If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody." -Chinese Proverb
Health Promotion Team (HPT) Leader, Health Pathway Leader
Kim joined the Health Promotion Team as a Service-Learning student in the Fall of 2015, when the team was passionately led by Mia Melamed. Mia's passion and dedication inspired Kim to become a Service & Sustainability Learning Pathway Leader, and when Mia joined the Sustainability Promotion Team Leadership in Spring 2016, Kim took over the Health Promotion Team. As a marathon runner and a fresh, local foods advocate, Kim aims to spread awareness about healthy living and to inspire KCC students to lead healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. She hopes to attend Nurse Practitioner school and begin a career dedicated to health promotion in her local community.
Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." -Aristotle
Angela Stevenson Carver
Bridging Generations Pathway Leader
Angela joined the team while active in Service-Learning at Le'ahi Hospital and Garden. She was hired as the Bridging Generations pathway leader. She has passion for bridging the generational gap between students and the Kupuna in our community. Angela is working on her prerequisites to apply to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, with the desire to be an OTA.
To grow in new environment is to give yourself the opportunity to learn and achieve for the future." -ASC
Environment Pathway Leader
Misty joined the Service-Learning Program as an Environmental Pathway Leader in spring 2016 while completing an Associate Degree in Hawaiian Studies. Dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture of promoting sustainability, she works closely with Malama i na Ahupua'a (MINA) while pursuing a Baccalaureate Degree at UH Manoa. Misty has served as a docent at Hawaii Nature Center since 1997 where she introduces children to nature believing it is never too early to encourage one to be involved in land stewardship.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." -Aldo Leopold
Intercultural Perspectives & Identity Pathway Leader
Joyce started working with KSSLP in the spring semester of 2017 after a year of service learning for her classes on campus. She first started in the Health Promotion Team (HPT) then moved on to Project S.H.I.N.E. (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), which is a part of the Intercultural Perspectives and Identity pathway. Inspired to give back to her community, she connects to SHINE as a First Generation American to immigrant parents from China. She is bilingual in Cantonese and English which gives her the communication between the elders in their native tongue and gaining the necessary English skills in reading, speaking, writing, and comprehension of English and American history. Joyce is currently a Pre-Nursing student with plans to apply out this coming semester to various nursing programs. Her goal is to graduate with her BSN and continue to her Masters or PhD in Nursing, or after gaining my Masters, go to Medical School at UHM in cardiology. She loves the medical field and feel that helping others in pain is her main priority. She is a big anime, JRock and KPop fan which got her into her love for languages initially. She is currently learning American Sign Language and is loving it. She loves engaging with people no matter where she is or who they are.
Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open." -The Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
Coordinator, Le'ahi Sensory Stimulus Garden
Alex's emphasis in the environment has led him to be an active leader in the Le'ahi Sensory Stimlus Garden and in the Malama I Na Ahupua'a (MINA) program. As a Service-Learner, he contributed in Lyon Arboretum's propagation and conservation component. Alex has an AS in Computer Science, and is currently finishing degrees in ethnopharmacognosy and plant biotechnology and pre-engineering ASNS.
Service-Learning is like a string of my own personal case studies."
Sustainability Promotion Team Leader
Skye joined the Service-Learning team in Spring of 2014. She has done service with Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii (B.E.A.C.H) and Johnson Control Sustainability. Her major is nursing but her main goal is to become a Midwife.
Aloha e ka la, e ka la! E ola mai e ka la, i ka honua nei. (Greetings to the sun, life, the earth.)" -Lanakila Brant
Faculty Outreach Coordinator
As the Faculty Outreach Coordinator, Krista facilitates the connections between faculty, and Service-Learners and community partners. She has organized events such as Service-Learning Faculty Field Trips, Sustainability Institutes, and Faculty Institutes. Krista also is a main contributor during assessments. Her passion for sustainability, service, and education is the perfect ingredient for our program.
The destiny of both people and planet rest ultimately with human choice as we anticipate and respond to crises and seize opportunities for positive transformation. Will our actions be tardy and tepid? Or timely and consequential?" -Raskin, Electris, & Rosen, 2010
Bob Franco, PhD
Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
The academic programs at Kapi’olani Community College prepare students to meet rigorous baccalaureate and career standards in the future.
Service-Learning emphasizes that students need to be engaged as productive citizens now and into the future. This context of immediacy and relevance helps service-learning students better understand key course concepts, clarify degree and career goals, and develop the problem-solving and teamwork skills they need in Hawaii’s diverse communities, now and into the future.
The problems we all confront—poverty and homelessness, ethnic health disparities, emerging infectious diseases, under-resourced public schools, long-term care, ecological degradation, and climate change—need the focused intellectual and social capital of all of us. Service-Learning helps ameliorate all these problems beginning now.