Joint Base Teen Center experiences community service

At left, A Kualoa Education Center instructor points out invasive plants to be removed from the stream to the JBPHH teens.

At left, A Kualoa Education Center instructor points out invasive plants to be removed from the stream to the JBPHH teens.

Story and photo by Zach Pigott

JBPHH Teen Center

In honor of the Boys and Girls Club of America Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service initiative, the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Teen Center recently participated in some community service in Kualoa Education Center’s Malama Aina project.

This project allowed the JBPHH teens to foster a sense of stewardship through active participation in service experiences and a hands-on experience learning about the Hawaiian culture. The teens received information about land stewardship and the conservation efforts at Kualoa. They spent a portion of the day removing invasive species that threatened native plants in an effort to prevent the plants from propagating in the stream and lo‘i (taro patch).

After the teens’ efforts in the lo‘i they were treated to a walk through the movie set of Jurassic World at Kualoa Ranch.

The Teen Center keeps kids active throughout the year with a variety of activities each month.

For example, upcoming events this month on their calendar include “Smart Girls Club” Feb. 10 and 24, “Healthy Relationships” workshop on Feb. 10 and a workshop on “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” Feb. 24, “Open Mic Night”on Feb. 11, “Family Night: Celebrate You” on Feb. 21, and the Teen Center hike of Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail on Feb. 25.

For more information on the JBPHH Teen Center, call 448-0418 or check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jbphhteencenter.

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