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KIRC Volunteer Orientation Information

KIRC Volunteer Orientation


Volunteer List from January 2015 through May 2015
Volunteer List from September 2013 through December 2014
Volunteer List from January through August 2013


Mahalo for your desire to support the KIRC's mission to undertake the restoration of Kahoʻolawe and its surrounding waters. There are a limited number of volunteer accesses scheduled each year. Each volunteer access is limited to number of participants and scheduled from Tuesday through Friday only. Access permit fees for 2015 is $200/person. KIRC provides transportation to Kahoʻolawe from Maui. Transportation is via the KIRC's landing craft, the ʻŌhua, which is housed in Kihei. Lodging and meals while on Kahoʻolawe are provided. Please read the volunteer access forms above for additional information.

Due to the uncertainty of continued funding through the State of Hawaiʻi, we have begun a waitlist for volunteers interested in accessing Kahoʻolawe. To be added to the waitlist, please email the following information to volunteer@kirc.hawaii.gov: Full name, contact number, email address, # of people in your party and areas of expertise/interest. Or you may use the Google Form below to submit your request.


Developed through a 2015 grant partnership with the County of Maui Product Enrichment Program (CPEP), new opportunities are available at our Kihei, Maui Boat House property — the future site of the Kahoʻolawe Education and Operations Center — to Hōʻola iā (revitalize) Kahoʻolawe! Pick a date and email kmchugh@kirc.hawaii.gov to confirm your participation.

Kākoʻo Iā Kahoʻolawe Work Days

Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, 2015

Make an active contribution to the restoration of Kahoʻolawe by working on the walking trail and native plant nursery to propagate plants for Kahoʻolawe. Complimentary lunch is included for volunteers as program experts share knowledge of Kahoʻolawe restoration techniques and Hawaiian history. (8 AM - 12 PM)

Mahinaʻai Nights

May 9, Jun 2, Jul 31, Aug 29, Sep 27, Oct 27, Nov 25, 2015

Join a torch lit guided tour of our walking trail while learning about Kahoʻolawe. Then, gather in the KIRC's Kalamalama traditional hale, where historical artifacts from Kahoʻolawe will be on display, to enjoy live entertainment provided by University of Hawaiʻi Maui College's Institute of Hawaiian Music. Vendors will be on site to provide non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers for purchase. (6 - 8 PM)