Nadine Nishioka is being recognized as a Champion of Change because of her work to beautify and improve the environment.
When I was 5, my family went to a Christmas parade organized by Lions. Lions were tossing some coins and candy to people on the street and I remember telling my mother I wanted to be just like all those men wearing the yellow vest, throwing candy to the people lining the streets because everyone was having a great time. I am now a member and march in that parade each year where I am front and center leading the parade holding the Christmas banner.
I have been involved in my community’s athletics league for many years prior to becoming a Lion. Four years after I became a Lion, our league needed repairs to our facility that the city couldn’t afford. Instead, my Lions club stepped up, pouring concrete, laying sod, building rain and wind shield panels for the bleachers and repairing everything that was in desperate need of it. It was from this point on that I realized that the Lions as a whole care about their neighbors. From that point on, I made a strong commitment to serving those in my community as a member of my Lions club.
Although I am visually impaired, I do not allow it to infringe on my ability to serve in and around my community. I have made many adjustments and with the help of many, including Lions, I have been able to continue my responsibilities chairing many projects which are very important to me and our community.
Nadine Nishioka is a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been a member of the Honolulu Manoa Waioli Lions Club for 11 years.