LLCs work to provide many opportunities for students to engage within the Hawaiʻi Island community. Weekly māla and loko iʻa workdays are available for students to participate in on a regular basis. Bigger huakaʻi, each focused on a specific moku on Hawaiʻi Island, allow the students to discover Hawaiʻi Island and learn the moʻolelo of each location. Other work days and trips will be provided through Kīpuka, and can be counted for community service hours.

Community Service opportunities are available for students every week. There are two māla on campus, one within Kīpuka and one adjacent to Hale Kanilehua. Students can help in the maintenance, planting, and building of these māla and watch their handwork sprout into fruits, vegetables, and flowers. In addition to māla work days, we also provide frequent opportunities for students to be actively engaged with loko iʻa located throughout the Keaukaha coastline.

Mālama Kaiāulu events are larger community service projects held throughout Hawaiʻi Island so that students can gain exposure to different agencies and projects across the island. These opportunities are perfect for engaging students in different projects around the island and can count towards needed community service hours for scholarships.

LLCs hosts one huakaʻi each month specifically catered to LLC participants. Throughout the academic year, these huakaʻi will expose students to each moku on Hawaiʻi Island. Led by our peer mentors, these huakaʻi are enriched through moʻolelo and history of each place and are usually accompanied by a service project. LLC Participants are prioritized for these huakaʻi, however, every student can sign-up to come!

To sign-up for any of these opportunities, please email ʻElika Jardin at erikarj [at]