Out of the Classroom and into the Community

October 22, 2016

Every semester, students in PAAC classes explore global issues and decide how they will act in their communities to make a difference locally. Global Action Projects (GAPs) help students realize the impact of their actions and the significance of civic responsibility. Here is a snapshot of what they accomplished this semester.

PAAC classes at Waiakea and Aiea focused on serving the homeless. Waiakea students coordinated a mini Global Vision Summit on homelessness and poverty for their peers and then volunteered at the Hope Ministry Soup Kitchen. Aiea students organized a food and supply drive for the Institute for Human Services, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Nanakuli, Waipahu, Farrington, and Kaimuki classes helped free the stream at Waimea Valley from invasive California grass that grows wild. For many, it was their first time in the valley and they appreciated seeing Waimea Falls and learning about the valley’s rich history.

Roosevelt’s class held workshops to help students with reading and writing projects. Campbell’s class focused on animal protection and made educational outreach materials. Kaiser’s class refurbished a school locker room, which restored valuable space on campus. Kealakehe’s class planned a workshop on policy making to empower their peers to take action. 


Exploring Honolulu Museum of Art

On October 22, PAAC students reveled at the Asian Masterpieces Collection on their tour of the Honolulu Museum of Art. The docents helped them to draw connections to their study of Chinese culture and philosophy to the artwork they were viewing.