KSSLP Administrative Assistant
Charisse joined the Service-Learning program in the Fall of 2016. As an assistant to the Outreach Coordinator, she handles the daily office operations of processing student documents, answering students' questions about the program, creating annual fact sheets, and conducting orientations and workshops, as well as helping the other pathway leaders with on-campus events.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." 2 Cor. 9:6 ESV
Health Promotion Team (HPT) Leader,
Health Pathway Leader
Brian joined the Health Promotion Team in Fall 2017 as the Health Pathway Leader after completing service-learning as an AmeriCorps VISTA. As a Political Science and Economics double major, Brian is dedicated to comprehend health policy implications and increase civic engagement among younger generations. He hopes to positively impact as many individuals as possible in the public sector.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death." -Elie Wiesel
Intercultural Promotion Team (IPT) Leader,
Intercultural Perspectives & Identities Pathway Leader
Yubo joined the team in the Fall 2017 as the Intercultural Pathway leader. As an international student, he completed his service-learning. His experience inspired him to become the Intercultural Pathway Team Leader to help other first-year students finish their service-learning projects. He is tri-lingual in Cantonese, Mandarin and English which helps him break barriers of the communication with others.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart"- Nelson Mandela
He ali`i ka `āina, ha kauwa ke kanaka.”
Kaloni C. Kaufusi
Education Promotion Team (EdPT) Leader,
Education Pathway Leader
Kaloni joined the Education Promotion Team in Spring 2018 as the Education Pathway Leader after completing service-learning with Waikiki Elementary School’s food farm. As a Special Education and Elementary Education double major, Kaloni is striving to encourage the youth to experience the joy of making a difference.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
Akanesi L. Kaufusi
Arts, History and Culture Promotion Team (AHCPT) Leader,
Arts, History and Culture Pathway Leader
Akanesi joined the Arts, History and Culture Promotion Team in Spring 2018 as the Arts, History and Culture Pathway leader. As a Political Science major, Akanesi is committed to inspiring others with variety of knowledge that can be obtained through the exposure of the many arts, history and cultures.
I am going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life." -Elsie De Wolfe
Service-Learning Faculty and Staff
Denise M. Pierson
Denise has been working in the Service-Learning field since 1994 and held the position of State Network Director for Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact (HIPICC) for 15 years prior to coming to KCC. Her passion is helping students become successful in pursuing their educational goals.
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.