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Rotaract - Caring about community

by Katja Silvera, staff writer

Recently I had an opportunity to reflect on just how lucky some of us here at HPU are. As members of Rotaract at HPU, we participated, with the West Honolulu Rotary Club, in the distribution of 120 copies of the MacMillan Dictionary for Children to students at three public elementary schools: Kalihi, Kalihi-Uka, and Kaewai. The project was made possible through a Rotary International domestic grant program.


We had no previous knowledge about the Kalihi area, so we were shocked by the conditions at the schools and the abundant evidence of economic hardship. Resources, including school materials and books, were scarce. For most of the students these dictionaries would be the only book their whole family would own. The Rotaract Club chose to give dictionaries, as opposed to other resources, due to the practicality, usefulness, and value of the book as an educational tool.

Hopefully the dictionaries will inspire these children to lose themselves in the world of words and knowledge rather than getting caught up in the patterns of poverty typical of their everyday lives. We in Rotoract, as most of us at HPU, believe that education is truly the key to success, and for many of these children it may be the only way out of poverty towards a new life with endless possibilities.

If you are interested interested in making a difference in the community, you are invited to join the Rotaract Club.Upcoming events include movie nights with the children of the Kamehameha 4 Housing, tutoring student at Farrington High School, and a visit to the Shriner’s Children’s hospital.


Rotaract is an international program for young men and women ages 18-30 who believe they can make a difference in the community and world in which they live and are dedicated to doing so. Rotaract clubs provide an opportunity for young adults to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.For more info e-mail



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