About Town: 06-05-18

  • From left: Rotary Club of Hilo President Steve Handy, Mitchell Dodo, Ed Hara, Ron Cutler (Pahoa Sunset Rotary president), Newton Chu, Naomi Menor and Russell Oda stand a donation check made out to Rotary Club of Hilo from its “sister club,” the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South. The contribution will go toward the Puna Relief Fund. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hospice of Kona honors volunteers

Hospice of Kona’s “Stars of Service” volunteers were appreciated for their more than 10,500 volunteer hours at a Bingo-themed party at the Old Airport Pavilion last month.


More than 100 volunteers enjoyed food catered by Umekes Fish Market Bar &Grill, which was kind enough to deliver and set up; cooked smoked meat donated by a friend of Hospice of Kona, and ice cream cakes donated by Baskin Robbins’ owner Bahaa Megelly. Generous local businesses provided dozens of bingo prizes.

The event was in celebration of National Volunteer Month, which recognizes community volunteers’ enthusiasm and commitment to serving others. In 2017, Hospice of Kona volunteers performed 23 percent of patient care hours. Most hospices struggle to reach Medicare’s 5 percent requirement.

Volunteers work in a number of positions throughout Hospice of Kona’s many programs, including in the Memory Lane Thrift Shop on Kuakini Highway, the Nakamaru Hale hospice residential home, for Camp Erin-Hawaii, as patient caregivers and at various Hospice of Kona events. A number of volunteers also bring their talents to support the Hospice of Kona office and its staff.

Info: Contact Deann Canuteson at 324-7700 or dcanuteson@hospiceofkona.org.

$20K headed to Puna Relief Fund


The Rotary Club of Hilo accepted $20,000 from its “sister club,” the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South at its meeting on Friday.

The contribution will go toward the Puna Relief Fund with funds distributed by the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset. Shigeo Mimura, president of Hiroshima-South Rotary, sends his club’s heartfelt aloha to the Hawaii Island community.