The past few weeks have seen many examples of the Kapi‘olani Community College family giving their time and their support to others. But most especially giving their aloha.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Our Aloha United Way fundraising this year exceeded our goals, both in terms of the percentage of employees who donated and the amount of money we raised. Last year’s campaign raised just over $9,000 by 5.9% of the employees. This year, 23.7% of Kapi‘olani employees donated $14,849.90, exceeding our goal of $12,000. The campaign was spearheaded by Linda Katsura, Veronica Ogata, and Louise Yamamoto. What a team! They coordinated the direct pledges, a talent show, and a silent auction and “Twice is Nice” Sale, respectively.
The Talent Show featured singing and dancing, and my attempt at lip sync.
But there was no doubt about the winner: Joanne Whitaker (Chancellor’s Office), who adapted “Lean on Me” with lyrics all about accreditation. The audience loved it!
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Soon after the AUW fundraising efforts, members of the Kapi‘olani Student Congress put their knowledge of the elections on the line against members of the Faculty Senate in a trivia contest hosted by Civil Beat and coordinated by Susan Jaworowski, coordinator of the Paralegal program.
The audience in the Library alcove got to participate by answering the multiple choice questions using their cell phones. The questions weren’t easy! But the students emerged as the winners.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Mohammed Ali A few weeks later, our students, faculty and administrators welcomed visitors from Toi-Ohomai Polytechnic in Rotorua, Aotearoa. Students learned the appropriate protocol and chants to invite the visitors onto campus.
Our guests from Aotearoa visited six of the seven UH community colleges, sharing their insights about indigenous education and experiencing the endeavors across all the campuses. Their visit to O‘ahu included dinner at the Willows with members of the Kal?ualani Executive Council and me.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Maya Angelou
On October 18, the College participated in the Healthy Campus day, coordinated by the Staff Council. A walk-a-thon around the Great Lawn promoted healthy exercise. Students, faculty and staff gave back to the campus by providing information on nutrition, breast cancer awareness, CPR demonstrations, among many other activities. Students in Health Sciences, in particular, were very involved in promoting health and wellness.
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
The final celebration of service came at the meeting of the UH Board of Regents on October 20 held at the College. Kapi‘olani Community College’s David Apostol was honored with the University of Hawai‘i President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. David goes above and beyond his required job responsibilities, working tirelessly to ensure a beautiful campus, often working on weekends so as not to inconvenience the campus and our students.