Hawaii volunteer vacations projects for voluntourism opportunities on Maui Hawaii

Vacationing Volunteers in Hawaii clear the old fisherman's trail on Maui's north shore.
Volunteers on Vacation in Hawaii clear the old fisherman's trail on Maui's north shore.

Opportunities to Volunteer while on Vacation in Hawaii

Volunteer on vacation in Hawaii and experience the Hawaiian concepts of Laulima (many hands) and Kuleana (responsibility) while donating your time and energy to a worthwhile volunteer project while you're on vacation in Hawaii.

The following projects are available for Hawaii volunteers right now, mostly on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Click each heading to find out more about that voluntourism opportunity. We have listed other organizations in Hawaii who occasionally need volunteers, if these aren't what you're looking for.

Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership

Help to restore leeward and dryland forest on the slopes of Haleakala. Fit folks with over-the-ankle boots meet every other Sat. Reservations are a must.

Friends of Haleakala National Park

Work ranges from invasive species removal to planting native Hawaiian plants inside Haleakala National Park for two to four days. Bunkhouse type lodging is provided.

Na Ala Hele Trail and Access System

The work entails keeping current trails cleared and stable, and sometimes trailblazing new paths. The native forests of Maui's upcountry, and the trails of Haleakala's cinder moonscape offer rich and rewarding experiences.

Native Hawaiian Plant Society

Through eradicating invasive species and replanting natives, volunteers are also restoring the habitat for native birds. Volunteers must be able to handle a full day outing in remote areas, and children must be supervised by an adult.

Maui Surf Rider Foundation

Work to stabilize the north shore area surrounding Ho'okipa Beach Park. Replace non-native plants with native species adapted to the dry coastal environment.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Wednesday mornings for garden work and nursery work. 1 week advanced notice, and a month notice for groups. You must become a member to volunteer.

Maui Coastal Land Trust

Help eradicate invasive species and clear brush, occasional plantings of native species at some of Maui’s last remaining sand dunes .

D.T. Fleming Arboretum

Work the second Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM to noon followed by a picnic lunch. Light work under professional instruction. Lunch and Refreshments provided.

Kö‘ie‘ie Fishpond

Volunteers who are able to comfortably lift at least 25 pounds are welcome to help restore and protect a 500 year old native Hawaiian fish pond. 2nd and last Saturday of every month, 8:00 am. to 11:00 am.

Pacific Whale Foundation

The Pacific Whale Foundation has an volunteer program that will connect visitors with ongoing projects, and these wonderful folks will always supply volunteers with beach clean-up kits. Just stop by their office at Ma'alaea Harbor to pick up your kit!

REEF: Reef Environmental Education Foundation

With a few hours of training, you will become a valuable source of information for marine conservation. You will be responsible to record your sightings from your dive and snorkel adventures, and that data will become available to the public on the REEF website.

The Kipahulu Ohana

The Kipahulu Ohana maintains Kapahu Living Farm within Haleakala National Park, a 3-acre ancient taro farm restored to active production, providing poi and other traditional Hawaiian foods to the local community. They also do feral animal control fencing, invasive species removal, and other related projects to protect the native forest and watershed.

Other Vacation Volunteer Opportunities

This is a list of other organizations for which you can volunteer while you're on vacation in Hawaii.




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