Oahu February. Kalihi January. Club bulletins as far back as 2006 are available via Hawaii Club Bulletins in the menu at left.
Time of Fast. Phil Chun, Hawaii Region service director for Time of Fast - Global Projects Fund, reminds us this international fund is the subject of our February focus. Each year Y Service Clubs International produces a fun calendar, listing ways you can save a little each day to put towards this fund. Y Service Clubs and YMCAs can apply for grants from this fund to help them develop new programs for the needy in their communities. To get the calendar just click on the image at left.
ip-Enews. International President Joan Wilson has issued another information-packed e-news online bulletin. It contains news about our February emphasis topic, Time of Fast - Global Projects Fund, and lots of other useful stories. You can reach it by clicking in the image at left.
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.
RD's Memo. January/February 2017
From Regional Director Eddie Miwa.
A belated Happy New Year to you all; having ended the year on a sad note with the loss of Brad Ishida and now the new year with the passing of Harold Kuwahara, may it be a reminder to us all how short and delicate life can be. A double whammy of sorts, the Hawaii Region will miss their leadership and wisdom, Brad and Harold gave much of their lives to make our community a better place for others. x x x
To read the full memo, which has time-sensitive items you may need to look at now, click here.
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.
YMI World. Now called "YMI World," the official magazine of Y's Men International/Y Service Clubs International, is just out and it contains a photo of Windward Y Service Club's Jim Kanehira leading songs at the Nuuanu Y's Men and Women's Club Christmas party, where Windward was a joint participant. Worldwide exposure! There are many other articles and photos and you can get if you click here.
Y's Alliance. The U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International has published its latest "Y's Alliance" national magazine for the October-December quarter of 2016. Click on the thumbnail or the blue link to see the full issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
A New ʻYʻs Menʻs Worldʻ: Just out — a new issue of Yʻs Menʻs World, the quarterly magazine of our international organization. The information-packed 16-page issue of "Yʻs Menʻs World" has lots of good reading and some important messages for all members of clubs in Y Service Clubs International, also known as Yʻs Men International. There is a good letter from incoming International President Joan Wilson of Canada whose theme for 2016-2017 is "Our Future Begins Today" with the motto "Together We Can Do So much More." To get your copy click here or click on the thumbnail picture at left.
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.
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.
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.
Peace Project: The Hawaii Region, working closely with YMCA branches, conducted its annual "Peace Through My Eyes" art project in March for 3rd and 4th graders. About 150 students participated through five Y Service Clubs and six YMCA branches. Pictured are five of the winners, at the YMCA of Honolulu's Healthy Kids Day April 9 where they were presented with their awards. From left, Dylan-Ryen Kageyama, Kalihi; Maegan Jucatan, Leeward; Higen Kila, Nuuanu; Kassidy Pascua, West Oahu; and Sage Ramos, Windward. Click on the photo to see and enlargement. Click here to see other pictures from Healthy Kids Day 2016.
New Y's Men's World. The latest "Y's Men's World" from international headquarters in Geneva is out and it has a story on Page 11, which first appeared in the Hawaii Region Facebook page, about the Hilo club's recent effort in support of the "Fight the Bite" campaign to get rid of mosquitos that spread dengue fever. The magazine is packed with information about the work of Y's Men and Y's Women around the world and the cover story is a fascinating one about Y's Men Korea sending a medical team to help flood victims in Cambodia. Click on the image to access the whole magazine.
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.
A New "Youth World." Y Service Clubs International has issued a new "Youth World" produced by International Youth Intern Stephanie Spencer and you can get it by clicking on the image at left. It's full of pictures and information promoting the 2016 International Youth Convocation too be held in Taiwan in August in connection with the International Convention and the 16-page publication has lots of other pictures and information about youth activities around the world. (Note: It's a fairly big file so it may take some time to load.)
Hilo Y's Men and Women Help Fight Dengue Fever
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.