4 ways to give back on your Maui vacation

Posted by Mapuana Andrade on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 8:44am

There are many reasons why so many of Maui’s visitors return year after year — for the sandy beaches, crystal clear water, lush rainforests and picturesque landscapes. But why not spend your vacation giving back to the island that we all love so much?

Maui’s voluntourism opportunities are endless, offering visitors a chance to relax, soak in the sun’s rays and return from vacation with a feeling of fulfillment that only comes from leaving a positive impact. From beach clean-ups to invasive species removal, you can work alongside Maui locals to malama ‘aina and protect the land and sea for everyone who relies on it.

DIY beach clean-up

Photo: Dronepicr

Pick a day and clear the litter from one of your favorite beaches alongside family and friends. You can organize the outing yourself or if you plan in advance, get in touch with the Pacific Whale Foundation. The nonprofit will provide you with bags, gloves and marine debris data sheets to track what you collect.

Restore the Honokowai Valley

PHOTO: Forest and Kim Starr

Get a rare glimpse into one of Maui’s most untouched regions — the Honokowai Valley in the West Maui Mountains. With the exception of those who volunteer every week to preserve and restore the valley by removing invasive plant species, this protected area isn’t usually open to the public. Enjoy being surrounded by nature and exploring archeological sites as you learn about Hawaiian history and the land we all know and love.

Got a green thumb?

Head up the slopes of Haleakala to O’o Farms, a 8.5-acre organic farm nestled in the verdant fields near the Waipoli forest. Every Wednesday, lend a hand with farm chores and learn about sustainable farming and its critical role in Maui’s community. Gloves and gardening tools are provided.

Protect the ecosystem of Haleakala National Park

Haleakalā, rising from the sea to a 10,023 foot summit, has some of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world. Under the watch of a certified naturalist, you can set foot into the park to remove invasive plant species or work on other projects to preserve the environment. Be sure to sign up ahead of time and bring a picnic to enjoy above the clouds.

For more volunteer opportunities, please visit: pacificwhale.org/conservation/volunteer-vacation

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