Make a Difference on Your Vacation!

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.

DayEventWhenWhereWhy Participate
Hoaloha ‘Aina
(South Maui Volunteers)
7:30 – 9:30amKihei

(Check website for specific location)

Help restore South Maui’s coastal dunes, maintain trails, and remove invasive species.
Wednesday Volunteer Farm Day (O‘o Farm)8:45 – 11:45amUpcountry

O’o Farm
Waipoli Road
Kula, HI 96790

Go behind the scenes and get your hands dirty at this organic farm in Upcountry Maui. RSVP (808) 249-8811
Wednesday Maui Nui Botanical Garden Weed and Pot Club8:30am – 10:30am 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului,
right across from the War Memorial Stadium.
Spend your morning helping the Gardens thrive through weeding and propaga-tion. Come prepared to work with covered shoes and gardening attire.
Wednesday and Friday Beach Buddies Visitor Program 11am – 4pm 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

Thursday Community Farm Day (La‘a Kea Farm)10am – NoonNorth Shore/Paia

La’a Kea Farm
639 Baldwin Avenue
Paia, HI 96779

Learn tropical organic farming practices on Maui’s famed North Shore. RSVP 24 hours in advance to [email protected]
Friday Environmental Volunteer Days (Hawaiian Islands Land Trust)8am – NoonCentral Maui

Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands
155 Halewaiu Road
Wailuku, HI 96793

Help restore native coastal wetlands along one of Maui’s last undeveloped coastlines.
SaturdayMalama Honokowai Restoration (Maui Cultural Lands)9am – 5pmWest Maui/Lahaina

Meet at the Pu’ukoli’i “Sugar Cane Train” Station Lahaina

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.

DayEventWhenWhereWhy Participate
1st Saturday of the Month
Coral Reef Fish Surveys
(Polanui Hiu)
9am – NoonLahaina

393 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Dive in and support community coral reef management with the team at Polanui Hiu in Lahaina. For more info, email [email protected]
1st Saturday of the Month Haleakala National Park Volunteer Trip7:30am – 1:30pmMeet in Maalaea at 7am

Pacific Whale Foundation Store
300 Maalaea Rd
Wailuku, HI 96793

Help remove invasive species, clean up rubbish, and take part in other important volunteer activities to support a healthy park ecosystem.
1st Sunday of the Month Blue’Aina Reef Clean up
9am – 3pmLahaina 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.
3rd Saturday of the Month Beach Cleanup (Surfrider Maui Chapter)9am – Noon Location Varies
(View 2017 beach cleanup schedule)
Surfrider Maui tackles the issue of marine debris each month at a different beach. Join the team and help clean Maui’s beautiful beaches!
4th Saturday of the MonthKaehu Beach Cleanup (SHARKastics)9am – NoonCentral Maui

Kukona Place
Wailuku, HI 96793

(Drive to end of road and through gate)

Remove rubbish from the Maui coastline, and help fill a 40-ft container full of ocean nets and hard plastics to be recycled into Adidas tennis shoes!
VariesHaleakala National Park Monthly Service Trips (Friends of Haleakala) TBDHaleakala National ParkThese 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.

Special Events

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.

DayEventWhenWhereWhy Participate
February 10 – 24
Maui Whale Festival9am – 6pmKihei

Kalama Park

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.
February 16 – 19 Whale TalesVariesThe Ritz Carlton Kapalua

The Hyatt Regency

A weekend featuring top whale researchers, photographers, and filmmakers.Event supports Whale Trust Maui, a whale research & education nonprofit.
$20 suggested donation
March 10 – 11 Whale and Ocean Arts Festival9am – 5pmLahaina

Banyan Tree Park (Front Street)

Located in the heart of Lahaina Town, celebrate humpback whales with art, music, and local environmental & whale research organizations. FREE admission
April 22Earth Day Festival10am – 6pmKahului

Keopuolani Park Amphitheater

Celebrate Maui’s annual Earth Day Festival with environmental organizations, activities, live music, and food vendors.
$8 admission (kids free)
June 16International Surfing Day Celebration9am – 12pmTBDEnjoy a beach side celebration of surfing with Maui’s local Surfrider chapter. Includes a community beach cleanup and (of course) surfing!
TBDInternational Coastal Cleanup TBDTBDJoin 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.