Hui Hānai Āina (Help Restore Our Native Land)
In an effort to assist the native forests on the ridges and slopes of Waimea Valley, the Conservation team and volunteers have been clearing invasive plants and planting tens of thousands of native Hawaiian plants. Several areas with lama, wiliwili, koa, ‘ohi‘a lehua, and alahe‘e have been identified as key restoration sites. Restoring the upland forests is known to enhance the watershed and therefore improve the water quality and quantity for the Valley.
We are asking for your kokua (help) in restoring our forests by coming out to volunteer on Forest Restoration Work Days. Please read the following FAQs before submitting your RSVP to attend Hānai 'Aina. RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. You will be emailed back with a confirmation. Dates are posted on the homepage informational flyer. Dates vary month to month. Please realize that you are committing to the entire time from 9am to 3 pm. Unfortunately, we are not staffed to hike down earlier with individuals.
For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808)638-5855.
What will we be doing?
You will be assisting the Conservation team in native Hawaiian planting and invasive species control.
Where do we meet?
Waimea Valley Botanical Office at 9 am
59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa HI 96712
Where should I park?
Please park at the main guest parking lot and walk to the Botanical Office located past the Visitor Center parking lot. Parking is free.
Do I need to fill out any volunteer paperwork?
Yes, please remember to bring your signed waiver and application if this is your first time volunteering with Waimea Valley. If you are under 18 you will need the waiver and application signed by a parent or guardian. You can access and download PDF forms here
RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND
What are the maximum volunteers per date?
We are looking for up to 10 people for each date (ages 12 and up).
Where do I RSVP?
You can RSVP with Waimea Valley’s Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or call (808)638-5855. Be sure to please specify the date you would like to volunteer. RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND
How do we get to the ridge?
You will be meeting at the Botanical Office with the Conservation team and hiking with your belongings up to the ridge. The terrain is easy to moderate for Kalahe`e Ridge (45 minutes) while the truck carries some people and all of the tools, plants, and equipment.
What should I bring to be prepared for the hike and workday?
The items below are highly suggested to keep you hydrated and work-ready throughout the whole workday. There is very little shade on the ridge and it can get quite hot!
Water (at least 2 liters) (REQUIRED)
Close-toed shoes (REQUIRED)
Rain gear (if you have)
Insect repellent (just for the hike or ride up)
And most importantly a positive attitude
Is there any charge to attend volunteer day?
No, this is a free event but RSVP IS REQUIRED
For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 638-5855.
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