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Hawaii Lions celebrate achievements, service to community

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Hawai’i Lions Clubs celebrated their 38th Annual World Lions Service Day Dinner at the Empress Restaurant last night.

October 8th is designated internationally as World Lions Service Day, commemorating the achievements and service throughout the year for all Lions Clubs.

After a lion dance initiating the ceremonies, Lions from all around Oahu mingled and chatted merrily over the Chinese dinner alongside clients of their nonprofit community service projects.

Notable clients such as The ARC in Hawai’i, Palolo Chinese Home, Ho’opono Rehabilitation Center, Hawai’i National Guard families, staff of the Hawai’i Lions Eye Bank, and high school LEO Club advisors and members were all in attendance.

During the dinner, Kamehameha Lion Jim Bryan and Mililani LEO Advisor Winston Watarai both spoke strongly about the importance of not only the Lions’ involvement with clients, but the impact and outreach to youth, bringing them into the Lions through the LEO Club.

District 50, which is Hawai’i, hosts numerous service projects ranging from hospitality for the elderly or handicapped, bettering the sidewalk condition in downtown with “Safe Sidewalk”, and assisting with parades and runs all throughout the year.

For more information on the Lions or how to join contact Honolulu Chinatown Lion Jared Fuchise, at (808)366-9947, or visit the Lions Clubs International page at www.lionsclubs.org.