Connecting People with the Park
through education, volunteerism, and philanthropy


To support the National Park Service in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the enjoyment of current and future generations.



During the last federal fiscal year (October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011), 123 Friends volunteers logged in over 2,600 hours.

That’s the equivalent of 1.25 full-time, year-round staff.


If you’d like to volunteer, please email with your skills and areas of interests – we’ll gladly find you a role with us!

Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park could not exist without its loyal cadre of volunteers, members, and all-volunteer board. From active outdoor projects to sit-down office tasks, volunteer opportunities abound!

Volunteers Can Help:

  • Restore the native forest
  • Assist at field seminars
  • Lend a hand at public events
  • Assist in the office and with mailings
  • Do computer work
  • Assist with grant writing
  • Fundraise

Our Volunteer Projects Include:

Volunteers are needed to help conserve the forests of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  With over 330,000 acres, there is plenty to do!  Projects vary from month to month, and can include native seed collection, invasive species removal, and native seedling planting.  Our goal is to support the park as much as possible in their efforts to restore and maintain precious native forest ecosystems. We invite you to join us for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our national park while participating in forest recovery!When: Monthly – see our events for details
Contact: (808) 985-7373 or
The Volcano community holds a fun-filled July 4th Celebration every year at the Cooper Center, kicked off with a parade down Old Volcano Highway. This family event includes our exciting silent auction of goods and services, which is a major annual fundraiser for the Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  We need help at every stage: from soliciting donations and preparing bid sheets to set up on July 3rd and assisting with the event on July 4th. Let us know how we can include you!When: Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Contact: (808) 985-7373 or
Every summer Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts their Annual Cultural Festival.  Throughout the day, the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music fill the air and hula dancers, bedecked in flower lei and colorful costumes, bring meaning to the songs through the movement of their eyes, hands, and hips. Cultural practitioners lead demonstrations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for a wide variety of Hawaiian crafts, games, and foods. Stay tuned for information about the 2016 Cultural Festival.When: Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contact: (808) 985-7373 or
National Public Land’s Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. In honor of NPLD, the National Park Service holds a “Free Fee” day the last Saturday of September. Our Friends group stations volunteers at the park entrance to solicit donations from visitors to help raise funds for educational programs. We also host volunteer service learning projects such as invasive plant eradication and native species planting. Please assist us on this important day!When: Saturday, September 26, 2015Contact: (808) 985-7373 or
Link: Visit the National Public Land’s Day website