Biology Club Helps more than just Science


Hi’ilei Chaves, middle, among other Biology club members at the March of Dimes event.

The Biology Club has been around for about the last four years and with that, it continues to grow. With around 20 members in the group, Bio Club is able to reach out into the community. Recently the group went and helped out with the March of Dimes, which is a nonprofit program that raises awareness for premature births and infant mortality.

This last Friday the Bio Club 6 members went to the March of Dimes auction event and helped meet and greet people, get people to their seats, help auction items off, and also sell roses where the money went towards the cause.

It was really nice to see how many people were there willing to donate money for a great cause. There were several different opportunities for people to donate such as bidding on items, but there were several people who just wanted to donate for nothing in return which was touching to see,” said Caitlyn Bukokski, junior Bio Club member. 

The goal of the club is to get students involved in extracurricular activities and give new students the opportunity to meet others. During the March of Dimes event, some of the members were able to meet the head of the local event March of Dimes program director. Bio Club was started to allow those mainly majoring in Biology to create a friendly community, help others, and build a network for future reference.

According to president Hi’ilei Chaves, the Bio Club loves to serve. And having the club do community service keeps the club in good standing within the school. The club goes to community service events like March of Dimes and Malama Maunalua, which is a cleaning up of invasive algae on local Oahu beaches. The club is also trying to pair with the Ohana Club to volunteer helping those with disabilities.

Service isn’t the main reason behind Bio Club, but it is something they love to do. Bio Club helps students meet people within their major, allowing friendships and helpful minds to come together to help get through the four years. The members are then able to put the Biology Club on their resumes for future jobs.

Becoming Biology Club’s president in my freshman year has helped me develop character as well as learn many valuable skills. It has truly been one of the best decisions in my college career so far,” said the Big Island native Chaves.

To become a member of the Biology Club, you must be a Chaminade student. To sign up you can attend club fest, or email the club president, Hi’i’lei Chaves, @[email protected]. To stay an active member for the club you must attend at least 2/3 of the club meetings throughout the year and participate in one of the community service events.

The next event has yet to be officially dated but will be sometime mid Spring semester. The meetings are once a month during the second week of the month.