There are so many ways to be compassionate. Try these other ideas:

Animals—Feed, groom, play with or just learn more about your favorite animals. Love is unconditional when it comes to this passion.

Volunteering—Whether you’re organizing a food drive, volunteering at a clinic, or simply being a friend, you’ll fill others’ hearts as you fulfill your purpose.


Not Exactly You?

Everyone has their own substance. If cooking and baking doesn’t sound like yours, you can explore more options below.

Take the quiz to discover your substance and find out what motivates you.

Check out these other substances:

Get inspired by our Voices With Substance—learn about people from Hawai‘i who have found their substance.

Get Moving

Just go out there and explore cooking and baking at your school, community and more:

  • Join the crowds at Eat the Street on the last Friday of every month for the food truck and street food rally in Kaka‘ako
  • Participate in a cooking contest
  • Check out your local farmers market
  • Go to Hokulani Bake Shop: The most delicious cupcakes on the island, maybe even the world!

Stay Focused

Focus on cooking and baking, keep improving, and have fun as you set and fulfill goals:

  • Take a culinary class at your school or local community college
  • Did you know that award-winning chefs Sam Choy and Alan Wong attended Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program?  Leeward, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui community colleges also offer culinary arts programs. These programs offer a variety of certificates and degrees–see what’s right for you
  • Check out nutrition and cooking classes at Castle Medical Center
  • Try some Hawaiian recipes:
    – Local Kine Recipes Volume 2.0: University of Hawaii’s long list of local Hawaiian recipes
    – Cooking Hawaiian Style: Thousands of free Hawaiian and Hawaiian style recipes from local Hawaiian chefs
  • Check out Houpo Pono Program: Free Monday afternoon gardening, nutrition, and diabetes management classes at the Health Center in Waimanalo
  • Are you a foodie who loves to write? Think about becoming a food critic

Get Involved

Great minds think alike. Connect and work with other people who like cooking/baking as you reach your dream:

  • Volunteer with Lanakila Pacific, Meals on Wheels: With Hawaii’s largest meal service for seniors, you can bring more than a nutritious meal—you also serve as a connection to other local services and help seniors maintain their independence at home
  • Help distribute food with Hawaii Foodbank to those in need in our community