Get Your Hands DirtyMaui

Help the ‘aina (land) on your trip to Maui by taking part in a volunteer project. “VOLUNTOURISM,” a term coined for when tourists take time to give back to the place they’re visiting, has been increasing in popularity, and Maui is a great place to pitch in. On these projects, visitors not only get to help out, they also learn about native plants, Hawaiian culture, the marine environment and aloha spirit.

Be prepared by having a water bottle, bug repellent, sunscreen and the right clothes (possibly long-sleeve shirts or boots) at the ready, depending on what the organization suggests.

The PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION has a variety of volunteer opportunities, including a simple BEACH CLEANUP (kits provided) and pairings with organizations such as O‘O FARM or MALAMA HONOKOWAI for LAND RESTORATION PROJECTS.

Visit the Pacific Whale Foundation’s website ( or to learn about opportunities and organizations they partner with.

MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY also offers visitors the chance to lend a “helping paw” to a good cause through its “HELPING PAWS” VISITOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. The program helps homeless animals socialize through activities such as walking dogs, bathing puppies, brushing cats or playing with kittens.

For more information, contact, or visit

Pacific Whale Foundation (808) 856-8375