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Lahaina Rotarians set goals for the coming year

July 20, 2017

LAHAINA - With several initiatives targeting West Maui students, the Rotary Club of Lahaina recently announced its goals for the 2017-18 Rotary year that began on July 1.

"I believe that taking care of our youths, our future, is the key to a better society and a better community," said new President Rick Nava.

"We need to take care of every child. If we do not have the money to help fund their activities, our time mentoring, or just being there for them and letting them know you are there to help and appreciate their effort, it goes a very long way."

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The 2017-18 officers and chairs of the Rotary Club of Lahaina are (from left): Rick Nava, president; Joe Pluta, Rotary Foundation chair and president of the Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation; Darryl Ng, president-elect and treasurer; Debbie Schichtel, director-at-large; Bobby Ray Hoyt, program chair; Richard Jarman, secretary; and Marti Wukelic, immediate past president.

Joining him in leading the club are Darryl Ng, president-elect and treasurer; Richard Jarman, secretary; Marti Wukelic, immediate past president; Debbie Schichtel, director-at-large; Bobby Ray Hoyt, program chair; and Joe Pluta, Rotary Foundation chair and president of the Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation. Their goals include:

Continuing to provide scholarships to the students of Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy and Molokai High School. (This past year, along with the Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation and Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation, the Rotary Club of Lahaina awarded $21,000 worth of scholarships.)

Continuing to support the annual Keiki Halloween Parade.

Supporting Lahainaluna High School's agriculture and business programs.

Supporting the Lahaina After School Tutor Project.

Starting and helping an Interact Club at Molokai High School.

Continuing to assist Maui Preparatory Academy's Interact Club, which the Rotary Club of Lahaina established in 2014.

Reviving a Rotaract Club at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Providing dictionaries to the third grade students of Princess Nahi'ena'ena Elementary School, and supporting and mentoring the Gentlemen's Club for fourth- and fifth-graders.

"The Lahaina After School Tutor program and the Gentlemen's Club that I was just introduced to are very worthy. Mentoring children while they are at a very young age - and giving them a lot of encouragement and positive feedback, and appreciating their accomplishments, no matter how little it may be - goes a very long way in a child's confidence and ability," Nava said.

The club will also partner with other Rotary Clubs in District 5000 and Canada and continue to help to build clean water systems and toilets in the Philippines.

Next month, Nava, Ng, Rotary Club of Kapolei President Alex Vergara, Rotary Club of Lahaina member John Young and Rotary Club of Upcountry member Lyman Morikawa will travel to the Philippines to oversee another clean water project for the 1,300-plus people of Santa Elena, Tacloban City.

They will also visit Leyte National High School, where the student body is 8,500-plus.

Nava said the school does not have access to clean water, and only 28 of 148 toilets at the school are functional.

He hopes that with the assistance of other Rotary Clubs and people throughout Hawaii, by the end of 2018, the school will have access to clean water and more sanitation for the students.

To help with ongoing support for the people and students of Tacloban City, Pat Kelly of the Rotary Club of Lahaina and his wife, Jacqueline, at the first meeting for the 2017-18 Rotary year donated $1,000 toward the cause. To contribute, contact Nava at (808) 298-3953 or

The Rotary Club of Lahaina meets Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort's Ocean Terrace.



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