Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

This is a unique chance to be a part of our Waimea Valley Volunteers Team and help to care for our sacred valley. You will be going on an exclusive hike up to the central ridgeline called kalāhe‘e and you will spend the day helping with our conservation projects. An RSVP is required.

Work goes from 9am to 3pm and can include: Native Planting as well as Invasive species control. 

*** Please realize that when you sign up, you are committing to the entire time specified above. We do not have staff to hike down early with volunteers and you cannot hike down by yourself***


Meet at Waimea Valley Botanical Office and be ready to leave for the hike at 9am

59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.

Haleiwa HI 96712


Location Details:

When you arrive at the Valley entrance road, go mauka (towards the mountains) and park in any of the regular parking lots. Then continue walking mauka from there to the Botanical office. It will be up the road to the left of the Visitor center. If you see a sign that says endangered species 'alae ula crossing keep going up that way. If you are having trouble finding your way, go to the front desk in the visitor center, let them know you are here to volunteer and ask to be directed towards the botanical offices, they can help you.



This is a conservation work day, aimed at restoring and protecting the native forest habitat. We shall be hiking up onto Kalāhe`e Ridge, to plant native Hawaiian plants, remove invasive species and participate in other conservation projects. It is a moderate hike up to the site (takes about 45 minutes).

** We will provide all tools, but you are welcome to bring personal gloves**


How Many:

We are looking for a maximum of 20-30 people for any given date.

 RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.


 What Age:

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend, but any volunteers under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian go with them to volunteer.


What to bring:

Water (at least 2 liters) (REQUIRED)



Rain gear

Insect repellent (mostly for the hike)

Close toed Shoes (REQUIRED)

Sun screen


Long pants

Long sleeved shirt

A face mask

Safe Access Oahu Documentation (see below for details)

A Positive Attitude!



The terrain is easy to moderate for Kalahe`e Ridge.  

** There is very little shade on the ridge and it can get quite hot!! Be prepared!**


***To RSVP: Please email or call (808)638-5855 ***

**Also, please specify which date you plan on volunteering**

To keep in line with the state guidelines regarding Covid, there are a few rules and systems in place for the volunteer events. The rules include things like maintaining social distancing, wearing masks in the visitors center and all indoor areas, proper sanitizing, and limiting group size. We follow these to protect everyone who visits or works here. We want to do our part to keep the case load in Hawaii low and keep our loved ones safe. Due to the major statewide spike in cases of the delta variant, we have introduced a new volunteer requirement effective as of October 1st 2021. We now require all participants 12 and older who will be volunteering at Waimea (both as individuals and in groups) to show either a negative Covid test from the past 48 hours or proof of vaccination. We are doing this to work with the Oahu Safe Access program (details here: ). The documentation will need to be shown to me on the day of the event and I will check off each person. There is an exception for participants under 12 years of age, but no other exceptions can be made. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but it is all part of the efforts being made by our management to reduce the risks faced by our staff, visitors, volunteers and local community, so we truly appreciate you doing your part to support this system. We will be sure to inform participants of any further changes and make sure that these rules are simple and relatively easy to follow.

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