Kirsten WhatleyAs a writer, I realized that when you encourage people to visit a place, no matter how conscious they are, that impact on that environment adds up. Was there a way we could go beyond even the low-impact approach of ecotourism and give something back to the places we visit?

The answers to that question led me to write the book Preserving Paradise: Opportunities in Volunteering for Hawaiʻi’s Environment (Island Heritage Publishing, 2008). And I started this website—a place to find out what’s happening week-to-week with over 100 Hawaiʻi environmental volunteering programs, and how easy it is to join them.

From 2009-2011, I developed a nonprofit outreach project to further share Hawaiʻi volunteering information with 300+ industry leaders in the youth, visitor, and business sectors. 501c3 sponsorship through Tri-Isle RC&D and support from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Natural Resources Program, Atherton Family Foundation, KAHEA-Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, and several private supporters made this outreach possible.

After five years of online outreach, Preserve Hawaiʻi then began collaborating with Conservation Connections to be a sole comprehensive resource for Hawaiʻi volunteering project listings—all of Preserve Hawaiʻi’s outreach efforts have now been transferred to Conservation Connections. 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 each 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, I encourage you to go to Conservation Connections for the latest in Hawaiʻi volunteering, along with internships and research opportunities. To go to Conservation Connections, click here.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope you find just the project you’ve been looking for …

Kirsten Whatley

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia.
No task is too big when done together by all.

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