If you’re looking for some interesting and fun community service projects on Kauai, look no further! Volunteering on vacation while you’re visiting the garden island is a great way to get to know the local community. Take a break from the usual touristy pursuits and discover more.
Here are a few of our favorite community service projects on Kauai:
Surfrider (across Kauai): Kauai afternoon can get hot, so of course volunteering while getting to cruise at the beach is one of our favorite community service projects on island! The folks at Surfrider work hard to schedule regular beach cleanups and net patrols across Kauai, from the north to the west. You’ll typically spend 2 to 4 hours picking up microplastics or freeing tangled fishing nets from our shores while enjoying great conversation. Visit Kauai.Surfrider.org for more info and schedule.
Village Harvest (across Kauai): This gleaning program utilizes volunteers to harvest, clean, and deliver fresh produce to those who need it most at schools and food pantries, thanks to generous farms, orchards, and homeowners who don’t want to see their excess go to waste. Aside from learning about agriculture and spending time in beautiful orchards, this can be one of the most fruitful community service projects on island, as all volunteers are welcome to take some fruit home for their hard work! Sign up to join a glean on their site.
Hui Maka’ainana o Makana (Haena): This hui (group) was formed in 1998 by key members of the native community in Haena to restore Hawaiian values and stewardship practices, and have since built beautiful and life-sustaining lo`i (taro ponds), and worked to restore the abundance of the fisheries in the area. Talking story and pulling weeds while calf-deep in mud with Uncle Presley and friends is an enriching experience. Visit their Facebook Page for upcoming event info.
National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kalaheo): NTBG’s Nursery Manager, Ashly Trask, is a wealth of knowledge on endangered plants and a true joy to work with! Their busy nursery is home to some of the world’s most rare plant species, and you’ll get to learn best practices in nursery care while seeing some truly amazing plants in real life! Volunteers are scheduled M-F during the daytime. You can sign up here using their form.
Mālama Hulē‘ia (Lihue): Dedicated to improving key parts of the Nawiliwili Bay Watershed on Kauai, they’re eliminating an alien and highly invasive plant species – red mangrove. The mangrove is attacking some of our most valuable assets in the watershed, changing native wildlife habitats in and along the Hulē‘ia River and destroying the Alekoko Fish Pond. The typically have regularly scheduled community service projects each month, but also schedule special times for groups. Find their schedule and contact on their website.
That’s it – 5 awesome community service projects on Kauai! We hope you’ll make time to give back and explore the island from an entirely different perspective on your next visit. We also have a more comprehensive list of community service projects on Kauai on our Volunteer Opportunities page. Happy vacationing!