Island Giving: Volunteering on Your Hawaiian Vacation 

The Hawaiian Islands offer a bounty of natural wonder unmatched anywhere else in the world. These islands have given me so many wonderful memories, that it feels good to be able to give back.  Luckily, there are several nonprofit and community organizations and programs that work hard to preserve, protect and restore the amazing natural landscapes and care for its people. Many of these organizations’ offer volunteer opportunities.  Dedicating time and effort to a volunteer activity can be a meaningful experience for visitors, connecting them to Hawaii’s land, people and culture, creating lifetime memories, and doing genuine good for our natural world. Here are just some ways you can give back while visiting these beautiful islands.
Currently, Maui presents abundant volunteer opportunities, particularly following the unfortunate loss of Lahaina town. The community has rallied to aid those in need. In addition to volunteer locations like Kipuka Olowalu, which is a nonprofit seeking to preserve Olowalu Valley, a Hawaiian cultural site on Maui’s west side. Visitors also are welcome to contribute at various locations across the island dedicated to supporting individuals affected by Lahaina’s wildfires. Opportunities range from walking dogs in shelters to distributing meals to those in need, offering numerous ways to make a positive impact in Maui. For additional information, please visit Maui Nui Strong.
Help keep one of the island’s most popular community beaches clean! Join Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park each Saturday for a volunteer beach cleanup day at Morgan’s Pond. Participants contribute to the removal of driftwood, washed-up branches, and marine debris along the shoreline, ensuring the park and beach remain safe and pristine for all. Meet up near the lifeguard tower at Morgan’s Pond, where tools, work gloves, coffee, and treats will be provided. Click here to learn more.
Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi Farms is committed to reestablishing the cultural ties between the land and the community. Volunteers are invited to participate in activities such as weeding, planting, and harvesting, focusing on the restoration of Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi’s taro terraces (lo‘i kalo) and wetlands. During these activities, volunteers have the opportunity to engage in conversations with the farm’s dedicated staff, gaining insights into the cultural and environmental significance of the Heʻeia community, which serves as the home for Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi. Learn more about the farm’s volunteer opportunities here.
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On the east side of the island, the nonprofit ‘Āina Hoʻōla Initiative provides chances for both residents and visitors to actively participate in the restoration of estuarine wetlands and fishponds in the Keaukaha area. This involves gaining insights into the unique ecosystems of the region and contributing significantly to their ongoing preservation. The fieldwork carried out during the Initiative’s volunteer days is dedicated to the restoration, protection, and promotion of the flourishing of native species. Click here for a list of upcoming volunteer days
Giving back on vacation allows travelers to make a positive impact on local communities, fostering cultural understanding and leaving a lasting, meaningful contribution beyond typical tourist experiences. Additionally, volunteering provides a sense of fulfillment, creating memorable and purposeful experiences that enhance personal growth and well-being.  I’m looking forwad to giving back on my next vacation.  How about you?
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