The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset has welcomed Kyoko Wills as its newest member.
Wills has been on Maui since April 2017 and works as a Vice President of Old Republic Title Company in Lahaina.  Before moving to Maui, she lived in California.
Wills was joined at the ceremony by her partner Mitch and inducted by Rotary District 5000 Assistant District Governor Wendy Hornack, Nancy Montoya served as Will’s membership sponsor.

Please join us for a Friend-Raiser on Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Kekaa Drive, Kaanapali.

Club members will discuss our community service projects, including the monthly Third Saturday Recycling program at Lahaina Cannery Mall now entering its third year. We will provide complimentary pupus and there will be a no-host bar with happy hour drink prices until 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Royal Ocean Terrace. Parking is free for attendees.

“We’re proud of our service to this community,” said Mariko Higashi, Co-President-Elect. “Our goal with this Friend-Raiser is to meet some new friends, folks who may be willing to join us in tackling big things here in West Maui.”

If you're looking for a way to give back to the community, Rotary provides the perfect avenue to do this.

"In Rotary, we believe many hands make light work. As Rotarians, we gladly volunteer our time, and we always get back more than we give,” said Interim President Joanne Laird.

No obligation. Come talk story!

To attend the Friend-Raiser, RSVP to Mariko Higashi at or 866-8116.


The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset awarded its second annual Go Green academic scholarship to Lily Jenkins on May 30 during its weekly club meeting. Lily received $2500 toward earning a five year dual degree in Environmental Science and Information Systems with a minor in Business. She will be attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the fall.
Selected from a competitive field of applicants, Lily’s academic achievements at Molokai High School as well as her extensive volunteer work and exceptional leadership skills earned her the award. Among her many volunteer activities, Lily has assisted with wetland restoration for Nene O Molokai since 2006.
“From an early age, Lily recognized an environmental need in her community and decided to do something about it,” said Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset interim president, Joanne Laird. “She is a positive role model for all of us,” she said.
The scholarship is funded through the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s annual “Go for the Green” St. Patrick’s Day event. It demonstrates the club’s commitment to environmental initiatives and to the long-term educational goals of local students.
“Thanks to the community’s generous support of our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, we are able to assist Lily with her environmental studies,” said Laird. “We are excited to follow her future academic achievements and look forward to another successful fundraiser in March 2018 that will enable us to help more local students and the environment,” she said.
To qualify for the $2500 scholarship, the student had to be a graduating senior who lives in West Maui, Lanai or Molokai and attends a Maui, Lanai or Molokai high school. The student had to demonstrate superior academic abilities, involvement in school activities and a winning character profile and must be pursuing a field of study that will benefit the environment.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset has won Rotary District 5000’s Club of the Year award for the second consecutive year! The award was presented to the club at this year’s district conference, which was held May 19-21 at the Sheraton Resort, Kaanapali. 

The award recognizes the club’s outstanding achievements in Rotary’s areas of service. “The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is honored to receive this award for the second year in a row,” said interim president Joanne Laird. “Our members give freely of their time and talents because they are proud to serve the West Maui community,” she added. “Their dedication truly demonstrates the Rotary motto of “service above self.”

In the small club category, Lahaina Sunset also won first place awards for public image, vocational, club and international service. The club earned first runner up awards for community and youth service. 

“We want to express our gratitude to the club’s committed and enthusiastic members as well as the volunteers and community partners who give Lahaina Sunset an opportunity to make a difference,” said Laird.  

We are excited to welcome Dr. Bryan Angove as our newest member.
Dr. Angove is an independent chiropractor at VanQuaethem Chiropractic in the Kaanapali Fairway Shops. He received his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Angove moved to Maui in March from his home state of Washington. He and his wife Nicole have three children. “I feel so excited and blessed to raise our family on Maui and to provide personalized care and healing to my clients,” he said.
Passionate about community service, Dr. Angove began volunteering with the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset before becoming a member. “I’m happy to be part of a Rotary group that makes a measurable difference locally and abroad.”
Dr. Angove was joined at the ceremony by Nicole and inducted by Hawaii Rotary District Assistant Governor Wendy Hornack. Joanne Laird served as Dr. Angove’s membership sponsor.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is proud to announce that this year’s Vocational Service Award winners are 5A Rent-A-Space and Malama Maui Nui. The Vocational Service Award is presented annually to a business, individual, non-profit or other organization that provides outstanding service to the community and the club. Accepting the award on May 2 for 5A were Maria and Victor Terra and for Malama Maui Nui, Deputy Director Gabrielle Schuerger and Community Relations Specialist Megan Moseley.
“These Vocational Service Award recipients are selected for demonstrating integrity through high ethical behavior, which is the foundation of Rotary,” said the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s (RCLS) interim president Joanne Laird. “The recipients provide a road map for principled behavior in the workplace and other areas of life and truly demonstrate the Rotary philosophy of “Service Above Self,” she said.
5A Rent-A-Space has been in the storage business for over 45 years and their success lies in their extensive knowledge of the industry and in their commitment to serving their customers. “We are honored to work closely with 5A to sponsor the monthly Go Green recycling program,” said Katie Zimmerman, RCLS Community Service Director. “They are a great project partner and manager Liz May and her hard-working staff also support many of our other community service efforts by providing their expertise in print and media communications,” she said.
Malama Mui Nui is a nonprofit organization focused on environmental protection. Through various programs ranging from beach clean ups to targeting illegal dump sites, Mālama Maui Nui aims to educate, inspire, and empower individuals and communities to beautify and maintain Maui Nui’s environment, thereby supporting its economy, quality of life, and unique Hawaiian culture.
Malama Maui Nui has been an integral part of the club’s third Saturday recycling project, providing staff and transportation support. “We are grateful for the invaluable contributions of Malama Maui Nui to our monthly recycling project,” said RCLS Vocational Service Director Heidi Dollinger. “Their participation and commitment is an excellent example of how to develop successful community partnerships.”
Also at the May 2 meeting, Grammy Award winning slack key guitarist “Uncle” George Kahumoku Jr. was awarded the club’s first honorary membership.
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, teacher, artist, writer, farmer and entrepreneur, Kahumoku is fondly called “Hawaii’s renaissance man.” In 2003, he co-created Maui’s first slack key guitar venue, which is currently at Napili Kai Beach Resort. The first CD produced from live recordings of the show, “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 1: Live in Concert from Maui” won a Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Album. Three of the four nominated sequels to this recording also won Grammy Awards. His newest CD is “Kahumoku: Priest of the Land.”  
“George Kahumoku Jr., like our vocational award recipients, represents the spirit of Rotary in his service to our community,” said Joanne Laird. “He unselfishly donates his time and energy all over Maui County, providing his musical talents for many organizations free of charge and we are privileged to make him an honorary member of our club.”       
Residents and visitors are invited to join an Earth Day beach cleanup led by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset on Sunday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Community volunteers are asked to meet at 8:15 a.m. at The Whaler, 2481 Kaanapali Parkway. Teams of volunteers will clean Kaanapali Beach.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will provide trash collection bags, plastic gloves and bottled water for volunteers. 
To ensure ample supplies are on hand for the cleanup, volunteers are asked to register by calling Katie Zimmerman at 808/280-8986. 

Ever wonder what happens to all the recycling that we collect at our monthly Go Green Third Saturday Recycling events? This is your chance to find out! Join us on Wednesday, April 12 for a private, behind the scenes tour of trash and recycling in Maui County led by Stacia Ash. 

This is a unique opportunity for club members to visit local businesses involved in recycling and disposal and to learn more about what happens beyond the recycling bin. 

Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset members will have the first opportunity to RSVP this week. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.  

We will meet in the Target Parking lot at 8:15AM, and board a bus to tour various sites including:

  • Central Maui Landfill
  • EKO Compost
  • Hammerhead Metals
  • Maui Disposal
  • Ecycling
  • Pacific Biodiesel

Lunch will be at at Queen Kaahumanu Mall.

Please take advantage of this special opportunity, arranged just for our group!  

We are pleased to welcome two new members, Tirza Coe and Allen Inda. 
Tirza has been on Maui since November 2015. She was previously employed as Manager, Specialty Department with Whole Foods Market. In her 16-year career with the company, she was responsible for 37 stores in seven states, with more than $120M in annual sales. Her extensive experience also includes store design, inventory management, employee training, product review and design and program creation. She was joined at the ceremony by her husband Robert Coe. Nancy Montoya served as Tirza's membership sponsor.    
Born and raised on Maui, Allen began his 20-year career with Budget Rent A Car (later Avis Budget Group), where he worked his way up from cleaning cars to District Manager for the Big Island. Upon moving back to Maui, he opened a State Farm Agency at the West Maui Center in December 2016. He looks forward to helping clients plan for their futures. Jim Fahnestock served as Allen's membership sponsor. Both Allen and Tirza were inducted by Wendy Hornack, Assistant District Governor.    
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is awarding one $2,500 academic scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in West Maui or Molokai and attends a Maui or Molokai high school. The student should demonstrate superior academic abilities, involvement in school activities and a winning character profile and must be pursuing a field of study that will benefit the environment.
The scholarship highlights the club’s commitment to support the educational goals of local youth. “We're pleased to support the educational goals of a local student who will have the opportunity to continue sustainability efforts on Maui well into the future,” said Joanne Laird, Youth Service Chair. 
The academic award also reflects the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s focus on environmental initiatives, a core mission that is realized through sustainability projects and its “Go Green” Third Saturday Recycling event held monthly at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The scholarship will be provided in two installments. The first, for one half of the scholarship amount, will be dispersed to the college when evidence of enrollment is presented to the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.  The remaining half of the scholarship will be paid to the recipient’s college when evidence of successful completion of twelve semester hours is presented to the club.
The application deadline is March 31, 2017.  To receive a scholarship application or to learn more about the award, email Youth Service Chair Joanne Laird at  or call (808)757-0981.
You're invited! We are pleased to announce that our third annual "Go For The Green" St. Patrick’s Day party will be held at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Friday, March 17.  Proceeds will foster the monthly Third Saturday Recycling events at Lahaina Cannery Mall as well as scholarships for local students and donations to community non-profit groups.
The festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be held from 5:30pm-9:00pm in the Molokai Ballroom at Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali. The party will include no-host bar, a buffet of pupus, Irish, Hawaiian and vegetarian entrees and desserts. Dancing will be to the music of Fred’s Garage. There will also be a silent auction with more than 100 items donated by local businesses and a live auction featuring a gourmet dinner for eight prepared by acclaimed chef Lyndon Honda and two-night vacation stays at Ritz Carlton Kapalua and Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Attendees may purchase tickets in advance for $95 per person or $115 at the door, which include dinner and two drinks. VIP tables of ten are available for $1,000.   
Melissa Fort, club president, noted that “Go For The Green” is a fun night out that supports a highly successful community project. “So many have expressed their appreciation for the Third Saturday Recycling program. By attending the St. Patrick’s Day bash, community members can show their support for green initiatives on the Westside while also enjoying a great party.”    
Tickets may be purchased online at For information on the event and event sponsorship, or to donate silent auction items, call Sunset Rotary club member Joanne Laird at 808-757-0981.
5:30 PM
Tickets on sale February, 2017. Proceeds support West Maui recycling and community service projects.
Born and raised in India, Jay came to the United States at the age of 20 for post graduate studies and became an American citizen in 1976, the bicentennial year. Now retired, Jay worked as a CPA for over three decades and established his own accounting firm in 1979 in East Bay, California, with a specialization in tax planning, consultation, and preparation as well as management consulting.
He and his wife Vicki moved to Maui in March, 2016 to spend time with their two sons, daughter-in-law, and soon to be two-year old grandson Romeo.     
Jay was inducted by Rotary District 5000 Youth Service Chair and Sergeant at Arms, Joanne Laird. Melissa Crawley served as his membership sponsor.
Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset members Joanne and Larry Laird, Co-Directors of Read Aloud America, are making a difference in Maui schools.  
The Lairds lead the literacy program, which is dedicated to helping families bond through the fun of reading and being read to. During the past 17 years, it has served over 339,00 adults and children at 90 public schools in Hawai`i. On Maui, the program is run in Hana and in Lahaina, at Princess Nahienaena School. 
During the evening program children are divided into age groups and are escorted to a classroom for a 40-minute read aloud session. All books for the read aloud sessions are provided by the program. Volunteer readers receive training and a handbook during a 60-minute training session prior to the start of the program.
Joanne stresses the importance of volunteers for the program, “Volunteer readers are the heart of the RAP program. Children immediately bond with a volunteer reader because there is no pressure for the children to perform. Children just sit back and listen to great stories -- no tests, no book reports, no questions in a read aloud session. It is a positive experience for children and the volunteer reader!”
Volunteer reader Barbara Lum Lee agrees, “Even after a full day of work, you’re not tired when you’re done. You’re energized!  I feel like I’m doing something good because reading is the key to everything.”
The Lairds are currently seeking volunteer readers for the 2017 program in Lahaina. Dates of the program are February 9, March 9, April 6 and May 4.  A volunteer can sign up for all or any of the dates of the programs.  Volunteer readers are needed from 5:45-7:15 p.m. A free, light dinner is served--no need to cook on RAP nights! The only qualifications are: love of reading, interest in children, patience, and you must be 16 years or older. 
If you would like to experience the joy and satisfaction of sharing wonderful stories with children go to this link complete the volunteer registration form:
You will be contacted by Read Aloud America upon completion of the form.  
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset welcomes Sharon Beach as its newest member.
Sharon has been on Maui for two years and works as a realtor for Elite Pacific. Before moving to Maui, she lived in the California Bay Area and served as the Director of Research for HP Labs.
She was joined at the ceremony by her husband Brian and inducted by Rotary District 5000 Youth Service Chair and Sergeant at Arms, Joanne Laird. Laird also served as her membership sponsor.
January 2018
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Lahaina Sunset

We meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
2780 Kekaa Drive
at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Lahaina, HI  96761
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