In April, Kanu Hawaii hosted Volunteer Week and brought together 100+ events & 5,000+ volunteers across 7 islands! We took the opportunity to partner with Hawaii Meals on Wheels (HMOW) during the week to encourage individuals and coworkers to deliver meals to the community on Biki bikes! We're thrilled that, in addition to delivery over 70 meals and bringing over 20 first-time volunteers to Meals on Wheels, organizations such as Inspire Church and HIC have continued to host their own Biki Meals on Wheels following the partnership.
Now, we're making plans to partner again as the 2019 holiday season approaches. If you are interested in delivering meals to members of the community leading up to Thanksgiving, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. As thanks for donating your time, up to 20 participants will receive 50% off their next month of rides (Commuter Plan).
From left to right: Cameron Black and Jonathan Chin from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Office (DBEDT), Daniel Simonich from ProsPac Holdings, June Chee from DBEDT, Dember Domen and Ben Trevino from Hawaii Authority for Rapid Transit (HART)
Please note: All meals are picked up at the Straub Medical Center at Biki Stop 402 between 11 am and 12 pm and delivered in pairs of 2. Volunteers can expect to deliver 2-4 meals with a partner to residences within Kakaako and Makiki.
"I volunteered to find more fun and convenient ways for my colleagues at work to get involved in their communities. Meal delivery on Biki was a fun, easy, and rewarding way to give back a little in the middle of the day!"
-Ben F., HART
"Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to contribute to the community. Biking while volunteering makes it more so! I participated in this event because Meals on (Biki) Wheels was a combo of things I like, using bikes as a functional mode of transport while delivering meals to folks who may be less mobile. The best part was making the delivery itself, because everyone likes a hot meal and the genuine gratitude of the recipients was refreshing. It was also nice to get out of the office and ride around town on my lunch break."
- Jonathan C., DBEDT
"I was happy to volunteer for Biki Meals on Wheels! It was fun to get on Biki and deliver meals by bicycle. It was a great opportunity to be active while doing something good for my community. Thank you for this great opportunity! I’m excited to do it again in the future."
-Diane Dohm, OahuMPO
"Delivering food to Hawaii Meals on Wheels’ clients on Biki bikes was a fun and easy way to help others in our community. What a physically and spiritually rewarding way to spend a lunch break! Thanks to both organizations for the opportunity and for making the entire delivery process so efficient. The partnership between Hawaii Meals on Wheels and Biki makes a lot of sense."
- Cam B., DBEDT
"Meals on wheels hold a very special place in my heart as they have delivered food to my ohana. The service that Hawaii Meals on Wheels is priceless! When I learned about the collaboration with Biki and Meals on Wheels I was excited and honored to volunteer my time to deliver a meal to someone’s kupuna. This experience is humbling and I hope to participate in it in the near future."
-Dember D., HART
HMOW serves over 400 meals a day to Hawaii's kupuna, providing households with hot meals as well as some company during lunch or dinner time.
Thanks to HHF Planners, Blue Planet Foundation, HART, DBEDT, OahuMPO, and Office of Climate Change Sustainability and Resiliency for rallying coworkers to volunteer as a group! A special shout-out goes to our high school volunteer, Jack, who used this opportunity to complete his final hours of volunteer service for Saint Louis High School!