Kelly White, a senior communications major came
to HPU last year from Mt. Sac Community College in California,
where she was vice president of a club called Circle K, comprised
of students devoted to making a difference by helping others
in their community.
Circle K is a nationally recognized club that focuses on three
components at local and state levels: service, leadership, and
fellowship. With the help of three members of Circle K from Mt.
Sac, White petitioned to start a Circle K at HPU.
“The Kiwanis Club of Honolulu offered
their support,” White said, “and that is how we
got started.” White said she is “pleased with the
direction the club has taken. On average, we have 30 members
who volunteer at least twice a month, and we have done well
with competitions. We won a few poster contests at basketball
games, first place at Halloween Hoopla, and The Most Philanthropic
Members of Circle K at HPU volunteer around the community: at
Shriner’s Hospital, Special Olympics Hawai‘i, Children’s
Day, Hawai‘i Helping The Hungry Have Hope, Hawai‘i
Food Bank, local marathons, and beach cleanups. On campus they
have volunteered for career fairs, a canned food drive for the
HPU food bank, TGI Friday programs, and various other events
sponsored by Student Life. This month, “We plan to defend
our first-place title at Halloween Hoopla.” White said,
and added, “as well as volunteer at Shriner’s.” We
are also focusing on fundraising this year. We hope to go to
the district convention on the mainland during the spring semester.”
Students interested in joining Circle K can pick up an information
flyer in the Office of Student Life or attend the club’s
meetings which are held on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at Campus
Crossroads (ground floor of the FS building).