University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu
Images of UH West Oahu Service Learning students working a taro patch or lo‘i on the west side of Oahu.

Service Learning Program

UHWO Service Learning Mission Statement

To enhance the educational experience of the university through meaningful community service activities that will shape leaders and life-long learners who actively seek a more just, abundant, and connected world.

Service Learning Definition and Purpose

Service Learning is a method of teaching that engages students in meaningful volunteer service to the university and local communities. Service opportunities provided by faculty in their courses engage students in active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning experiences that meet community needs while deepening and expanding classroom learning objectives. Service learning can be an integral aspect of the university learning experience when integrated into course assignments, student research, practicum settings, and internships. Through service learning UHWO students learn to apply their skills and knowledge as change agents who support community well being and foster a better quality of life for all. The goals of service learning are to:

  • Apply, extend and deepen skills and knowledge learned in the classroom through service to the local and university communities
  • Provide support to local community agencies
  • Develop a sense of civic responsibility and community well being
  • Encourage leadership in education, employment and civic responsibility

UHWO will recognize excellence in Service Learning at graduation. Beginning Students will be recognized with a certificate of accomplishment and a lei. To gain recognition at graduation students must participate in a minimum of 30 hours of service learning (verified by their instructors and/or site supervisors) during their coursework at UHWO.

Benefits For Students and Faculty

For students service learning is an opportunity to get as much out of your education as possible. In service learning abstract ideas and theories become concrete as they are used to make our world a better place. Courses with service learning expectations are grounded in authentic experience and make learning come to life in exciting and fulfilling ways. By participating in service learning students learn leadership skills, develop core values and hone perspectives that will be valuable to an employer or to further one’s education.

For faculty Service Learning is an effective method for enhancing and deepening the knowledge and skills engaged with in class. Service learning expands the walls of the classroom by grounding learning within the exploration of invaluable real-life experience. Research has shown that students who participate in focused service learning in a course retain information better and have a deeper understanding of course material. To achieve the most effective results service learning should be deeply integrated into the course expectations and assessments. Below is a link to the expectations for service learning courses at UHWO.

Service Learning forms

For service learning experiences students are required to sign a waiver, keep track of their hours, and have them verified by the course instructor and the site supervisor or mentor. Below are links to the required forms. Instructors will turn in service learning forms at the end of the semester to the service learning coordinator. It is especially important for those seeking recognition at graduation that the forms be properly filled out and given to the service learning coordinator in a timely manner.

For Community Partners

At UHWO we encourage the development of partnerships with community organizations. It is within these long-term relationships that service learning can most effectively achieve its goals. If you are interested in having your organization be a service learning partner with UHWO please contact the service learning coordinator.

Service Learning Opportunities for Current Semester

The UHWO Service Learning Program will not be hosting any service learning events at this time. We are working solely on developing and bettering the program for our students. Below is a list of sites and organizations students can go to if they are in need of service learning or community service hours. Students must understand that these are not UHWO Service Learning Events and are not affiliated with UHWO in any way. Students will attend at their own risk, in which UHWO will not be held liable of any outcome that may occur from attending these events.  







Ko‘oloa‘ula After-School Program Volunteers will serve as tutors and mentors for the elementary through middle school students living in the Ko`oloa`ula housing complex.  For the first portion of the program, volunteers will assist the students with their homework.  For the second portion of the program, volunteers will assist in leading the activity of the day.  Activites include STEM-related activities, physical fitness, arts & crafts, and cooking. Contact Sydney at to get involved. (Mon - Thurs) now through Nov. 30th 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 91-1159 Keahumoa Prky, #801, Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Malama​ ​Loko​ ​Ea

From​ ​rock​ ​wall​ ​building​ ​to​ ​invasive​ ​grass​ ​removal,​ ​we need​ ​your​ ​kōkua​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​the​ ​restoration​ ​of​ ​Loko​ ​Ea Fishpond.​ ​Register​ ​at​ ​​

Saturday Sep.​ ​16th Oct.​ ​21st Nov.​ ​18th

8:00​ ​am​ ​- 12:30​ ​pm

62-540 Kamehameha​ ​Hwy Haleiwa,​ ​HI​ ​96712

Ola​ ​Nā​ ​Kini​ ​- ZABLANʻS

We​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​restoring​ ​the​ ​wetland​ ​area​ ​by​ ​outplanting natives,​ ​removing​ ​invasive​ ​species,​ ​and​ ​picking​ ​up marine​ ​debris/litter​ ​from​ ​the​ ​park​ ​and​ ​beach​ ​areas. Register​ ​by​ ​email​ ​

Sep.​ ​9th Dec.​ ​9th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 11:30​ ​am

89-49​ ​Laumania Ave​ ​Waianae,​ ​HI 96792

Ola​ ​Nā​ ​Kini​ ​- PILIOKAHE

We​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​outplanting​ ​coastal​ ​natives,​ ​removing invasive​ ​species,​ ​and​ ​picking​ ​up​ ​marine​ ​debris/litter from​ ​the​ ​park​ ​and​ ​beach​ ​areas.​ ​Register​ ​by​ ​email

Nov.​ ​11th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 11:30​ ​am

92-201​ ​Farrington Hwy,​ ​Kapolei,​ ​HI 96707

Ola​ ​Nā​ ​Kini​ ​- PĀLEHUA

We​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​outplanting​ ​coastal​ ​natives,​ ​removing invasive​ ​species,​ ​and​ ​picking​ ​up​ ​marine​ ​debris/litter from​ ​the​ ​park​ ​and​ ​beach​ ​areas.​ ​Register​ ​by​ ​email

Oct.​ ​14th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 11:30​ ​am

1​ ​Palehua​ ​Rd, Kapolei,​ ​HI​ ​96707

UHWO​ ​Organic Garden​ ​Work​ ​Parties

Join​ ​our​ ​māla​ ​managers​ ​for​ ​these​ ​hands-on​ ​work​ ​days. Learn​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​soil,​ ​build​ ​compost,​ ​install​ ​irrigation, sow​ ​seed,​ ​harvest​ ​produce,​ ​etc.​ ​All​ ​are​ ​welcome.​ ​Bring water,​ ​sun​ ​protection,​ ​shoes,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​snack​ ​to share.​ ​Optional​ ​potluck​ ​afterwards.

Sep.​ ​9,​ ​Oct. 7,​ ​Nov.​ ​4, Dec.​ ​2

8:00​ ​am​ ​- 11:00​ ​am

UHWO​ ​Organic Garden

Paepae​ ​o​ ​Heʻeia

Tasks​ ​include​ ​moving​ ​rock​ ​and​ ​coral,​ ​filling​ ​buckets, hauling​ ​floating​ ​barges​ ​through​ ​the​ ​water, cutting/pulling​ ​out​ ​invasive​ ​mangrove,​ ​invasive​ ​limu removal,​ ​trash​ ​pickup,​ ​and​ ​reconstruction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​kuapā. Register​ ​at​ ​​

1)​ ​2nd​ ​and 4th Saturdays 2)​ ​Every Friday Mornings

8:00​ ​am​ ​- 12:00​ ​pm

46-077​ ​Ipuka​ ​St, Kaneohe,​ ​HI 96744

Kakoʻo​ ​ʻŌiwi

Clearing​ ​invasive​ ​vegetation​ ​or​ ​building​ ​ʻauwai​ ​for​ ​new loʻi​ ​kalo,​ ​weeding​ ​and​ ​maintaining​ ​existing​ ​loʻi​ ​kalo, and​ ​other​ ​activities​ ​site-based​ ​learning​ ​activities. Register​ ​at

2nd Saturday​ ​of each​ ​month

8:30​ ​am​ ​- 12:00​ ​pm

46-005​ ​Kawa​ ​St​ ​# 104,​ ​Kaneohe,​ ​HI 96744

Heʻeia​ ​Estuary Restoration

restoration​ ​project​ ​aimed​ ​at​ ​improving​ ​water​ ​quality and​ ​increasing​ ​habitat​ ​for​ ​native​ ​aquatic​ ​animal​ ​species by​ ​removing​ ​invasive​ ​plants​ ​and​ ​replanting​ ​native Hawaiian​ ​species​ ​along​ ​a​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​He'eia​ ​Stream estuary.​ ​Register​ ​at

Saturday Sep.​ ​16th Oct.​ ​21st Nov.​ ​18th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 12:00​ ​pm

46-465 Kamehameha​ ​Hwy Kaneohe​ ​HI​ ​96744

Koʻolau​ ​Mountains Watershed​ ​Partnership -​ ​PALI​ ​LOOKOUT

4​ ​hour​ ​workday.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​weeding,​ ​planting​ ​and mulching​ ​in​ ​the​ ​native​ ​garden​ ​near​ ​the​ ​lookout.​ ​Wear covered​ ​shoes,​ ​bring​ ​water,​ ​snacks,​ ​rain​ ​gear,​ ​sun protection.​ ​All​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​gloves​ ​provided​ ​for​ ​the workday.​ ​​*​ ​Many​ ​bees​ ​are​ ​present​ ​in​ ​the​ ​area,​ ​work​ ​at your​ ​own​ ​risk.​ ​If​ ​allergic,​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​proper medication.​ ​No​ ​bathrooms​ ​at​ ​the​ ​lookout,​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to trek​ ​in​ ​the​ ​bushes​ ​or​ ​drive​ ​the​ ​Nuʻuanu​ ​Park​ ​for bathroom​ ​facilities.​ ​​Register​ ​by​ ​email​​ ​with​ ​the​ ​following information:

Full​ ​Name
Mailing​ ​Address
Best​ ​phone​ ​#​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​you
Emergency​ ​Contact​ ​Name
Emergency​ ​Contact​ ​#
Any​ ​Allergies,​ ​Medical​ ​Conditions​ ​or​ ​Medications taking

Sep.​ ​16th Oct.​ ​21st Nov.​ ​18th Dec.​ ​9th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 12:00​ ​pm

Pali​ ​Hwy, Honolulu,​ ​HI 96817

*Meet​ ​in​ ​the Parking​ ​Lot

Koʻolau​ ​Mountains Watershed​ ​Partnership -​ ​MĀNANA​ ​TRAIL

1​ ​hour​ ​moderate​ ​hike​ ​to​ ​worksite.​ ​Work​ ​involves invasive​ ​weed​ ​removal​ ​or​ ​outplanting​ ​(if​ ​plants​ ​are available).​ ​WEAR:​ ​hiking​ ​boots​ ​or​ ​sturdy​ ​shoes,​ ​loose hiking​ ​clothes​ ​and​ ​PACK:​ ​Water​ ​(about​ ​2​ ​Liters), Lunch/snacks,​ ​rain​ ​jacket,​ ​sun​ ​protection,​ ​any medications​ ​needed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​All​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​gloves will​ ​be​ ​provided.​ ​Register​ ​by​ ​email​​ ​with​ ​the​ ​following information:

Full​ ​Name
Mailing​ ​Address
Best​ ​phone​ ​#​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​you
Emergency​ ​Contact​ ​Name
Emergency​ ​Contact​ ​#
Any​ ​Allergies,​ ​Medical​ ​Conditions​ ​or​ ​Medications taking

Sep.​ ​30th Nov.​ ​25th

9:00​ ​am​ ​- 12:30​ ​pm

Trailhead​ ​is​ ​in the​ ​cul-de-sac​ ​at the​ ​​top​ ​of​ ​Komo Mai​ ​Drive​ ​in Pacific Palisades,​ ​Pearl City​.​ ​Street parking​ ​available in​ ​residential area.

Reminder: Please​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​UHWO​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​in​ ​attendance​ ​and​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​held​ ​liable​ ​for​ ​your​ ​attendance.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​choose​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to any​ ​of​ ​these​ ​listed​ ​community​ ​work​ ​days,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​at​ ​your​ ​own​ ​risk. 

ʻAʻohe​ ​pau​ ​ka​ ​ʻike​ ​i​ ​ka​ ​hlau​ ​hoʻokahi.” 
All​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​not​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​just​ ​one​ ​school. 

contact information

For more information contact Piko Project:
Phone: (808) 689-2683
Office: C235