H.R. NO.








requesting the establishment of the aloha corps.



WHEREAS, voluntarism offers great contributions to society locally, nationally, and around the world; and

WHEREAS, volunteering takes many different forms and involves a variety of activities; and

WHEREAS, besides the Peace Corp, AmeriCorps, and Job Corps, there are other less-well-known federal initiatives like the Senior Corps, Citizens Corps, USA Freedom Corps, and the one hundred eighteen successor agencies to the Conservation Corps; and

WHEREAS, religious denominations are also associated with various corps, such as: AVODAH: the Jewish Services Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Vincentian Service Corps, Cabrini Mission Corps, Catholic Charities Volunteer Corps, Francis Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and Lutheran Service Corps, among others; and

WHEREAS, there are also secular nonprofit service corps, such as the Global Service Corps, Green Corps, Africare Service Corps, Inner-City Teaching Corps, and the multi-city Executive Service Corps. Furthermore, there are many other volunteer service groups, such as the United Nations Volunteers, that do not use the word corps in their name; and

WHEREAS, despite the presence of these programs and organizations, the world remains in desperate shape, and the need for organized volunteer services is far from having been met; and

WHEREAS, the project of the twenty-first century may well be one of simply reaching the twenty-second century intact; and

WHEREAS, the Aloha Spirit is not just tourist hype. Hawaii has a population of well-to-do, active retirees, extensive community expertise in Asian-Pacific languages and cultures, know-how in many fields, and a youth population that could benefit from a year or two of training and community service; and

WHEREAS, the Aloha Corps is a project that involves developing a structure whereby Hawaii residents, ranging from older teenagers to seniors in good health, could work together with nonprofit agencies, at home and overseas, for the greater good of the community served; and

WHEREAS, the world needs to learn to develop itself gently, with Aloha, and an Aloha Corps could help it accomplish that; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, that this body requests that the University of Hawaii is requested to undertake to establish the Aloha Corps; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the President and to the Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii.






Report Title:

Establishment of the Aloha Corps