United Public Workers

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii thanks United Public Workers (UPW) for being a valued sponsor of the public awareness event week Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! September 19-22, 2013 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Early on, UPW was part of a social movement designed to bring more economic and political resources to Hawaii’s working class families. Presently, they have grown tremendously and still demonstrate that they Malama Pono (take proper care) the community.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii knows a thing or two about giving back to the community as more than 90-cents of every dollar generated from the sale of donated items directly supports Goodwill’s job placement and job training programs. The second annual Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! helps to increase the public awareness of our non-profit mission – to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Below is a sneak peak at an item you can find at the upcoming Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!

The Goodwill of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii is proud to announce Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert as a valued sponsor of the public awareness event week Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! September 19-22, 2013 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. We thank them for their support!

Serving Hawaii’s business community since 1963, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert practices business law and commercial litigation. They are the only Hawaii firm that is part of the Meritas network of more than 170 independent law firms in at least 60 countries. For nearly 50 years, the firm has had a deep connection to Hawaii’s communities and has stayed committed to being creative and cost-effective problem solvers for their clients.

Goodwill shares many beliefs with Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, but a main one is a commitment to our island communities. We also love that they believe in cost-effective solutions. Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! is definitely a cost-effective way to shop while supporting Goodwill’s mission! For example, the Calvin Klein heels pictured below can be found for less than $10 and will be featured at the upcoming Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!


Get Involved this Summer

June was an exciting month to be a Goodwill GLAM! Squad volunteer! Filled with fun surprises, this month’s events definitely consisted of activities worth getting out of the house for. On June 8, we returned to Discover Kaka’ako at Ward Centers. Situated at our usual spot, in honor of Father’s Day, we brought our talents to good use by teaching people how to tie a tie, which garnered some event goers to second guess themselves and ask, “so, just how is that done?” A new addition to the Goodwill booth is our “step and repeat wall” where models from the event’s fashion show come down and strike a pose after strutting down the runway. Event goers have been loving this new add because of the mysterious basket of Goodwill items that people can use as props to create their own mini photo shoot. Model aspirations anyone?


On June 13, L&L Drive-Inn held its eighth annual 76-cent plate lunch celebration. It’s safe to say that the plate lunch connoisseurs came back hungrier than ever. As an event volunteer, I can attest for the intense traffic and long line that stretched all the way from outside the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart and into the parking garage. Calming the eager crowd, the Goodwill Signing Stars performed popular songs in sign language, making the wait a more enjoyable experience. With bonus offers such as 10-cent Pepsi fountain drinks and free discount gas cards, it was no wonder that this year’s event was also a success and happened to gather more people than any of the previous years. All the proceeds went to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to support our mission.


If you weren’t getting a plate lunch on June 13, then I hope you were in line to see the grand opening of the new Microsoft store at Ala Moana Center. Goodwill staff and volunteers were present as Microsoft bestowed a generous donation of $500,000 in software to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii at the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Not only were there new products to been seen at the retail store, but the excitement continued into the evening when, Goodwill staff passed out Dell Reconnect paraphernalia and attendees were able to visit the Goodwill truck to learn about our Dell Reconnect Program.  Let’s not forget the concert featuring Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Neon Trees that everyone and their dog had been hearing about. Those high-energy artists kept event goers amped and ended the night with music still ringing in our ears.


Some might think that volunteer work is strictly boring stuff, but do these events look drab to you? Join the Goodwill GLAM! Squad to participate in more exciting events in the future. Bring a friend! Volunteering is always more fun with more people around. Our volunteers help to further our non-profit mission to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Don’t let summer slip through your fingers, volunteer today!


Football Jerseys and Goodwill

Now that the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl are behind us, it might be time to store away that football jersey of your favorite  player or depending on how YOUR season went, it may be time to donate that jersey to your nearest Goodwill.

Goodwill is also a place to find football jerseys.  Before the 2013 Pro Bowl, we did some football jersey hunting at Goodwill and came across these great finds: Tomlinson and Favre.

When you donate your gently used items and purchase items at Goodwill you’re helping to further Goodwill’s mission – to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self sufficient.

A few famous football players had a great time with some of Goodwill’s Waiver Program participants:

CFL’s (Canadian Football League) Most Outstanding Player of the Toronto Argonauts receiver Chad Owens poses with the Goodwill Kapolei Community West Team.

Goodwill Kapolei Community West Team with Ikaika Alama-Francis of the San Francisco 49ers.

Samson Satele of the Indianapolis Colts & Leon Washington of the Seattle Seahawks (kneeling) and others, pose with Goodwill Kapolei Community West Team at NFL PLAY 60 youth clinic at Kapiolani Park January 26, 2013.

The Goodwill GLAM! Squad

Meet Ken Leung, Director of Retail Sales at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. He’s been at Goodwill  since August, 2002, and worked as a store manager and has held various positions within the organization leading up to his current title –  Director of Retail Sales.

When he’s not at work he enjoys Karate, traveling with his family and spending time with his dog.

Here is Ken’s article:

Last year, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii held the inaugural public awareness event titled Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! The event was a success and much of that success was due to the volunteers.  Volunteers clocked in more than 3000 hours in support of the event-week. To learn more about the successful results of Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! click here.

You never know where volunteering will lead you. Take for instance Olotania Alalamua.  He’s a student at Honolulu Community College and is part of the Fashion Technology program.  He started with us as a volunteer production worker because he had an eye for identifying brand named and vintage items to support the inventory goals for the GLAM! event.  Because of his good attitute and hard work, his time as a Goodwill GLAM! Squad volunteer has transitioned into a job. He is a part-time worker at Goodwill and he is learning about the production process before items reach the retail stores.

Olotania Alalamua – from Goodwill GLAM! Squad volunteer to Goodwill employee

Here are a few facts about the Goodwill GLAM! Squad and information about how you could join the squad of volunteers: The Goodwill GLAM! Squad provides opportunities for volunteers to showcase their talent while supporting a good cause.

  • Volunteers help to further and share Goodwill’s 501(c)3 non-profit mission to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient
  • If you would like to join the Goodwill GLAM! Squad, click HERE to download the application. You may fill it out, scan it and send it back to us or request a hard copy form at mcd@higoodwill.org.

Goodwill GLAM! Squad members modeling at the Discover Kakaako fashion show: Keala Patterson, Uthpala Walpola and Rebecca Lin


Are You A Fan Of Goodwill, Food, Fun and Fashion? if so, consider volunteering at our next event:

Click here to register to volunteer at a future event.

The Goodwill GLAM! Squad shares information about Goodwill’s mission and community impact and also provides event support for the Discover Kakaako activities.