Updated: Oct 1
If you are looking to give back to Kauai while you are here, some of the amazing companies have volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We will be posting opportunities as they become available.
NTGB: Allertons and McBrydes Gardens
National Botanical Gardens is not only one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, but also scientific research and conservation is so important to the world.... yes world! Did you know that at Mcbryde's Garden nursey there is over 350,000 different types of seedlings? Basically, if the apocalypse happened or an asteroid struck destroying the surface, this single garden has the ability to re-populate the entire world. Pretty cool huh? Want to be a part of something so awesome? Perfect! They are always looking for donations and volunteers (even ones you can do from home!). For more information on how to help You searched for volunteer - National Tropical Botanical Garden (ntbg.org)
Kauai Humane Society
Are you an animal lover? I know just the place for you... Kauai Humane Society! With several opportunities including animal care, adopt a pet program and other services (including ones from home) crucial to the program they need your help. Animals that have been fostered (even for a short time) are far more likely to find their forever homes. Missing your furry friends at home? Find out how you can be of service at Volunteer Opportunities - Kaua’i Humane Society (kauaihumane.org)
Lawai International Center- Community Caring Days
Lawai International Center home of the 88 shrines in the healing valley of Lawai, is sparkling from the caring hands of helpful volunteers. Please join us as we nurture the grounds and plant orchids together on every first Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Lunches made by the aunties of Lawai will be served. They have tools for those who cannot bring their own. If want to join them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call (808) 639-1718.
2022 Dates: 9/3/22, 10/1/22, 11/5/22, 12/3/22
2023 Dates: 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
Habitat for Humanity
Let's face it Kauai is the most expensive island in the Hawaiian island chain. As a result, many of our people who grew up on the island are priced out of our childhood homes. This greatly helps local families build their forever home. Volunteer opportunities range from actual building to sending out mail/emails. All skill levels welcomed and greatly appreciated. Helping women and veterans build, youth programs and home preservation. For more information, please contact (808) 335-0296 or email email@example.com.
Monk Seal Monitoring
The Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered species in the world. Threats include food limitation, sharks, entanglement, male seal aggression, habitat loss, fishery interactions, disease and contaminations, human interactions, and intentional killings.
As a rule of thumb (literally), if you make a thumbs up and stick your arm straight out then keep backing away until your thumb covers the whole seals, you're at the right distance (about 50 feet between you and the seal).
Reference: Hawaiian Monk Seal | NOAA Fisheries
If you are here for an extended vacation and enjoy the sun, the beach and Hawaiian monk seals, and you are willing to periodically donate a few hours of your time to post signs and interact with curious onlookers, we are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping monitor and protect Hawaiian monk seals on Kaua’i, please call 808-651-7668.
Malama na Honu- Monitoring our turtles
Quick Hawaiian vocabulary lesson:
Malama - to take care/ respect.
Honu- the Hawaiian green sea turtle.
Malama na Honu- to care for our turtles.
And yes, we need your help with educating people about these amazing, endangered turtles. The mission is "to protect through education, public awareness and conservation, all in the Spirit of Aloha". Thanks to groups like this, the turtles are returning to the beaches to sleep. They are not getting unnecessarily sick (the oil on our skin gives these turtles tumors), and everyone can enjoy them.
If you are interested in volunteering to count and educate others, please contact Debbie Herrera at 808-388-9778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have the time or are not here but would like to help, they also accept donations.