OCEWD IN THE COMMUNITY

Part of our mission to contribute to Hawaii's economy through workforce development involves making positive contributions to our neighboring communities. Here's a quick look at our current and previous efforts.
Call us at 455-0477 if you would like us to partner with your local organization.

May 2014 - 2015

Last year OCEWD partnered with Princess Miriam K. Likelike School, designing and producing OCEWD KinderGarden Boxes. These boxes were approximately 4 feet by 2 feet and made from materials and supplies donated by the staff. With some help from OCEWD's facilities maintenance students, a dozen boxes were built to donate to the elementary school.

​One year later, students of all grade levels are seeing the fruits of their labors– literally. At their campus beautification day, students were able to showcase their planters. They painted designs on the boxes which contained fruits, vegetables, and other plants. Vice Principal, Donna Okada, talks about the impact of this partnership:

"​I was thinking how it would tie in so nicely to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative. With our ELA (Language Arts program) there are some stories centered around plants or Earth Day, so teachers are talking about how we can get it started in our blog and then jump into science and get that integration going. They also will use math because they'll start measuring the plants and charting its growth, making charts and graphs. ​This year, we finally got it started where the kids began to paint the boxes, putting their handprints and their artwork on it– getting excited to plant."

April 2015

April is National Volunteer Month and OCEWD participated in Lanakila Pacific's Meals on Wheels Volunteer Challenge. It was an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Hawaii's kupuna by providing much needed meals for them. Lanakila Pacific prepares, cooks, and packages meals for volunteers to deliver on various routes island-wide. Adopting a route is quick, easy, and rewarding. We are currently working on continuing our participation in this wonderful program. 

​​Top photo, pictured from left:
Tad Saiki, Cheryl Ball, Patrick Leddy

november 2014

OCEWD held it's first food drive in the month of November with a goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food for the Hawaii Foodbank. It was a great success as we ended up with 1,547 pounds (the equivalent of 1,221 Foodbank meals)! We were able to give away some great gifts, including a voucher for our Motorcycle Safety Course. Mahalo to all those on our campus, and within the community, who gave so generously.

​Pictured from left:
Kim Bartenstein, Food Drive Manager
William Castillo, OCEWD Coordinator
Patrick Leddy, OCEWD Senior Coordinator