* * * HISTORY * * *

The Ala Moana Jaycees was founded in October 1963 by the Waikiki Jaycees, under the leadership of President Robert Valle, assisted by Marshall Rosier and Richard Watkins (son of R. Allen Watkins, the first President of the Hawaii Jaycees). At the January 18, 1964 banquet held at the Elks Club, Richard Headlee, then President of the U.S. Jaycees, presented the chapter with its charter and installed its first officers and directors.



Throughout the 1960’s the Ala Moana Jaycees established itself as a chapter of great accomplishments. In 1964, the chapter sponsored the Hawaiian A.A.U. Track and Field Championships. In 1965, marked the beginning of the Annual Ala Moana Jaycees Golf Tournament. In 1967, the Ala Moana Jaycees formed a Sister-Chapter relationship with the Kaohsiung Jaycees of Taiwan. Their President, Benedict Wang, and a delegation arrived in Honolulu to formally sign the charter and start a unique relationship that remains today. The years of 1968 through 1970 saw Ala Moana’s first venture into the Hawaii Jaycees political arena with past chapter president Ben Makaea seeking the office of President of the Hawaii Jaycees and was narrowly defeated in a closely contested three-candidate race.



In the 1970’s, Ala Moana gained the reputation of being the “Great Walk-Run” chapter of the Hawaii Jaycees. In 1971, the chapter initiated the grandfather of all walks in the State of Hawaii, Project Concern’s “Walk for Mankind”, to raise money to provide primary health services to the needy of the world. This project won the Hawaii Jaycees Project of the Year award several times. In 1977, the chapter began its involvement with the Honolulu Marathon, which is among the top marathons in the U.S. To this date, the Ala Moana Jaycees has continued to support this world class racing event, coordinating all aspects of the Start Line with over 30,000 runners and over 150 volunteers. The 70’s also brought in great programs such as Collegiate Leadership Seminars for the U. of H. students, Abused Children Christmas Party, and the energy conservation program, Sammy Saver, which won a National Award.



The 1980’s were marked by the chapter’s continued support of events, such as the Walk for Mankind and Honolulu Marathon. Consistent with its great reputation as the “Walk-Run” chapter, the Ala Moana Jaycees became involved with other runs, such as the Pepsi 10k, March of Dimes Walk America, and Kolekole Pass Run. Other projects introduced in the 1980’s included the Celebrity Auction, benefiting the Hawaii Family Support Center, “Bash of the Year” cruise benefiting the March of Dimes programs. Combined with other fund raising projects, the Ala Moana Jaycees annually raised well over $100,000 for the community. In 1984, women were officially allowed in the Jaycees, and the Ala Moana Jaycees were one of the first chapters to welcome female members. A proud product of Jaycee training was our own past president Ed Pei, who distinguished himself and brought honor to his home chapter when he was named one of Hawaii’s Three Outstanding Young Persons in 1985. The 80’s concluded on a high note, when our own past President Myles Nanbu, was elected President of the Hawaii Jaycees in May 1989.



The 1990’s was a time of challenges and growth for the chapter. Each year, a number of Ala Moana Jaycees served on the Hawaii Jaycees Executive Committee, providing the chapter with a firm connection to the state level. While continuing to participate in the Honolulu Marathon and Walk America, the chapter took on new challenges and began new projects. Thus began the annual Papakolea Haunted House, a free Halloween event for children in the area. Also, the chapter adopted a stretch of highway in the “Adopt A Highway” clean up program, participated in the Weinberg Friends program, which allowed the Ala Moana Jaycees to contribute $10,000 to a local charity. The Ala Moana Jaycees also conducted it’s first Father’s Day concert featuring the Makaha Sons of Niihau with Israel Kamakawiwoole, held it’s first public Karaoke challenge at Mamiya Theatre, and produced a half hour concert on KFVE T.V. The television show was so well received that a second showing was aired by popular request.


21st Century

Today, the Ala Moana Jaycees is working to build a new core of dedicated leaders in our community. Over its 40 plus years of existence, the Ala Moana Jaycees has succeeded in giving true meaning to the concept of leadership training through community service, and has left a legacy of accomplishments of which it can be truly proud. The Ala Moana Jaycees stands ready to further the goals of Jayceeism well into the 21st Century.