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Volunteer on Kauaʻi


Without the experience, dedication and generosity of our volunteers the sanctuary would not be able to successfully provide the local community and visitors alike with valuable marine resource education and outreach information. 

The greatest benefit of volunteering with the sanctuary is the satisfaction of knowing you are an integral part of the effort to protect an endangered animal - the humpback whale, as well as assisting in the protection of other protected species found in sanctuary waters.  In addition, as an active sanctuary volunteer you will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing training and learning opportunities conducted by staff and other experts.

Library resources, research papers, and videos are also available for volunteers to borrow upon request.  Join our Sanctuary ‘Ohana’ (family) and experience the benefits of volunteering with the National Marine Sanctuary Program.  Make a difference, and help us protect the magnificent animals and habitat of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

There may be volunteer opportunities for families with children and for student or community groups. The sanctuary staff makes an effort to match volunteer's interests, skills, and availability with the sanctuary's needs in many areas.

Kauaʻi Volunteer Opportunities

Sanctuary Ocean Count
The Sanctuary Ocean Count project provides an opportunity for the community and visitors to Hawaii to get involved in monitoring humpback whales from the shoreline.  Fifteen shore-based locations are located on the island of Kaua`i.  Find out more about this project and get registered to take part!

Education and Outreach Team
The Sanctuary office on Kauaʻi commonly sponsors and takes part in a variety of events around the island including classroom visits and school-based Sanctuary Ocean Counts. Volunteers are needed to help spread the sanctuary’s messages to the community.

Office Support
Office support volunteers assist staff with preparing educational materials for lesson plans, mailings, answering phones, computer assistance and preparing for special events. Special craft and artistic projects are also available to volunteers.

Please note that the sanctuary does not currently offer any of the following:
- on-the-water or in-the-water volunteer opportunities
- opportunities for volunteers under the age of 18
- short-term opportunities (6 month preferred minimum)

Also, please note that whale season in Hawai`i occurs between November and May.

To Find Out More Please Contact:
Jean Souza, Kauaʻi Programs Coordinator
Phone: (808) 246-2860
Email: jean.souza(at)


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