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

  • February 2017

    Posted February 6, 2017

    Click to Donate Books Online for Free
    All ages
    Go to www.theliteracysite.com once a day and click to donate books. It’s free and easy! This site makes reading material available to children around the country, giving many of them their first book.

    Practice Random Acts of Kindness
    All ages
    Ongoing. Give your brother the last cookie. Hold the door for someone with their arms full. Thank the cafeteria workers for their hard work. Tell someone you care about them (Valentine’s Day is February 14!). For more ideas, inspiration and resources, visit www.actsofkindness.org.

    Join a Fishpond Workday
    Age 12 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, February 11 and February 25. 8:30 a.m. – noon. Tasks at these community workdays at Heʻeia Fish Pond in Kāneʻohe will support efforts to rebuild and revive the fishpond. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, covered shoes, and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle. Lunch will be 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.

    Be a Lifesaver
    Age 17 and up (parental consent required)
    Thursday, February 16. 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participate in the Punahou Blood Drive. One pint of blood can save three lives. Must weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information and to reserve a preferred appointment time, contact Kari at kwilhite@punahou.edu.

    Run a Mini-Golf Booth to Benefit Variety School
    High School
    Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19. Various shifts and times. Assist visitors at a miniature golf booth at Neil Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall during the Great Aloha Run & Expo, and support Variety School. For more information, call Lillian Masamitsu Kam at 808.754.3366.

    Restore He'eia Estuary
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, February 18. 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, February 18. 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.

    Be an Animal Hero
    Grades 6 – 12
    Saturday, February 18. 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 to register, go to www.hawaiianhumane.org/be-an-animal-hero/.

    Observe Whale Behavior
    Grades 7 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, February 25. 7:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Count the number of whales you can see and record their behavior at various locations around O‘ahu. This helps the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary collect data on whale populations, distribution and behavior. To register, email oceancount@noaa.gov or call 725.5923. For more information, go to www.sanctuaryoceancount.org/about/.

    Clear Your Clutter at Community Recycling Day
    All ages
    Saturday, February 25 at Keoneʻula Elementary School in Ewa Beach. 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 day. For more information, email 3rs@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

    Remove Invasive Algae
    Saturday, February 25. 9 a.m. – noon. Join Mālama Maunalua volunteers as they pull invasive algae from Maunalua Bay. Bring water, sun protection, and clothes that can get wet and dirty. Tabis and gloves will be provided. For more information, go to www.malamamaunalua.org/calendar/community-huki-national-invasive-species-awareness-week/ or email volunteer@malamamaunalua.org.

    Support Waimea Valley
    Age 12 and up
    Saturday, February 25. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a moderate hike onto Kalahe`e Ridge in Waimea Valley to remove invasive plants and plant native species. Wear a hat, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring at least two liters of water, lunch, gloves, insect repellent and sun protection. Tools will be provided. For more information, email volunteers@waimeavalley.net.

    Sign Up Now to Be a Spring Camp Volunteer
    Age 16 and up
    Application deadline: Tuesday, February 28. Hawaii Children's Discovery Center is looking for friendly, hardworking volunteers to assist teachers during their Spring Break Camp running Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24. Help is needed from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Prepare materials, facilitate camp curriculum, supervise student gallery and outdoor game time with children. Mandatory orientation session on March 11. See Mrs. Peters at Luke Center for Public Service for an application. For more information, email kyra@discoverycenterhawaii.org or susie@discoverycenterhawaii.org.

    Plan Ahead to Help Others Enjoy the Ocean
    High School
    Saturday, March 4 (and the first Saturday of every month). 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/march-day-at-the-beach/.

    Nurture an Urban Garden
    Saturday, March 4 (and every first Saturday of the month). 8:30 a.m. – noon. Join others in caring for an urban garden in Pearl City. Bring snacks, sun protection and lots of water (no drinking water available on site). For more information and to RSVP, email kaonohipoi@gmail.com.

    Plan Ahead to Help at Preschool Fair
    Grade 7 and up
    Saturday, March 4. 3 – 7 p.m. (shifts available if you can't be there the whole time). The Early School needs help for its annual fundraiser event, The Big Chill, held at Church of the Crossroads. Help with games and other booths. For more information, contact Lia Powers at 255.3323 or email liamahoney@gmail.com with “BIG CHILL” in the subject line.

    Plan Ahead to Help Homeless Families
    Age 15 and up
    Saturday, March 4. 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 cpeters@punahou.edu.

    Plan Ahead to Be a Buddy
    Grade 5 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, March 11. 8:30 a.m. – noon (shifts available if you can't be there the whole time). Best Buddies Hawaii is looking for friendly volunteers to help at an event that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Set up, provide overall support and help close down this Buddy Walk at Magic Island. For more information, go to www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/OAHU, contact Sarah at 469.2881 or email sarahman@bestbuddies.org.

    Assist at Cancer Support Lodge
    Age 16 and up
    Ongoing. The American Cancer Society has opened a new non-medical facility, Hope Lodge, to support cancer patients and their caregivers traveling to O‘ahu from the neighbor islands. Volunteers are needed to assist with tasks such as arts and crafts, games, baking and snacks, and light housekeeping. For more information, email Debbie at debra.apolo@cancer.org or call 383.3142.

    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.

Volunteer Request Form