Here are some excerpts from Puna Lions in the News   

From Modern Healthcare Magazine 11-01-14

On Monday, October 27, Ralph Boyea, PCMC Board Member, came to HMC to assess the equipment. No more than a few minutes later, Kevin Wibberley, a member of the Puna Lions Club, pulled up to the hospital with his heavy duty truck and trailer to transport the equipment to PCMC’s new clinic. There were feelings of somberness and a sense of duty while our staff loaded up the equipment.

Puna Lion member Kevin Wibberley's trailer full of medical equipment being moved to the new location on the other side of Pahoa away from the lava flow. One of our members who volunteered got a job at the Puna Community Medical Center as they were so impressed by his work ethic during the move!

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An Article from Hawaii Herald-Tribune Newspaper 06-25-14

Scholarship applications were submitted to the Puna Lions Club by seniors graduating from five Puna high schools.
"The field of applicants was outstanding and the club wishes to congratulate all the students who applied," said a club spokesman.
"With great pleasure, the Puna Lions Club awarded scholarships to Carola Geitner from the Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences and Louis Roseguo from Ke Kula 'O Nawahiokalaniopu'u."
Each student received $750.

Hawaii News Now blog 10-07-14/ 10-21-14

4:50p: District 50 Lions donate 22 generators

22 FEMA-grade 4500w portable generators arrived in Puna today, courtesy of the District 50 Hawaii Lions. The Lions Club members will distribute these generators into remote areas of the storm-damaged district for free use by residents, organizations, and businesses most in need, and fuel will also be supplied.

For more information, call Puna Lion Nancy Kramer at 808-854-7881.

An Article in West Hawaii Today Newspaper 10-14-14

The Lions Club of Hawaii are helping Puna residents with much needed support in many ways after the storm, including leading to the Lions Clubs International Foundation to award a $15,000 Disaster Relief and Recovery Grant. With that grant, the Hawaii Lions purchased and sent 22 FEMA-grade generators for free to be used on an as-needed basis to serve the remote area along the lower Puna coastal road on the Big Island. Having mobile generator power will quickly assist their community with the continued outage and personal property damage that could affect the Puna area for another four to six weeks. In addition, the District 50 Hawaii Lions Foundation donated $10,000 into the hurricane relief efforts in Puna. The grant will supply a one month’s use of a 25 kilovolt-amps generator and fuel to the non-profit retreat center, Kalani Honua. There are about 300 people at the center including volunteers, staff, guests, as well as the residents of Kalani KaiLLC. The generator will supply enough power to keep large refrigerators and freezers running, make more ice, run the lights and electronics, and provide charging stations for electronic devices.

By local sources

From Craig Watanabe’s Facebook page;

“Further along I came to my destination of Kalani Honua retreat on behalf of the Puna Lions club of Pahoa and the Hawaii Lions Foundation. What I discovered was a community that somehow the media forgot. Issac Hale beach park was deserted on this otherwise beautiful day but the outpouring of relief from area residents was apparent at one of the main intersections in Seaview at Mapuna street as well as inside the retreat of Kalani Honua where Executive Director LJ Bates III gave me a guided tour thru a truly remarkable place. Impacted heavily by Hurricane Iselle, Kalani Honua became a vital hub for the community of Seaview and Red Road providing donated wireless internet capability thru Aloha Broadband. Kalani Honua also became distribution centers for the American Red Cross and the Hawaii Food Basket. The Hawaii Air National Guard provided assistance and delivery of much needed ice, donated by Suisan Co Ltd into a refrigerated Matson trailer. The Hawaii Lions thru the Puna Lions Club donated the use of a 25kw generator and gasoline to power the facility's kitchen to provide hot meals (as well as power for the refrigerated Matson container) for area residents in Seaview. This donation from the Puna Lions Club and HLF allowed Kalani Honua to provide much needed aid to the hundreds of residents and guests.”

Executive Director LJ Bates III expounds on how well this generator provided ample power to run their facilities. They had smaller generators but because of the load demands it couldn't keep up with their refrigerators and as a result they had to toss out thousands of dollars of spoiled food. With this generator donated for use by the Puna Lions club and the Hawaii Lions Foundation, they were able to restock and power up their main kitchen to provide hot meals for all that came in, including residents of the surrounding community of Seaview.

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Betsy Del Sarto
Born, raised and lived in Redwood City, California until moving to Hawaii.
worked for Fidelity National Title as an escrow officer for 17 years, then Stanford University as an
administrator in Graduate Housing for 11 years. She has two daughters and a granddaughter in the
Bay Area.
She fell in love with the east side of the Big Island while visiting in 2005, moving to Pahoa that same
She has been a member of the Puna Lions Club since 2010 and enjoys community service. Along
with gardening her other passion is working with animals. She is currently a volunteer working with
Pana'ewa Zoo Animal Enrichment Team

From Pahoa High School

The PLC provided our students in the Health pathways an opportunity to do on the job training doing vision testing for Keonepoko Elementary school

Sadamu Tsubota member of Puna Lions Club (59 years),