Luke Center for Public Service

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 OpportunitiesLuke Center provides a calendar of listings as well as ongoing opportunities, beyond Punahou's programs, to serve the greater community.

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Available to 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.

Register at their website. Registration opens mid-December.

Available dates: Saturday, January 25, February 29, and March 28. 7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


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Available for High School students

Every Saturday

Do you love the North Shore? Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea is looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks to support the Shark's Cove area.

For more information, go to their website, email mpweducation@gmail.com or stop by their Shark's Cove community outreach tent on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Moanalua

Available for all ages.

Work with volunteers from Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) at this dryland forest in Moanalua to remove invasive species, and outplant native Hawaiian and culturally-useful Polynesian-introduced plants.

Deadlines to sign up are January 23.
Visit KMWP's website for more information.

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Punahou Tank

Available for grades 7 and up (younger OK w/adult)

Ongoing Saturdays. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Volunteers are needed at the Punahou Tank to sort and organize donations to support Punahou Carnival.

For more information, email punahoucarnival2020@gmail.com.

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Manoa Public Library

Available to ages 13 and up.

Volunteers are needed to inventory current holdings at Manoa Public Library to help them prepare to transition to new RFID technology.

Email Nicholas at nicholas.cho@librarieshawaii.org or call 988.0459 for more information.

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Kalihi

Available for High School students.

Every Monday 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Assist Hawaii Literacy staff with literacy activities like reading to children and helping adults and children check out books at the Kahauiki Village Bookmobile in Kalihi.

For more information, go to this Volunteer Match website.

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Available for High School students

Every Saturday

Do you love the North Shore? Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea is looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks to support the Shark's Cove area.

For more information, go to their website, email mpweducation@gmail.com or stop by their Shark's Cove community outreach tent on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Available for ages 16 and up

Available dates: Saturday, January 4, February 1, March 7, and April 4

Looking for a way to help out in 2020? Dates fill up fast to help Hawaii Foodbank pack backpacks with food for Oʻahu children.

What to wear: Covered shoes and comfortable clothing.

For more information and to check for availability of volunteer space, email volunteer@hawaiifoodbank.org.

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Punahou Tank

Available for grades 7 and up (younger OK w/adult)

Ongoing Saturdays. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Volunteers are needed at the Punahou Tank to sort and organize donations to support Punahou Carnival.

For more information, email punahoucarnival2020@gmail.com.

Welcome

Punahou’s Thurston Memorial Chapel and Luke Center for Public Service welcome you to the 2019 – 2020 school year!

Welcome Letter

Luke Leaders

Are you an Academy student with aspirations to build peace, to organize community, to fight injustice, to take a stand and to change the world. Sign up now to become a Luke Leader!

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Contact

Luke Center for Public Service
lukecenter@punahou.edu
808.943.3609
Hours: M – F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.