Make a Difference Day in Hawaii

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does,” wrote philosopher William James.

Saturday, October 27 is Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service. It’s a day to celebrate neighbors helping neighbors. It’s a day to work together to improve the lives of others.

Here are a few “Make a Difference Day” opportunities in Hawaii:

* Make a Difference for Homeless Keiki: A week early, Project Hawaii organized four days to make a difference in the lives of homeless keiki. They asked for volunteers to help at a donation drop-off site and donations of personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, and healthy snacks. But it’s never too late to volunteer. If you missed the drop-days, you can still volunteer to help with costume workshops, Christmas wishes, and Easter celebrations.

* Make a Difference for Animals: On Friday, October 26, you may see students dressed up as animals and waving paws and signs outside their school! The Hawaiian Humane Society has encouraged Oahu students and teachers to show their support for the human-animal bond and being kind to animals.

* Make a Difference at Hakipu‘u Stream: On Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 24, 8 am to noon, you can help clear invasive plant species from Hakipu‘u Steam in Kaneohe, Oahu. Hui O Ko‘olaupoko also plans to reforest with native plant species  and install enclosure fencing to protect the reforested areas from domestic cattle and wild pigs.

* Make a Difference at Hanauma Bay: If you enjoy spending time at the beach, talking with people, and learning about marine life in Hawaii, you can become an Interpretive Guide at Hanauma Bay in Hawaii Kai, Oahu! A volunteer training program starts on Saturday, October 27, and runs for four consecutive Saturday mornings. You’ll learn about reef ecology, fish biology and ID, marine protected species, park history, and more. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment of one four-hour shift per week.

If you’re planning a “Make a Difference Day” event or know of an event in Hawaii, please share it with us!

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history,” said writer Sonia Johnson.

How will you make a difference today, tomorrow, and everyday? Who has made a difference in your life?

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One Comment on “Make a Difference Day in Hawaii”

  1. From the Hawaiian Humane Society:
    “More than 20 schools island-wide stepped out of the classroom and on to the curb in honor of Make A Difference Day, a nationwide community activism day. Oahu students and teachers waved signs advocating for spay/neuter, ending animal cruelty, pet adoption and more. Special thanks to these participating schools: Assets Schools, Campbell High School, Castle High School, Farrington High School, Hawaii Baptist Academy Elementary and High Schools, Hawaiian Mission Academy, Iolani Schools, Kailua High School, Kamehameha Schools, Koko Head Elementary School, Lunalilo Elementary School, Lutheran High School, Maryknoll School, McKinley High School, Mid-Pacific Institute, Mililani High School, Moanalua Middle and High Schools, Pearl City High School, Pearl Kai Elementary School, Radford High School, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Andrews Priory, and Waianae High School.”

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