An important part of enjoying Maui – whether as a resident or visitor – is assuming the responsibility to also care for Maui. This idea is embodied in the Hawaiian concept of kuleana: if we are fortunate to enjoy Maui as our home, playground, or vacation destination, then we accept the kuleana (responsibility) to take care of the island. Whether you’re visiting for a week or a month, there are ample opportunities to get involved and give back. If you have a volunteer opportunity not listed below, please email [email protected] and we will add it to our list!
Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
A number of organizations host weekly volunteer days, making it an easy addition to your trip’s itinerary. From restoring a native Hawaiian site in the culturally significant Honokowai Valley to eradicating invasive weeds along the stunning Waihee coastline, there’s no shortage of opportunities to exercise your kuleana. In most cases, it’s best to RSVP at least 48 hours in advance with the organization.
Maui Humane Society
1350 Mehameha Loop
Pu’unene, HI 96784
Visitors can offer one of the Humane Society’s chosen ‘Beach Buddies’ a day of fun out of the shelter. Each outing will start with a brief talk about safety, what to do and where to go on the island! Sign Up Online
A truly immersive Hawaiian cultural experience, spend the day restoring historic Honokowai Valley. Confirm participation via email [email protected] or call (808) 276-5593
Monthly Volunteer Opportunities
If your vacation schedule allows, don’t miss the opportunity to join one of Maui’s monthly volunteer projects (most are hosted on Saturdays). If you’re an ocean lover, dive in with the Polanui Hiu team to participate in reef fish surveys off Lahaina, or help remove marine debris with the SHARKastics program. The Friends of Haleakala National Park also hosts multi-day service learning trips, but note that advanced sign up is required.
Lahaina Harbor or Ma’alaea Harbor. Check schedule.
Underwater reef clean ups and land based restoration projects, educational sessions and citizen science, that raise money and lend volunteer support to local non-profits. Registration for water-based clean ups is $30.
These 3-day, overnight service trips maintain backcountry cabins and restore native habitats. An incredible way to experience Haleakala!
Volunteering your time and efforts – even for a few hours – can go a long ways towards preserving Maui’s cultural and natural resources. We strongly encourage you to explore the many volunteer opportunities here on Maui. Not only will volunteering feel good, you’ll also be exposed to a special side of Maui – one that many visitors don’t get to experience.
In addition to volunteer opportunities, there are also a number of environmental events and festivals hosted throughout the year. These events are educational, interactive, and fun, and showcase the efforts of local environmental organizations. Some events also center around a service project, and all are a great way to get involved with Maui’s community.
A series of events held during Maui’s peak humpback whale season. Each occasion and activity is designed to build awareness of marine animals and their ocean habitat. Featuring engaging, fun and educational events.
Join the Maui community in an international day of marine debris removal, part of the Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris efforts. Cleanups are hosted around Maui.
You can also learn more about Hawaiian Paddle Sports’ Malama Maui giveback program. Through this initiative, we volunteer and donate to a different environmental or community organization each month. In 2016, our Malama Maui program donated over $33,000 and 550 volunteer hours to local nonprofits.