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

  • May/Summer

    Posted May 12, 2017

    Build a School Garden
    All ages
    Saturday, May 13. 8 a.m. – noon. Join a Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Garden Party at two island elementary schools and help school gardens grow. For more information and to RSVP by site, email cpaguirigan@mililaniuka.k12.hi.us (Mililani Uka Elementary) or jameeblackdvm@gmail.com (Kainalu Elementary).

    Donate to the National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive
    All ages
    Saturday, May 13. Participate in the nation's largest one-day food drive by setting a bag of nonperishable donations by your mailbox. Your mail carrier will deliver it to a local food bank. You’ll help to feed thousands of hungry people in our community. For more information, go to www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.

    Help at Kahuku Point Community Work Day
    Saturday, May 13. 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore Kahuku Point’s rare coastal strand habitat. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species, plant natives and pick up marine debris. Meet at Turtle Bay Resort parking lot near the Paradise Helicopters sign. Wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and bring a reusable water bottle. For more information, email nick@northshoreland.org.

    Community Recycling Cleanup Day
    All ages
    Saturday, May 13. 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 Maryknoll School. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/1525060407526326/.

    Work At Local Fishponds
    Support efforts to rebuild and revive two local fishponds. For either location, 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 for both.

    Heʻeia Fish Pond in Kāneʻohe
    Age 12 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, May 13 and May 27. 8:30 a.m. – noon. To RSVP, go to www.paepaeoheeia.org/contact/ or email admin@paepaeoheeia.org. For more information, go to www.tinyurl.com/paepaevolunteer.

    Loko Ea Fishpond in Haleʻiwa
    Saturday, May 20. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Online reservations are required by Thursday, May 18. To RSVP, go to www.lokoea.org/?event=1329&event_date=2017-05-20. For more information, email info@lokoea.org or call 292.2881.

    Restore He'eia Estuary
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, May 20. 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.

    Work at Honolulu Zoo’s Children's Discovery Forest
    Saturday, May 20. 9 – 11 a.m. Activities at this work day at Honolulu Zoo include planting seedlings, pulling weeds, harvesting sweet potatoes and more. Wear sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Water will be provided. Come for the workday and stay to enjoy all the zoo has to offer. Free entrance to the zoo for all volunteers. To RSVP, email lmduling@hawaii.edu.

    Celebrate National Bike Month at the Museum
    Age 15 and up
    Sunday, May 21. 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:45 – 4 p.m. Volunteers needed to assist local artists, lead art activities and more at this Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art focusing on celebrating riding bicycles. For more information, go to www.honolulumuseum.org/events/bank_of_hawaii_sunday/16268-wheel_world, email Micah at mvargas@honolulumuseum.org or call 532.8737.

    Join North Shore Community Work Day
    Saturday, May 27. 9 – 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to 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, gloves and useful tools like shovels and pickaxes. Water and light snacks will be provided. For more information, email nick@northshoreland.org.

    Encourage Lifelong Reading
    High School
    Tuesday, May 30 – Saturday, July 15. Varying hours. Manoa Public Library is looking for volunteers to support their Summer Reading Program. For more information, call Megan Fukumoto at 988.0459.

    Assist with Floating Lanterns
    Grade 9 and up
    End of May through July 2017. Preparations for this year’s popular ceremony have already
    been made, but volunteers are still needed to assist with lantern cleanup and to prepare for
    the 2018 ceremony. To indicate your interest, go to www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com/page/volunteer. For more information, email volunteer@naleialoha.org.

    Help Others Enjoy the Ocean All Summer
    High School
    Saturday, June 3 (and the first Saturday of every month). 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. You can help! New volunteer orientation at 8 a.m. For more information, go to www.accessurf.org/event/june-2017-day-at-the-beach/.

    Be a Snorkel Camp Intern
    High School
    June 5 – 9 and June 19 – 23 (mornings). Waikiki Aquarium needs strong swimmers who enjoy snorkeling and like to work with children 8 – 12 years old to serve as interns for their popular Summer by the Sea snorkel camp. Other desirable skills include familiarity with Hawaiian reef fish, ability to lead activities and games, lifeguard certification, and 1st aid/CPR training. For more information, email Mary at roney@waikikiaquarium.org.

    Be a Volunteer Server at the Punahou Alumni Lū‘au
    Grades 9 – 11
    Saturday, June 10. 2 – 8 p.m. Assist at this annual Lū‘au honoring over 2,000 Punahou alumni celebrating their class reunions. The Class of ’93 needs your help to make the evening a success. Class captains are also needed to organize volunteers. Orientation for captains will be held Friday, June 9. Pick up a sign-up form from either Ms. Fong Chan or Mrs. Crouch in Alexander Hall. For more information, contact Office of Alumni Relations at 944.5740 or email alumni@punahou.edu.

    Join a Beach Cleanup
    Saturday, June 10. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join Sustainable Coastlines to malama Magic Island, the banks of the Ala Wai Canal and the harbor before Hokule‘a arrives home. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/388053174927301/.

    Become an Aquarium Summer Interpreter
    Grade 9 and up
    Half-day shifts on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, July 5 – 27. Waikīkī Aquarium is looking for friendly teen volunteers to learn about Hawaiian marine life and interact with visitors. Mandatory training session either June 28 or 29. To apply online by May 26, go to www.tinyurl.com/2017WaikikiAquariumVolunteer. For more information, email roney@waikikiaquarium.org.

    Volunteer for Goodwill Goes GLAM!
    Age 14 and up (with adult)
    Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23. Goodwill Industries of Hawaii is looking for volunteers for their Goodwill Goes GLAM! event, held at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. All volunteers will be provided with a shirt, training, light snacks and a 20%-off coupon. For more information and to sign up for a shift, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/retail-volunteers-for-2017-goodwill-goes-glam-presented-by-bank-of-hawaii-foundation-tickets-33260433853.

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.

Volunteer Request Form