More than 500 Hilton Hawaii employees and volunteers are teaming up to lend a helping hand at nearly 20 service projects throughout Hawaii this month. The efforts, which celebrate Hilton Worldwide’s third annual Global Week of Service, Oct.19 – 25, include projects that serve Hawaii’s youth, military and environment.
Hilton Hawaii’s efforts are a part of Hilton Worldwide’s week-long annual celebration of the company’s commitment to serving and enriching the communities where we live, work and travel; participants represent Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki, Hilton Waikiki Beach, Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Hawaii, Grand Wailea, and Hilton Waikoloa Village.
“Serving our communities is a core value that we encourage our team members to embrace and practice,” said Jerry Gibson, area vice president, Hilton Hawaii. “As one of the largest employers in the state, we feel it is our corporate responsibility to give back and serve these areas of need in our islands.”
Service is an integral part of Hilton Worldwide’s culture, and acts of volunteerism occur year-round across its portfolio of 11 distinct brands and more than 4,200 properties. This year, Hilton Worldwide participated in more than 3,000 hands-on service projects globally.
Following are the Global Week of Service projects being conducted by the employees of Hilton Hawaii:
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Elementary School Beautification Project; Oct. 7 and 8, 8-12 p.m.
Beautify and improve spaces at Waikiki Elementary School by cleaning designated areas, improving the landscape and planting trees.
Waikiki Beach Cleanup; Oct. 25, 6:45-9 a.m.
Clean up a stretch of Waikiki Beach.
DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki
Ronald McDonald House; Oct. 18
Yard work and cleanup, house cleaning, and delivery of a meal
Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) Oahu
Service projects to support the Institute of Human Services (IHS) Women & Family Service Center in Honolulu:
Rooftop Garden & Training Center Beautification Project; Oct. 18
Planting seeds, cleaning, removing old plants, and general landscaping
Children’s Enrichments Center Improvement Project; Oct. 18 and 19
Remove furniture and supplies, lay flooring, paint walls and chairs, and repair sink cabinets
Clothing and Book Donations; Oct. 20, 21, 22 and 25
Donate clothing and books
Neighborhood Cleanup; Oct. 25
Clean up trash in the IHS Women’s and Family Service Center neighborhood
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Next Step Shelter; Oct. 21
The hotel will provide dinner for the personnel and residents of the Next Step Shelter
Hawaii Nature Center Stream Cleanup; Oct. 23
Waikiki Beach Cleanup; Oct. 25
Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Beach Cleanup; Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
Beach cleanup spanning approximately a mile of beachfront along Wailea Resort
Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Restoration; November
A restoration project of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui former central club house will be a two week project whereby Team Members at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, have volunteered to clean, restore and beatify the building so that it can be used as a new resource facility. Hauling away garbage, cleaning and restoring floors, installing windows, plumbing, air conditioning, and painting are just a few of the items on the list of needs from the BGCM.
Hilton Grand Vacations, Hawaii Island
Hawaii Island Food Basket Drive; Sept. 1-Oct. 20
Team Members in Waikoloa continue to give back in the wake of Hurricane Iselle. After the storm, the Hawaii Island Food Basket depleted its supply of food with more than 3,000 pounds of food going to the heavily damaged area of Puna in just two weeks.
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative; Oct. 21
The Waikoloa Dry Forest has several acres of endangered plant species that have dwindled down to critical numbers. Employees will be donating watering cans and purchasing trees to be planted, as well as working in the field to help preserve and restore this dry forest ecosystem.
Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School Project; Oct. 22
The resort will donate tether balls and other items to keep the students active and healthy. Employees will also volunteer to assist with recess supervision. Additionally, they will be donating breadfruit trees for the students to plant and experience hands-on lessons about sustainability.
Waimea Nature Park Beautification; Oct. 25
Hilton employees will be cleaning, weeding and beautifying the park.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii Island
Iron Man Aid Station; Oct. 11
Hilton team members will man the aid stations during the Iron Man event.
Global Week of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual volunteer service initiative and brings together team members from across Hilton Worldwide’s offices and hotel properties, helping to strengthen the company’s connections with its local communities. Throughout the week, photos and stories will be posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account.
In 2013, Team Members at more than 900 properties and offices completed more than 2,400 volunteer projects in 700 cities across the company’s global footprint. The projects focused on engaging Team Members and delivering on Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to Travel with Purpose by creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. This year, the company aims to build upon this community engagement and is striving to complete more than 3,000 service projects.