Giving Back For Future Generations
I’ve always loved ecotourism, so when the term “voluntourism” started to make itself known – I was interested. Some of us love to give back to the people, land or Mother Nature herself when we travel and Hawaii has plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in discovering Hawaii in a more fundamental way.
Paepae O Heeia
The Heeia Fishpond in Oahu is an ongoing project to restore and maintain one of Hawaii’s ancient fishponds. Very unique experience that you can volunteer with or have a tour of – either way it’s a great way to really learn about Hawaii’s history from Hawaii’s people.
This unique program’s aim is to empower Hawaii’s youth through the cultivation of taro and teach them cultural Hawaiian values. Fun way to get muddy in Oahu!
Working hard in the taro fields: Be prepared to work, sweat and have the time of your life – the memories will stay with you, your family and friends for a very long time. Another great voluntour opportunity for taro picking is with Kako O Oiwi.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
HILT is a great program to look into if you’re not on Oahu. Their focus is on restoring and maintaining one of Hawaii’s most important resources: the land. Join them as they perpetuate Hawaii so that our children’s children may still call this place paradise.
This program is popular in Hawaii and has an awesome following. I highly recommend looking into this group since you’ll probably be able to participate in an activity near you.
I actually learned of 808 Cleanups from Dan at The Real Hawaii, which is just another reason why he will be so awesome for your personal and custom tour of Oahu!
From Oahu To The Big Island: Most people will end up on Oahu for their first trip to Hawaii, so if you want to try another island, this one is a lot of fun because the Big Island is completely different.
Oahu Eco-Adventure: Outside of Waikiki is a completely different world filled with hidden sights and beautiful locations.
Horseback Rides: These are always amazing. You don’t really think about riding horses in Hawaii, but with our Paniolo history (Hawaiian cowboy days), we have a ton of horse-friendly trails.
Check out more free local Hawaii tips to really make the most of your trip to Hawaii. My personal favorites are Maui’s Turtle Town, the Lanikai and Kailua Parking Secret and the ever-popular Kauai’s Tubing Tips!