From Our President - Y Service Clubs in Hawaii
Bulletin Year 2013-2014
Hawaii Region US Area
Volume 40 Issue 8
Bulletin Editor: Phyllis Sakane Popovich Email: [email protected]
Dear Fellow Y’s Men and Women,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
This December bulletin includes
highlights from our club’s Senior
Citizen’s Thanksgiving Dinner,
Honolulu City Lights, the Hawaii
School for the Deaf and Blind 2013
Winter Festival, and the club’s
Christmas Party at Hee Hing
Thank you to everyone who pitched
in and helped write the wonderful
articles featured in this year-end
bulletin and to Maurice for capturing
the events in pictures.
Nuuanu Y Service Club Bulletin
Thanksgiving Dinner for the Elderly – 2013
By Harold Kuwahara
This year’s dinner was another community service project which was
successfully completed on November 24. So that I don’t risk missing
anyone, I would like to thank all club members, spouses, honorary
members, prospective members, other club members and Tina’s hula
group who participated. We should also thank all our generous donors
and members who contributed salad, cooked rice and “goodies” for all
the elderly present. With the generosity of Maurice contributing the
photos of this event, truly express the saying, “A picture is worth a
thousand words”. Thanks again to all who participated and look
forward to next year’s dinner.
I also want to wish you and all your
loved ones a safe and Happy New
Thank you again for all of your hard
work and dedication to helping our
community in 2013.
Look forward to seeing everyone at
2013 / 2014
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
DECEMBER 2013 Nuuanu Y Service Club Bulletin
Thanksgiving Dinner for the Elderly – 2013 (continued)
12 Club Christmas Party &
Business Meeting, 6:30pm,
Hee Hing Restaurant
06 Business Meeting
13 Metro District Mtg, Kaimuki, 6pm
TBD YMCA Sunday
03 Business Meeting
07-08 Punahou Carnival Parking Project
TBD ASC Dinner
03 Business Meeting
TBD ASC Victory Dinner
07 Business Meeting
TBD Metro District Conference, Nuuanu
TBD Healthy Kids Day
05 Business Meeting
TBD Book & Bread Sale
30 Hawaii Region Convention
TBD Endowment & Induction of New
-------------------------------------------------METRO DISTRICT Meetings:
January 13, 2014
6pm, Kaimuki YMCA
-------------------------------------------------HAWAII REGION Emphasis
DECEMBER REGIONAL FOCUS
MARION LIU, RSD
Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind
2013 Winter Festival
Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Tina Alfred
The Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB) held it's first ever Winter
Festival on December 7, 2013 on the Waikiki campus, bringing together
members of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing community as well as our neighborhood
community members in the Waikiki/Kapahulu area.
The festival included games for keiki, performances, a student work
exhibit, food and brought together over 300 visitors to our school. More
importantly, this event was an opportunity to forge new friendships among all
and to highlight the good things at HSDB.
We would like to thank and recognize members of the Nu'uanu Y's Men for
coming out on such short notice to volunteer at our event. Albert, Andrew,
Gary, Maurice, and Larry graciously offered to help out wherever they could.
Mahalo nui loa ia 'oukou! We'll do it again next year!
DECEMBER 2013 Nuuanu Y Service Club Bulletin
CLUB & COMMUNITY News
King James Version (KJV)
And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city
of David a Saviour, which is Christ the
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye
shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace, good will toward men.
A Little Humour
What do elves learn in school?
What did Adam say on the day before
[It's Christmas, Eve!]
Q: How do cats greet each other at Christmas?
A: Have a furry merry Christmas and a Happy
Q: How do sheep greet each other at
A: A merry Christmas to Ewe.
Beautiful Pictures from Itoh-san
Keisuke Itoh is from the Osaka Kawachi Y’s
Men’s club in Japan.
“Dear Y' s men Overseas
Please see our updated website.”
edited by Mochizuki and Itoh
HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS
Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Naomi Aimoto
.........."each year Honolulu City Lights, brings us back again!" Yes, it has brought us
back for 18 years! We make the trek down King Street from Aala Park to
Honolulu Hale giving red and white mint candies to the throngs of people lining
both sides of the road. The parade that was once a snake of lights starting from
the Board of Water Supply on Beretania Street down Bishop Street, down to King
Street to Honolulu Hale has grown yearly -- this year 71 different floats, city and
state vehicles, bands and marching units, all decorated to the MAX with lights,
tinsel and glitter -- spread Christmas Cheer to thousands of citizens, young, old
This holiday season, Naomi and family--Jennifer, Lance, Deja, Jesus (Takeshi) and
Armando, sister Georgia Niimoto (all veterans) were joined by president, Albert
Lee and "special elf" Jimmy Ouchi, accompanied Santa's huge float for a mile and
This special festivity, courtesy of "The Parade Man" Nelson Fujio and the late
Mayor Fasi is the true "kick-off" to our Honolulu Holidays! At the end of the
"rainbow of lights," the tired feet and happy hearts of all participants can partake
in a myriad of activities including--food trucks, food booths, games, kiddie rides,
first class entertainment, or visiting city Hall and enjoying all of the creatively
decorated Christmas trees that fill the bottom floor of the City Hall, and also
marveling at the huge, decorated tree that marks the "spot!" We even got to shake
hands with Mayor Caldwell in his holiday aloha shirt!
With a hearty "ho, ho, ho!" let us thank Ke Akua for another great Y's Men's year
and look forward to our next year--hopefully filled with many meaningful
activities spreading the spirit of giving and service not only at Christmas but
throughout the year!
“A MERRY CHRISTMAS DINNER MEETING”
Thursday, December 12, 2013
By Mae Hiranaka
“Merry Christmas!” and “Happy Holidays!” could be heard in the cozy special room where three colorful
tables decorated with poinsettias, pretty red napkins, holiday treats of boxed Godiva chocolates and candy
bars, and baskets filled with sweet “cuties,” greeted the Nuuanu Club members and guests before the
December club meeting.
President and Special Santa ALBERT LEE presided over the short meeting before the festivities began.
As soon as the meeting ended, the busy “elves” of the Hee Hing Restaurant came marching in to start the
festivities with platters full of Hee Hing’s delicious Chinese Chicken Salad. Next came the hot imperial scallop
soup with egg blossoms. A platter filled with Peking duck in steamed buns plus shrimp chips was followed by
some cold ginger chicken. Soon a steaming platter of lychee prawns appeared and a dish of taro basket filled
with beef and asparagus was waiting in line. Last but not least the last dish was the Hee Hing special noodles
with the soft, noodles in lots of gravy was ono-licious!!! Of course we had some rice and finished this terrific
dinner with a bowl of almond float for dessert.
Then very talented and energetic NAOMI AIMOTO was ready to lead everyone in singing Christmas Carols
and DID WE SING! We ended the songfest with a cute rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with
endings in several languages…..Filipino, Chinese, Korean, etc. It was a very hilarious and a very happy ending
to our Christmas gathering.
Members and guests at the Christmas Dinner/Meeting were: KATHY and RANDY AHLO; TINA ALFRED;
NAOMI AIMOTO and son, LANCE; ABI and JAMESCHONG; CHERYL DACUS and her friend, CELINE
ALLOUCHERY; GARY HIGASHIONNA; MAE and LARRY HIRANAKA; HAROLD KUWAHARA; GLENN
MATSUKAWA; GEORGIA NIIMOTO; JAMES OUCHI, MAURICE SHIMONISHI, SUSAN and STEVE WONG; and
staff members, TIFFANY UNDEM and ISAAC SAKAMOTO. Special Santa ALBERT LEE brought guests, his
brother, DR. MARK LEE, VICTORIA BROWN and ANDREW IEFE, and little VIEO IEFE.
A special Mahalo Nui Loa to ABI and JAMES CHONG, ALBERT LEE, MAURICE SHIMONISHI, and MAE and
LARRY HIRANAKA for the Christmas treats and gifts.
Two surprising things happened that night. One, we will have a new club member in January 2014. CELINE
ALLOUCHERY has submitted her application!!! The second is about the 25 strong voices that sang the
Christmas Carols. The combined voices of the men and women were very nice and harmonious, and could it
be the beginning of a Christmas chorus???
INTERNATIONAL - BROTHER CLUB NEWS FROM OSAKA
!!! Announcing !!!
The 78th HAWAII REGION CONVENTION
Nu’uanu Y’s Men and Women’s Club
c/o Nu’uanu YMCA
1441 Pali Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96813
Welcome to the world of Y's Men's
We are a worldwide association of
Christ-centered service clubs with a
common loyalty to the YMCA.
This worldwide Christian fellowship
includes men and women of all ages,
races, nationalities, religions and
Together, with mutual respect and
affection, we believe that we can put
Christ teachings into action through
During this process, we hope to
make our communities, and
ultimately the world, a better place
to live and raise our children.
Nu’uanu Y’s Men & Women’s Club
Hawaii RegionUS Area
Chartered May 29, 1964
PHYLLIS SAKANE POPOVICH
HELENA WALLIN MILLER
Y’s Men’s Club of Osaka Centennial
Y’s Men’s Club of Bauhinia
1441 PALI HIGHWAY
HONOLULU, HI 96813
Senior Program Director
Teen Program Director