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The Aloha State – Community Service Hawaii

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The first days of our Hawaii service program have offered incredible sights and fulfilling service! After an exciting journey to this tiny slice of paradise, the group relaxed by sailing aboard a massive catamaran overlooking the Honolulu coastline, which boasts a unique island skyline featuring Diamond Head. Trip members were engaged by the beautiful shades of blue water and were ecstatic about catching the sight of a sea turtle swimming! Everyone agreed that it was the “perfect way to start the trip.” With these views, sunny weather, and a sunset walk on Waikiki beach, it was an amazing first day!

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On day three we kicked off our first community service project working with Helping Hands Hawaii, an organization that helps homeless and underprivileged youth and families in Oahu. We spent our time sorting through school supplies, home goods and clothing. We organized school kits with pencils, paper, erasers, binders, notebooks and more. Our group proudly packed a whopping 622 kits for poverty-stricken middle and high school students in the Honolulu region. Working to benefit teens our own age was a fulfilling experience!

After our day of service, we grabbed a quick bite before hiking Diamond Head. Everyone was instantly inspired when we arrived at the crater and could not wait to get on the trail!  After our hike up we were rewarded with a 360-degree view of Honolulu, where we were all dazzled by the views and even more impressed with ourselves at the short time it took us to reach the top!

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The following day led us to our next service site-Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Numerous things needed our attention, and we were definitely up for the challenge! Breaking into three workstations, our team organized hardware, created pothole-fillers, demoed decaying picnic benches, and moved shelving to maximize space and improve organization. Everyone was “in the zone” and loved contributing to something greater than themselves.

In the morning the group took advantage of the opportunity to hit the waves; we launched and rode outrigger canoes from the beach, gliding on the waves to the shore!  This and swimming in the Pacific Ocean left everyone sunkissed and sleepy. We cannot wait to keep the good times rollin’ on aloha time!

Me ka mahalo nui (Many Blessings)

The Westcoast Blogger

Do you want to visit and contribute in the Aloha State? Have a look at our 18-day Hawaii Community Service program!