Chinatown Clean up!

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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This weekend kicks off the 2013 RPJ Model Legislature events! Register today!

Aloha RPJ members!
Please take advantage of this free three-part training and leadership development opportunity hosted by the Rising Phoenix Jaycees!
Please click each respective link to register and confirm your spot at the training, orientation, and main event. While the training is optional, we have exciting speakers confirmed that will be sharing their knowledge on the legislative, political, and elections process. For those who would like to attend the main event, please note that the orientation is required. If you cannot make the orientation, let us know and we will work to get you the materials otherwise. This is a perfect opportunity to dress sharp, speak up, and learn with fellow Hawaii Jaycees and other community members.
Here’s the info:
This Saturday, July 13, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees will be hosting a Mock Legislature training session at Moiliili Community Center Room 105 starting at 1:00 p.m. The event kicks off the process leading up to this year’s Model Legislature at the State Capitol. At the July 13 training, there will be speaking appearances from Sen. Glenn Wakai, Francis Choe (Young Democrats of Hawaii) and Carmille Lim (Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii). A representative from the Public Access Room will also go over information such as the general legislative process, how to submit testimony, etc. REGISTER HERE:
Calling all interested Jaycees and community members! Leading up to this year’s Model Legislature, we will be hosting a mandatory orientation for those who plan to participate in the 2013 Model Legislature event. We will cover the basics of bills we will be debating, assign tentative roles to attendees, and learn a lot about the legislative process. This orientation is perfect for those interested in government or in the legislative process in general.
The Model Legislature Orientation will be held on Sunday, July 21 at MCC Room 105 from 1:30PM – 4:30PM. The program starts at 2PM. REGISTER HERE:
On Saturday, July 27, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees will host a Model Legislature at the Hawaii State Capitol. This exciting training opportunity will give young professionals the opportunity to step into the lives of Hawaii’s lawmakers. Please RSVP and encourage fellow chapter members to attend. Certificates of completion will be given to all attendees of the 2013 Model Legislature. The program will run from the morning to the early afternoon. Specific itinerary coming soon. REGISTER HERE:
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Note: We are also looking for volunteers for this exciting event. Volunteers would take pictures, register attendees, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Oscar Tomas at
Finally, please share this information with friends, community partners, and fellow young professionals! Mahalo.

RPJ Easter Egg Hunt Volunteer Opportunity Recap

This past weekend, volunteers from the Rising Phoenix Jaycees chapter volunteered at the Kaimuki Easter Egg Hunt and the Koko Head Easter Egg Hunt. The RPJ plays volleyball at Koko Head District Park where that respective hunt was held. Members and guests were able to facilitate a game booth for more than 500 kids who participated in both hunts that morning. The chapter also donated bags of candy to use as prizes.
At the Kaimuki Easter Egg Hunt, kids were able to play the matching game, where they matched the baby animals with their mommy animals — a game that was created last year by two of our members, Dawn Martin & Sara King.  Special appearances were made by Shaggy and Fluffball, two beautiful Angora rabbits that the kids and families adored.
The RPJ Board of Directors would like to thank Erica Lee for chairing the Koko Head Easter Egg Hunt and Jarvis Graham and Karen Nakagawa for taking the lead on the Kaimuki Hunt.  Kids were able to enjoy a fun game of indoor bowling with our members.  The smiles and laughter that came with each bowl could not have made the day any better.
Thank you to all our volunteers for helping out and spending your time with us.  We hope you can join us again next year! Check out some photos from the event:

RPJ Awards & Installation Brunch

On March 10, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees held its Awards & Installation Brunch at the Willows. The program included a presentation of member and merit awards, acknowledgements of the 2012 RPJ Board, the swearing in of RPJ President Nathan Martin and his 2013 Board, prizes, and toasts by special guests including fellow Hawaii Jaycees presidents, the Hawaii State Board, and past RPJ chapter presidents. Member and merit awards were presented to the following:
Year-End Convention Awards

  • Presidential Merit Award: Anna Wong
  • Presidential Merit Award: Jenny Migita

Member Awards

  • New Member of the Year Award: Sara King
  • Veteran Member of the Year Award: Nathan Martin
  • Family of the Year Award: Jason & Sara King

Merit Awards

  • Recognition for participation in Special Olympics, Spikes for Tykes, TOYP, Year-End Convention: Anna & Ryan Lee
  • Recognition for participation in Spikes for Tykes: Chase Simmons
  • Recognition for participation in Special Olympics, JCI Hitachinaka Meet & Greet, Spikes for Tykes, Meals on Wheels, Year-End Convention: Jenny Migita
  • Recognition for participation in the Kokohead Volleyball League: Patrick Oyadomari
  • Recognition for participation in Special Olympics and Meals on Wheels: Lila Johiro
  • The Joe Yasutake Award: Donna Fouts, of the United Cerebral Palsy Association

Door prizes including gift certificates, a coffeemaker, volleyballs, and other goodies were donated by the RPJ Board. Thank you to all those who attended, congratulations to the new board, a heartfelt thank you to last year’s board, and here’s to hoping we continue to rise! Help the RPJ continue its great work this year! Check out the photos from the event:

Government & Bill Awareness Tour

On February 23rd, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees (RPJ) had the great opportunity to tour the state capitol and hear about its significance in structure and form.  Representative Mark Nakashima (Hamakua-South Hilo) discussed the bill process and several bills that he is involved in.  The primary purpose was to raise awareness of government processes in the RPJ and in our community.  Members and guests were given the opportunity to ask questions; such as, how are bills formed, how many bills are created each year, and how long does it take for a bill to process.  Attendees received pamphlets on how to use Hawaii Legislature’s Website (, information on House of Representatives, and the Hawaii Directory of Public Officials for 2013.
We would like to thank past Hawaii Jaycees President, Tammy Tengan for helping coordinate the event and we would also like to recognize Nguyen Ngo, our chairperson for this project.  Awesome job!
The second part to this project is the Model Legislature in May.  We will be putting the bill process into action!  We will be presenting bills to the committee and if it passes we will debate it at the House and Senate Floor. If it passes both houses, it will be up to the Governor to sign or veto.
The Rising Phoenix Jaycees will be putting together a committee for this project.  If you’re interested in being a part of the planning committee, please email:  Stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, here are some photos from the event: