In case you’re looking for some fun and easy volunteer ideas for your Kauai vacation, we’ve wrapped up a few of our favorites here. Whether you’re going with the family, flying solo, or volunteering as a honeymooning couple, any of these could be great volunteer ideas to work into your itinerary. These were selected because they’re almost always available for visitors to jump into, require minimal time investment, and allow you to experience many of Kauai’s popular wonders including Waimea Canyon, beaches, agriculture, plants, and furry friends!
Here’s 5 Volunteer Ideas for your Kauai Vacation:
Kokee Invasive Species Eradication – Not only is seeing Waimea Canyon a MUST for any Kauai vacation, but it’s an amazing opportunity to take a guided trail hike with folks who work in the forests every day. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about native flora and fauna while helping to remove invasive plants that threaten these rare and endemic ecosystems. This kind of volunteer activity is also great way to get away from the mid-day heat, as it’s often cooler up in Kokee than it is down below!
Surfrider Beach Cleanup – Another Kauai vacation must-do is hitting the beach of course! Kauai’s beautiful beaches unfortunately get trashed (literally) on a regular basis due to loose debris from the Pacific Garbage Patch and natural disasters in Japan. Surfrider gets together several times a month to remove plastic debris and lost nets from beaches to help protect our endangered marine life and keep the beaches clean for everyone’s enjoyment. Joining them is easy, as they bring everything you need to participate. Just don’t forget your water bottle, swimsuit & sunblock for a dip after!
Malama Kauai Community Farm – Kauai’s lush rain and sunshine make for great agricultural production! Volunteering with this 8-acre community agriculture model, located in Kalihiwai Ridge, just north of Kilauea town, is a great way to get your hands dirty while helping to grow food for the community. You’ll learn about tropical plants, food production, and Kauai’s unique food sovereignty issues, and likely also take back some fruit to enjoy during your trip!
National Tropical Botanical Garden – With three beautiful botanical gardens on island, these spots are worth a stop on your Kauai vacation! Limahuli Garden and Preserve in Haena and McBryde and Allerton Garden on the south shore are all unique in their own ways. All also have their own volunteer ideas for your vacation, depending upon your interests. These opportunities include things like hands on in the garden and nursery, crafts projects, fixing things (carpentry/mechanical), office help, and more.
Kauai Humane Society – Miss your pup while you’re away? KHS’s Shelter Dog Field Trip program is a local favorite. You can “check out” a canine pal for the day and have the option to take them to several different dog-friendly parks and beaches for the day. This not only helps to get them out of the kennel for some exercise, love, and socializing, but it also allows others to see the dog is up for adoption, increasing its chance to find its forever home. Warning: you may find your new best friend in the process!
If you haven’t already, check out our list of Volunteer Opportunities on this site for many more volunteer ideas! What are your favorite volunteer ideas for someone’s Kauai vacation?