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Final Service-Learning Orientations, Friday 9/11

Students interested in Service-Learning are required to participate in a mandatory orientation and training session.  On Friday, September 11, we will hold our final 3 scheduled sessions.

Friday, 9/11 – 10:45-11:45AM in Lama 118 (Library)
Friday, 9/11 – 12:15-1:15PM in ‘Ohia 118
Friday, 9/11 – 3:15-4:15PM in Lama 118

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Service-Learning Orientation & Training Schedule

Below is the general orientation and training schedule for students interested in pursuing service-learning opportunities offered through their courses.  Some courses will have in-class sessions, so those students do not need to attend an additional training.  These sessions are offered through the Service & Sustainability Learning Program.

Tuesday, 9/1 – 11:00AM-12:00PM in Lama 118 (Library)
Wednesday, 9/2 – 12:45-1:45PM in Ilima 231 ‘Ekahi (Kahikoluamea Center)
Thursday, 9/3 – 2:45-3:45PM in Lama 118 (Library)
Friday, 9/4 – 2:45-3:45PM in ‘Ohia 118
Tuesday, 9/8 – 10:30-11:30AM in ‘Ilima 231 ‘Ekahi (Kahikoluamea Center)
Tuesday, 9/8 – 12:15-1:15 in Lama 118 (Library)
Wednesday, 9/9 – no session due to Community Partner Fair
Thursday, 9/10 – 9:15-10:15AM in ‘Ilima 231 ‘Ekahi (Kahikoluamea Center)
Thursday, 9/10 – 12:15-1:15PM in Lama 118 (Library)
Thursday, 9/10 – 3:00-4:00PM in Lama 118 (Library) *MINA orientation is from 4:30-6PM
Friday, 9/11 – 10:45-11:45AM in Lama 118 (Library)
Friday, 9/11 – 12:15-1:15PM in ‘Ohia 118
Friday, 9/11 – 3:15-4:15PM in Lama 118

For more information about service-learning, visit our website
Contact us at or 734-9353
We are located in ‘Iliahi 118

Celebrate Service-Learning!

The Service & Sustainability Learning Program team invites you to join us and students who completed service-learning during this 2014-15 academic year for a ho’ike and celebration of their service to the community.

When: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 3:30-5:30PM
Where: ‘Iliahi 123ABC (in the back of the Ho’okele Center)

All are invited.

Refreshments, sponsored by the Board of Student Activities, will also be provided.


Earth Week Events: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day)


Day 3 of the Earth Week Challenge: Water Bottle Wednesday

This challenge encourages the use of reusable water bottles and beverage receptacles over single-use plastic bottles.  Be healthier and drink water…be healthier AND earth friendly by drinking tap water.  Find out more about bottled vs. tap water (check out

for more information on the Earth Week Challenge, visit

Open Classroom Presentation on Bottled Water

KCC student, Jason Salseg, will share with the SSCI 261 Food & Society class his research on the logistics and infrastructure of Hawaii’s ability to handle the production of bottled water and the PET bottle byproducts.  You are welcome to join the presentation in Olona 202 from 1:45-2:15PM.

Other open classroom presentations on Wednesday, 4/22 (EARTH DAY!), include:

Ecological Thinking, Creative Thinking (Interdisciplinary Studied 161), 10:45-12:00 Kalia 202
Carl Jennings

“Human nutrient inputs and their effects on coral habitats in Hawai’i” (MacKenzie Manning) Guest speaker, Daniel Amato UH Manoa Botany graduate student Zool 200 Marine Biology, 3:15-4:30 Manele 103



Celebrate Earth Week–April 20-24

From April 20 to 24 join us in a week-long celebration of our precious Earth.

The Service & Sustainability Learning Program’s student Sustainability Promotion Team, along with the Faculty Senate Ad-hoc Sustainability Committee, invite you to participate in a number of events throughout the week, beginning with our campus Earth Day event on Monday, April 20 from 10AM to 4PM.  (See the Event’s page for a more detailed description of the Earth Day program.)

Highlights of the week include:

– A CFL lightbulb exchange by Hawaii Energy — bring in your incandescent lightbulbs and receive a free CFL one which you can use to increase energy efficiency in your home.

– Screening of Cowspiracy in the Library sponsored by the Liscious Dishes and the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii (Monday, 12noon)

– Soul Motion for your inner peace on Friday from 11AM to 12noon in the KCC Chapel, led by Counselor Mimi Yen.

– And more!

Commit to protect our planet and create a more sustainable future for all.  You can start by taking one of five Earth Week Challenges:

1) Meatless Monday
2) Non-toxic (Plastic and chemical-free) Tuesday
3) Water Bottle Wednesday
4) Transportation Thursday
5) Peace Friday

Learn more about the challenges and document your participation by going to

Thank you to the Board of Student Activities for their sponsorship of Earth Week 2015 and to all the student clubs, community organizations, individual faculty and staff members, for their many contributions to making this week possible.  A special mahalo to student leader, Skye Rhoden for her tireless efforts and commitment.

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Reminder: April 6 Blood Drive — Please donate!

The Bloodmobile will be on campus next Monday, April 6, for an emergency blood drive.  From 10AM to 1PM, behind the Ohia Building.

At this moment, our state is in critical need of blood which is O+ (giving blood is a great way for you to find out your blood type!).  O+ is the universal blood for all positive blood types and can be received by patients who have type A+, B+, AB+ and O+ blood.

On-campus blood drives are a convenient way for you to donate and help support all those who are in need of blood transfusions, be it a cancer patient, an accident victim, a person undergoing surgery, and others.  Help save lives!  Donate blood.

Please see the event posting on the KCC Calendar for more information about the blood drive and how to prepare for your donation.

To schedule an appointment, you can contact the Service & Sustainability Learning Program at 734-9353 or OR contact the Blood Bank directly at 848-4770 or go to (and view the live schedule).

EcoReps Leadership Initiative – Focusing on Climate Change

The Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program presents a new leadership initiative for students, and even faculty/staff, based on the national EcoReps student leadership framework.  This semester we will focus on climate change.  We’ll launch the initiative with a retreat called, “Building a Community of Change Agents: Learning About and Responding to Climate Change” which will be on February 21 at Hawaii Nature Center.

All KCC students are welcome to apply for participation in this opportunity, for which we are asking about a 25-hour commitment including the Feb. 21 retreat.  See the EcoReps Flier for more information.

Registration URL:

Priority deadline is February 6, with applications accepted until February 10.

See the informational brochure:

For more information, contact

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Waikiki School Food Farm

The Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program and our partner, Waikiki School, invite you to join us for a day of service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Waikiki School’s Food Farm.

Waikiki School Food Farm
3710 Leahi Avenue
9AM to 12PM
(early bird breakfast at 8:30AM)

This is a community workday to promote friendship, peace, and sustainability.  We’ll tend the garden beds, harvest crops, and maintain the orchard.

Bring fresh produce for donation to Aloha Harvest, or to add to our stew lunch.  Also, supply your own bowl and spoon and water bottle to reduce waste.

Please see the event flyer and share this event with your students.
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This event is sponsored by Waikiki School & Kapi‘olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program. Our partnership is also supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

**Students interested in getting a head start on their service-learning may count this event towards their “flex hours.”

For more information, please contact or 734-9503.

Trash-to-Fashion Costume Shop

As a part of Campus Sustainability Day on October 22, a pop-up Trash-to-Fashion Costume Shop will be open for campus members to create a new or update an old Halloween Costume.

Give new life to an old blanket, bottle caps, mom’s ready-for-the-trash shower cap, cheap glasses you’ll never wear again, cardboard boxes, or last year’s ugly Christmas sweater and matching cap.  Exercise your creativity and help reduce our annual Halloween ecological footprint.

Donations are being accepted in the Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program office in Iliahi 118 or in the Kahikoluamea Center in ‘Iliahi 231 (near the front desk).  On October 22, we’ll have a fashion show to give you a taste of the possibilities.  Come dressed in your trash-to-fashion costume on October 30 and strut your stuff!

The Costume Shop will be open in the afternoons from October 22 to October 30 in the ‘Imiloa Studio (‘Iliahi 231-all the way in the back!)