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.  







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

3rd Saturdays of the month

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

62-540 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712


Mālama ʻĀina Activities include ʻāina restoration, mālama Hāloa, waele, huki, kanu, kuʻi kalo, imu

1st Saturdays of the month

8:30 am - 12:00

96-023 Waiawa rd. pearl city, HI 96792

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

Mar. 17th

9:00 am - 11:30 am

89-49 Laumania Ave Waianae, HI 96792


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

Jan. 13th
May 12th

9:00 am - 11:30 am

92-201 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707

Ola Nā Kini - PĀLEHUA

We focus on removing invasive species, and picking up litter from the park and surrounding areas. Register by email

Feb. 10th
Apr. 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.

Feb. 10th
Mar. 10th
Apr. 14th

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

Bristol Hospice

Bristol Hospice is an end-of-life organization that provides support to patients and families in their final phase of a terminal illness. The main focus is comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. Our goal is to allow patients to be comfortable and free of pain, so that they live each day to the fullest. There are many ways that Student Volunteers contribute.

For more information about Bristol’s Volunteer Program, call Ofelia and Linda at 808-536-8012 or email

500 Ala Moana Blvd #4-547, Honolulu, HI 96813

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

Jan. 20th
Feb. 17th
Mar. 17th
Apr. 21st
May 19th

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

46-465 Kamehameha Hwy

Kaneohe HI 96744

Koʻoloaʻula After School Program

Join us at the Koʻoloaʻula After School Tutoring Program! Help to tutor kids from the Koʻoloaʻula low-income housing. This includes helping with school homework and helping with activities. The Ko`oloa`ula Learning Center After-School Program was developed to service elementary to middle school-aged children. Service-learning college students from the University of Hawaii – West Oahu typically assist over 40 children daily with their reading, math and science homework and computer work.

Mon - Thr
Jan. 29th - Apr. 19th

2:30 pm- 5:00 pm

91-1159 Keahumoa Parkway
Ewa Beach, Hawaiʻi 96706

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

Jan. 20th
Feb. 17th
Mar. 17th
Apr. 28th
May 19th

8:30 am - 12:30 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

Jan. 27th
Mar. 31st
May 26th

9:30 am - 3:30 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