I was so honored to be asked by Rotary International President Mark Maloney to represent him at your District Conference.  But unfortunately, I won’t be able to share that moment with you due to the unprecedented virus, Covid-19. He would have wanted me to share his number #1 priority, which is to Grow Rotary.  Your District has taken that word to new heights by bringing in 146 new members and a new club as of March 31, 2020. Congratulations on a job well done!  I would say to you, Imua, in Hawaiian, means “go-forward.” You call it, “don’t stop.”
Your Governor asked that you continue to be “a people of action,” a game-changer, to unite in adversity and “change lives, one small step at a time.” To celebrate our diversity, going beyond borders to offer a chance in life through education, vocational skills such as
the free Certified Nursing Aide program (CNA).  This is how Rotary Connects the World. 
 
Your UD5020 editor Caleb Summerfelt shared your Digital Magazine with me, and reading the countless service projects are amazing and gratifying.  Backpacks with school supplies, nutritional lunches for school children, ingredients for a Spaghetti dinner, a Peace Park to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Nanaimo.  This is “Service above Self.” This is “Making a Difference.” 

As we approach the end of this Rotary year, your Governor continues to encourage your support for our Rotary Foundation that allows clubs funding to meet the needs of our local and global community. With this “social distancing” life will never be the same. No hugging! That’s hard for Hawaiians, it is our nature to hug each other and not give this “shaka” hand symbol, which has many meaning….” how are you?” “take care,” “goodbye.”  I wish I could show you how it’s done!
 
I would like to share a favorite quote of mine that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said, “A great navigator must be deeply committed in order to take the risk, to enter into the unknown to seek a better future – sometimes with only a vision of one’s destination.  It takes faith to stay the course and weather the journey ahead.  And despite challenges, one must dance, laugh, and find joy along the way.  The mission of the navigators on the Hokule’ a speaks to all of us.” End quote.  Thank you, Mo, for being that navigator.
 
I am honored that you have chosen Aloha to be your theme at the District Conference and wish to share the meaning of the word in Hawaiian:
“Akahai” may kindness be expressed with tenderness
“Lōkahi” have unity in your lives with harmony
“ʻOluʻolu” be agreeable, with pleasantness;
“Haʻahaʻa" be humble, with modesty;
 “Ahonui” be patient, and persevere.
 
Congratulations again Mo and Mahalo Me Ke Aloha Pumehana (Thank you very much)
Nalani Flinn 2017-2018 District 5000 Governor