SYL helps Aloha United Way Book Packing Day

Our SYL members spent their Saturday morning sorting and packing over 5,000 books. In total, 9,200 books will be distributed to over 20 nonprofits throughout Oahu in support of literacy. These books were donated by the generous employees and customers of Barnes & Noble. Many of the books brought us back to memory lane. Some of our favorites as keiki were Where’s Waldo?Dr. SeussFerdinand the BullGood night moonWhere the Wild Things Are and so much more.

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SYL helps Aloha United Way Create Tableware Kits for Homeless

United​ Airlines donated 60,000 pieces of tableware and with the help of 55 volunteers, we packed over 2,000 tableware kits for Hawaii’s homeless community. It was non-stop unpacking boxes, wrapping tableware and packing kits from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. One of the highlights of the packing day was seeing keiki, students, nonprofit organizations and people from various businesses work together to help better our community. This successful service event would not have been possible without the prep help from UPS​, Walmart Honolulu​, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resortand Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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SYL Membership Meeting and Book Drive

On September 14, 2017,  Society of Young Leaders hosted our membership meeting at Aloha United Way.

SYL members and their guests were able to learn more about who SYL is, what we do, and how you can get involved in making our community better.

At our membership meeting we also collected books for Hawaii Literacy‘s Bookmobile. The Bookmobile travels weekly to provide families on the Wai’anae coast access to books and, ideally, a life-long love of reading and learning.

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Special Olympics Aukake Classic

The Special Olympics Aukake Classic is a 2-day event where more than 400 Coaches and Athletes from throughout the State participated. Competition includes a multi-division 5-a-side Soccer tournament, Individual Skills Soccer competition, and Traditional and Unified Bocce Doubles competition. SYL members volunteered at the Bocce Ball awards tent where they helped organize and handed out awards to the Athletes. Members had a great time getting to know the athletes and the nonprofit.

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Over 1,100 school supply kits packed for Oahu’s homeless students

It takes a village to raise a child and our “volunteer village” spent a weekend packing school supplies for local youth. In just two hours, more than 1,100 backpacks and bags were filled with more than $25,000 worth in school supply donations. The school supply kits will be distributed through the Hawaii State Department of Education and Aloha United Way nonprofit partners.

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2nd Annual Knockerball Tournament Raises Over $10,000!

SYL’s 2nd Annual Knockerball Tournament had 16 teams go head-to-head in a double elimination bracket. The intensity of the tournament was at Level 100 and some teams even had a coach, manager and playbook.  The championship round was between Nordic PCL Construction vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and it ended with a tie, 0-0. Both teams sent in their strongest players for sudden death and Nordic PCL won the duel!

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Visiting Chocolate on a Mission

Who doesn’t love chocolate? And who doesn’t love giving back? Well combine the two and you have Chocolate on a Mission, an organization that is owned by the nonprofit organization, River of Life Mission. The chocolate goodies that they make help them to help others. The organization has been open since 2011 and has a Head Chocolatier with over 20 years of experience. Not only do they make delicious chocolate treats, but they also provide job training and employment opportunities for men and women recovering from drug/alcohol addictions.

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SYL General Membership Meeting

We had our first General Membership Meeting for 2017 this past January. It was great to connect with current SYL members and potential members. We shared with them our successes last year and our goals for this year. If you would like to attend the next General Membership Meeting or would like more information about how you can get involved with SYL please contact Kristane Gaspar. 

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2016 Knockerball Tournament

SYL held its first-ever Knockerball Tournament in 2016, and in total, raised over $4,000 for local charities. Proceeds from the tournament supported charities in the area of education, furthering SYL’s mission to engage the next generation of leaders in making Hawai’i a better place. “The Society of Young Leaders’ annual Knockerball Tournament offers young professionals an unconventional and exciting way to give back,” said Andrea Lum, board president, Society of Young Leaders. Want to participate in the 2017 Knockerball Tournament? Contact Kristane Gaspar for more information.

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On July 18th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, members of the Society of Young Leaders and Life 360 volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club at Barnes and Noble Ala Moana. At the event, Barnes and Nobles donated a portion of their day’s proceeds to the Spalding Boys and Girls Club. The students had a craft table, scavenger hunt, face painting, reading corner, and to end to end the day, a few dance performances choreographed by the very own students. Thank you so much to everyone who came out.

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1st Annual SYL Earth Day Plant it Forward

On Saturday morning SYL members and their guests, volunteered at the Waihe‘e Lo‘i. We worked together to restore the lo‘i and learned about the history and importance that the lo‘i plays in our current local culture. We got dirty as we helped to pull weeds, clean around the taro plants. We even harvested taro. There was […]


On Friday evening SYL members and their guests, raised approximately $950 for the Hawaii Opera Theater. We sang karaoke, enjoyed each other’s company and raised money for a great cause.  The cost for entry was $20 and all attendees were given free food and unlimited karaoke for the time of the event. Thank you very much to Hawaii KTV Voice and Loung for hosting the event and sponsoring the karaoke and food.

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