WAILUA — Putting the fun back into Shriners was the message delivered by Potentate Jun Viala Saturday at Brick Oven Pizza in Wailua.
“The Shriners have been in existence in Hawaii for more than 100 years, and this is not the last time for me to be here,” he said.
The Potentate’s message shoots the organization back to its roots when Dr. Walter Fleming and William “Billy” Florence, both Masons in New York, talked about starting a new fraternity for Masons, centering on fun and fellowship, more than ritual.
The talks resulted in the birth of the Shriners International.
Viala was joined by the Shriners recorder Lee Skinner as the Potentate installed the 2015 slate of officers for the Kauai Shrine Club.
Stanton Pa continues as president with Aaron Adair being the vice president. Karvel Rose has the duty of secretary and Victor Punua, recently honored for 50 years as a Shriner, will control the purse strings as treasurer. John Gill has the important role of hospital coordinator, continuing his work from the last Shriner’s clinic visit.
Viala also got help from Sandy Wilson in installing Herman Wilson as a Noble for the Kauai Shrine Club, placing his fez, the most recognizable symbol of the Shriners Club, with the help of Viala and Sandy.