Luke Center for Public Service

“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.”
– (2017, August 7) Helping, Fixing, or Serving? Lion’s Roar

The Luke Center for Public Service embraces community service, service learning and social entrepreneurship for grades K – 12, contributing to the school's public service and sustainability initiatives. 

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.
     
     
    • 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.