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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Group at Palm Meadow

Waimea Valley welcomes individuals and groups of all sizes and abilities to volunteer and support our cultural preservation, environmental conservation, and forest restoration efforts on the North Shore of O'ahu. From kupuna (elders) to keiki (children); to private businesses, schools, civic clubs, and non-profit organizations, our volunteer opportunities are designed to inspire closer connections to our precious 'āina, and the traditional Hawaiian cultural practices that we honor and celebrate.

Please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities to determine your areas of interest.

For more information about Waimea’s volunteer program, or to become a part of our volunteer 'ohana, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (808) 638-7766 ext. 855 or via e-mail at

Download Volunteer Application here.
Download Volunteer Waiver here.


Hospitality Ambassador/Greeter

Ambassadors play a vital role at Waimea Valley. As the first and last people to welcome our guests at the main entrance, Ambassadors give a great first impression, and leave a fond, lasting impression of Waimea Valley. As an Ambassador, volunteers are provided with opportunities to continually deepen their knowledge of the cultural and environmental significance of the valley, while simultaneously strengthening their outreach and public speaking skills.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Be able to express aloha
  • Outgoing and comfortable talking to strangers
  • Familiar with botanical, cultural, and ecological highlights of Waimea Valley (helpful)
  • Understand and represent the mission of Hi'ipaka/Waimea Valley
  • Available on a long-term, weekly basis


Gardens and Horticulture

Home to over 5000 varieties of plants from throughout the globe, Waimea Valley’s botanical garden collections are legendary. The work involved in maintaining our world-class botanical gardens requires attention and care from both dedicated staff and volunteers. Responsibilities include watering, potting, preparing soils, weeding, pruning, mulching, and general plant maintenance.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Comfortable kneeling and bending
  • Comfortable lifting light to moderate objects and tools (i.e. shovel and potted plants)
  • Moderate physical fitness
  • General knowledge of gardening is helpful


Beautification Projects

Help us maintain Waimea’s grounds and facilities through projects such as painting railings, benches, picnic tables and more.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Comfortable kneeling and bending
  • Comfortable lifting light to moderate objects and tools (i.e. shovel and potted plants)
  • Moderate physical fitness


Streambed Clearing

To help ensure a clean and steady flow of water in the winter, clearing Waimea Valley’s streambeds during the dry season is critical, yet strenuous work. Keeping the Valley’s three streams – Kamananui, Elehāhā, and Kaiwikoele – clear of debris and invasive growth prevents flooding and ensure the year-round health of Waimea’s native ecosystems.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Moderate physical fitness
  • Comfortable navigating uneven terrain (i.e. streambeds)
  • Comfortable lifting moderate to heavy objects and tools (i.e. shovel and pick axe)
  • Comfortable kneeling and bending


Special Events Support

Nearly all of our special events throughout the year require the assistance and expertise of volunteers to be successful. Because most of our events take place in the evening or on weekends, special events volunteer opportunities offer flexibility in scheduling. Volunteer duties vary by event, but may include traffic control/parking, concessions, and greeting guests.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Periodic availability


Hui Hānai Āina (Help Restore Our Native Forest)

Waimea Valley's mauka (mountain) regions are undergoing an amazing amount of change. In the last 3 years, we planted nearly 20,000 native plants in our mauka restoration sites. Join our Waimea Valley and be a part of this ongoing effort to remove weeds and plant native plants. Volunteer activities include cutting down invasive weeds, planting natives, and native seed collection.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Moderate physical fitness
  • Comfortable hiking uphill, along mountain ridge


Administrative Support

Provide general administrative assistance that requires attention to detail and organization (i.e. answering phone calls, filing, computer-based tasks, and mailings).


Special Projects Support

Support special projects staff with various tasks (i.e. data collection, publicity, and outreach).

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Organizational, written and verbal skills
  • Detail oriented and committed to meeting deadlines
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable working with web and online search engines
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, and Excel


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