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

  • March 2017

    Posted March 14, 2017

    Community Recycling Cleanup Days
    All ages
    Saturday, March 11 at Kalāheo High School and Saturday, March 25 at Waiʻanae 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 at these community recycling days. For more information, email 3rs@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

    Be a Buddy
    Grade 6 and up (younger ok w/adult)
    Saturday, March 11. 7:30 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.

    Join a Windward Community Work Day
    Saturday, March 11 (and the second Saturday of every month). 8:30 a.m. – noon. Clear invasive vegetation, build ʻauwai for new loʻi kalo and maintain existing loʻi kalo at this work day near He’eia. Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting muddy. Bring sun protection, bug repellent and a refillable water bottle. For more information and to RSVP, go to www.kakoooiwi.org/event/world-habitat-day-2012.

    Join a Fishpond Workday
    Age 12 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, March 11 and March 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 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.

    Support Urban Kailua Storm Water Project
    High School
    Saturday, March 11. 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.

    Restore He'eia Estuary
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, March 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 long-sleeved 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, March 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.

    Ha'iku Stream Restoration
    Saturday, March 18 (and the third Saturday of every month) 9 a.m. – noon. Restore the upper reaches of Heʻeia stream with native plants. 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.

    Take an Animal Hero Training Class
    Grades 6 – 12
    Saturday, March 18. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Interested in getting community service hours at the Hawaiian Humane Society? This required class teaches animal welfare basics along with information about the inner workings of the shelter. For more information and to register, go to www.hawaiianhumane.org/be-an-animal-hero/.

    Get Creative at the Honolulu Museum of Art
    High School
    Sunday, March 19. 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Assist museum-goers with art‑themed activities exploring Jewish culture. For more information, contact Micah at mvargas@honolulumuseum.org or call 532.8737.

    Observe Whale Behavior
    Grades 7 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Saturday, March 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/.

    Join a Windward Community Workday
    Saturday, March 25 (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/.

    Plan Ahead to Help Others Enjoy the Ocean
    High School
    Saturday, April 1 (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. 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/april-day-at-the-beach/.

    Plan Ahead to Clean Makiki Stream
    Grades 7 and up
    Saturday, April 22. 8:30 – 11 a.m. Join volunteers from around the community as they meet at various locations to remove trash, replace invasive plants with native species and improve the flow of Makiki Stream. Wear a long-sleeved shirt that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring your own reusable water bottle, bug repellent, sun protection and gloves. For more information and to RSVP by April 9, email trevor@halaukumana.org.

    Start Thinking About Summer Travel Opportunities
    High School
    Take your service on the road with various travel organizations. Learn more about travel and service at www.sustainablesummer.org and www.experiencegla.com.

    Assist at Cancer Support Lodge
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/adult)
    Ongoing. The American Cancer Society’s non-medical facility, Hope Lodge, supports cancer patients and their caregivers traveling to Oahu 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.

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