Key Club Returns With In-Person Activities

Kaydee Leong (right) and Olivia Kulaga (left) repaint one of the C-buildings walls for the Key Club campus beautification volunteer event. Photo by Ms.Takayesu.

Kaydee Leong (right) and Olivia Kulaga (left) repaint one of the C-buildings walls for the Key Club campus beautification volunteer event. Photo by Ms.Takayesu.

Olivia Kulaga, News

This year, the Kalani Key Club is back in action with in-person volunteer events. 

“We’re planning to do a campus beautification this weekend,” Ms.Takayesu the teacher advisor for the club says. “We’re also going to do beach clean-ups and [a clean-up at] Hanauma Bay, and we have some other at-home projects as well.”

In past years, they’ve done activities like helping out at funfairs, campus beautification, and volunteering at the humane society. Ms. Takayesu says that last year due to the pandemic they had to switch at home and virtual events, some of which they will continue to do.

“Some of the at-home events that we did last year were writing letters to healthcare workers, dog toys making for an animal shelter, Christmas Decoration Making for Palolo Home, UNICEF Math Challenge, and Health/Safety PSA making,” Mana Iketani, the current club president, says. “We enjoyed continuing to serve the community during the pandemic.”

The Kalani Key Club is under Key Club International, meaning that they focus on community service and volunteering. According to their website,  Key Club International’s mission is to give members “opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.” 

Iketani explains that the club works under this mission and is passionate to supply opportunities to members where they can serve the community and learn and develop themselves.

Kalani’s club is still accepting members, but they usually have about 70 students join. The one condition to becoming an official Key Club member is to participate in one of their volunteer events first to see if you’re going to be committed or not. 

“I think others should join Key Club because the club is a place where you can gain a lot of experience and meet new people,” President Mana Iketani says. “I have volunteered at the Honolulu marathon, Magic Island beach clean-up, Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest, and many other places. Every time, I got a chance to speak with new people, which can be one of the members from Kalani, other schools, or even adults who are working at that site, I was able to improve on my communication skills and relationship-building skills through the experience.”