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Group seeks volunteers for its Live Aloha Day

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Those who "live aloha" are wanted by the community service group Kanu Hawaii for a statewide volunteer effort tomorrow.

Those who step forward will work at 16 sites on projects ranging from expanding a garden at Waikiki Elementary School to building fences to protect hawksbill turtles on Maui and maintaining Kalokoeli Fishpond on Molokai.

TO SIGN UP

Those interested in volunteering for Live Aloha Day can either showing up at a site or register for projects listed at www.kanuhawaii.org.

  

Kanu Hawaii was able to round up 365 volunteers for last year’s event and wants to nearly triple that number this year.

The nonprofit group hopes to get at least 1,000 people for its second annual Live Aloha Day — a campaign to preserve and promote island values through service. So far, more than 300 people have committed their Saturday, and more are expected to walk in on the day.

"I think we’ll be close," said James Koshiba, executive director of Kanu Hawaii. He said the organization has received word from people who are coming in groups but have not yet registered online.

"What Kanu’s trying to do, in our own small way, is build opportunities for Hawaii people to reconnect with each other, or build relationships where we never thought of, to live the aloha that we speak of," said Alani Apio, president of the group.

Volunteers are encouraged to share their experience in photos, video and stories posted on the organization’s website to get more people involved for future projects.

"People will be able to see, visually, others from across the state that are living aloha," said Koshiba.

Koshiba said Kanu Hawaii’s ultimate goal for the event is to encourage volunteers to consider a yearlong commitment to the organization they help and serve regularly.

"It’s through those relationships and sustained commitments that we will grow the levels of aloha in Hawaii," he said.

"Aloha is a renewable resource. The more we use it, the more of it there is."

 

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