Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Donation

On a beautiful sunny day recently, these ladies of the Lambda Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented RIF with a generous $500 donation at the Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach. One of their members is a teacher at Kamaile Elementary, a school that RIF Honolulu serves. Some other members who are retired might be interested in volunteering with RIF.

Fun tidbit: The Lambda Chi Omega Chapter was chartered on March 24, 1978 in Honolulu, the same year RIF Honolulu was founded!
L to R: Latitia Byrant (AKA/LCO former president), LaTonya Conkleton (AKA/LCO vice-president), Susan Fuller (RIF Honolulu president), 
Faye Haraguchi (RIF Honolulu web admin), Tabidrik Reed (AKA/LCO recording secretary) 

Happy Holidays!

The national RIF organization sent us this card, saying, “Thank you for joining with Reading is Fundamental to spread the JOY of reading this season and all year long.”

I Opened A Book

Generous Book Donation

RIF Honolulu recently received a generous donation from Ann Whedbee, the mother of one of our volunteers, with instructions to purchase two specific titles. As a student she excelled in school, has always valued education, and is an avid, life-long reader.  She loves the RIF program, and decided at the end of last year she wanted to help.

She chose Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis because she feels it is important for children to be exposed to classic stories with a positive message.  Ann further wants to support local writers, and provide stories that local children can identify with, hence Ilima‘s book.  Ohana Means Family was selected after reading about a dozen books by local authors RIF Honolulu suggested and sent home for Ann‘s perusal.

Her photo above shows that a good book becomes a life-long friend and source of pleasure.  Mrs. Whedbee will be 105 on March 10, 2022.

It’s 2022!

📕 National Book Lovers Day❣️

National Book Lovers Day is August 9 to encourage bibliophiles to celebrate reading and literature 📚

Aloha to Our Youngest Volunteers

Between their busy summer activities, these sisters eagerly stamped and sorted RIF books. We’ll miss their assistance in the Fall, as they’ll soon be leaving the island 🙁

Eric Carle

Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most cherished literary memories, has died at age 91.

Must-see video: Mr. Rogers visits Eric Carle in his studio (1998).