Luke Center for Public Service

Luke Center for Public Service is a gathering place for discussion and coordination of the many community service and service learning activities of the school. The Center includes office and work space, in addition to a serene conference area known as the Lily Pond Room.


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, nestled in the Thurston Memorial Chapel courtyard and overlooking the Lily Pond.

The Center was named for the 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.