Covid Is Out, Time To Celebrate! 

by Grace Larson

The District 50 Hawaii Lions International conducted its 86th Annual Convention at Bonvoy Marriott last April 28-30, 2022. As a fun-filled event, club volunteers celebrated its sacrifices, successful projects and community volunteerism.

During the pandemic, each Lions Club organization in Hawaii donation to Hawaii Food Basket and Eye Bank of Hawaii. Meanwhile, the Lions Club International Foundation helped Ukraine and other distressed countries during the Russia-Ukraine war.

On May 14, 2022, Hilo Visayan Club (HVC) held its Santacruzan event in Aja Veterans Hall in Hilo, Hawaii. Santacruzan is a commeration of a jubilant celebration when Queen Helena of Spain found the cross where Christ was crucified.

The Visayan people lead the people of Hawaii to celebrate Christ amidst the pandemic. This is the second year HVC held spearheaded the event.

Event attendees rejoices with thanksgiving in their heart. There was singing and dancing during the event. A coronation of three lovely queens was the event highlight. Among the attendees was Mayor Mitch Roth and his lovely wife Noriko Yamada-Roth.

We’re hoping that COVID-19 will really disappear forever and people will start celebrating again because the gift of life is worth a celebration.   

Lions Club delegates at the 86th Annual Convention at Marriot, Bonvoy in Kailua-Kona on April 29.
Club members and Leos of Hilo High at the induction of new Leo officers by Hawaii Lions Club president Russell Hayashi.
Big Island Mothers with Lt. Gov. candidate Sherry Menor-McNamara at the Santacruzan event on May 14.
(Right to left) Mrs. Milagros Aguinaldo, Arleen Ragudo, Sen. Laura Acasio and Mr. Lynol Acasio.
Santacruzan Queen Arcelie with Mayor Mitch Roth, Mrs. Noriko Yamada-Roth, Sen. Acasio and Visayan mothers.
(R-L) After-Santacruzan event cleaning by Mary Ann Apostol, Grace Manipol-Larson, Virgelita McKay and Diwa Conner.
(R-L) Jasmine and Pura Douglas, Joy Escalante, Sen. Acasio and Celeste Douglas

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