One of the greatest attributes of Honolulu Community College is the people – our students, and our employees.  This past December our Honolulu CC ‘ohana came together in many ways to give back to the community.  The following are a few stories of giving.

Providing Warmth

Honolulu CC staff and faculty donated over 2,500 hospital blankets to various agencies and community groups on O‘ahu.  The blankets came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and American Red Cross Warehouse located out at West Loch Naval Installation in ‘Ewa Beach.  FEMA asked if any community organizations needed the blankets since the Red Cross received brand new replacements and needed the shelf space.  Thanks to Fire Science instructor, Scotty Rhode who is an active community volunteer, he put the call out to faculty and staff members.screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-12-33-54-pm

“Epitomizing the finest that Honolulu CC has to offer a number of our faculty and staff took the blankets and donated them various churches, nursing homes, charitable and community organizations such as Outreach Homeless Vets, Institute for Human Services, Next Step Shelter, Valoha Giving Movement (Support Group For The Homeless) and the Salvation Army, to name a few,” shares Rhode.

“Many happy smiles were evidence as the blankets were distributed at the various locations on island.”


Angels on Campus

The  Honolulu CC Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter participated in a PTK Pacific Region
Service Project – the Salvation Army Angel Tree Project.  Honolulu’s chapter as well as three individual chapter members donated a total of $315 in gifts.  In addition, the chapter made a $70 cash donation totaling a donation of $385!

The Administrative team that included the administrators, division secretaries, Human Resources department and other personnel adopted five kupuna with the Salvation Army Angel Tree Project.  Donations were collected, purchased and delivered to the Salvation Army’s Kauluwela Corps on their giving day.

Shoe Box Project

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Club kicked off the Holiday Season with their annual Shoe Box Project. Proceeds from their Fall book fair and the items collected across campus were used to create gift boxes for the residents at the Next Step Shelter in Kakaʻako.

Every year the Shoe Box Project collects toiletries, non-expired/non-perishable baby screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-4-20-15-pmfood/healthy snacks, school supplies, and toys to create “shoe box” gifts for shelter residents. The club kicked off their drive in early November by setting up five collection stations around campus. After the end of the project ECE Club and the Hawaiian Center, their partner on this year’s project, were able to make more than 60 boxes for children and close to 40 boxes for the adult residents at the shelter.


Toys for Tots

This Christmas, Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) students gave back to the community by teaming up with Toys for Tots to host a toy donation drive on December 7. MELE’s Kalikimaka toy drive was a student produced event from planning, to promotion and live sound, the whole event was run and organized by the MELE students. Throughout the event there was live entertainment by MELE students as well as raffle prize giveaways.

“The MELE 205 Concert and Event Production class provides our students with the fundamental skills required to plan and execute a wide range of activities and events,” said Eric Lagimas, MELE music business instructor. “The timing of our MELE’s Kalikimaka event during the holiday season also showcases the importance of community service and the spirit of giving. This is our second year partnering with Toys For Tots and the value of this partnership reminds our students that through these toys, we can brighten up the spirits of less fortunate children in our communities.”

“It was amazing to give back to the community by organizing a benefit event for our class project,” said MELE student Jaslyn Loftin. “The MELE program is very hands-on and we learn to become more involved in the music industry, and this project showed me what it’s like to put on an actual concert. It is very tough, it requires a lot of follow up from sponsors and collaborators, and organizing entertainment, gaining publicity for the event and claiming the venue is also a hefty task, but it was nice seeing the students’ hard work pay off.”

Acts of Kindness

These are just a few examples of how our campus ‘ohana is giving back to our community.  As we enter a new year let us continue to find ways that we can give back to each other, our campus and the greater community we belong to every day.  Spread Aloha!