Winter 2012 - Feature | One Day One Team
Year 2: One Day One Team
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”- Herman Melville
“The groundskeeper at the zoo mentioned that they only have 4 staffed employees, and the work we were able to do would take them months to accomplish. Not only did we get our morning workout in by all of our hard work, but we also got to reconnect and meet different alumni and friends who live throughout the Bay Area... I couldn’t be prouder to be an ‘Iolani alum. ‘Iolani No Ka Oi!”The ‘Iolani alumni bond grows more powerful each year. This almost super human strength was even more evident on October 8, 2011 when the second annual One Day, One Team global community service project took place. Alumni in 13 different locations around the world surrendered their day off to roll up their sleeves and give back, whether at food banks, nature preserves, or shelters for abused children. One Day, One Team was jointly organized by the ‘Iolani alumni office and ICAN (‘Iolani Community Action Network). The following pages reveal how alumni, near and far, connected through the spirit of service and made a difference on one day in October and as One Team.
- Pomaikai Shishido ’03 on community service at the San Francisco Zoo
Boston-based alumni reached out to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
Hawai‘i KaiNearly 50 alumni, friends, and family gathered at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to beautify the picnic area up on the mountainside above the bay. The bulk of the volunteers (about 35) cleared thousands of keawe bean pods that regularly fall onto the picnic area. Before joining the larger group, about a dozen volunteers started their day of service by removing an invasive vine that was strangling the native Hawaiian ‘akia shrub. Thanks to project coordinators Austin Barnes ’06 and Marcus Kawatachi ’90.
Stanley Beach in Hong Kong was another One Day, One Team location.
Los AngelesOver 40 alumni and friends joined at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to package boxes of food for regional shelters. Products donated to the food bank require to sorting, cleaning and repacking—a process called gleaning. Volunteers are needed to assist with gleaning everyday.
Alumni in Los Angeles gleaned products at the food bank.
Orange CountyAlumni in Orange County met on October 15 to make a difference. They spent their day fixing up the grounds of Canyon Acres Children Treatment Center, a place of healing for abused and neglected children. Thanks to project coordinator Terrence Yacap ’84.
Alumni and families volunteered at Philabundance.
Liane Hu ’05, Julie Watanabe ’05 and Kristine Duong ’05 pitch in.
HonoluluICANers hiked half a mile into the dense Mānoa rainforest and removed a highly invasive species of bamboo that have been killing native plants, all the while battling terrible mosquitoes. In all, they performed two full week’s worth of work! Their labor of love made a significant impact on the daily tasks that the limited staff of five must do to maintain the entire 194 acres in the forest. Mahalo to project coordinators Mark Ohigashi ’03 and Derek Kawano ’02.
A large group helped clean the Mānoa rainforest.
City Meals-on-Wheels in Manhattan was where several alumni gathered for One Day, One Team.
New York CityA team of alumni and friends gathered in the heart of Manhattan’s Hells Kitchen neighborhood to partner with City Meals-on-Wheels, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York's elderly with nutritious meals year-round. Working with the program's staff, teams of ICAN volunteers hand-delivered over 160 nutritionally-balanced hot or frozen meals to senior members of the community while also offering vital human companionship over the course of the early afternoon.
Children at Wakatake Home were overjoyed to be visited by ‘Iolani alumni again.
Alumni sorted and packed bags of rice in Portland.
San Franciso-based graduated volunteered at the zoo.
Alumni living in Seattle turned out at Foodline.
Alumni and friends at Oxon Hill Farm, left to right, Miguel Marti, Alyssa Ellis Marti ’00, Chen Li ’06, Alan Lee, Robert Bennett ’75, Lanai Ferguson ’87, Alan Ueoka ’87, Mark Nakagawa ’85, Eric Lum ’72, Jenny Taoka Hilscher ’89, David Hilscher, Bryan Horikami ’82. Not pictured: Ji Nakada (spouse of Alan Ueoka ’87)