Purrr-fect Endings

Jeff Chung - Empty Bowl Hawai'i 2017My time here at the Hawaiian Humane Society has been amazing and I’m sad to see it end. The past three months flew by; from just starting out and figuring everything out to holding my own presentations and hosting a booth at YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. The experiences that I have gained here will help me in my future endeavors when I leave the Hawaiian Humane Society.

My biggest accomplishment during my time here has to be hosting the booth at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day where there were around five thousand visitors exploring the event. The lines for our booth were always long and we were able to help educate and reach out to 621 families that day! This was my first experience hosting on my own at such a large event, and it allowed me to improve my skills in communication, management, marketing, and creativity.

                I am so thankful to have completed my internship here with the Hawaiian Humane Society. Not only was I able to improve my skills, but I was able to hang out with animals while I did it! This has been such a great experience working with such amazing people!

Barking Up a Storm

Halfway through my internship now. It’s been going by a little too fast for my taste. I been realizing a lot as an intern here at the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS).  Some of those things are that I love animals, I want to help animals, and that I can help make a change in the community while working with the HHS.  Even though I was using the HHS to figure out who I am and what military branch I wanted to join or  what Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) I wanted to go into. But while here at the HHS and doing what I been doing I was able to get help from everyone around me, they helped me figure out what branch and MOS I wanted. My branch is United States Army. My MOS is 68 Whisky also known as a combat medic or health care speciality. Even though everyone around me helped me pick it, it’s still my choice.


By my choice I mean that I deep down want to do this. Deep down want to help people or anyone in general. Being grateful to everything I have in my life and being humble, putting people first before myself. Thinking about doing this was amazing I thought about the lives  I could save, the people I could bring home back to their families. I don’t want this for recognition or to be famous or to even be thanked by the people I save because deep down I know it was right to do and I love the fact that I could bring them home. The HHS has shown me this through the events I have gone to and the dogs that they have helped. Giving them a home and giving them love, I love that they don’t do it for recognition or to be thanked but because it’s rights. They were not the only people to help me but they did help me see what it means to help for love.


Mahalo, Dakota.  


Halfway there!

IMG_3933 I can’t believe that this internship is coming to an end. When I first started at the Humane Society, I thought it couldn’t get any better. I was able to play with animals, hangout with some awesome volunteers, and be in an office where every one was so nice. I’ve been able to gain knowledge and experiences that I never thought I would at the Society, and it has been nothing but positive in my life. I’ve really learned so much here, from learning how to make a good caption, to different skills to use in successful communication, and what it really means to love your job.

Although my time as an intern here is coming to an end, I’m glad there’s still some time to go. I’m so excited about the events that are still coming up, the puppies and kitties I’ll get to fall in love with, and more lessons to learn in the office.

A Woof-tastic First Day


Sup, my name is Dakota Kalama and I am a Junior at Kamaile Academy in Waianae. I am a new junior intern at the Hawaiian Humane Society.

I took on this opportunity to volunteer here as a chance to find myself and a passion that fits me. Growing up I always had a fondness of animals of all kinds, but because of living situations I was never allowed to own one. I have little cousins that owned a bunny named Baby he is a Northern Dwarf Rabbit. He was given to me a year ago from my cousins and I have been taking care of him ever since. He was one of the reasons for wanting an internship at the Humane Society.

Another one of my reasons to work with animals is my future career goal of mine which is to join the USMC (United Sates Marine Corps. I have always wanted to join the military but have been debating on a branch that best fits me. I picked the Marines because of who they are what they stand for. Once I decided to join the Marines I still needed an MOS that was something that was a part of who I am. After looking at some MOS’s I came down to two that I liked –  11x Infantry Crewman and 5812 Working Dog Handler. ). I have been looking into having the MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) of 5812 as a Working Dog Handler.

Soon after finding the two MOS that best fit me; my school started a program called WLE (Work Learning Experience) for students to experience what having a job feels like. I told the school I was willing to work anywhere and do anything to learn something new. After looking at some places my teacher told me about the Hawaiian Humane Society volunteer program they had. I took it as a sign that I should try and become a volunteer. I took the leap and so far I have met some awesome, friendly, and kind loving people that love and appreciate animals as much as I do. I cannot wait to experience more, and to share those experiences with someone else.

Aloha, Dakota Kalama

Pawsitively Purrfect

Aloha! My name is Kacie Lam and I am a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I am currently pursuing a Communications degree with a focus in Community Relations. I have never gone a day in my life without having a pet, and now I get to intern at a place that makes me take a break to hangout with animals every day that I come in…it’s a dream! Dogs have always been a huge love in my life, but interning here has made me realize my love for all different kinds of animals.

It has only been a couple of weeks since the start of my internship at the Hawaiian Humane Society but I already feel like part of the team! All of the events and tasks that go on in the office keep me on my toes and I can already tell I’m going to learn a lot. Everyone in the CR office really makes you understand what it means to love the work you do. No two days are the same at the Hawaiian Humane Society. There are always new challenges to be faced, new lessons to be learned, and new animals to hangout with and love. I’m excited for this journey to continue throughout the semester, and I’m excited to meet all of the people and animals here at Hawaiian Humane.

Barking with Excitement!

melia-headshotHey everyone! My name is Melia Koh and I am extremely excited to begin my internship with the Education Department. I was born and raised here in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am currently a marketing major at Kapiolani Community College and in my last semester before graduation in May! I’m thankful for the opportunity to intern with the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Education Department and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this semester.

I didn’t have my own pets growing up, but have always had family members who have had dogs. Now, I have my own dog named Haupia, who will be five years old this April! I’ve had him since he was a puppy, but I know I do want to get more dogs in the future. As for right now, I’m lucky that I am able to spend time with all the amazing animals here at the Society.

I have only been here for three days and I can already see how busy the Education department is and I am excited to get started. I had my first opportunity today to shadow our youth programs coordinator on an educational presentation to third graders. This allowed me to see how the Society is able to reach out to the community and make a difference in not only the lives of animals, but people as well.

I am hoping to help the Education Department reach out to more youth through events and social media. By doing this, Hawaii’s youth will be better acquainted with the services and classes that the Society offers and become responsible pet owners. I am eager to get started with the projects and tasks that I have been given this semester, to not only improve my skills and learn on the job, but also to help the Hawaiian Humane Society with their mission.

Such a pawsitive experience!

I guess as they say, all good things must come to an end. The last 5 months have been quite a journey, but it went by in a flash! When I began working with Marielle and the Community Relations team I knew I’d be gaining experience in multiple aspects of the nonprofit spectrum, but it was more than I could have imagined!

My success throughout my internship is completely thanks to Marielle! She is truly a superwoman at what she does. It may seem like such a small thing, but a big thing I will take away is the importance of making volunteers feel appreciated; even if it is just by knowing their name. She works with about 600 volunteers and I could bet she could recognize majority of these people even by their voice! I am so thankful for everything Marielle has taught me and will continue to utilize these tools she has given me.


I don’t think I can pinpoint what my biggest accomplishment was throughout my experience, because I believe there were so many. I was able to shadow in a pet visitation and witness the happiness the volunteers and joy ambassadors bring to the patients. I also helped to organize volunteers for PetWalk and participated in the registration tent. When the Waianae rescue took place, I worked hands-on with the rescue dogs and helped manage the volunteer center. Throughout my time at the Hawaiian Humane Society, my favorite part of everyday has been seeing the animals and smothering them with love!

As my time in Hawaii comes to a close and I venture onto my next journey, I will take so many things that I’ve learned to the next chapter of my life. I now understand the impact volunteers make on a nonprofits success, the mass amount of work that happens behind the scenes and the reason behind it all – promoting the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. Thank you again Marielle and everyone at the Humane Society; I appreciate you more than you know!