There's no place on earth like Hawaii. A natural beauty that welcomes every visitor with a warm sea breeze and faint floral scent. You'll find yourself being renewed and energized by the natural beauty of the islands. But will the natural beauty last? What are we doing today to keep the scenic vistas for our children and grandchildren? Whether you live on the island or just want to add some volunteering to your next vacation, here are some volunteering opportunities that will help you keep the Hawaiian Islands beautiful.
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The Surfrider Foundation dedicates itself to the protection of the oceans, beaches and waves. A nonprofit environmental organization that gets together every month to help keep Kauai's coasts clean and beautiful with the help of beach cleanups, the Surfrider Net Patrol, and the Blue Water Task Force. Usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning, for more information visit their home page or contact Sheri Saari by email or calling (808) 652-4648.
The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park are dedicated to the building and maintenance of the Kamalani Playground. Families can volunteer together and help keep the facilities up and running. Expansions need to be designed, funds need to be raised, and volunteers are always needed to help keep the playground clean. The first Saturday of the month from 8:30 am to 11:00 am is when the Lydgate Park clean up takes place near the life guard's tower.
The NOAA Monk Seal Response Team is always on the lookout for volunteers looking to be more involved in keeping these marine animals protected. The next semi-annual Hawaiian Monk Seal Count will take place in October and you can visit MonkSeal.org for more information as it comes available. If you're ready to sign up today, please visit their website. Volunteers man the desks and take care of administrative tasks as well as reach the public and protect the seal protection zones. This would be something probably better for a resident of Kauaii.
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Maui Coastal Land Trust works to connect government agencies with private landowners and community groups in an effort to “protect Maui shorelines forever.” The Waihe`e Refuge welcomes volunteers every Friday and the third Saturday of every month, 8:00 am to 12 noon. Call the office at (808) 244-5263 for directions.
The East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) is a no-kill rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals. EMAR is licensed to help rehabilitate threatened and endangered animals through the State and Federal Department of Fish and Wildlife. Entirely run by volunteers, the East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) needs your help. If you're a resident of Maui and love animals this can be a great place to volunteer. Everything from fundraising to building and repair work to sitting at community tables; there is something for everyone to do. You can contact them by email or by calling (808) 572-8308.
Established in 2002, the mission of the Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. (MCL) is to stabilize, protect and restore Hawaiian cultural resources. A grassroots land trust organization that meets every Saturday the Maui Cultural Lands needs the support of volunteers for the work needed to maintain the Honokowai valley. You'll want to meet at the Pu'ukoli'i "Sugar Cane Train" Station parking lot. Groups and families are welcome. Please call (808) 572-8085 or email to get more details.
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Based on a philosophy to help build self-sufficiency for the World's nations, Ka Honua Momona is developing Indigenous education systems by connecting traditional knowledge with the technology of the modern world.
“Never doubt, that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade (Ka Honua Momona)
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Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, the Bishop Museum was created with the purpose of housing his late wife's extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts. The last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop had an wide-ranging collection of royal family heirlooms in addition to the many Hawaiian artifacts. Many volunteer opportunities are available in the three separate buildings at the Bishop Museum.
With a preference of volunteers making a commitment of one 4-hour shift per week, the Bishop Museum would be a wonderful volunteer opportunity for Oahu residents who love the rich cultural heritage of the Hawaiian Islands. You need to be 18 or older and pass a background check.
Remember this is Hawaii and the sun will probably be out. You'll want to wear protective shoes, sunscreen and even a hat. If you didn't find something on the island you are looking for, PreserveHawaii.org has over 60 links to organizations dedicated to short-term environmental opportunities.