Posted by: preservehawaii | January 1, 2015

Conservation Connections

Preserve Hawaiʻi has transferred all online outreach to Conservation Connections, a comprehensive resource for Hawaiʻi volunteering project listings. You can search projects on the Conservation Connections site by location, date, category (mauka, makai, cultural), activity (native plantings, restoration, debris removal, etc.), keyword search, or simply check out what’s happening this week! Project sign up happens directly, online.

Since Preserve Hawaiʻi will no longer be posting volunteer opportunities through this website or our social media pages, we encourage you to go to Conservation Connections for the latest in Hawaiʻi volunteering, along with internships and research opportunities. Click here to go to Conservation Connections.

Let us know if you have any questions. And mahalo for getting involved!

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 15, 2013

Preserve Hawaiʻi Goes Social

Preserve Hawaiʻi has moved our outreach efforts to social media—you’ll find the latest volunteer projects of our partner organizations through our regular Facebook and Twitter dispatches:

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You can also find direct links to the organizations in our network on the Find Volunteer Opportunities page. And we encourage you to check out the monthly postings at our partner Malama Hawaiʻi’s website by clicking here, then on Jobs/Volunteer.

As always, please let us know if we can answer any questions about volunteering in the islands … and mahalo for getting involved!

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 1, 2013

E Komo Mai!

Volunteers with Surfrider Kauaʻi

Welcome to Preserve Hawaiʻi, a resource for environmental volunteer opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. Here you find links to over 100 organizations who work with Hawaiʻi’s land, ocean, and wildlife—and how you can help them.

For more in-depth descriptions of the projects you’ll find on this site, and to read volunteer stories from the field, check out the posts from the featured organizations below, or thumb through Preserving Paradise, the book. Or to share your own volunteer experiences, click on Share Your Story!

We all need a paradise to come home to. But we need to consider our impact on this paradise. More importantly, our responsibility to it. The volunteer opportunities found on this site are one way to begin.

Posted by: preservehawaii | September 9, 2011

Fall Volunteering Update

Here’s just a highlight of some exciting Fall volunteer happenings among the Preserve Hawaiʻi network partners throughout the islands …

A monk seal pup was recently born on the North Shore! Volunteers are needed for “pup sitting” and ongoing monitoring—ideal for students and island residents. For more info, contact at the Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team Oʻahu,

Turtles are hatching on Lahaina and Hoʻokipa beaches, and Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund is in need of volunteers to help watch over the nests—shifts are available both day and night; training is provided. For more info, contact,

Hawaiʻi Island
The Hawaiʻi Island School Garden Network has opportunities for volunteers to help with elementary school garden classes every weekday. Click on the Hawaiʻi Island calendar here——and look for HISGN postings in your area.

An easily accessible volunteer opportunity for both visitors and residents on Kauaʻi is at one of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s beautiful sites—the volunteer program is described in detail here——with workdays scheduled throughout each week.

Kupu Hawaiʻi and Americorps are giving educational awards of $1,000 to interns (age 17+) who volunteer for 300 hours in a conservation-related field. Awards can be used to pay off student loans or for further education. Learn more about the awards by clicking here, or contact

… and note that many other Fall opportunities, for both visitor and kamaʻaina, can be found on the calendar pages at

Posted by: preservehawaii | September 7, 2011

Hawai’i Magazine Feature

Preserve Hawaiʻi and 5 great environmental groups are featured in this month’s Hawaiʻi Magazine!

Click here to view the article.

Posted by: preservehawaii | July 4, 2011

New Organizations Added

We’ve just added new organizations to the Preserve Hawaiʻi network! Now over 80 environmental groups are sharing their volunteer projects here … click on the calendar pages for the most updated information.

Posted by: preservehawaii | April 13, 2011

Earth Day 2011

Volunteering at Auwahi, Maui

Earth Day is just around the corner, and there’s lots to do in Hawaiʻi … below are some highlights during the week—details of each event can be found on the respective island calendars by clicking here.

Hawaiʻi Island:
4/23—UH Hilo Earth Day Festival at Panaewa Ag Farm—food and farmers market, info booths, keiki games, entertainment—10a-6p
4/23—Kohala Watershed Partnership—native plant restoration at Puʻu Kawaiwai
4/23—Earth and Ocean Day Festival, Keahou Beach Resort—education, hands-on activities, local food, and entertainment—10a-3p

4/20—Kauaʻi Community College Earth Day Sust”aina”bility Celebration—educational booths, environmental films, panel discussions, and prizes—11a-9p
4/23—Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park—beach cleanup and malama of park structures—7:30a-12p
4/23—Surfrider Kauaʻi / Sierra Club / Malama Mahaʻulepu—cleanup of Mahaʻulepu Beach—9a

4/16—Malama ʻAina Festival at Whole Foods—features Maui nonprofits and how to join their volunteer efforts
4/23—Save Honolua Coalition / Surfrider Maui / Community Work Day—cleanup of Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point—8a-11a
4/30—East Maui Taro Festival—a celebration of taro, along with arts, crafts, local food, live music, and hula
4/26-5/1—Kipahulu ʻOhana—pre- and post- Taro Festival activities: harvesting and processing taro, preparing poi and laulau, replanting huli and open house at Kapahu Living Farm on Sunday

4/17—Hui o Koʻolaupoko—native plant workshop and planting event at Kaha Garden—8:30a-12p
4/20—Schofield Barracks Earth Day Festival—hands-on exhibits celebrating natural resources and sustainability—1p-4p
4/20-21—UH Manoa Earth Day—sustainability workshops, unplugged live performances, eco-fashion show,  a film screening of Huliau, local organic grinds
4/23—Hawaiʻi Nature Center—30th anniversary and Earth Day celebration with educational activities, live music, aerial dance, organic food, nature games and crafts—11a-3p
4/23—Windward Ahupuaʻa Alliance—Kawainui Marsh roadside cleanup, lunch, entertainment, native tree planting—7:15a-12:45p

Posted by: preservehawaii | February 21, 2011

Support Preserve Hawai’i

We’re thrilled to announce the support of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Natural Resources Program in 2011 to get the volunteering information on this website into the hands of those who’ll use it most—volunteers like you! Plus over 300 leaders in the youth and visitor industries, which includes outreach to Hawaiʻi’s public and private high schools and universities.

We’re still seeking matching funds, however, to meet the Tourism Authority’s grant requirements. Can you help by making a small donation? Any amount is appreciated, and will help ensure the continuation of Preserve Hawaiʻi’s 2011 outreach efforts, such as our new online Volunteering Calendars.

All donations are tax-deductible through our 501c3, and can be made via PayPal at the Tri-Isle RC&D website (scroll down to “Preserve Hawai’i,” then click donate).

Mahalo for everyone’s kokua. Together we can do amazing things!

Posted by: preservehawaii | January 31, 2011

Volunteer Calendars Online

Volunteer calendars are now online at—one for each main Hawaiian Island, every month of the year! Click here to view the calendars. Then simply click on a project’s listing for more details … Projects will be added regularly, so check back often for updates.

Posted by: preservehawaii | January 24, 2011

Making Connections in Conservation

KRCP volunteer Kay Koike and DLNR invasive species technician Sherri Paul

Kokeʻe Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) offers a strategy of experiential education, where volunteers learn by working side-by-side with knowledgeable field staff and passionate local residents. In this way, not only do volunteers make deep connections with the land, but with other like-minded people working to preserve and protect it.

Help become part of the solution on Kauaʻi—become an active partner with KRCP in native forest conservation. For more details about their weekly volunteer opportunities, contact or visit the KRCP website:

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