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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Houston Help. The YMCA of Honolulu is joining with shipping company Pasha Hawaii and Hawaii Stevedores Inc. to send a 40-foot container of much-needed goods to the YMCAs in Houston, Texas, and through them to the many children in need of help after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Collection will be at Nuuanu YMCA September 15-17 so time is short. You can help with donations and by volunteering your time. For detailed information of the goods needed and how you can sign up to help, click here. To get the YMCA of Honolulu's flyer on the event, partly shown at left, click on this link.


The Latest Hawaii Region Club Bulletins:
Nuuanu August. Hilo August. Central September. Kaimuki July. Windward June. 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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Ys Alliance Special.
A special edition of "Ys Alliance," the magazine of the U.S. Area of Y Service Clubs International, has just been issue. It features a report on the Area Convention on Las Vegas by Tibor Foki, area president, pictures and details of new officers and other news. To get your copy click here or click the thumbnail picture at left. It contains lots of useful information.






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RD's Memo. August/September 2017
From Regional Director Eddie Miwa.
Our Regional Director had an exhilarating time in Las Vegas in early August, attending the U.S. Area Council meeting and the combined U.S. Area/Canada/Carribean convention, also getting to know Y Service Clubs International leaders from all over the world who were there for the International Council Meeting. He has lots of Hawaii news to spread as well. To read RD Eddie's latest "RD's Memo"
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Top photo: Arriving at the convention in Las Vegas were, from left, Bobby Stivers-Apiki, James Dang, Eddie Miwa, Maurice Shimonishi, Rick Lau and Duke Chung. Lower photo: Hawaii group at a VIP dinner buffet at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino with Nancy Libby, in red, U.S. Area secretary. Nancy will represent the Area at our 2018 Convention in Hilo. Fro rom left: James Dang, Rick Lau, Eddie Miwa, Linda Chung, Ray Seto, Nancy Libby, Duke Chung and Bobby Stivers-Apiki. To see more photos
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U.S.-Canada-Caribbean Convention
Hawaii was well represented at the combined U.S. Area and Canada/Caribbean Area Convention August 4-6 at the Hampton Inn Tropicana in Las Vegas and Hawaii Regional Director Eddie Miwa has written a detailed report. Present along with Eddie were Ray Seto (Kaimuki), Duke & Linda Chung (West Oahu), Rick Lau (Central), Bobby Stivers-Apiki (Hilo and Kaimuki), Maurice Shimonishi (Nuuanu) and James Dang (Kaimuki). The convention got a boost from the presence of members of the Y Service Clubs International Council. To see Eddie's story, click here.

Photo Album.
To go to pictures of our activities at the meetings in Las Vegas click here.

U.S. Area Council Meeting
Hawaii Regional Director Eddie Miwa represented us at the Area Council Meeting of Y Service Clubs International in Las Vegas, just before the big convention. Eddie learned a lot there in the presence of the U.S. regional directors and U.S. Area officers, much of it having to do with changes planned by Tibor Foki, new U.S. Area president. Hawaii clubs will be hearing more from Eddie on this but meanwhile to read his report on the council meeting click here.


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Hawaii Region 2018 Convention. Dates have been set for the 82nd Convention of the Hawaii Region of Y Service Clubs international. It promises to be a better-than-ever convention on Hawaii island, the Big Island, with the outstanding hospitality of the Hilo Y's Men & Women's Club. Details and reservations information will be available later but for now, pull out your calendars for 1918 and save the dates, May 4-6 2018 at the recently refurbished Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.



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Y's Alliance. The latest issue of the U.S. Area's quarterly bulletin, 'Y's Alliance" for April-June 2017, is available here. As well as important messages and thoughts from our leaders and news from around the country it contains a Hawaii Region article by Regional Director Eddie Miwa. Due to illness, our Area Editor Fred Leonard in Hot Springs, Arkansas, had a struggle with this one and will be sending out a supplemental issue soon. Meanwhile you can get this one by clicking here or on the thumbnail illustration.


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YMI World. The latest issue of the magazine of Y Service Clubs International (also called Y's Men International) is available here. It has significant messages from the world leaders of our organization, photos and stories that give us a broad view of what Y's Men and Y's Women are doing around the world to help their communities and their YMCAs — and even a photo of the Y Service Clubs on Oahu participating in YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids Day at Bishop Museum. Click here or on the image at left to see a copy of the 16-page magazine.





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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.


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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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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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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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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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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.

Hilo Y's Men and Women Help Fight Dengue Fever

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Some 170 people on Hawaii island 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.

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.