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Welcome to The Rotary Club Of Kona!
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. We have club activities, social events, and volunteer projects which offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections while at the same time serving the community. And Rotarians can extend those networks by visiting other clubs around the globe. 
 
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Good News - Our meetings will continue and will be online during the pandemic! Please join us!
We will be using zoom, so email us for the meeting ID by clicking this link: EMAIL
 
After the pandemic, please JOIN US and be our Guest at our weekly luncheon held every Thursday from 12-1pm located at:
Island Lava Java (Upstairs)
Coconut Marketplace
75-5801 Alii Drive, Bldg 1
Kailua-Kona, HI  96740
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A BIG Mahalo Nui Loa to all who have donated to help the Rotary Club of Kona feed those in need during this Pandemic.  
 
We’d like to acknowledge those individuals who have so graciously donate to our cause –Kona Castle Ranch, LLC, Tom Fine, The Gustins, Becca Hamar, Peter Schonberg, Tom Daniel, Renee Kraft, Brian Riley, Mahlon Whittle, Chrys Yamasaki, Brian Asbjornson, Jenny Rasmussen, Alysia Dinneen, Preston Crowl, Scott Unger, Tom Beirlein, Dani Knapp, Darlene Daboling, Alan Clark, Linda Jane Kelley, Barbara Stahly, John Spicer, David Rees-Thomas, Shirley Stoffer, Shirley Seal, Gretchen Watson-Kabei, Susan Tanaka, Don & Shirley David, Geri Eckert, David Glass, Kate & Neil Sims, David Brooks, Douglas Perrine, John & Zola Ingram, Mary Ellen Smith, Morris Branch, Greg Ogin, Kelly Fliear, Thomas Myers, Janie Peterson, Kris Hazard, Diane Yeh, Jane Galante, June Masada, Allen Sullivan, Alan Hale, Daniel Hale.
 
How we are using those funds –
 
Due to school closures, we have modified our Meet N’ Eat program rather than closing it. We are providing 400 take out lunches and a bag of groceries on each Saturday at 2 schools – Kahakai Elementary and Kealakehe Intermediate.
 
Secondly, Salvation Army’s food supply was quickly dwindling with the large increase of those needing meals., and their sources of obtaining food have dwindled as well.  Salvation Army is providing take away dinners on Thursday and Saturdays and at this time that is about 490 meals and the numbers are increasing. They are also distributing at least 650 baskets of groceries each week that last 5 days.  We are trying to keep their food pantry stocked so they can continue the feedings and grocery giveaways.
 
For April Salvation Army Kona served 2801 hot meals, gave out 4111 Baskets of food, gave out 2457 snacks, 3222 beverages, and 208 meals to Kapuna.
 
Third, some of the homeless are being sheltered in a hotel and we are providing a weekly bag of lunch items which is about 287 lunches per week.
 
And last but certainly NOT least, a BIG thank you to all our members and the members of Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise who are putting themselves at risk, and putting in the time and the labor needed for this cause.
 
Mahalo Nui Loa to ALL from the Rotary Club of Kona! 
 
The attached photo shows some of the truckloads of food your donations have allowed us to purchase so these programs can continue to feed those in need during this pandemic.
 
 
YOU CAN HELP! - A message from President John Spicer
 
As you know, under the best of circumstances many Kona residents are challenged every day to put enough food on their tables to feed their children and themselves. Our club has addressed this challenge in part through our Meet N’ Eat efforts and our support for the Kona Salvation Army.  Our Board of Directors voted to expand our efforts and will MATCH DONATIONS up to $10,000.00.
 
To give you some perspective on the magnitude of the need, the Kona Salvation Army was serving 80 to 100 families from their food bank prior to the outbreak. Last week they fed 280 families, nearly three times their normal capacity. That number will doubtless increase as the pandemic continues.
 
When our schools were closed the administrators began working to feed their hungry students Monday through Friday. Meet N’ Eat is now focusing on feeding our underserved youth and families on Saturdays. That program also needs additional funds and resources to make that happen. 
 
So PLEASE click HERE on the DONATE button above and help us feed our community!

The Thursday, October 10, 2019 weekly meeting was held at the Hawaii Community College Palamanui Campus. The Rotary Club of Kona and the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation presented a check for $35,000 to the campus for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Physics classroom.

 

 
The Rotary Club Of Kona Sponsored Program - Meet N' Eat
is a program that feeds low income families at the:
 
Kealakehe Intermediate School
74-5062 Onipaa St, Kailua, HI 96740
 
Our Club feeds those in need on the 1st Wednesday of every month and volunteers are needed from 5pm-7pm
 
Please JOIN US!
 
 
 
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kona

Kona, Hawaii

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Island Lava Java (Upstairs)
Coconut Marketplace
75-5801 Alii Drive, Bldg 1
Kailua-Kona, HI  96740
United States of America
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