Welcome to the Office of Civic & Community Engagement


Aloha! Welcome to the Service Learning Program (SLP) at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa. Since 1994, our office has worked with students, faculty, and members of the community. The SLP provides students with the opportunity to volunteer in their community in meaningful ways while furthering their education.

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Aloha students,

You made it through the semester! You conquered despite all the changes and uncertainties. We are so proud of you! We are sure you pictured your summer break a little different. We are in this together and as stores and state parks are slowly reopening, we need to continue looking out for ourselves and the community.

There are various food pick ups all over the island to help people in need. Kapi'olani Community College is offering a food pick up from Pohukaina Food Pantry every week. Sign up & pick up some non-perishable foods!

The UH Mānoa food vault remains open and is available by appointment only. Click here to sign up!

We also put together a list of ways how to help our community.

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning combines the best of active learning and citizenship by connecting course content with service projects that help the community. It is a powerful way of understanding course material by learning from experience. 

Service Learning can help

  • To develop personal and social responsibility
  • To develop leadership ability and critical thinking skills
  • To improve your knowledge of academic subjects
  • To expand your world view
  • To develop skills for future employment

Preparing for the Real World

Service Learning is all about connecting what you're learning in class to the real world. It helps you find relevance in the material you're learning, and exposes you to real-life situations to enhance your understanding. We hope you'll find that the four walls that separate the classroom outside of college suddenly become less daunting after you engage in a service learning project. 

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. 

Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, ed. by Thomas Ehrlich, 2000 (Preface, page vi)

A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgements, and ti take action when appropriate. 

Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, ed. by Thomas Ehrlich, 2000 (Introduction, page xxvi)

Featured Agency: Hawaii Foodbank

The people of Hawaii are one 'ohana. Hawaii Foodbank has been providing food so no that no one in our family goes hungry for more than 35 years.

The nonprofit agency collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non perishable food through approximately 200 charitable agencies on Oahu and Kauai. Hawaii Foodbank serves Oahu and Kauai directly, and partners with The Food Basket to serve Hawaii County and Maui Food Bank to serve Maui County.

Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.

In 2019, Hawaii Foodbank distributed more than 12.5 million pounds of food from our warehouse locations in Oahu and Kauai. Of the total amount distributed, 3 million pounds consisted of fresh produce.