Volunteer

What better way to give back and break out of your comfort zone than by volunteering around Hawaiʻi Island.  Big Island Reviews is committed to connecting people who want to give their time and talents while making a difference within our community. We partner with local volunteers and 501(c)(3) nonprofit status organizations that have a proven track record. If you have an upcoming event or need volunteers and your organization or event aligns with our mission, Big Island Reviews would be more than happy to advertise your organization and event free of charge on this page.

1. Hope Services of Hawaiʻi – Working to help people avoid and overcome homelessness.

2. Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP – Recently retired and want to give back? This volunteer program is through the County of Hawaiʻi, you must be 55 years or older and have a genuine desire to serve! Volunteering opportunity sites include pre-schools, hospitals, nutrition sites, and non-profit agencies that support our community. For more information visit: Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP

3. 808 Clean Ups – 808 Cleanups is a 501(c)(3) environmental non-profit organization committed to restoring Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty by empowering volunteers to conduct decentralized cleanups from Mauka to Makai, responding to littering and vandalism of Hawaiʻi’s natural spaces, saving Hawaiʻi’s indigenous ecosystem through education. Download their app to connect with fellow volunteers and work as a team to make the islands of Hawaiʻi cleaner, safer and stronger! On the CREATE screen you can Log Your Data, Create a Cleanup Event, Report Something, and Request Assistance. The App is GPS enabled so everything can be documented precisely! The App also builds your own volunteer portfolio so you can track your hours, locations served and stewardship actions. Built-in event calendar and problem report searcher gives you GPS based driving directions! For more information visit: 808 Clean Ups

4. Stewardship at the Summit – Help fight back invasive species at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. If you are an island resident or just here visiting for a short time, this is a great way to give back to the National Park we all love. Enjoy the sounds of native honeycreepers as you cut back invasive ginger along the park trails and make friends with like minded people! Please be sure to bring water, rain gear, sunscreen, hat, pants, long sleeve shirt and covered shoes. Loppers and gloves are provided. For more information please visit: Stewardship at the Summit

5. American Cancer Society- Relay for life– Big Island Relay for Life is always looking for volunteers! This event occurs once a year in July, and focuses on raising money and awareness to combat cancer through the American Cancer Society. Make a difference, and help the Big Island of Hawaiʻi raise much needed funds to give back to the community and help those in need. 

6. Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island – Use your skills and experience to help change a child’s life. They are currently seeking volunteers to help with data entry, clean and minor repairs at their Clubhouse, people who are interested in enrichment activities with their members. For more information: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island

7.  Volunteer at Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site – Live in the area and want to be part of preserving this culturally significant historical site? If you have an hour a day or hours per week, any amount of time is greatly appreciated.

8. Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter– located in Kailua-Kona and Hilo, this chapter helps to raise money, put on events and much more! If you are passionate about making a difference in your community, and want to help combat Alzheimer’s on Hawaii Island then look no further.

9. Anna’s Ranch Heritage CenterTucked into the hillside of the Kohala Mountain Range is a tropical Hawaiian Ranch. It contains pristine manicured gardens filled with colorful birds of paradise, red poinsettias, and brilliant purple and white agapanthus. This is lovingly known as Anna’s Ranch. They are always looking for decent volunteers to help give guided tours of the house and grounds. See our article for more information on Anna’s Ranch Heritage Center Article.

10. East Hawaii Cultural CenterPrimarily supported by a group of devoted volunteers, East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center hosts an impressive schedule of art exhibits, performance art theater, musical performances and youth art classes focused on supporting and inspiring future artists of Hawai`i. Entrance to the gallery is free, but donations are recommended and always welcomed. Volunteer perfoming arts, giving classes, showing the art galleries, various workshops and festivles. See our article for more information on East Hawaii Cultural Center Article.

11. Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens– Always looking for people to help maintain the beautiful Japanese gardens in Hilo. This need is ongoing. Check out our article on Lili’uokalani Gardens Article.

12.‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i– Assist with giving educational lectures, talks, tours, etc. If space and science interest you, then this might be a good fit!

13.  Sunday’s Child Foundation– This special foundation has been helping at-risk youth for years. This foundation is island wide, and volunteers are needed from all over the Big Island. Show your aloha and help! The youth are aged 6 – 17 years old. If interested call 887-375-9191.

14. The Pregnancy center- Located in Kailua-Kona but servicing the whole island this center needs volunteers to help with many tasks. This center is dedicated to helping assist preganant women, giving free preganancy testing and ultra sounds. Call 808-326-2060 if interested in volunteering.

15. Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii– This society helps visitors that experience disaster or misfortune while on island. This is island wide, and training is provided for all new volunteers. If interested call 808-756-0785 (Kona) or 808-756-1472 (Hilo).

16.  North Kohala Community Resource Center– located in Hawi. This welcome center needs volunteers to greet both visitors and residents to North Kohala. If interested call 808-889-5523.

17. Hawaii Literacy at Kona Literacy Center- provide tutoring to english-speaking adults. If interested call 808-329-1180 (Lisa Jacob), or go to Kona Literacy Center- National Literacy Directory

18. Hawaii Island Humane SocietyWhen you join the Hawai’i Island Humane Society’s ‘Ohana, you are joining a community of volunteers and staff committed to providing a progressive and fear-free approach of care and love to all our shelter guests. Volunteers are a valuable and essential asset to our organization, and to the many animals in our shelters that need loving homes. We cannot do the work we do, without people like you! If interested, please visit: Hawaii Island Humane Society

19. Hawaii Wildlife Center– Providing emergency response, medical and rehabilitative care for native birds and bats statewide, alongside conservation programs that aim to create a community where native wildlife thrive. If interested, please visit: Hawaii Wildlife Center

20. Kona Historical SocietyThe Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate with the only permanent National Endowment for Humanities exhibits in Hawaii – the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook. The Society collects, preserves and shares the history of the Kona Districts and their larger context in the history of Hawaii. If interested, please visit: Kona Historical Society Volunteer Page

21. Hawaii Island HIV/ AIDS Foundation– The Hawaii island HIV/AIDS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting those affected by HIV/AIDS to maximize their quality of life, and to ending the spread of HIV. We also utilize the lessons learned in the HIV epidemic to care and advocate for others in the fight against related diseases. If interested, please visit: Hawaii Island HIV/ AIDS Foundation