Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is canvassing?
A: Canvassing is a challenging, yet fun and practical way of spreading the message of the Gospel, while drawing closer to God and earning money for school. Students will meet and talk to people at their businesses and homes, offering them life-changing books on a donation-basis.
Q: Why “Ke Ola”?
A: Ke Ola means “the life.” Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come so that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus does not only offer this life; Jesus IS the life! By meeting people with the message of the Gospel through life-changing books, we want to fulfill our God-given commission to offer this life to others here in the state of Hawai'i.
Q: How long does the summer program run?
A: The program is 9 weeks long (from June 4, 2017 to August 6, 2017).
Q: What if my classes haven’t ended by June 4?
A: Exceptions are treated on a case-by-case basis. Make sure you specify this and what date your school ends on your application.
Q: Will we take time off?
A: Yes. There is a long weekend in the middle of the summer when students can go home. There is also a retreat at the end of the summer where students relax and have fun.
Q: How much can I expect to earn this summer?
A: Please refer to the graph above. Students will receive 35% commission of what they earn in donations, and a 15% bonus in the end for those who canvass the full 9 weeks. Of the 35%, students have the option of receiving up to 5% of their earnings each week to buy food and other necessities. However, this amount is subtracted from their total earnings.
The average student the last few summers has earned around $3,000. Leaders will work with and coach every student personally, to maximize their canvassing effectiveness and earning potential.
Keep in mind that most Adventist colleges and universities provide matching scholarships for students that canvass. For example, if a student earns $3,000 and goes to La Sierra University, La Sierra will give an additional $3,000, as long as the whole $3,000 is applied to the student's bill. For a full list of schools and scholarship amounts, click on the “Scholarship Information” tab.
Q: Where does the other 50% of donations go?
A: The remaining 50% of donations go toward providing books for the students to canvass, paying leaders to train and supervise the students, buying food for the students (the program provides one large meal per day), vehicles to transport the students from street to street, gas for the vehicles, and radios for the students to communicate with their leaders while working, among other expenses. The Hawaii Conference has invested quite a bit of money into making Ke Ola the best possible canvassing program, but we are committed to keeping our expenses as low as possible, so that you can make as much money for school as possible!
Q: What should I bring?
A: Please bring the following:
At least a week's worth of clothes (you will be provided with a work shirt)
At least one pair of khaki pants and/or khaki shorts
Comfortable, yet durable walking shoes
Prescriptions (if applicable)
A humble and willing attitude
Q: What does a typical day look like in Ke Ola?
A: Work days are Sunday through Thursday. Each morning, the students will help prepare and enjoy a large vegetarian/vegan-friendly breakfast. After breakfast, we will have morning worship, where we will sing, share testimonies from the previous day, and have a devotional thought to motivate us for the day. After worship, we will spend some time training, and then begin work, where we will canvass businesses, parking lots, and homes. Students will take about an hour-long break for lunch, and after canvassing the second half of the day, generally we will be home by 9:00 pm.
Fridays are for chores, errands, and recreation. After preparing for Sabbath, we may go surfing, hiking, play sports, go shopping, or even go to a water park!
Sabbaths provide much-needed rest for the students and leaders alike. We will also have opportunities for students to help out with local church services, and to share testimonies of how God has been blessing them in their efforts to share Him!
Q: What safety precautions are taken to ensure that the students will be safe?
A: Safety is a top-priority for our canvassing program. For this reason, the following safety precautions are taken:
Students are provided with radios to communicate with their leaders while working.
Students are advised to carry their cell phone in case their radio dies, or in case of an emergency situation.
Students work across the street with each other.
Students are not allowed to enter houses unless a leader is with them.
Leaders are aware of the students' location at all times, and work with the students regularly.
During their free time, students are not allowed to go anywhere by themselves. They must be accompanied by at least one of the leaders.
Q: Why do we only eat two meals per day?
A: We structure our day so that we can maximize the amount of time that we spend canvassing. This allows the students to reach as many people as possible with the message of the Gospel, and also allows them to make as much money as possible for school. Breakfast, which is provided by the program, is large enough to sustain the students until they take their break for their second meal. Students are responsible for preparing or buying their second meal, which should be large enough to get them through the end of the day. Students are allowed to buy additional food or snacks to eat after the canvassing day is over, but this is up to the discretion of each student.
Q: My question was not answered on this page. Who may I contact for additional questions?
A: If you have additional questions, please contact Pastor Izraias (Izzy) Uribe on his cell phone at (808) 798-3979, or via email at .