Leadership and Service Opportunities

Luke Center for Public Service publishes a monthly list of service opportunities for students, families and friends of the Punahou community.

One Time Opportunities

  • September 2017

    Posted September 8, 2017

    Help Others Enjoy the Ocean
    High School
    Saturday, September 9. 7:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. White Plains Beach Park. AccesSurf provides swim and surf assistance to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy ocean sports. New volunteer orientation at 8 a.m. For more information, go to www.accessurf.org/event/september-day-at-the-beach-2/or call 236.4200.

    Waikalua Loko Fishpond Work Day
    High School
    Saturday, September 9. 8 a.m. – noon. Connect with the ‘aina at this workday in the Waikalua Loko fishpond on the windward side. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and wet, old shoes and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle. Light lunch provided. For more information, go to www.thepaf.org/waikalua/ohana/.

    Clean Magic Island
    Saturday, September 9. 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join volunteers at the Greenroom Festival to clean up Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park. Lunch provided. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/greenroomfest/.

    Help Set Up Shelter for Homeless Families
    Age 15 and up
    Saturday, September 9. 9 – 11 a.m. Get insight about temporary shelter by assisting Family Promise volunteers as they set up the rooms in which homeless families will stay for the week. Tasks include cleaning rooms and toys, hanging fabric that serves as partitions for sleeping areas and making spaces look “homey.” For more information, email lukecenter@punahou.edu.

    Help at Kahuku Point Community Work Day
    Saturday, September 9. 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore rare coastal strand habitat at Kalaeokaunaʻoa (Kahuku Point). Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species, plant native species, and pick up marine debris. Meet at Turtle Bay Resort parking lot near the Paradise Helicopters sign. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle. For more information, go to www.northshoreland.org/stay-involved/community-work-days/kahuku-point-2/ or email nick@northshoreland.org.

    Clear Your Clutter at Community Recycling Day
    All ages
    Saturday, September 9. 9 a.m. – noon. Have you been collecting newspapers, batteries, scrap metal, old TVs or other things around the house? Drop off your recyclable waste at this community recycling day at Kaʻaʻawa Elementary School. For more information, email 3rs@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

    Support Urban Kailua Storm Water Project
    High School
    Saturday, September 9. 9 a.m. – noon. Volunteers at this Popoi'a Street project will learn about native Hawaiian plants and local watershed issues while maintaining an area that improves the quality of storm water runoff into a nearby canal. Wear shoes and work clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle and snack. Tools and work gloves provided. For more information, go to www.huihawaii.org/popoia-street-storm-water-retrofit.html. To print a waiver and RSVP online, go to www.huihawaii.org/hok-rsvp-form.html.

    Work at Loko Ea Fishpond in Haleʻiwa
    Saturday, September 16. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Support efforts to rebuild and revive this local fishpond. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, covered shoes, and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle. Lunch is provided. Online reservations are required by Thursday, September 14. For more information, go to www.lokoea.org/?event=loko-ea-community-workday-september-2017-2&event_date=2017-09-16.

    Join the Cleanup in Kahuku
    All ages
    Saturday, September 16. 8:30 – 11 a.m. In celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day, Plastic Free Hawai‘i is hosting a beach cleanup at the James Campbell Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are needed to pick up rubbish and record data about what they find. Bring a reusable water bottle, sun protection and gloves. For more information, email

    Work at Honolulu Zoo’s Children's Discovery Forest
    Saturday, September 16. 9 – 11 a.m. Activities at this work day at Honolulu Zoo include planting seedlings, pulling weeds and harvesting. Wear sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Water will be provided. To RSVP, email LMDULING@hawaii.edu or call 760.695.7460.

    Ha‘iku Stream Restoration
    Saturday, September 16. 9 a.m. – noon. Restore upper reaches of Heʻeia Stream with native plants. Tasks include planting, weeding and mulching. Wear sun and insect protection, and clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Bring a towel and reusable water bottle. For more information, go to www.papahanakuaola.com/index.php/get-involved/monthly-community-workdays.

    Community E-waste Recycling Event
    Saturday, September 16. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dispose of your used electronic waste responsibly at this recycling event at Central Union Church. Computers, monitors, phones, printers and more will be accepted. No appliances, televisions or alkaline batteries.

    Animal Hero Service Learning Training Class
    Grades 6 – 12
    Saturday, September 16. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Want to do a service learning project at the Hawaiian Humane Society? Take this required class and learn more about ways you can help. $25 fee. For more information and a link to register, go to www.HawaiianHumane.org/AnimalHero or email education@hawaiianhumane.org.

    Get Creative at the Honolulu Museum of Art
    High School
    Sunday, September 17. 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Assist young museum-goers with art-themed activities exploring abstract expressions. For more information, contact Micah at mvargas@honolulumuseum.org or call 532.8737.

    Punahou School Aloha United Way Drive
    All ages
    Wednesday, September 20 – Friday, October 13. Support community agencies through the annual Aloha United Way campaign at Punahou. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the many services our community has to offer. Donate what you can and find out about our community’s resources while you’re at it. For more information, call either the Luke Center at 943.3609 or the Chapel Office at 944.5720.

    Pūpūkea Paumalū Community Work Day
    High School (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, September 23. 9 a.m. – noon. North Shore Community Land Trust needs volunteers to help restore the trail from Sunset Beach Elementary School to the pillbox. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle and tools that you feel would be useful (shovels, pickaxe, gloves, etc.). Water and light snacks will be provided. For more information, go to www.northshoreland.org/the-latest/land-stewarship/pupukea-paumalu-2/ or email nick@northshoreland.org.

    Help a Local School Build a Database
    High School
    Ongoing. Holy Nativity School is looking for help to build a database with information about their alumni. Can you help? Flexible volunteer schedule. For more information, contact Kate at 779.3796.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer to Help Hawaii's Homeless
Age 14 and up
Ongoing. The Institute for Human Services can use your help in a variety of ways. Check out the possibilities at www.ihshawaii.org/get-involved/volunteer. For more information, email Volunteer@IHS-Hawaii.org or call 447.2810.

Work at Rocky Hill
Grade 4 and up

Ongoing. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants from Pu'u o Manoa (Rocky Hill) in an effort to make our campus more sustainable. To schedule a workday and for more information, contact Tai Crouch at tcrouch@punahou.edu.

Help History Come Alive

Age 16 and up
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is looking for volunteers to serve as visitor information desk attendants. Contact Marcia at 447.3918 or email mtimboy@missionhouses.org.

Donate Items to Help Hawai`i's Animals
All ages
Oahu SPCA helps displaced pets find a safe place to live. Check out the ways your donations support their mission that "every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home." Go to http://oahuspca.com/donate/.

Check out more possibilities for service work at these websites: www.volunteermatch.org andwww.volunteerhawaii.org.

Student Service Log

Students who want to track their service activities can enter them into the Service Log, accessible through the Students section of this website.

Punahou does not require students to log their hours in order to graduate. However, some students find it helpful to have a record of their service for college applications, National Junior Honor Society, etc.

Sharing Opportunities with the Punahou Community

Looking for volunteers? For organizations or agencies that would like to publicize a volunteer opportunity, information will be shared, as appropriate, with the Punahou community. Availability of volunteers is not guaranteed.

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