HALE HOOMAHA — The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach took up paintbrushes, saws, and hammers to repair and paint YMCA’s Camp Naue on Saturday.
Sal Bosco, club community service director, led the project and coordinated work to be done with the YMCA and Camp Naue caretaker.
“Rotary is about partnering with others in the community on projects that have a positive impact.” Bosco said. “We have partnered with the YMCA to do maintenance and repairs at Camp Naue for many years now, ranging from painting to yard work to roof repairs.”
More than 20 volunteers worked painted exterior walls and trim on three buildings. They also did some carpentry work.
“We are so appreciative of all of the hard work and support of the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach over the years,” YMCA Camp Naue co-caretaker Nice Chinchilla said. “They have been a real asset to our camp and the community.”
Previously, Rotary Club of Poipu Beach has built picnic tables, hung new doors, painted, done yard work, and funded roof repairs at Camp Naue.
“It’s a lot of hard work and sweat, but it’s also fun to do this with friends and fellow Rotarians,” Bosco said. “This is one of several projects we do throughout the year to give back to the community.”
“Two of the primary areas of service for Rotarians are community service and youth service,” said Milani Pimental, Rotary Club of Poipu Beach president. “By partnering with the YMCA, we are able to do more together to maintain the Camp Naue facilities.”
The annual service project is also an opportunity for club members to bring family and friends who want to volunteer for the day or enjoy fellowship while staying at the camp over the weekend.
Among the volunteers were the five Rotary Youth Exchange students attending Hawaii high schools this year. The students come from Germany, Spain, Thailand, Chile, and France.
After a hard day of work, the exchange students each cooked a favorite dish from their country for a group dinner on Saturday evening.
“We believe this is a great resource for young people and for Kauai families,” Pimental said. “We want to maintain it for future generations. Rotarians, along with their families and friends, also get to have a fun weekend retreat at the camp while doing work.”