The Luke Center embraces community service, service learning and social entrepreneurship for grades K – 12, contributing to the school's public service and sustainability initiatives. While community service involves traditional volunteering and philanthropy, service learning describes thoughtfully organized service that is linked to the curriculum. Social entrepreneurship teaches students to become innovative problem solvers and agents of social change.
Luke Center for Public Service is committed to communicating about service, creating meaningful service opportunities, and convening service-related conversations for students and teachers. The Luke Center develops programs with the following objectives in mind:
To support and enhance student development in social responsibility;
To promote the connections between service, spirituality and character education;
To develop interdependence and a sense of community;
To create meaningful links between service, sustainability and social entrepreneurship and the curriculum; and
To meet community needs and take an active role in Punahou's vision of a private school serving a public purpose.
Service Learning Program
The Luke Center highlights several themes throughout the course of the school year, focusing the entire campus on particular areas of need. Within these themes, students of all ages get involved in a variety of ways, including direct service projects, classroom activities, education and advocacy. The themes are also reinforced in the school's chapel program, where students have the chance to explore them with a deeper understanding.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
The Entrepreneurs in Residence Program pairs students and faculty with a select group of volunteer mentors from Hawai`i's business and nonprofit world. These mentors work with students and faculty to explore entrepreneurial thinking linked to social issues, and help launch projects directed at serving our communities.
Community Forums for Service Learning
The Luke Center for Public Service reaches out to educators and community members, to participate in a variety of Punahou events over the course of the school year. These events include speakers, films and workshops that provide educational opportunities and forums for discussion, touching on a wide range of topics.
The Luke Center for Public Service began operations in 2002 in two offices using a picnic table for a conference room. In 2004, the new facilities were completed, and has since welcomed a steady stream of students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, community members and others interested in making a difference. Its central location near Thurston Memorial Chapel encourages links between spirituality and service.
The Center was named for K.J. and Beatrice Luke, by the Luke family, whose generosity supported the construction as well as the ongoing program.
K. J. and Beatrice Luke
Founder and chairman emeritus of Hawaii National Bank, K. J. Luke was involved in numerous business, military, community and civic groups. A teacher, banker, industrialist and entrepreneur, he taught his students to analyze and never be a conformist, adding that the most important ingredients for success are "imagination and a willingness to work hard."
This teaching took root in the Luke family, and is exemplified by the selfless involvements by numerous other family members who give their time and energy to improve the community in many service venues.
Support Libraries and Literacy Age 16 and up
Friends of the Library of Hawaii supports literacy efforts throughout the state. Volunteers are needed year-round to assist with various tasks, including the annual book sale.
Serve a Meal at a Homeless Shelter Available for ages 15 and up (w/adult)
Institute for Human Services (IHS) is looking for friendly volunteers who work well with all types of individuals to help kitchen staff at Honolulu shelters set up meal service, serve guests, and clean up after meal service is completed.
Have Fun at Art Explorium Available for grade 9 and up students
Help at Art Explorium, a non-profit community art studio in Kaimuki. Volunteers are needed for various tasks from organizing supplies to community events to preparing for art activities to helping children with various creative activities. No art expertise required. Three-month commitment preferred.
For more information, contact Heather at 312.4316 or email email@example.com.
Help Grant Wishes for Critically Ill Keiki Available for High School students
Make-A-Wish Hawaii has a variety of ways volunteers can help make wishes come true for children who struggle with illness.
Support Healthy Vision Available for High School students
Project Vision Hawai`i provides mobile medical screening services. Volunteers are needed to assist with events that promote access to better health.
Help at 1,000 Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 25
7 a.m. — 10 a.m. Grade 9 and up
Volunteers are needed at this community event. Unload and help distribute plants/trees.
For more information, call Vanessa at 561.1150.
Spend Spring Break at the Children's Discovery Center
Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27 Age 16 and up
Hawaii Children's Discovery Center is looking for friendly, hardworking volunteers to assist teachers during their nature-themed Spring Break Camps:
Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20
8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m
Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27
8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m
Choose to help during one of the camps, or volunteer for both! Prepare materials, facilitate camp curriculum, supervise student gallery and outdoor game time with children. For more information, contact Margo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades 7 and up (younger OK w/adult) 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 online, go to www.oceancount.org/.
High School 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. Go to AccesSurf's website for more information