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Kapa‘a Lions Club pack World Service Day packages

KAPA‘A — Walton Hong, president of the Kapa‘a Lions Club, said Tuesday that if people had come to the Lions’ service project, there would have had a lot of pizza.

The Kapa‘a Lions Club packed more than 50 personal hygiene packages, including face masks specially sewn for the residents of the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, special treats, and acquired personal-sized soaps and shampoos, and more.

“These are going to be delivered Friday morning,” said Janice Bond, the Immediate Past President of the East Kaua‘i Lions Club whose mission was to keep the Kapa‘a Lions Club from folding because of declining membership.

“Her father was a member of the Kapa‘a Lions Club,” said Kelvin Moniz, a Hawai‘i Lions Past District Governor. “Her son also started the North Shore Lions Club so she has a lot of interest in keeping the club going, to continue the legacy. This is not a new charter, just a continuation of a legacy.”

As president of the EK Lions, Bond noticed how some of the Kapa‘a Lions were migrating to the East Kaua‘i, and Kaua‘i clubs for meetings. This sparked her interest and efforts at keeping the Kapa‘a group going.

“Meet Deslynn Jaquias,” said Bond, who has been recognized with awards for her recruitment efforts. “She’s the newest member of the Kapa‘a Lions. The club has rejuvenated their numbers and this is one of their service projects.”

Bond’s efforts included pulling Walton Hong, selected as the Kapa‘a Lions Club president, and other Kapa‘a Lions to participate in the recent 9/11 Make A Difference Day project where several of the Lions clubs, including the Kaua‘i Lions Club, made short work of repainting and doing minor repair work at the Wailua Houselots Park pavilion in September.

The Kapa‘a Lions Club shares the more than 1.4 million Lions of the Lions Club International mission of working together to achieve bigger goals. Lions serve to empower Lions clubs, volunteers, and partners to improve health and well-being, strengthen communities, and support those in need through humanitarian services and grants that impact lives globally, and encourage peace and international understanding.

These qualities have been demonstrated numerously during the COVID-19 pandemic when Lions worked alongside Zonta Club of Kaua‘i membership to distribute food across the islands in small communities like Anahola, Kaumakani, and more.

To anyone interested in becoming part of this excitement, the Lions Club of Kapa‘a meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission social hall starting at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a Lion is welcome to drop in on the meeting.

“The reason we meet early is because most of the people like to do this right after work,” Hong said. “We meet early, and we can get out early.”
Source: The Garden Island

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