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Volunteer Program/Auxiliary

Volunteering is a long time tradition at Kuakini. Give a little of yourself to someone in need. Become a Kuakini volunteer! Kuakini has over 400 active volunteers a year including high school students, college students, working adults and senior retirees.

Volunteers assist Health System employees with acute care, long-term care and geriatric care services. Duties range from clerical support to companionship activities with nursing home residents and patient assistance within Kuakini Medical Center. Volunteers also assist with hospital tours for visitors. Whether you prefer volunteering as an individual or with a group, Kuakini welcomes you to join our Volunteer Program.

Applications for volunteers are accepted year round. Upon acceptance into the program, volunteers attend a general orientation given by the Volunteer Services Department, then are trained by the supervisor of their assigned department. Most volunteers work one to two times a week for a minimum of three to four hours during each shift. Weekend shifts are also available.


  • Must be 14 years of age or older
  • Minimum three month commitment
  • Must be able to work a set schedule of a three - four hour shift once a week
  • Must have passed a recent (within the last 12 months) 2-step TB skin test

What do Hospital Volunteers Do?

Patient Related Services
Assist departments/units in the Hale Pulama Mau building or Kuakini Medical Center with activities, meals, patient discharges, clerical tasks, restocking supplies and providing companionship.

Clerical Support and Additional Services
Provide offices/departments with clerical support such as filing, collating and typing; run errands and assist with special events and activities.

How to Become a Volunteer
Call Volunteers Services at (808) 547-9184 to schedule an interview. During your interview, you will be given an application form to complete and obtain more information about available volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Services Student Program
Students who are thinking about a career in medicine, nursing and other health care fields, or students who need to fulfill community service hours can gain valuable work experience while learning about health related services.

Kuakini Health System offers high school students an opportunity to explore future health care careers. Students must be 14 years of age or older and be able to volunteer once a week for three to four hours. A limited number of departments are available for volunteers who want to work evenings and weekends. If you are only available during the summer, join our summer program that allows students to volunteer one to two times a week for a three or four hour shift for six weeks. All students under the age of 18 must have parental consent.

For more information about the Student Volunteer Program, call Volunteer Services at 547-9184.

Auxiliary Information
The Kuakini Auxiliary is a voluntary organization that provides service in accordance with the mission statement of Kuakini Health System.  The Auxiliary is an integral part of the entire Kuakini structure. It is incorporated to function under the President of Kuakini Health System. The auxiliary seeks direction and purpose directly from Administration. Through its social, educational and fundraising activities for Kuakini Health System, the Auxiliary is a vital link with the community at large.

The Auxiliary's mission is to:

  • promote the goals and objectives of Kuakini Health System in consonance with Kuakini's policies,
  • contribute services to Kuakini, its patients and other subsidiaries of Kuakini Health System,
  • raise funds for Kuakini Foundation and other nonprofit subsidiaries of Kuakini Health System,
  • retain and maintain the morale of members through educational and recreational activities.

Quick Facts

  • The Auxiliary was founded in 1899 as the Women's Benevolent Society. The Auxiliary is recognized in the bylaws of Kuakini Support Services, Inc. as the Kuakini Auxiliary.
  • The Auxiliary formally organized in the 1970s. It continues to assist Kuakini through volunteer services, projects, activities and fundraising.
  • The Auxiliary has over 400 members of which approximately 55 percent are active volunteers.
  • Since the 1970s, the Auxiliary has contributed over $1.5 million to Kuakini Foundation. The Auxiliary's Gift Shop provides the largest portion of the annual contribution and its management and sales staff are volunteers. Ten percent of the Auxiliary's annual contribution is allocated to the Kuakini Health System Educational Assistance Fund.
  • The Auxiliary is the largest health care Auxiliary in the State of Hawaii.
  • The Auxiliary maintains Kuakini's columbarium and headstone located at the Honolulu Memorial Park.
  • The Auxiliary/Volunteers combined program at Kuakini is the last among health care organizations on Oahu. Other organizations operate with separate programs or have no auxiliary.

The Auxiliary Council

The Auxiliary council, the policy-making body of the organization, carries out the mission and acts in all matters of the Auxiliary in accordance with the Bylaws. The council consists of five elected officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary), the past President of the Auxiliary, Committee Chairpersons, the President of Kuakini Health System and the Manager of Volunteer Services.

Current committees are: Bylaws, Crafts, Finance and Allocation, Gift Shop, Geriatric Care, Historian, KMC, Memorial Project, Membership, Program and Hospitality, Publicity and Newsletter, Sewing, Telephone and Tray Favors.

Membership Information

Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone who is interested in advancing its mission. All adult volunteers are considered members of the Auxiliary. A choice of membership levels (Associate, Regular, Supporting and Life) is available to accommodate various ways in which members can contribute to Kuakini Health System.


  • Contribute regular hours of service
  • Pays no dues
  • Has no voting privileges
  • Is not eligible to hold elected office


  • Contribute regular hours of service
  • Annual dues of $5
  • Has voting privileges
  • Is eligible to hold elected office


  • Contribute optional hours of service
  • Annual dues of $20
  • Has voting privileges
  • Is eligible to hold elected office


  • May contribute regular hours of service
  • Lifetime dues of $100, paid once
  • Has voting privileges
  • Is eligible to hold elected office

The money collected for dues is used for the Auxiliary's administrative costs such as the printing and mailing of newsletters and fliers announcing activities and upcoming projects, the Council of Hospital Auxiliaries dues, and office supplies.

Mailing Address:
Kuakini Medical Center
347 N. Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96817



(808) 547-9184


Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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