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Volunteer Program

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.

Mailing Address:

Kuakini Medical Center
347 N. Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96817



(808) 547-9184


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

Map to Volunteer Services