Volunteering 101

Without volunteers, PKCC would not be able to offer the service, quality of meals and facilities at our affordable prices. Over the last 60+ years, hundreds if not thousands have accepted Christ, rededicated their lives to Christ, or accepted the call to full-time service to Him while staying at PKCC. Our volunteers are all a part of providing the atmosphere for lives to be changed.

When volunteering at a new place, there are bound to be lots of questions. Hopefully we have answered most of them below. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our staff.


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Volunteer FAQs

1. How long are we expected to volunteer?

We expect our volunteers to serve at least one month. Some volunteers serve two months or longer.

2. How many hours do we normally work each week?

Our volunteers normally work about 40 hours each week. On days when we are feeding groups, you may work 2-3 hour shifts during each meal with time off in-between.

3. Are both the husband and wife expected to work?

We expect both husbands and wives to work with the other volunteer couples to get all the needed work accomplished.

4. How many volunteer couples will there be working with us?

We try to have at least 3 couples working each month.

5. Will we have days off?

We try to schedule our volunteers to have two days off each week. Your days off will depend upon that week's schedule.

6. If there are jobs that we would really like to do, is it possible to work those jobs?

We try to allow people to do the jobs they like doing. However, the key is to be flexible and realize that certain jobs have priority.

7. How hard is the work at PKCC?

You will be doing mildly to moderately strenuous work about 40 hours each week. The pace of what volunteers do depends on how soon we have a new group coming in after a group leaves. Sometimes we only have a few hours to clean the entire facility to get ready for the new group, however this typically happens only in the summer months. Women normally do house-keeping (stripping beds, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, doing laundry) and setting up for meals. Men normally do yard work, assist with house-keeping as needed, move tables in the dining room, wash dishes, make the drinks in 5 gallon coolers, etc. Other jobs that are done by our volunteers might include painting, cleaning (walls, floors, and ceilings) and minor maintenance.

8. Will we have a vehicle to use?

We try to give each couple a vehicle to use on their days off to do shopping, recreation, sight-seeing, etc. There is no cost for using the vehicle, but you are expected to return it with a full tank of gas.

9. Do we need to bring towels, wash cloths, and bedding items?

All these items are furnished. All you will need to bring is clothing and personal items. Washing machines and dryers are on campus for your personal use.

10. What is the clothing/dress code to work at PKCC? 

There is no dress code. Shorts, short sleeve shirts, tank tops, capris, tennis shoes or sandals are fine. You will want to bring mostly clothes that you do not mind getting dirty as well as a couple nicer outfits for church, sight-seeing, etc.

11. Are meals provided?

Meals are provided from our kitchen only when there is a group on campus who has purchased meals. If there is no group on campus who has purchased meals, you are responsible for your own meals. Full kitchens are in each volunteer living quarter. There are two local grocery stores in Waianae. A Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway and Foodland are about 12 miles away. There is also a Long’s Drugs (CVS pharmacy) in Waianae.

12. How far are the nearest shopping areas?

About 12 miles away is a shopping area with Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Super Cuts, Fantastic Sam’s, and several chain restaurants.  Downtown Honolulu is approximately 35 miles away.

13. Are there any restaurants close to PKCC?

Waianae has the following fast food restaurants: Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, Little Caesars, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Jack n Box. There are a few local “sit down” restaurants.

14. Will we have a computer to use and do you have WI FI?

We do have WI FI in the volunteer housing, but at this time we do not have a computer for volunteers to use.

15. Are there walking trails or beaches close by for exercise?

The beach is about a 5-7 minute walk away from Pu'u Kahea. There are no walking trails close, but it is safe to walk or run on the streets of Waianae. There are many recreational opportunities on Oahu that you can drive to.

16. Where can we attend church?

There are 75 Southern Baptist Churches on the Island and 100s of others, you are welcome to attend anywhere you desire.  The Waianae Baptist Church (SBC) is located just a few feet through our back gate.

17. What should we wear to church?

Churches in Hawaii are very casual. Slacks and open-collar shirts are acceptable for both men and women. You will not feel out of place just wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

18. What airport should we fly into?

HNL, also know as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, formerly Honolulu International Airport

19. Will we be picked up at the airport?

You will be picked up and taken back to the airport by someone from PKCC.  You will usually have the day after you arrive to settle in, shop for food, and get acclimated to Hawaii time zone.

20. What dates should we fly in and out?

Even though we like for you to serve from the first to the last day of the month, we can usually be flexible as to your arrival and departure. Please talk with our office staff concerning the dates you arrive and leave.

21. How soon would you like to see the copy of the airline tickets?

We would like a copy of your itinerary at least a month prior to your arrival.

22. Are there any tax benefits for serving at Pu’u Kahea as volunteers?

You should always contact your tax preparer, but it would be wise to keep all receipts that are related to your mission trip.  You also may want to keep a log of hours you work to prove you were on a mission trip if audited.

23. Where should we have our mail sent while we are at PKCC?

Pu’u Kahea Conference Center
Your Name
85-199 Ala Hema St.
Waianae, HI 96792