The state will offer more than 300 events during National Volunteer Week
— Hawaii Governor David Ige
HONOLULU, HAWAII, USA, April 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — – Nonprofit Kanu Hawaii and Nella Media Group have joined forces to promote voluntourism in Hawaii next week as part of National Volunteer Week. Videos promoting stewardship while traveling will be broadcast via network television to hotel rooms on Oahu and the island of Hawaii.
Organized by Kanu Hawaii, Hawaii Volunteer Week 2022 aims for unprecedented unity of Hawaii residents and visitors as the state emerges from the pandemic. More than 10,000 volunteers are expected to come together to support hundreds of charities at more than 300 events across the state.
Visitors to Hawaii can go to VolunteerWeekHawaii.org to participate in scheduled events held throughout Hawaii. Opportunities during the week range from cleaning up parks and beaches to food drives to restoring lo’i and loko i’a.
Hawaii held the largest annual celebration of National Volunteer Week since joining the national movement in 2018. National Volunteer Week was instituted under President Richard Nixon in 1974. Called Volunteer Week Hawaii, service events are planned to meet a wide range of community needs, including Friday, April 22, Earth Day.
“Hawaii Volunteer Week is our kuleana (responsibility),” says Hawaii Governor David Ige. “It will provide one of the smartest investments we can make in our community, our people and our local values. We hope all of Hawaii will get involved. Together, we can inspire young people through our actions to share community responsibility.
The week-long celebration will be held April 17-23 and includes hundreds of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities across the state, including a pledge campaign and E Ala Ēa global oli (Hawaiian chant) on Earth Day.
Earth Day E Ala Ē. Thousands of volunteers around the world will join hands and raise awareness of environmental stewardship with a sunrise oli, or sacred song, at 6:06 a.m. emanating from Maui’s Haleakala, which participants from around the world can attend. To participate from your location and learn more, contact [email protected] or visit KanuHawaii.org/e-ala-e-2022/
Commitment to our Keiki. Supporters are invited to sign the online pledge to our Keiki as their first act of service during Hawaii Volunteer Week. In an unprecedented partnership, the Hawaii State Department of Education and Kanu Hawaii have partnered to collect 10,000 pledge signatures from public school students and their families across Earth Day 2022 towards their goal of 50,000 signatures by 2023. Pledge takers swear greater responsibility in environmental stewardship through personal actions. To sign the online pledge, the public can go here: PledgeToOurKeiki.org Groups, businesses and individuals are needed to mobilize signatures for the online pledge as part of Volunteer Week Hawaii. The Pledge was created by a collaboration of students from across Hawaii.
Most of the events held during Volunteer Week Hawaii focus on environmental stewardship in support of the Aloha+ Challenge to achieve certain sustainability goals by 2030, created in response to the Paris Accords. The International Climate Change Treaty is a consortium of countries around the world that have agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures. The world is already two-thirds of the way to the tipping point, which will create severe climate change that will impact life as we know it on the planet. This year, Earth Day is increasingly important as citizens become more aware of their individual environmental impact. Hawaii is in a very vulnerable position to climate change due to its remoteness and is considered the endangered species capital of the world.
Funding for Hawaii Volunteer Week 2022 is provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program. Partnerships include the State of Hawaii and all Hawaii county governments, as well as the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
Link to video and photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/en0dl2aixn9v0z5/AACjXg9QF4mnxeNx_n9pItNWa?dl=0
Jacquelyn L. Vaughn
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