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KIRC Volunteer Orientation Information

KIRC Volunteer Orientation


Volunteer List from October 2017 through December 2018
Volunteer List from June 2015 through September 2017
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 volunteer your time with the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission. Recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic KIRC has had to reduce volunteer group sizes in addition to temporarily halting volunteer trips. Once trips resume, the KIRC can safely facilitate two volunteer groups per month consisting of 5-8 participants on average. It is a four-day commitment that consists of working towards our grant deliverables and restoration projects in a remote environment with often rugged conditions.

There is always a possibility that volunteers must swim on and off the island from our vessel if surf conditions does not allow for a beach landing. In addition, the channel crossing is 1-hour on a fair-weather day, and 3-4 hours in non-favorable conditions. $200.00 access fee is required per person which includes transportation to and from Maui. All participants must attend a mandatory 1-hour orientation.

With the numerous inquiries we receive, KIRC is unable to accommodate the many individual requests to volunteer physically on Kahoʿolawe island. We are currently focusing on working with groups that are affiliated with programs or organizations that have a point of contact/leader that can meet the requirements of KIRC and assume responsibility for all participants. There are many other ways to be of service to the restoration and perpetuation of Kanaloa, one way is to understand the unique history, current projects and cultural significance of the island. Please explore our website and the links below.

*Please note that this would be a volunteer work access. Conditions on Kahoʻolawe are often arid and extreme. Work days are long and sometimes harsh and potentially dangerous, as we will be engaged in work outdoors and exposed to the elements. The scope of volunteer work may include planting a variety of native plants, weeding and removing invasive species, mitigating erosion, performing maintenance at base camp, aiding in meal preparation, cooking and kitchen duties, as well as a range of other tasks to be determined by the KIRC staff.