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Students make a difference at High School Camp

August 30, 2019
By Valor Ahn

“Never forget where you came from, and continue to have strong faith in the Lord," Aunty Chloie mused. Far from KCS where the sun is always shining, high schoolers spent the first week of school from August 12-15 at Pu’u Kahea Conference Center in Waianae. With this year’s camp theme of “Servant Leadership,” students represented KCS by serving the Waianae community through service projects that included providing assistance to the kupuna and homeless.

Each year, students spend two days at the Waianae District Park’s gym, bonding with kupuna and often reuniting with them. During the first day, students interviewed the kupuna, asking about their personal lives and the valuable lessons their lives had taught them. This year, partnered with Aunty Chloie, she graciously shared about her struggles growing up in the Philippines. Her authentic smile and contagious laughter brightened the room. The following day, students assisted the kupuna with a craft, shared a few musical pieces, and performed a dance. After the dance, students served lunch, exchanged hugs, and said goodbyes.

In addition to their time with the kupuna, students served the homeless shelter at the Pai’olu Kaiāulu Waianae Civic Center. Students represented the KCS 'ohana by cleaning walls, painting, and gardening. The traveling preschool with Ka Pa’alana provided another opportunity to serve in which students acted as helpers for preschoolers who came from homeless families. From singing and dancing to passing out snacks, students were able to bless the preschoolers by interacting and playing with them. The children’s faces lit up with joy as students enjoyed quality time with them. In addition to assisting the traveling preschool, the high school was given the opportunity to pass out hygiene kits and bags of food to the Pu’uhonua O Waianae homeless encampment by the Waianae Boat Harbor.

By partnering with these various organizations who assist the Waianae community, the KCS high school was able to serve those in need. Not only was the Waianae community positively impacted by these projects, but students also gained heartfelt memories that served as a great way to start the new school year.