The Inside Scoop on the Hawaii Convention Lion Robert K.Y. Lee, Host Committee chair for the 98th Lions Clubs International Convention in June in Honolulu, responds to your questions. I know the weather will be great. Will the hotels be within walking distance of the venues? —David Paul Beeman, Hanford Breakfast Lions, California Some of the hotels are within walking distance to the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), while the furthest hotels in Waikiki are approximately 1.5 miles away. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the LCI hotels and the HCC for all official LCI events. Information on shuttle bus pick-up locations and schedules will be posted at all LCI hotels and at the HCC. Many Lions will have limited time in your amazingly beautiful state. What is your one must-do/see recommendation? —Dawn Rice-Norton, Medway Lions, Massachusetts This is a difficult question: there are so many things to see and do! On Oahu, where the convention will be held, my personal choice would be the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, which is part of the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor. This is a haunting and solemn tribute to not only the lives lost that December morning but also is a memorial to all those who have served and continue to serve in harm's way. It’s a chance to reflect on the true cost of war. When will registration forms be available? —Lion Chris Simola Registration is going on now at lionsclubs.org. Or use the registration form on page 47. Unfortunately lots of Lions can’t visit the convention in Hawaii in June. But I think lots of them are interested in the event. Do you plan online live broadcasting or do you plan to upload longer videos of the main events of the convention? — Peter Koleszar, president, Miskolc Lions Club, Hungary Currently there are no plans for live streaming from Hawaii. LCI will include videos on the LCICon YouTube channel. There will be same day coverage of some events, and some activities will be shown the next day. Will there be a place where we can buy refreshments after the Parade of Nations on Saturday? —Julie Zimmer, Vinton Lions, Iowa The Lions of Hawaii will be holding a Lions International Festival (LIFe) at Kapiolani Park, the terminus point for the parade. The festival, to be held on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, will provide visiting Lions an opportunity to participate in Hawaiian games, learn to dance the hula or take part in an Okinawan “bon” dance while enjoying local foods and refreshments. This will be a great time to interact with your fellow Lions and immerse yourself in the host culture. On the host committee website, there is an event called the “Waterfront Jam.” Who will be featured at the Waterfront Jam? —Andrea Riel, Suncook Valley Area Lions, New Hampshire The Waterfront Jam will be a great evening of music, hula and laughter under the stars at the Waikiki Shell. The show will feature some of Hawaii's finest musical talent including Riatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro and Brother Noland , with internationally known comedian Dat Phan providing the humor. Ticket donations start at $10 for the lawn. Shell seats are $25, $35, $65 and $500 for VIP. Tickets can be obtained only online at www.WaterFrontJam.com. In Toronto, we had the first Lions Care project. Will there be a Lions Care project at the Honolulu convention? — Past District Governor Ernest Chang, Chinatown Lions Club, Hawaii The Honolulu Host Committee has designated Palama Settlement, a local non-profit community-based social service agency, as the beneficiary of this year's Lions Care project. The agency serves children, adults and senior citizens. We are asking the Lions to again donate toiletries, gift cards and other items at the designated location in the exhibit hall. Next Ask a Lion Eddie Marshall For the next Ask a Lion we turn to Lion Eddie Marshall, a top recruiter. The longtime Joanna Lion in South Carolina has brought in more than 50 Lions and knows what it takes to build membership. Email your questions for him about recruiting or membership to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the LION at 630-468-6805.
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