2019 HONOLULU Family Volunteer Day Registration and Information

All the details for our volunteer opportunities in 2019.

Photo: David Croxford

Parent-child teams working together at the 2018 HONOLULU Family Volunteer Day site at the Honolulu Zoo.

We’re so glad you would like to start the new year by giving back! 

Here are a few details about signing up for our 2019 Volunteer Day, set for Saturday, Jan. 5.

  1. We have opportunities for kids 3 years and older. Please note the age requirements for each location.
  2. Please select three opportunities in order of your preference.
  3. Space is limited for each volunteer opportunity. 
  4. There must be one adult paired with every child 7 years and younger. Kids 8 years and older can work in a team of two kids (both 8 or older) to one adult.
  5. Participants must sign a HONOLULU Family waiver form prior to the work day. We will also send families a photo release form which allows HONOLULU Family to use images of you and your children for articles and promotion of future Volunteer Days. The waiver form is required. The photo release form is optional.
  6. You must check in by the time noted. Most activities do require some orientation. 
  7. Volunteers will be notified of their assignment and sent waiver forms via email.
Here are our volunteer opportunities for 2019:

Photo: Alyson Helwagen

Volunteer work, such as painting Honolulu Theatre for Youth scenery at HONOLULU Familyʻs Volunteer Day, can teach kids (and parents) to think beyond their own needs.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Kids will be beautifying the Tenney Theatre and outside the box office area in downtown Honolulu. This will include sweeping, vacuuming and dusting inside the theater. Outside, kids may be pulling weeds, spreading mulch and doing some light grounds work to get the theater set for the new year. HTY has been one of our sites since our first volunteer day in 2016 and we always have families requesting to return!

  • Location: Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square
  • Ages: 6 years and older
  • Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Maximum Teams: 15 parent-child teams

Photo: Tyler Robinson

Working in the garden at Keiki and Plow.

Keiki and Plow

Family teams will be helping to maintain an organic farm in Hawai‘i Kai. All ages will do everything from weed pulling and planting to helping to take care of the animals. After the work, kids can play in the outdoor area or pick Read more about Keiki and Plow here.

  • Location: Keiki and Plow, 587 Pakala St. behind Kaiser High School
  • Ages: 3 years and older. 
  • Time: 8 to 11 a.m. 
  • Maximum Teams: 20 parent-child teams.

Mālama Maunalua

Keiki and parents will wade into the water of Maunalua Bay to pull out invasive algae. It starts with an introduction to the history of the bay and a lesson about the algae, then a short walk down to the beach to spot sea creatures and clear the algae. Families should bring sunscreen, clothes that can get wet, towels, hats, a change of clothes and water in a reusable container. Bring water shoes.

  • Location: Meet at Kuli‘ou‘ou Beach Park at 100 Bay St.
  • Ages: 4 years and older.
  • Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Don’t be late as you will be escorted to the beach.
  • Maximum Teams: 50 parent-child teams.

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

Getting a little muddy at the Ulupō Heiau and Lo‘i.

Ulupō Heiau and Lo‘i

Keiki will work on reclaiming and restoring both the heiau and the lo‘i with Hika‘alani and the Windward YMCA. Kids and parents will do everything from shoveling mulch, moving rocks and moving dirt with wheelbarrows to weeding the actual lo‘i. Bring a reusable water container, bug spray and sunscreen, clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. Tools and gloves will be provided but you can bring your own gloves if you prefer.

  • Location: Ulupō  Heiau and Lo‘i located just behind the Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Road, Kailua
  • Ages: All ages are welcome, however younger kids will need close adult supervision. Kids younger than 4 will not work in loi, for safety reasons.
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Maximum Teams: 60 parent-child teams.

Courtesy: Waimea Valley

Volunteers at Waimea Valley.

Waimea Valley

We’re excited to add this North Shore park to our volunteer opportunities this year. Families will be clearing weeds and invasive plants from the gardens and clearing debris around the ponds, which are home to the endangered native Hawaiian bird the ‘alae ‘ula. Wear sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, long pants, long-sleeve shirts, gloves and covered work shoes. Bring water in a reusable bottle, a change of clothes and bathing suit because after the work is done, parents and keiki are welcome to explore the valley and go swimming at the waterfall, if it is open that day. Read more about Waimea Valley here. 

  • Location: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa
  • Ages: 3 years and older.
  • Time: 9 to 11 a.m. 
  • Maximum Teams: 30 parent-child teams.

We’re sorry, registration is now closed for the 2019 Volunteer Day. Mark your calendar for the next volunteer day set for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.