Camp Kokua, Learning by ServingFor two weeks each summer, Camp Kokua (meaning come and help in Hawaiian) participants work on an established “learning by serving” curriculum based on a social issue of concern to the group. Youth volunteers (aged 8 - high-school-age) and their adult counselors dedicate a portion of each day to service projects addressing these concerns. The rest of the day includes learning from local nonprofit experts through field trips, lectures, videos, games and written reflections. Camp Kokua youths complete as many as 50 hours of service during the two weeks and some do more to earn the President’s Youth Service Award. Social issues from past camps have included literacy, environment, preschool students, senior citizens, road safety, graffiti, and emergency response. For road safety students worked in partnership with MADD, DTRIC Insurance and the Honolulu Police Department to create a public service announcement that aired on a local T.V. station called “Skidmarks.” In 2005 Camp Kokua received a Daily Point of Life Award from a Washington D.C.-based foundation which honors individuals and groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities.