Only a few months after the Maui Club received its Charter and its approved By-Laws, the Hawaii Island Shrine Club was recognized on August 14, 1944, with Noble Leslie Weight as its first President.
It was only 6 months later, in early ’45, that the new Club followed Maui’s pattern and established the program of supplying fresh meat for the Honolulu Hospital’s needs. And again, following Maui’s lead, a Hilo hot-sands ceremonial was set up that year and a class of 28 candidates became members of the Aloha Shriners.
In its sports sponsorship of Hospital benefits, the Hawaii Island Club had early found that a basketball tournament of leading Island Spring 3-night basketball tourney, sponsored nearly every year, and supplemented by an occasional Fall football game, enabled the Hawaii Club to maintain its meat supply to the Hospital and, in addition, to send nearly $16,000 in cash grants to the Honolulu Hospital in its first 15 years as a Shrine Club.
In addition, the Shrine Club, through hot-sands ceremonials in 1948, 1951 and 1954, added a substantial number of members to the Aloha Shriners roster, as well as boosting the Club’s membership.
Beginning in the ’60s the Hawaii Island Club, noting Maui’s success with smokers, started its own program of boxing smokers with net profits for the Hospital ranging from $1500 to $2500 from each. The Club continued active through the 70’s and in 1972 the Pop Warner football game netted an impressive $2115.
Then, in 1974, to show their appreciation of the great help received from Hawaii Island’s sports officials, sportswriters and sportscasters in putting on these games, the Shrine Club added a nice touch by initiating a parchment “Kokua Award” to be presented to those whose volunteer services added so much to the success of the ventures.
And thus, through the years, the Hawaii Island Club, by means of football, basketball and other sports programs, plus most successful shrine ceremonial, has continued to make outstanding contributions to the Aloha Shriners and the Honolulu Hospital.