Building Your O‘ahu Bookings: Creative Ideas for Travel Professionals
Voluntourism on O‘ahu Beach and Ocean Oriented Volunteer Opportunities
Giving Back While Vacationing in The Heart of Hawai‘i
Volunteering on vacation enables travelers to make a deeper connection with a
destination. On O‘ahu, non-profits dedicated to the responsible stewardship of
Hawai‘i’s natural resources welcome visiting volunteers.
“The concepts of mälama ‘äina, caring for the land, and mälama kai, caring for the
sea, are important Hawaiian values,” explains Stacey Martin Alford, director of travel
industry sales at O‘ahu Visitors Bureau. “In pre-contact times, Hawaiians lived with-
in self-sustaining mountain-to-sea land divisions called ahupua‘a. Isolated from the
rest of the world, the land and ocean provided everything Hawaiians needed. Today,
visitors can volunteer in efforts designed to protect and preserve these vital
Discover beach and ocean volunteer opportunities that will appeal to a wide variety
of clients—outdoor enthusiasts, families, leisure groups, and environmentally
minded travelers—who want to make a difference.
Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District is renowned for the clear,
turquoise waters teeming with marine life and the pristine white sand beach. The
Hanauma Bay Education Program ( hbep.seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/volunteer-
program) administered by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program,
welcomes visitors who would like to spend a half-day helping with park landscap-
ing, native plant garden maintenance, and beach clean ups. Friends of Hanauma
Bay ( friendsofhanaumabay.org) sponsors quarterly community clean ups of
the beach and grounds that prevent waste from being washed into the bay and
impacting the coral reef system.
Surfrider Foundation ( oahu.surfrider.org) is committed to the protection and
enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. The O‘ahu chapter’s mission
is to improve water quality, maintain beach and ocean access, and assure responsible
development. Visitors can join monthly Saturday beach and coastline cleans ups and
should bring reusable water bottles, sun block, and flip-flops.
AccesSurf Hawai‘i ( accessurf.org) enables people with mental and physical disabili-
ties to enjoy the beach and ocean by providing adaptive surfing instruction, adaptive
equipment, and therapeutic educational programs. Volunteers are welcome to help
out during AccesSurf’s Day at the Beach, the first Saturday of every month. All
volunteers attend a training session the preceding Wednesday and spend the
following Saturday helping with setting up tents, adaptive equipment, and the
access path; assisting people in and out of the water; and food preparation/serving.
Wild Dolphin Foundation – Guests on Wild Side Specialty Tours’
( sailhawaii.com) whale watching, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins adven-
tures can support wildlife conservation efforts. The cruises serve as a platform for
Wild Dolphin Foundation ( wilddolphin.org), a non-profit focused on tracking and
cataloging the abundance and distribution of dolphins, whales, and turtles around
O‘ahu through photography and video. Guest on board the day cruises can assist the
crew in these activities. Wild Side also offers multi-day overnight charters during
which the crew and guests are involved in reef surveys, reef and ocean cleaning, and
marine life photography and videography.
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