Only dojo practicing with necessary precautions in Hawaii had to stop because of “Stay at Home” lockdown order imposed on us by Governor for 2 weeks from August 27th. Keep your personal training at home to maintain your physical ability.
Hawaii Kendo Federation has announced their fund raise program using Foodland Supermarket “Give Aloha” Program from September 1st to 30th. Foodland matches your donation with Maikai card for 20 - 25 per cent for up to $249. Please participate even if you can do that with small amount. Accumulated efforts may end in significant funds for Hawaii Kendo Federation.
In this Pandemic, Blood donation has been noticeably reduced. Though the need of blood is existing more, many blood donors tend to stay home to avoid crowd. People get sick regardless holidays and weekends. Blood Bank of Hawaii is asking for your donation. When I was regularly donating blood, it was a tangible indication of having health good enough to pass pre-screening with body weight and temperature, pulse count, hemoglobin count, blood pressure and life habit checks. That gave me solid motivation to maintain good health all the time, not just donation time.
Though Hawaii Kendo Federation is doing periodical fund raises, donate unused automobiles you have in operational or not through Kokua In Kind Program to Hawaii Kendo Federation.
Our Club will be doing Annual Zippy’s ticket sale in the near future. Because of no kendo practices and poor economy, it may be harder this year. But, we will do our best. Even though we do not have our practices, basic expenses are still with us.
Over 50 years ago, I visited my grandparents. As soon as I went into their house, I saw 1000 yen bill displayed in a picture frame on the wall where everyone could notice easily. I asked my grandfather why the bill was placed there. He answered that the bill was from me. I had forgotten all about it. When I received the 1st salary from my job, I decided to send a 1000 yen bill each from 7000 yen I received to persons who contributed me to become who I was. Now I, myself, is a grandfather. I could picture my grandfather who was anxiously waiting for people to ask about it. He probably went on like, “That is from my grandson’s 1st salary. He loves us. He is a good boy,” and so on. It does not take much to make others happy. Remembering persons by writing letters, sending cards, sending text messages and making phone calls to show that you think about them often will do the job, sometimes overwhelmingly.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club