|The 7 members of the Diaz family from Texas enjoyed their service day gathering Naupaka seeds and planting Pili grass. John, age 13, said it was "a good experience with his family."|
Welcome to volunteer-on-vacation-Hawaii. com! Please visit our Hawaii vacation volunteer projects page for information on programs where volunteers can donate their time and work to worthy causes in Hawaii and earn a 5% discount on their stay at the Hale Hookipa Inn Maui Bed and Breakfast (more details below).
These other organizations sometimes need volunteers. They may be the perfect fit for you. We have plenty of opportunities for Hawaii vacationers to lend a hand while they're here!
The Hawaiian concept of Laulima translates to "many hands." Laulima is how we carry the canoe to the water, how we clean old nets off the beach, how we clear the grass and replant the native forest, how we pass rocks one hand to the other to repair the fish ponds. These activities give us the opportunity to meet new people, use our skills, learn new ones, and to have fun while giving back to the islands we love.
Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for responsibility. The aina and oceans of Hawaii have given me a rich life, and participating in some of these projects is my way of giving back to the Hawaiian culture, environment, and community that have given so much to me.
Volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com is a gathering place where people can get information about volunteer opportunities in Hawaii. Many projects have been on going for years, and the fruits of that labor is now wonderfully evident.
Here's a wonderful quote from one of the volunteers on vacation:
"What I liked about the planting operation was that one gets to know a different side of Maui. And I think it�s a great change versus the normal tourist-life which for a lot only takes place at the beaches. After the work you feel great because you helped nature. Additionally I want to say thank you for the kindness of all participants and of course the instructors, which provided a lovely atmosphere. So to everyone who reads this: Do not hesitate, its definitely worth it!"--Dario Gallas (Godson of Steffan Roth, who wrote the paper Restoration event at Auwahi of 13th June 2009 about his experiences as a volunteer for the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership in Hawaii)
Secure a reservation prior to the scheduled work day, and show up prepared with water, and the protective gear you may need. Come enthusiastic, willing to pitch in, and consider yourself very fortunate in being able to participate in restoring and preserving our unique environment. Meet amazing people from here and afar. I hope to see you out there!
Working side by side with
kama'aina and visitors inspired me to create
volunteers-on-vacation. As the owner of
Hale Ho'okipa Inn
Makawao (noted for voluntourism efforts by
O Magazine), I am delighted to offer my guests who volunteer
on vacation on our beautiful island of Maui a discount on their
stay at the bed and breakfast. I will discount your stay by 5%
and donate 5% of the cost of your stay to the organization for
which you volunteer. Hale Ho'okipa will provide coolers for lunch on service
You can read about some of the great adventures, and add your own comments, on my Maui Hawaii blog: Ho'okipa Aikane (home sharing friend). Let's talk story and see what you are interested in!
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Many more volunteer opportunities are listed at Serve.gov