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February 2018 NewsDragon

Welcome to your first edition of the 2018 HCJ NewsDragon!  Join us at our upcoming events, and read more about our most recent events!

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If you'd like to join HCJ at any one of our upcoming events below, please emaill to learn more! 
Awards & Installation Banquet

HCJ members and friends came together to celebrate the 2017 year and to see their 2018 BOD installed at the annual Awards & Installation Banquet held on Saturday, February 3 the Officer’s Club at Kaneohe Marine Corp Base Hawaii. (Many thanks to HCJ Director John Irwin for sponsoring us!) The lunch program was skillfully emcee’d by 2011 HCJ President Anthony Sato and new member, Brannagan Mukaisu. 2017 HCJ President Sarah Young gave an eloquent speech thanking all for their support and enthusiasm during her very ambitious and productive year at the helm. Awards were given to Suzie Wallace and Andrew Lee for winning Outstanding New Member(s), Alan Ho for Jaycee of the Year, Izzy Castillo for winning Outstanding Officer, and a special honorary member recognition was bestowed to Lisa Nakasone for her contributions to the chapter.

After lunch, 2018 JCI Hawaii President Tyler Hiranaka installed President Milly Chang and her Board and tasked them all with continuing the legacy of the GREAT Honolulu Chinese Jaycees and the JCI movement. A silent auction, raffle drawings and photo booth (#HCJLegacy, #HCJEmpowers) gave old and new friends the opportunity to mingle and share a laughter or two. We look forward to all positive change President Milly Chang and HCJ will accomplish this year!

Meet your 2018 Board of Directors! 
Milly Chang

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Occupation: Account Manager at  A-1 Business Services

Why she joined HCJ?: Milly wanted to create a positive impact in the community

Length of HCJ Service: 4 years

Goals for 2018: Continue the HCJ legacy as HCJ celebrates it's 65th anniversary, rekindle the relationship with the HCJ Foundation, establish better policies for knowledge transfer, and create an HCJ scholarship for higher education.

Interests: Pole dancing for fitness, playing board games and discovering new restaurants

Sarah Young
Chairwoman of the Board

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Occupation: Operations Manager/Paraplanner for Ameriprise Financial

Why she joined HCJ?: Sarah joined HCJ for the networking opportunities initially, but quickly realized that her involvement with HCJ allowed her to give back to the community.  

Length of HCJ Service: 8 years

Goals for 2018: Support our 2018 BOD to help take HCJ to the next level, and continue to encourage the membership to reach their own potentials. 

Interests: Jogging, Brazilian jiujitsu, badminton, photography and traveling.

Upcoming Events

Chinatown Merchants Association Presents Night In Chinatown
Saturday, February 10th | 5:30am-11:00pm (varied shifts)
Chinatown | Hotel & Maunakea Streets

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Night In Chinatown Parade and Festivities has been

Please email us at if you are still available on
Saturday, February 10th.  There may be other aspects of the Lunar New Year celebrations that may need volunteers.  We will inform you if any of these opportunities become available. 

International Dining Out - Chinese New Year Edition
Sunday, February 18th  |  6:30pm
KC Kitchen  |  100 N. Beretania Street, #173, Cultural Plaza
$20 + tip

No plans on ringing in the lunar new year of the Earth Dog? Join your Honolulu Chinese Jaycees for an International Dining Out event at KC Kitchen where you will be treated to a family-style menu specially created for HCJ, filled with Taiwanese traditional foods from this authentic hole-in-the-wall! KC Kitchen is not normally open for dinner, but for one night only, the owner will open ONLY for us, with a menu tailored just for us! Due to the size of the establishment, RSVPs are limited to the first 20 people. RSVP to Alan Ho @ by 
Wednesday, February 14!

February General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, February 20th | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bloomingdale's Aloha Room

Join HCJ for our first GMM of the new year! Hear a recap of past events & mark your calendar for exciting upcoming events. This month’s meeting will also feature a Project Management Guide training by HCJ Director Kristine Sato. Light refreshments provided.

"Bring a Friend!” challenge: For every potential Jaycee member you - the chapter member - brings out, you will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card. Bring 2 guests, have your name entered twice!

Bring your gently used clothing, books and household items to donate to Savers. HCJ gets a portion per pound of donations!

Past President Richard Lee's Celebration of Life
Sunday, February 25th
New Hope Oahu
290 Sand Island Access Road

Please join current member Andrew Lee, and the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees, to help celebrate the life of Past President Richard Lee, who served as Honolulu Chinese Jaycee's President in 1978, a past JCI Hawaii State President, and a JCI Senator

Aloha Attire | No Flowers

Paintball Social
Sunday, March 4th  |  10:00am
Hawaii Extreme Paintball
(194 Mumba St, Kapolei, HI 96707)
Members - $20; Non-Members - $25

Looking for 20 good men (or women) to participate in a paintball showdown! Participants must wear their own protective clothing in their team color (TBA). Price includes equipment rental and 100 paintballs each. No experience necessary. Email to sign up today!

Upcoming JCI Hawaii Family Events
Friday, February 9th
JCI Senate Recognition Banquet
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

5:30 pm | Cost: $45 
If you are interested in attending contact Lisa Nakasone @ (808) 728-7528 (*Please note: space may not be available)

For members already confirmed to attend, the JCI Senate will be having a silent auction and awesome door prizes, so please bring your cash or checkbooks to the event. 
Saturday, February 24th
Hawaii Kai Jaycees A&I Banquet
3660 on the Rise | 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cost: $45 (cash or check)  |  $46 online (CC)

Celebrate HK Jaycees 2017 accomplishments and welcome 2018 President Joei Gomez and his board. 

Email to RSVP or to get more information, or visit to RSVP and pay online by credit card.  
Recent Events
HCJ BBQ/Kayaking Social 
Sunday, January 7th

The Kualoa Beach Park Camping, Kayak/Hiking & BBQ Social was held on Saturday, January 6th to Sunday January 7th, 2018 at Kualoa Beach Park.  Approximately 50+ HCJ members and guests camped overnight then tackled a morning kayak and hiked to the top of Mokoli’i Island. A BBQ in the afternoon brought out more guests.  This exciting weekend of fun, fellowship and adventure was a fitting new year kick off for the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees atop the iconic “Chinaman’s Hat”!  

Hurricane Harvey Relief Car Wash Fundraiser
Saturday, January 13th

Service to humanity is definitely the best work of life, especially when our services can help those in distress. Just a few weeks ago, HCJ partnered with the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s Aloha Chapter (AREAA) who shared a similar passion of assisting with relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Months of planning culminated in a full day of car washing to raise funds partially for Hurricane Harvey relief and partially to support other great projects HCJ has in store for the year. Not counting AREAA’s contribution, HCJ alone raised $520 for the relief efforts. We are donating these funds to the charitable foundation of our sister chapter Houston Asian Jaycees, who are currently working first-hand with disaster victims and local relief organizations.

Through this project, we not only formed a new partnership with a local organization, we also strengthened our relationship with our sister chapter. In true Jaycee spirit, we were able to join forces to contribute our small efforts towards a larger cause, crossing borders and seas, to impact and create positive change. No matter the distance, the Jaycees movement is a universal effort where young people work together to make a better world. We hope to have more opportunities to partner with more organizations both locally, nationally, and even internationally to give back to society.

Windward Community College Service Learning Fair
Tuesday, January 23rd

Spreading the Jaycee movement with other like-minded young adults is an afternoon well spent! On January 23, HCJ participated in the Windward Community College Service Learning Fair. This project helped individual members practice their presentation skills while also promoting the chapter to the community. We were able to obtain contact information for eight new potential recruits and hope to see them soon at a future event!

2017 Year-End Convention
Friday, January 26th - Sunday, January 28th

Year End Social at Rumors Nightclub | Friday, January 26th

The Year End Convention kicked off with a Friday night social at Rumours Nightclub at the Ala Moana Hotel.  Members from all chapters attended and enjoyed pupus and drinks in our own private room.  The HCJ was represented by Sarah Young, John Irwin, Andrew Lee, and Kristine and Anthony Sato.  Members and guests from other chapters and the State Board were dressed in their club best and danced the night away during Rumour’s last Friday night.

Workshops Recap | Saturday, January 27th 

Besides competitions in individual and chapter achievements, Speak Up and Write Up, Conventions are a great way to hear professionals talk about issues and best practices to bring back to your home chapter.

The morning began with a valuable workshop featuring author Donna Fouts who shared some best practices when it came to organizing successful fundraising events. Spoiler alert: not every fundraiser aims to raise money! Some are about improving your brand and recognition in the community. 
Photo Courtesy of The Honolulu Advertiser
Next, Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sprouts shared her experience with grant writing for non-profits. Public and private grants are just one method of raising funds for operations and special events. Donors expect a well-thought out managing plans for the funds - no free lunches here! 
Photo Courtesy of Pacific Business News
The final workshop featured Filipino Jaycees member Kristane Gaspar who shared her knowledge in social media marketing and how to best identify your target audience. One of her marketing tips was to use social media as a platform for powerful and engaging content - not just to share funny cat videos or post a photo of your latest sandwich adventure.
Photo Courtesy of Aloha United Way

Year End Banquet  |  Saturday, January 27th  

The Year End Banquet was held at the Ala Moana Hotel.  HCJ had the strongest showing with 16 members in attendance and watched the transition of the State Presidents.  Past Asian American Jaycee President Tyler Hiranaka took over the helm as the 2018 State President and shared his vision of things to come.  We bid farewell to State President Nate Martin who worked extremely hard over the past year in order to strengthen this organization.  

One of the highlights of the evening for HCJ was when our own Past Chapter President and current Secretary Patrick Taw was bestowed the honor of a JCI USA Ambassador.  His hard work and dedication to the Jaycees over the past ten years was recognized in one of organization's highest honors.  We are extremely proud to have him as a member of our team.


Patrick Taw - our newest JCI USA Ambassador (ask him what is Ambassador number is!)
Sarah C. Young - Misato Kamisato Award and R. Allen Watkins Memorial Award for Outstanding Local Chapter President
Edmar "Izzy" Castillo - Rodney Miyamura Memorial Award for Outstanding Local Chapter Director
Alan Ho - C. William Brownfield Memorial Award for Most Outstanding First-Year Jaycee

Congrats also to JCI Hawaii's most outstanding chapter officers and members of 2017!

Jenn Lee - Outstanding Officer
Alan Ho - Outstanding Member
Kenneth Huang - Outstanding Member
HCJ Marketplace/Announcements
Saturday, February 10th - Sunday, February 11th  |  9:00am-4:00pm
Vietnamese-American Lunar New Year's Festival  |  Kapiolani Park

Contact: Maria Vuong, Hoi Den Hung Foundation, at 808-492-2467
Volunteer Sign Up: Google Online form

This family-friendly event is sponsored by the non-profit organization, Hoi Den Hung Foundation as a means to promote the continuation of Vietnamese culture and tradition for our youth and community. The festival’s goal is to bring awareness of the importance of maintaining cultural identity and carrying on traditions for many future generations.

Volunteer Task Descriptions:

1. Saturday Opening Ceremony Parade: Wear Vietnamese traditional outfits provided by the festival, and join the procession that kicks-off the Opening Ceremony of the Vietnamese Tết Festival.

2. Activities booth: Oversee games like (1) ring toss on water bottles, (2) balloon darts, (3) can toss, or (4) arts and crafts

3. Jumping House: Oversee the usage of bounce houses and inflatable slide

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