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Waikiki Community Center and Blue Planet Foundation Partner for  Light bulb Exchange!

Together we can act for the benefit of our community!

Calling All Two-Gooders!


We invite you to participate in our Two-Gooders Days to benefit those in our community needing canned foods and to help reduce our dependency on fossil fuel that provides our electricity.



When:   Tuesday, July 19th and Friday, July 22nd

What:    Bring a can of food for the WCC Emergency Food Bank and up to 10 incandescent light bulbs.  We’ll exchange the bulbs, one-for-one, for new compact florescent light bulbs.  Until supplies last.

Where:  Welcome Table located near the Center’s Main Office


We thank the Blue Planet Foundation for partnering with the Waikiki Community Center to help shape new clean energy usage in Hawai`i.  (Return to top)


From our Executive Director . . .



Afternoon Tea at Waikiki Community Center

Friday, July 22, 2-4 p.m.


Our Interim Executive Director, Mike Lee, invites you for an informal gathering to learn of your experiences with the Waikiki Community Center and to hear what ideas you have about how the Center can better serve our Waikiki community.   Iced tea and cookies provided.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 20th.  Call 923-1802 ext.101.   (return to top)



Newsletter Changes 

Starting with our first issue this October the Waikiki Community Center will shift from a monthly newsletter to quarterly.  This change will consolidate newsletter production that is staff intensive, from 12 times a year to 4 times a year.  This will allow us to develop better content for our existing newsletters and to devote time, energy and resources that improve service quality and our marketing and outreach efforts. 


Until then, for August and September, we will be publishing a one-page, two-sided calendar of events and classes that will be mailed to our members and also be available on our website, at our welcome table, office and Thrifty Treasures.  (Return to top)



Friday, July 29, 2011 – 7:45am-1:15 pm, $33/$39



Enjoy a cruise aboard the Honu Kai from He`eia Pier in Kane`ohe to the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Moku O Lo`e (Coconut Island).   You’ll see the island is protected by an extensive barrier reef system, the bay’s estuarine and coral reef ecosystems support a rich and diverse biota.  Outside the barrier reef, pelagic species and ocean waters 1000 meters deep are within 6 km of Coconut Island.  You will enjoy a full 3 hours of lectures, walks and lunch on the island.


You must be ambulatory to participate on this trip.  The bus, boat and walk way on the island will not allow any walking assisted equipment.  Bring your own brown bag and beverages, including water and enjoy lunch at the beach house on the island.  Cost is $33 and non member/guest is $39.  Please prepay and sign 2 waivers when making payment.  


Understanding IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts)

Wednesday, July 19, 10-11:30 a.m.


Do you have questions about your IRA?  What’s the difference between a Traditional IRA and a ROTH IRA.  How do you determine whether you should keep your Traditional IRA or convert to a ROTH IRA?  What are the tax requirements?  What are the tax consequences if you inherit an IRA?  Valerie Schmidt, CFS, ChFC, CFP has a business degree from Lewis & Clark College and has been with Ameriprise since 1997.  Sean Imai, CRPC is a 2008 Finance Major and Graduate of the University of Hawaii.  Both are interested in helping you better understand IRAs so you can make appropriate financial decisions for a better quality of life.  Sean and Valerie plan an informal presentation and a Q & A time.    Bring your own questions and join us for an informative discussion about IRAs.  

Who:      Valerie Schmidt, CFS, ChFC, CEP & Sean Imai, CRPC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

When:  Tuesday, July 19, from 10:00 – 11:30AM

Where:  WCC Chapel  (Min. 10 people required

How Much:  Fee:  $2.00 Members/$4.00 Non-Members or Guests

Registration Deadline:  Monday, July 18, by noon.  Call 923-1802



Let’s Speak English!  Levels I, II and III!  (NEW!  Level III added!)


Donald Vorsino is WCC’s new instructor for Let’s Speak English classes!  He has already expanded the curriculum to include Levels I, II and III.  Eventually the curriculum will expand to include the next here levels through English VI.  A Teacher Methology class is planned for the near future.  Please let others know about these classes and very special focus of the WCC.  Students may attend classes for any length of time includes days, weeks or months.  All lesson materials are included with each class.  Students RAVE about Donald’s classes and promptly advance to the next level!  We have returning students from Japan, Korea and as far away as the USSR!


Who:      Donald Vorsino   What:  “Let’s Speak English”

Hours:    Beg. I/Intermediate II 9-11am   Advanced Level III 11am-1pm

Where?  Room 206E


Ongoing classes, please reconfirm dates with WCC office.  June 13-July 22 (no class 7/4), July 22-Sept. 2 (no class 8/19); Sept. 6-October 14 and Oct. 17-November 23 (No class 11/11).  All classes held 4xa week, Mon, Tues., Wed. & Friday.


FEES:  Each session is six weeks in duration.  There are no classes on holidays when WCC is closed.  Cost for 6 week session is $180.00 or $15 per individual class.  Register today by calling 808.923.1802 with a credit card.  (Return to top)




Monday, July 18 Hard Rock Café, 280 Beachwalk at the corner of Beachwalk & Kalakaua Ave.  Experience a L.E.E.D. (Leadership Energy and Environmental Design) certified restaurant.  Wonderful music from many eras and a local menu with House Specialties which include barbeque ribs, fish tacos, charbroiled Hawaiian burgers and more!  Price range $11.95-416.25 +tax with a 20% kama`aina discount.  Hostess:  Lil Chace


View the menu and directions @ registration.


Reminder:  We are collecting $3 p/p to register for Lunch Bunch events, which will be refunded to you at the lunch.  Due to the popularity of these events, there are no refunds for cancellations after booking.  Please DO NOT CALL the restaurant or contact on your own.



Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Joyce Spoehr, will conduct an hour tour for our group at Foster Botanical Gardens. We will visit Lyon Orchid Garden (View orchid species), Main & Middle Terraces, Economic Garden (herbs, spices, dyes, poisons and beverage plants), Prehistoric Glen (primitive plants from around the world), Orchid Conservatory (blooming orchid display), and the Butterfly Garden (24 designated “exceptional” trees throughout the Garden).


Meet Jeff at 8:40 a.m. at WCC to catch the #4 University (City bus), exit at Vineyard at Nu`uanu.  No-host lunch across the street at Zippy’s on Vineyard Street.  Cost for WCC members is $11 and $16 for non-members.  Individuals should be ambulatory on a 1 hour, 5.5 acre walking tour. There are NO seats or benches on the property for sitting.  If driving, meet us before 10 a.m., free parking at the Garden.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 8:30am, Outrigger Hotel


Duke Kahanamoku Watersports Fest will be held August 21-27, 2011.  WCC is proud to participate and seeking lei makers on Wednesday, August 24, 8:30 a.m.  Sandwich lunch will be provided.  Lei draping at 1 p.m.  (Return to top)



4th of July Sale!  July 4-8.  All red, white or blue items 50% off!  Bring in a canned good (Spam, Tuna, Vienna Sausage, Corned Beef, etc.) and get a free t-shirt!


Popular “Pilates Made Easier” Returns July 11!

Mondays, 9-10 A.M., #202E, 8 week session


Have you ever wanted to try Pilates but thought it was only for young athletic people?  Helen Murray returns to Hawaii to teach the popular “Pilates Made Easier” class for the months of July and August.  Helen is a Certified Athletic Trainer in many disciplines and back home in Texas, teaches various types of classes for the Shannon Medical Center.  Here in 2010, Helen’s unique class and teaching style created quite a following of participants who have eagerly been awaiting her return.  Classes begin again on Monday, July 11.  Bring an exercise mat, large towel, yoga or similar strap and water!  (Return to top)



With Clarence Lau, 8am


Back by popular demand, Feng Shui Expert, Clarence Lau, will be explaining how to Feng Shui” as we visit Quan Yin and Tin Han temples in Chinatown.  You’ll see worshippers of Chinese descent go about their business asking for blessings, giving thanks, some English speaking.  Observe; but be respectful of the worshippers as you would if a foreigner visited your place of worship.


Meet at WCC at 8 a.m. to catch the City Bus to Chinatown.  Tour temples at 10 a.m.  Lunch (no host) at 11:30 a.m. at Pan Dim Sim.  WCC members fee is $11, guests or non-members $16.  All patrons must be ambulatory for this walking tour (10+ blocks) of both temples.  Please pay by August 24, 2011.  (Return to top)




I ulu no ka lala i ke kumu.


The reach of a tree's branches depends on its trunk.


A family's unconditional love strengthens each one to succeed.


Hawaiian Language & Culture w/Palakiko Yagodich

Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Chapel till July 29th



This popular Hawaiian Language and Culture class continues until July 29th, returning in the Fall.  You’ll learn proper pronunciation, grammar and the usage of Olelo Hawai`i.  $7 per class for WCC members or $10 for nom-members and/or guests. 


Fall classes will resume October 21 – January 20, 2012, 10 week session.  $30/$50 or $7 and $10 per class. No class Nov. 4, 11 and December 23 and 30.  Register at WCC office.  (Return to top)



No Previous Hula Experience Required

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m,

WCC Auditorium  $5/$10



With over 24 years experience as a Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher), Nalani Keale offers Hula Step-by-Step as a way for those with no hula experience to lear the basic steps.  Dancers with experience are invited tojoin as well to refine their step techniques.  Learn Hela, Ami, Uwehi, Ka`o, and Kaholo.  Nalani says, “Just come and dance!”


When:  Wednesdays in the WCC Auditorium, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Fee?      WCC members $5/Non-members or guests $7.  (Return to top)




Searching for Writers and Readers

Book and Writer’s Clubs Forming Now!

Are you an avid READER and/or WRITER?  Book Club meets July 5 and thereafter monthly the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., WCC Chapel  $2/$4.


WRITER’S CLUB  meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in room #203A from 2-3:30 p.m.  Cost is $2 for WCC members and $4 for guest/non-members.  See posted flyers at the Center.  (Return to top)


Jefferson Elementary School – Open Enrollments


Our good neighbor, Principal Scott Parker, wants us all to know that it’s time to register your child for the upcoming school year, grades Kindegarten through Grade Five.  Visit their website: or call the school at (808) 971-6922.


Enjoy Royal Hawaiian Band Concerts at WCC!  FREE!


July 6  Independence Day Concert, WCC Aud., 2-2:45 p.m., free!

Sept. 21 Grandparent’s Day Concert, WCC Aud., 2-2:45 p.m., free!


Bring a canned good to stock WCC Emergency Food Pantry!






It’s hurricane season and time to drag out your emergency kit! This is not the year to forget, ignore or skimp on it.  We’ve had a couple of tsunami scares here in Hawaii, and we’re seeing the havoc nature is wracking on the Mainland.  It makes sense to be prepared.  Check out our website at for a Disaster




Tech Saavy/Computer Assistant needed to assist with online auction set up.  Post pictures, create written description, monitor online sales, respond to emails and review progress of online auction.  Period:  July to September 2011, approximately 2-4 hours per week.


Contact Denice Keliikoa at 923-1802 x108 if interested. (Return to top)


Upcoming Events – Check it out!                           


July 4 (Mon.) WCC Closed for Independence Day

July 5 (Tues.)  Book Club, 11:30 am-12:30 p.m.  Chapel $2/$4

July 6 (Wed.) AARP Safe Driving Class 9am-1pm, WCC Chapel.  See instructor for fees.

July 6 (Wed.)  Royal Hawaiian Band Independence Day Concert, 2-2:45 p.m., FREE Aud.

July 11 (Mon.) Pilates Made Easier starts, 9am #202E 8 week session.  $32/$48 or $5/$7 per class

July 12 (Tues.) Writers’ Club, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2-3:30pm #203A.  $2/$4

July 19 (Tues.) – Understanding IRAS w/Valerie Schmidt, 10-11:30 a.m., Chapel, $2/$4

July 19 (Tues.) and July 22 (Fri.) – Blue Planet Light Bulb Exchange. Bring  your old light bulb for a CFL bulb.  Also bring a canned good to help Light Up a Life! 

July 22 (Fri.) Afternoon tea with Mike Lee, 2-4 p.m. (RSVP by 7/20 call WCC office). Free

July 25-Sept. 2 Let’s Speak English new class starts, 6 week session.  No Class 8/19.

July 27 (Wed.) McBingo, 1pm, WCC Aud.  Free! 

July 29 (Fri.) Coconut Island Tour & Boat Trip, 7:45am-1:15pm  $33/$39, lunch on own.

July 30 (Sat.) Free Belly Dancing Class, 11-11:30 a.m.




Aug. 17 (Wed.) Social Security Benefits, Facts and Figures.  10-11:30 a.m., Chapel, free

Aug. 19 (Fri.) Admission’s Day Holiday – WCC Closed

Aug. 24 (Wed.)  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lei Makers needed, 8:30am.  Call Jeff to confirm.

Aug. 26 (Fri.) – Na Mea Makamae o Waikiki, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 5:30-9pm. 

Aug. 30 (Tue.)  Foster Botanical Garden Walking Tour via City bus.  $11/$16



Sept. 2 (Fri.)  Feng Shui Temple Excursion w/Clarence Lau  9am-1pm, no host lunch, $11/$16

Sept. 5 (Mon.) WCC Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 17 (Sat.) Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho`olaule`a.  5-11 p.m.  buy your ribbons!

Sept. 21 (Wed.) Royal Hawaiian Band Grandparent’s Day Concert, 2-:45 p.m., Aud. FREE!

Sept. 23-24 Good Life Expo, NBC Exhibition Hall, FREE 8am-4pm, parking $5

Sept. 24 (Sat.) Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, Kalakaua Ave., 9am from Magic Island. 

Sept. 26-28 Maui Experience – Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.  Contact Jeff

Sept. 30 C&C of Honolulu Real Property Tax Credit Applications due (postmarked)

Oct. 14 (Fri.) Kamehameha Schools Heritage House Tour w/Nu`ulani, 8am-1pm, no host lunch









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