About This Ministry

Kokua Crew members are invaluable to the overall operation of the University of the Nations and YWAM Kona.

This is a full program where individuals work, have fun, fellowship, enjoy “family” meetings with worship and guest speakers, and even have the option of going on low budget weekend tours around the beautiful island of Hawaii!

Our Kokua Crew volunteers work in positions where it greatly blesses the campus to meet the daily needs of every staff and student that come through our gates. Our Kokua Crew work hard but they get regards and gratitude from our Ohana here on campus. They truly are servants for the Lord and we love them!


Kokua Crew are essential in various operational areas of the campus where they serve with their skills and fellowship.The current areas of service include the kitchen, grounds, maintenance, security, the library, housekeeping, our boutique, mailroom, administrative office positions, within the IT and media teams, and as teacher’s assistants for preschool through grade 12.

Kokua Crew program

Do you have a heart to adventure with God and serve a missions movement reaching the globe for Christ? Come and join in our short-term volunteer program called Kokua Crew.

The new Kokua Crew program is a set commitment period of 6 weeks or 3 months, with specific arrival and departure dates, where you will serve in any of these 10 critical departments on campus for the time you are with us:

-Kitchen (all volunteers serve here at least part of their stay)




-Foundation School

-Korean Foundation School


-Learning Centre

-Boutique (Thrift Shop)


Our Kokua Crew program is similar to Mission Builders. They find this program to be filled with fellowship and friendship where they connect with other Christians from all around the world ~ a once in a lifetime experience!

Kokua Crew "Read Me"

Our Volunteers must:

  • Have a minimum level of English language proficiency in order to be able to join us. We ask that your  English language skills are at least professional-level proficiency as this is essential for you to be  able to fully participate during your time serving here with us.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 75 years of age, as this is our campus policy
  • Be in good health (able to work 40 hours per week – 8 hours per day)
  • Have a heart to serve in any capacity

Mandatory Kokua Crew Meetings

The Kokua Crew must attend our family meetings and devotions for fellowship and spiritual input. It is to develop lasting friendships and to ensure each of our volunteers have a Word from the Lord on a daily basis to be spiritually filled during their time with us! For this reason these meetings are mandatory, these include the following:

  • Monday and Friday morning Devotionals at 6am
  • Monday Morning Worship at 8am (1hr praise and worship)
  • Tuesday Night Family Meeting starting at 6pm which includes international campus speakers
  • Thursday Night Ohana Meeting at 6pm which includes international guest speakers

Transition Period

Here on campus we have what’s called ‘Transition Week’, where staff and students arrive/leave campus and our Kokua Crew volunteers need to step into their place and bless the campus during this time. During transition week you are pulled from your regular work areas/hours to work in the Kitchen in different shifts for 10 straight days. So please come with an open heart to serve in whatever capacity!

What we offer