We are starting an on-going series, Budget Volunteer Vacations, which will spotlight low cost volunteer travels to various destinations around the world. These trips are generally no frills and you will have to pay for airfare to get there. Meals and lodging are often included at no cost or for a minimal cost of $100-$200. Volunteer services range from community development to conservation to working with children. These trips are also great add-ons to your vacations.
Are you looking to take a volunteer vacation in Hawaii? There aren’t many, but we’ve found one great opportunity!
A volunteer trip to Kahoolawe, a small and remote island off the south coast of Maui, is “like an ultimate eco-adventure, combining gorgeous scenery, reciprocal environmental work and cultural immersion,” described the Maui News. The trip is offered by Protect Kahoolawe Ohana and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.
The US Navy used Kahoolawe as a testing ground and bombing range in the 1960’s. In 2003, the US Navy turned over access and control of Kahoolawe to the state of Hawaii. Kahoolawe had lost most of its vegetation and had significant erosion issues. The Kahoolawe Restoration project involves planting native flora, removing invasive species, controlling erosion, and establishing water resources.
Four day volunteer programs are offered throughout the year. The cost is $100, which includes transportation from Maui to Kahoolawe, meals, free cultural and history lessons, beautiful views, and a great feeling of having helped Kahoolawe. You will be camping on this vacation! For more details on this volunteer vacation opportunity, click on the links below: