Football: The Other Sport

Mark Kazunaga hauls in a pass during the flag football game last Christmas.
Mark Kazunaga (right) hauls in a pass during the flag football game last Christmas.

Flag Football Game Draws Large Contingent of Non-Jaycee Members
by Elvin Berzabal
In RPJ, volleyball is king, but the 21 people who came out for the chapter’s coed flag football game Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Ke‘ehi Lagoon would beg to differ. Attendance was a concern since the game was being played on Pro Bowl Weekend, but thanks to the efforts of Dawn Martin, the new sports director for 2009, there were more than enough participants. In fact, 12 of the 18 players–many of whom were Dawn’s friends–were non-RPJ members who were experiencing a Jaycee event for the first time. Thanks also to the other RPJ members who made it to the park that day: Shane Akagi, Elvin Berzabal, Winston Chow, Eve Epitome, Anthony Higa, Plato Hsieh, Alan Kajiyama and Shane Sumida.
This was RPJ’s second flag football game at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. Last Christmas Day, Mark Kazunaga, the 2008 sports director, organized a game attended by 14 members and friends. Stay tuned for news regarding a potential flag football league in May.

Hawaii Jaycees Recognizes Three Outstanding Leaders

Three Outstanding Young Persons’ Honored in Hawaii

by Rebecca Soon

On the evening of October 18, 2008, over 100 people gathered in a beautiful ballroom in Waikiki to celebrate the incredible work of eight young individuals in their dedication to Hawaii’s community. Representing a wide span of age and ethnic backgrounds, with professional experiences including public relations, banking, retail, nonprofit, healthcare, and education, the eight finalists of the Three Outstanding Young Persons’ Award (TOYP) each had in common that they represented the Jaycee belief that, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”

Hosted by the Rising Phoenix Jaycees, TOYP Hawaii was held at Prince Kuhio, including a lovely evening of food, silent auction, entertainment, and fellowship. Keynote speaker, Christina Kemmer, CEO of Communications Pacific, spoke eloquently of servant leadership and the lifelong pathway to peace and peacemaking. Finalists were recognized for their dedication and excellence to community leadership, and the three honorees were recognized with a TOYP Award and $500 donation to a charity of their choice. The three honorees included: Shelley Wilson, Founder and CEO of Wilson Homecare, Brian Kajiyama, UH Team Manager and Motivational Speaker and Author for persons with disabilities, and Kekoa McClellan, Community Advocate and Commercial Banking Officer at Central Pacific Bank. Donations were made to Shriner’s Hospital, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and Easter Seals Hawaii. Continue reading “Hawaii Jaycees Recognizes Three Outstanding Leaders”