By Barry Villamil
Congratulations and mahalo to the Pearl City High School Interact Club for their dedication, commitment, and hard work that is driven by exceptional and inspirational leadership in the classroom and in communities here in Hawaii and around the world.
Recently, Pearl City High School Interact Club members and their advisors, split up into two groups to volunteer their time on Saturday, October 28 at the Pearl City Shopping Center’s annual Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treat Parade, and at the annual City & County of Honolulu Pearl Harbor Bike Path Clean-up Day.
PCHS Interact Club members and advisor Vanessa Tadena served as costume contest judges at the Halloween Costume Contest, and another team of PCHS Interact Club members and advisor Dane Souza partnered with Rotary Club of Pearlridge (RCOP) community volunteers to beautify the Puuloa Springs Native Hawaiian Garden located on the Pearl Harbor Bike Path and historic Pearl Harbor shoreline between Blasidell Park and HECO Waiau Power Plant in Pearl City.
Saturday’s Puuloa Springs Native Hawaiian beautification clean-up project received special recognition from the local news media as the PCHS Interact Club was interviewed and featured by KHON 2 on their Saturday evening news broadcast for their work in beautifying a portion of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path during the Honolulu City & County Pearl Harbor Bike Path Clean-up.
The PCHS Interact Club also participates in the Rotary Club of Pearlridge monthly maintenance of the Puuloa Springs Native Hawaiian Garden led by RCOP Puuloa Springs Project Chair Lasar McCabe, and RCOP President and Past District Governor Dick Mosko, along with an amazing group of RCOP community volunteers.
Please click on link below to KHON 2 coverage of the PCHS Interact Club volunteering with the Rotary Club of Pearlridge during the Honolulu City & County Pearl Harbor Bike Path Clean-up Day.
The Pearl City High School Interact Club will be recognized on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 by Honolulu City Councilmember Val Okimoto in front of the full Honolulu City Council for their humanitarian efforts to provide water purification tablets to war torn Ukraine.
PCHS Interact Club members and their advisors fundraised and opened up direct communication with Rotarians in Poland to connect with Rotarians in Ukraine to secure safe passage of the water purification tablets merchandise to the intended recipients in desperate need of clean water. Mahalo to RCOP President Dick Mosko who worked closely with the PCHS Rotary Club to assist in making contact in Poland. The Interact Club members took it from there.
The Pearl City Shopping Center Merchants Association on Saturday presented the PCHS Interact Club with a $200.00 check donation at the Pearl City Shopping Center Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treat Parade in appreciation for their leadership and service to the community and to financial support upcoming projects for the 2023-2024 school year.
The Pearl City Shopping Center Merchants Association also proudly supports all three Rotary Club of Pearlridge Interact Schools in their Rotary Interact Youth Leadership Program as a corporate and community partner.
The Pearl City High School Interact Club are part of three Interact Schools mentioned below that ate proudly sponsored and mentored by the Rotary Club of Pearlridge:
Pearl City High School
Highlands Intermediate School
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
Photos by Dick Mosko and Barry Villamil
Video by Barry Villamil
Video link courtesy of KHON2