To receive information regarding volunteer opportunities at Hakalau Forest NWR and open dates for group service trips, please contact the refuge directly at:
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
60 Nowelo Street, Suite 100
Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 443-2300
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is a 90+ minute drive in a 4x4 vehicle from Hilo or Kona. A volunteer service trip to the refuge generally requires complex logistics, overnight stays and on-site supervision by refuge staff so most service trips involve a group of 5-12 individuals and months of planning.
Periodically, Friends of Hakalau Forest (FOHF) will organize and lead volunteer service trips that help fulfill the mission and goals of Hakalau Forest NWR. FOHF members are notified of these trips through the FOHF newsletter and the trips are publicized on this website under the “Events” tab. FOHF members are generally given preference for the 5-12 slots on these trips. If you are not currently a member and want to participate on a trip, please join FOHF by downloading a membership form and mailling us a check. As the dates draw near, FOHF trips are opened to non-members if empty slots still exist. Non-members who wish to be placed on a waitlist for these slots may contact us (subject: “Volunteer Service Trips”) with your name and contact information.
Friends of Hakalau Forest service trips to the refuge can involve planting native trees, working in the native plant greenhouse, maintaining the volunteer cabin, painting structures, guiding Refuge Open House visitors, etc. For off-refuge volunteer opportunities with FOHF such as staffing tables at environmental fairs, working on promotional posters, selling FOHF T-shirts or managing and tracking membership, please contact FOHF for information. List your area(s) of interest, training & previous experience. There’s more work than hands to do the work so let us know if would like to join Friends of Hakalau Forest and get involved.