Community Service

One of Rotary's Five Avenues of Service
Rotary International wheel The Community Service "Avenue" relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, especially in the area of literacy.

Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.


Some of Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise's projects:

  • Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive at local businesses to get food and monetary donations for local families in need
  • Helped refurbish and remodel the domestic violence center
  • Helped paint the new animal shelter
  • Built house ramps to keep elders and disabled people in their homes
  • Visits by Santa and his elves to local families
  • Ding Dong Dinner Ditch - holiday dinners delivered to local families in need

Meet and Eat: The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise sponsors and feeds people in need once a month. They are partners in a Kailua-Kona weekly meal and food distribution program. Menehune Holiday Food Drive

Meet and Eat: The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise volunteers who work on this program. Menehune Holiday Food Drive

Thanksgiving food boxes: Loading up food donations for distribution at Thanksgiving Menehune Holiday Food Drive

Food Aid to Homeless!: April 2020 Kona Sunrise Rotary provided 24 bags of food to the homeless being housed in a Kailua-Kona facility due to COVID-19. Read more. Rotary club members who bagged the food are, from left to right: Tante Urban, Chuck Cartwright, Sue Rast, Nestorio Domingo, Bev Fraser and Dennis Rast. Not in picture is Donna Urban-Higuchi. Other members who provided support were Mike Fraser, Club President Michele Ku, Bernice Barnett, Dave Bateman, Dereck Chignell and Rotary Club of Kona President Scott Unger and members. Photo courtesy of Donna Urban-Higuchi.

Walk Against Homelessness and Hunger: Congratulations to Dr. Cliff Kopp for completing his circumnavigation of the Big Island on his Walk against Homelessness and Hunger on the Big Island of Hawaii. Walk Against Homelessness and Hunger


Hawaiian Island Humane Society

The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise visited the newly remodeled Hawaii Island Humane Society, which our members helped to paint. It is a beautiful building! Photos show Rotarians with Donna Whitaker and board members from Hawaii Island Humane Society; Rotarian Mike May being presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotarian President Bev Fraser; the completed Hawaii Island Humane Society Administration building, and Bev Frasier, Donna Whitaker and Dr. Beth, HIHS Board members, Dennis Rast and Mike May.

Hawaiian Island Humane Society slideshow:
Ramping Up Rotary Project: The club built ramps for local residents which allowed them to stay in their homes. Thanks to our youngest volunteer and future Rotarian, Kolbe Welser, for helping with the painting of the rails. Ramping Up Rotary Project

Santa and his elves about to set off! Santa and his elves about to set off!

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