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Maui Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service

It is often said that volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. Likewise, by choosing to volunteer on Maui, you’ll reap invaluable memories and that warm, fuzzy feeling of giving back. So if you’re a visitor and you want to do something fun (without emptying your wallet) or you’re a resident and you find yourself complaining that there’s nothing to do, consider these awesome volunteer opportunities that allow you to explore Maui and learn about the local environment and culture, all while leaving the island better than you found it.

Blue`Aina Reef Cleanup

Trilogy Excursions and The Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to malama (take care of, preserve, protect) Maui’s reefs, picking up trash found along the beach and in the ocean at distressed popular surf spots on Maui’s west and south shores. Cleanups are scheduled once a month from 9am – 12pm with lunch and refreshments provided. A $25 donation is requested, which will be given to a nonprofit such as Maui Forest Bird Recovery Program or Project S.E.A. Link.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Colocasia Esculenta

Don’t expect to see large amounts of showy tropical flowers that many associate with the islands here. The beauty of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a little more subtle. The 7-acre garden specializes in Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as water conservation, and true appreciation comes when you take the time to learn how the Hawaiians used these plants for medicine, building, clothing, art, etc. If you love nature, MNBG could use your help. Their Weed and Pot Club meets every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30am to weed the garden and pot new plants in the nursery.

Friends of Haleakala

Haleakala Crater

Your time on Maui is not complete without a trip to Haleakalā National Park. While probably best known for its amazing view of the sunrise, the park is split into two sections, the summit area and the Kipahulu section, and encompasses over 33,000 acres including 24,719 acres of protected wilderness. If you’re the adventurous type, sign up for one of the monthly 3-day service trips, where you will backpack into the crater to help with native planting, invasive species removal, or cabin maintenance. Participants will need to bring a variety of supplies, but volunteers stay in the cabins for free (except for Service/Learning trips to Paliku which is $15).

Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation VolunteerWant to give back but can’t find anything that fits into your busy schedule? Pacific Whale Foundation has made it easy with their Volunteering on Vacation program. Locations range from archaeological sites of old Hawaii to some of Maui’s last sand dunes. With several ongoing activities to choose from, Pacific Whale Foundation even offers a free tote bag for three hours of volunteer work.

Maui Car Rental Shares Adopted Highway

Community Service
Meet our current Highway Beautification Specialist taking a quick break before hitting the highway again.

Meet our current Highway Beautification Specialist taking a quick break before hitting the highway again.

I’m sure you’ve seen white road signs around Maui with blue lettering saying Adopt A Highway. Since 1993 Kihei Rent A Car has been the proud adopter of the last mile of Mokulele Highway before you enter Kihei and the first mile as you leave Kihei.

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation describes this awesome program as “a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along Hawaii’s State highways. It’s a way for environmentally conscious citizens to make a contribution to a cleaner State. In addition to a cleaner roadside, participants help to prevent pollutants from entering our storm drains, streams, and the ocean.”

Adopt-A-Highway groups agree to:

*Adopt a 2 mile portion of state highway for a minimum of 2 years.

*Pick up litter on that highway at lest 4 times per year.

Kihei Rent A Car has cleaned their section weekly for twenty years! Our valuable volunteers, employees, friends and parents of employees, car rental customers, and past employees have worked tirelessly to keep this busy and oftentimes very littered section of the highway clean and beautiful.

Now Kihei Rent A Car is sharing the road – literally. Couch Movers recently contacted us to see if they can help with this huge responsibility. Of course they can! They will now be partners with Kihei Rent A Car to keep a two mile section along Mokulele Highway clean and beautiful. This new partnership is a perfect example that the Adopt-A-Highway program provides a great opportunity to promote civic responsibility, community pride, and camaraderie within AND BETWEEN organizations. We look forward to many years of co-cleaning with our Highway Beautification partner!

More information about this program is available online at:

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