For over 75 years, our members have been planting and maintaining trees and landscaping in public spaces, performing community cleanup activities, advocating for environmental causes, and educating the next generation to be be good environmental stewards, all of which have had a positive impact on the livability and sustainability of our community. This is our mission, to foster stewardship of the legacy we have all been bequeathed.
Please click on the link below to download a list of all of LKOC's volunteer opportunities.
We are always looking for volunteers to participate in the “Learning to Grow” program at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua. Currently we have 6 volunteer teachers who each go to the Garden 1 day a week for 2 hours, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-10 AM.
We also need drivers to deliver already-boxed lettuce, grown at the facility, to the Foodland distribution center in Waipahu, every Friday. This is a 2-hour round trip, and each volunteer commits to deliver only one day a month.
We who volunteer all consider it a privilege to do this work and enjoy it immensely. If you would enjoy being a mentor gardener at the correctional facility or helping in any way, click here to get in touch with a coordinator. It is such rewarding work! We will give you details about the program and how it can fit in with your schedule. It is so rewarding and interesting, and we invite you to come to visit once or twice so you can decide if you want to contribute. Before entry, you will need to provide full name, date of birth and Social Security number to the Sergeant in charge. There is also a dress code and rules about what cannot be brought into the prison, which will be discussed with guests and new volunteers. Please visit our LKOC/WCCC Partnership page for more details on the program.
Since 2016, LKOC and volunteers from the Pali Lions Club have been out in force at Kalama Beach Park to remove invasive species that had overrun parts of the landscaping there. The naupaka, which LKOC had replanted 10 years ago, was being strangled by ivy gourd and other vines, and invaded by Christmas berry and other unwanted shrubbery.
In 2017, LKOC adopted Kalama Beach Park through the City and County Hoa Paka program. We are committing to maintenance of the naupaka hedges and removal of invasive species such as ivy gourd and Christmas Berry on a quarterly basis.
We held a work day on June 24, 2017, where truckloads of green waste were collected and removed from the property, including invasive ground cover and Christmas berry, overgrown naupaka, seagrape, and carrissa, and existing piles green waste debris. We also pruned several trees.
We held a work day on February 22, 2020, where we spent several hours working on the parking lot side of the beach park, and then trimming the large heliotrope tree along the path leading to the restrooms. The heliotrope (shown above) had lots of undergrowth shoots that were chain-sawed away. It looks beautiful now. (As we were doing that, a beach goer came by and hugged the tree, saying she just loves that tree!)
In June 2022, LKOC renewed its Adopt-a-Park Agreement with the city to perform quarterly landscape cleanup and maintenance of the grounds at Kalama Beach Park.
As its first cleanup, in mid-June 2022, they held a workday/cleanup to tackle the maintenance and trimming back of naupaka beds on the beach side of the property (see photo below). Volunteers removed invasive haole koa and vines, and the specimen spider lily plants surrounding the bed are now highlighted. They carted away truckloads of green debris, and the remaining debris piles will be removed by the city. A huge mahalo to Pali Lions for their help in LKOC’s efforts to maintain the grounds at this popular public beach park.
in June 2023, LKOC held another workday to address the grounds, where LJOC and Pali Lions volunteers again cleaned up the plantings fronting the beachside of the historic Boettcher home on the property.
Pali Lions members of the Kalama Cleanup Team ~ Upper photo:
Seated: Clarence Izuo, Jay Floan, Lori Lloyd (LKOC), Phoenix Lee, Cherylin Lee.
Kneeling: Glenn Teraoka.
Standing: Kalei Ichimura, Mike Shimote, Cecelia Izuo, Lynnette Remirez, Charles Conboy, Gary Hiramatsu, Kalani Ichimura, Angel Lee, Mike Lee, David Mechler (LKOC)
If you would like to be a part of the crew who is helping renovate Kalama Beach Park grounds, email us to let us know, and we will notify you via email as workdays are scheduled. You will need to wear closed shoes, work gloves (if you have some), clothing to protect yourself from the sun. Please bring clippers, loppers or a rake, if you can.
April 2017: Mahalo! to LKOC volunteers who cleaned up the Hamakua Drive/Kailua Road corner abutting the marsh.
From time to time, we will schedule work days to spruce up areas of Kailua that are looking like no one cares. We will post the work days on this site, but if you would like to be put on a list to be notified by emailwhen a workday is scheduled, please email us a message by clicking here.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
We in Kailua are so fortunate to live in a community that is so committed to seeing it thrive, and to have so many organizations in our midst that are each doing their part to see that vision fulfilled by providing volunteer opportunities to protect and enhance our environment.
If you are looking to get involved in your community, one great way to do that is by volunteering. Here are a few options to get you started.
Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle Environmental organization focused on landscape beautification in the public sector and community and educational environmental outreach. A particularly rewarding activity is our “Learning to Grow” Program at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, and the workdays described above. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.LKOC.org
Hika’alani Maintenance and restoration at Ulupo Heiau with regular volunteer work days. Website: www.hikaalani.website/community-work-days.html
Hui o Ko’olaupoko Water shed management and community garden and ecosystem restoration projects with volunteer opportunities. Website: www.huihawaii.org
Hoʻokuaʻāina Building healthy communities using traditional Hawaiian values and the cultivation of Kalo (taro) through hands-on volunteer opportunities and place-based programming. Email: email@example.com Website: www.hookuaaina.org Instagram: @hookuaaina
Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi Hawaiian cultural, conservation stewardship programs and educational tours in Kawainui Marsh. We clear invasives, plant natives and maintain these areas. Volunteers are needed to care for our restored native forests at our 15-acre site. Phone : (808) 263-8008 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ahahui.net
Ke Kahua O Kuali’i Water shed and Kawainui Marsh restoration projects and regular volunteer work days. We are dedicated to rehabilitating, restoring, and cultivating the land to re-establish a space inspiring conservation of culture and a natural environment. Website: www.Kekahua.org
Pali Lions Club Community work day projects and volunteer opportunities. Email: Palilions@gmail.comFacebook: @palilions
The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle ”Keeping Kailua Clean, Green and Beautiful” since 1948