Aloha RPCVs of Hawaii Members!
2017 was a great year for the RPCVHI! We started off the year participating in the Honolulu Martin Luther King Parade in January. GREAT participation by the RPCVHI! Many thanks to Kim Biggs (past RPCVHI President) who donated the funds for the entrance fees. We had a great march and a fun booth after the parade at Kapiolani Park. We will definitely participate again in 2018.
Our First Friday Pau Hanas will continue at Islands Restaurant at the Ala Moana mall- 4th floor! Parking is easy, and the location is more or less in the middle for many points on Oahu. AND Ala Moana is a MAJOR BUS HUB, so leave your car at home and take the bus. We are averaging 12 - 15 RPCVs at each Pau Hana! Friendship, stories, and "Cheese Fries"!!!
OKTOBERFEST FUNDRAISERS have been very very successful! Good fun socializing while tasting German beers and eating German Brats!
The NPCA Director who visited Hawaii in October was most impressed the cohesiveness of our group and our commitment to Peace Corps goals.
Our 1st Saturday of the month with the Hawaii Forestry Service at Kawainui Marsh continues Kawainui's Kahanaiki site off of Kapaʻa Quarry Rd., across Le Jardin Academy. Information and updates are posted on the RPCVHI Facebook page. Photos of the work site are below:
Our PC Recruiter at UHM, Ronne Partoriza, welcomes all RPCVHI members to help with recruiting events and other 3rd goal activities. The PC Recruiter provides all the materials; all we have to do is discuss Peace Corps to prospective PCVs. The Board will send monthly updates and requests for help via email communications.
Finally, what makes the RPCVHI organization work is members who are actively involved. Contact me with ideas and suggestions to make this organization stronger! I really do want to hear from the members.
I look forward to meeting as many RPCVHI members throughout the year; at Pau Hanas, volunteering at the Marsh, and at our Annual Picnic.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Caroline L. Mackenzie
RPCVHI President 2016-18
RPCV Ukraine, 2010-12