Jaycee Olympics & RPJ Retreat

Thank you to all who participated in the the Jaycee Olympics & Summer Picnic! We would like to share a video of the event. Please visit here.

Also, this past weekend RPJ held their membership retreat by renting a beach house out in North Shore. Thank you to everyone who was able to come out for some chapter bonding, team building activities, good food, good fun and lots of laughs!! To view pictures from the weekend please visit here.


We would also like to announce that nominations for Chapter President are now open! If anyone is interested in nominating someone please email Casey at casey_china@yahoo.com by October 12th.

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Chinatown Clean up!

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In collaboration with Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Representative Karl Rhoads, Representative Scott Saiki, Representative Carl Say, Councilmembers Carol Fukunaga and Joey Manahan, the City & County of Honolulu and Vibrant Chinatown Groups, RPJ helped clean up, remove graffiti, and give Smith & Beretania Park a nice new coat of paint!

Helping keep our communities nice and vibrant! Keep your heads up for more volunteer opportunities like this one, where you can truly make a difference. Even just a few people can make an impact!

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June 4th Special Olympics

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with the 2016 Summer Special Olympics on June 4th! Everything you do really makes a difference in these children’s lives. Your time is precious and how lucky these kids are to have such great people making this fun day come true for them. Couldn’t make it this time? No problem! We will be announcing future opportunities for you to get involved! 🙂 Stay tuned!

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RPJ Gets Their Ducks in a Row for the UCPA 29th Annual Rubber Duckie Race

RPJ members and friends came out on sunny Saturday morning in March for the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) 29th Annual Rubber Duckie Race held at McCully Shopping Center and the Ala Wai Canal. During the month of March, RPJ members helped to sell duck adoption certificates to the public to help fundraise for UCPA. We reached our goal of $1000!! Prior to the day of the event, RPJ also helps UCPA to tag the ducks in preparation for race day.

According to Donna Fouts, UCPA Executive Director, “The Rubber Duckie Race is the largest and most successful fundraiser for UCPA.”

On race day, RPJ had a tent at McCully Shopping Center, which housed a mini bowling and fishing game for kids. Many of the kids were thrilled to play the games to win prizes!! When it was close to race time, volunteers walked over to the Ala Wai Canal, where the ducks were housed in large wooden crates waiting to be released upon the countdown to the start of the race. As the emcee counted down the crates were lifted over the edge of the Ala Wai Canal Bridge and the ducks were on their way!! Some ducks swam, some waddled, and some needed a little push to get going. About twenty minutes later RPJ and friends were at the finish line to collect and bag the ducks for the next race!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to make this event successful!

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Spreading Easter Cheer for Children in the Community

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Every year the Department of Parks and Recreation holds an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the community and Rising Phoenix Jaycees helps by running a game booth. This year RPJ volunteers participated in the Koko Head Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19th. Volunteers arrived early in the morning to set up the booth. Children were given the opportunity to play mini bowling, bean bag toss, and fishing. Volunteers handed out candy as prizes for the kids. Many of the children enjoyed playing the games and volunteers enjoyed bringing a smile to a child’s face!!

A big Mahalo to the volunteers who came out to support the Koko Head Easter Egg Hunt!!

View more photos Here!

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Recognizing the past and celebrating the future

February 27th was an evening filled with good company, delicious food, a lot of laughter and Jaycee recognition at Rising Phoenix Jaycees’ Awards and Installation Banquet held at Dave and Busters. The night began with a lion dance blessing performed by Lung Kong Physical Cultural Club and the introduction of our fabulous co-emcees, Eve Epitome and Nate Martin. They kicked off the program by acknowledging some very important people, including RPJ Board family members, state Board members, local chapter Presidents, past RPJ Presidents, and lastly, US Jaycee Ambassadors & Senators in attendance. Shortly after the audience recited the pledge of allegiance and sung along to the tunes of the Star Spangled Banner and Hawaii Pono`i.

The smell of garlic and butter wafted through the room as Dave and Busters workers began bringing out the food, but before they could eat they bowed their heads to a thoughtful and lovely invocation given by Nicole Rodwell. After, each table was dismissed and allowed to have their fill of Monte Carlo chicken, fire-grilled salmon, assorted vegetables, Caesar salad, garlic-herb roasted potatoes, steamed rice, freshly baked bread and vanilla or chocolate cake for dessert. As people enjoyed their dessert the formal program began. President Karen Nakagawa came to the podium to present the 2015 awards. Congratulations to the 2015 award recipients, Ryan Murabayashi, Nicole Rodwell, Nhut Pham, Erica Lee, Jorge Jamie, Ashley Paradee, Taryn Goo, and Nicholas Yem for an outstanding job last year!!!

Once all the 2015 awards were presented, Chapter President Karen made people tear as she gave her outgoing speech and presented her 2015 Board and Mentors with various gift boxes. Each gift box contained a character doll from the popular Disney movie, Inside Out, along with a heart-warming explanation of how each character represented the positive qualities of the person. In addition to the doll was candy, a gift card and a framed picture of a memorable moment shared together. Just as Nate was about to continue with the program, the 2015 Board members surprised Chapter President Karen with a touching photo booklet, which captured all the adventures, events, and happy moments that occurred in 2015 along with a giant car magnet to advertise her realtor business and aromatic bottles of Japanese Cherry Blossom soap and lotion.

As the program continued on, Hawaii Jaycees President Rachel Cabinizas was called to the stage to share a few inspiring words and install the 2016 Board of Directors. Nate and Eve returned to the stage with Eve fashionably sporting the 2016 Board shirt and latest Jaycee style. Slowly, the 2016 Board members made their way to the stage as bios for Karen Nakagawa, Nhut Pham, Ryan Murabayashi, Casey China, Andy Uehara, Justine Kadokawa, Erin Lambert and Nicole Rodwell were read. Meanwhile, epic music was being played on que by the talented Shawn Unemori. The music died down and each board member repeated after President Rachel the Jaycee oath. Past chapter presidents came up to help pin and present each Board member with their Board shirt and Jaycee swag items. Next, the bio for incoming president-elect, Erica Lee was read as she made her way to the stage. She accepted the role of the 2016 President and took the Jaycee oath. Shortly after, Immediate Past President Karen pinned and presented President Erica with her Board shirt along with the chapter gavel. Before President Erica was able to give her incoming speech, the first chapter President surprised her by presenting to her the original chapter Charter. Once President Erica finished her heartfelt and motivating speech the crowd cheered and applauded in excitement as the 2016 Board of Directors was born!!!

As the show continued on, there were more surprise awards given to a few deserving members. Congratulations to new Jaycee Ambassadors Elvin Berzabal, Karen Nakagawa, Nate Martin and Senator Eve Epitome!!! The night finally came to end as new members, Si Loi Leung and Ashley Paradee took the member oath and everyone gathered together to recite the Jaycee creed.

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RPJ Paints Aiea High School

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 RPJ gathered to paint Aiea High School in support of their Adopt a School Day Project in 2015.

Painting Aiea High School’s buildings is one of the many ways RPJ gives back to the community.  It has been one of our more touching projects because Principal Kim is always right there with us painting and sweating the day through.  We donated paint supplies and paint for the project.  We would like to give a shout out and big Mahalo to Corey Haitsuka and his company for their continued generosity of paint.  Over the past sessions, RPJ was able to paint a few buildings, railings, doors and even got a little paint on ourselves.  RPJ is a great organization to be a part of.  In the upcoming years we hope to expand our involvement further with other schools and seeing how we can help.

RPJ would like to thank all of our volunteers that day, Cory Haitsuka for the paint donation and our project chair, Nicole Rodwell.

Contact us and find out how you can make a difference in your community because RPJ can help.

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