Volunteer with the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

An active volunteer group at Kīlauea Point contributes approximately 8,000 hours of service to the refuge annually. The Kīlauea Point Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to give back to Kauaʻi. Volunteers play an integral role in the daily operation of the Refuge and are readily available to answer questions and provide natural and cultural history information. The personal interaction between volunteers and the visiting public provides an outstanding educational experience. Volunteers also assist with the preservation of native plant species, maintaining facilities, conducting biological surveys, leading environmental education, and assisting on office and organizational projects.

Short-term volunteer roles are available assisting with habitat maintenance, planting, weeding and other important work to care for our Refuge.  We welcome your support and passion!

For more information about ways to assist or to sign up, please contact:

For more information, please visit the Kīlauea Point Refuge volunteer page.


AVIAN BOTULISM SURVEYs at Hanalei NWR

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Since early July, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge has been experiencing an outbreak of avian botulism, a deadly toxin produced by bacteria commonly found in the soil in Hawaiʻi, which can have a devastating impact upon our threatened and endangered bird populations. To help combat this challenge, FWS staff, volunteers and interns regularly survey Hanalei Refuge to look for sick or deceased birds. By monitoring the locations of “hot spots”, analyzing conditions that tend to favor an outbreak and working to quickly remove deceased birds from the environment, the team has an opportunity to help break the cycle of these outbreaks and save more birds from this terrible illness.

The Refuge Bio team is seeking volunteers who can assist with avian botulism survey work. Click to view a volunteer job description or read more about this challenge in the October issue of Kīlauea Pointer. If you’d like to help, please email Kim Uyehara, Refuge Biologist. Mahalo nui loa!