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

  • April 2017

    Posted April 5, 2017

    Recycle Your E-Waste
    All ages
    Saturday, April 8. 9 a.m. – noon. Have you been waiting to get rid of an old computer, scanner or other form of e-waste? Safely recycle any brand of used computer equipment in any condition as well as just about anything that can be connected to a computer at this E-Waste Recycling Drive at Stevenson Middle School. For more information, go to www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org/calendar/detail/285115.

    Join a Community Cleanup Event
    Age 12 and up
    Various Saturdays. Join a City and County of Honolulu Adopt-A-Stream or Adopt-A-Block event at a number of locations across the island. For more information and to RSVP by site, contact:

    April 8, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Mililani Adopt-A-Block, Mililani Lions Club, 469.1979
    April 8, 10 a.m. – noon. Manoa Adopt-A-Stream, Malama Manoa, 988.5069
    April 29, 8 – 11 a.m. Pearl Harbor Bike Path Cleanup, City and County of Honolulu, 768.4319
    April 29, 8 – 11 a.m. Waipahu Adopt-A-Block, Lighthouse Outreach Center, 225.4589
    April 29, 9 – 11 a.m. Makiki Adopt-A-Block, HISmile, 523.2402

    Maintain a Rain Garden
    Saturday, April 8. 9 a.m. – noon. Remove weeds and invasive species from Windward Community College Rain Garden, prune native vegetation, and maintain the structural integrity of the downspouts and water collection basins. Wear shoes and work clothes that can get dirty, bring a water bottle, snack and work gloves. All tools will be provided. Participants under age 16 must have adult supervision. Participants under the age of 18 attending without their parent or legal guardian need to bring a signed waiver. For more information, go to www.huihawaii.org/windward-community-college.html. RSVP at volunteer@huihawaii.org.

    Explore Scotland at Ala Moana Park
    Grade 7 and up
    Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (shifts available). The Hawaiian Scottish Association needs volunteers to assist with their annual cultural celebration and Highland Games at McCoy Pavilion. For more information, contact Jill Becker at 783.3740.

    Kahuku Beach Cleanup
    Saturday, April 15. 8:30 – 11 a.m. Join Kokua Hawaii Foundation to clean accumulated marine debris at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at mile marker 14 in Kahuku and follow the signs and banners to the beach. Bring sun protection and refillable water bottles. For more information, email plasticfree@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

    Haʻikū Stream Restoration
    Saturday, April 15 (and every 3rd Saturday) 9 a.m. – noon. Restore the upper reaches of Heʻeia stream. Restoration activities include native plant propagation, planting, weeding and mulching. For more information, go to www.papahanakuaola.com/index.php/get-involved/monthly-community-workdays.

    Work at Honolulu Zoo’s Children's Discovery Forest
    Saturday, April 15. 9 – 11 a.m. Activities at this monthly 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.

    Community Recycling Days
    All ages
    Saturday, April 15 at Laie Elementary School and April 29 at Moanalua Elementary School. 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 during these community recycling days. For more information, email 3rs@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

    Restore He'eia Estuary
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, April 15. 9 a.m. – noon. This He'eia stream estuary project aims to improve water quality and increase habitat for native aquatic animal species by removing invasive plants and replanting native species. Wear long pants and longsleeved shirt that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring a hat, sunscreen, refillable water bottle and a signed parental waiver for volunteers under age 18. For more information, go to www.huihawaii.org/heeia-estuary-restoration.html. To print a waiver and RSVP online, go to www.huihawaii.org/hok-rsvp-form.html.

    Get Creative at the Honolulu Museum of Art
    High School
    Sunday, April 16. 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Assist museum-goers with art-themed activities celebrating books and literature. For more information, contact Micah at mvargas@honolulumuseum.org or call 532.8737.

    Join a Windward Community Workday
    Saturday, April 22 (and every 4th Saturday) 8 – 11 a.m. Enjoy the beauty of Haʻikū valley and help the environment. Tasks include mulching and weeding, and occasionally planting, harvesting and cleaning kalo. For more information, go to www.papahanakuaola.com/index.php/get-involved/monthly-community-workdays/.

    Work at a Fishpond
    Age 12 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, April 22. 8:30 a.m. – noon. Tasks at this community workday in Kāneʻohe will support efforts to rebuild and revive the Heʻeia 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. To RSVP, go to www.paepaeoheeia.org/contact/ or email admin@paepaeoheeia.org. For more information, go to www.tinyurl.com/paepaevolunteer or call 808.236.6178.

    Clean the Beach for Earth Day
    All ages
    Saturday, April 22. 9 a.m. – noon. Join Sustainable Coastlines for an Earth Day Celebration focused on keeping our beaches clean. Centered at Waimanalo Beach Park, volunteers will clean from Sherwoods to Makapu'u and points in between, with an underwater element at Makai Research Pier. Come for the cleanup, stay for lunch, games and live music until 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/494361017618257/.

    Protect Fragile Coastline on Earth Day
    All ages
    Saturday, April 22. 10 a.m. Plant hundreds of native Hawaiian coastal plants in an effort to restore the coastline at Shark’s Cove, and reduce erosion and sedimentation onto the fragile coral reef below. Bring sun protection and a refillable water bottle. Gloves and tools provided. For more information, go to www.pupukeawaimea.org/get-involved/.

    Clean Up Invasive Algae
    Saturday, April 22. 9 a.m. – noon. Join Mālama Maunalua to pull invasive algae at Paiko Beach. To RSVP, email volunteer@malamamaunalua.org. For more information, a required waiver form and to register, go to www.malamamaunalua.org/volunteer/sign-up/.

    Look Ahead to Support Animals
    Grades K – 12
    Ongoing May 1 – 7. Hold a roadside rally during the 102nd-annual Be Kind to Animals Week. Register your rally, make posters that promote the humane treatment of animals, then gather your friends to display the signs and wave at passing motorists. Raise awareness of animal welfare! Submit a photo of your rally and you could win a pizza party from the Hawaiian Humane Society. For more information, go to www.hawaiianhumane.org/bekindtoanimals/.

    Plan Ahead to Help Others Enjoy the Ocean
    High School
    Saturday, May 6. 7:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. White Plains Beach Park. AccesSurf provides swim and surf assistance at to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy ocean sports. New volunteer orientation at 8 a.m. Fill out volunteer application online at www.accessurf.org/volunteer-form/. For more information, go to www.accessurf.org/event/may-day-at-the-beach-2/.

    Share Your Aloha With Seniors
    High School
    Ongoing. Compassionate volunteers are needed to play games with, read to or provide uplifting music for elderly residents at Manoa Senior Care. For more information, contact Malia Boyd at 739.7063 or email Malia@ManoaSeniorCare.com.

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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