Volunteer Opportunities

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The team at the Maui Ocean Center is passionately dedicated to education and fostering wonder, respect, and understanding of Hawaii’s marine life. Our desire is to partner with other like-minded individuals who wish to help restore and protect our marine environment for healthy reefs and life for all. Maui Ocean Center hosts roadside and beach cleanups on an intermittent basis, as well as drain stenciling and other similar volunteering events.

To learn more about our events or be added to our volunteer contact network, email marketing@mauioceancenter.com and sign-up for our newsletter.


April is Earth Month

Join us for two unique cleanup opportunities! Each volunteer will receive two Day Passes to Maui Ocean Center.

West Maui Kumuwai Storm Drain Stenciling
Sunday, April 7 | 9am-12pm | Napili Plaza

Maui Ocean Center is putting together a team of volunteers to participate in a Storm Drain Stenciling Event hosted by West Maui Kumuwai. Teams will spray paint stencils next to storm drains around Napili Plaza to raise awareness about the connection between storm drains and the ocean as well as the dangers of runoff on coral reefs. Complimentary coffee and breakfast will be donated by The Coffee Store and Maui Tacos. Youth under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions/RSVP: WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com or call/text (808) 283-1631.

Kealia Pond Cleanup and Invasive Plant Removal
Sunday, April 22 | 7am-11am (Tour at 10am) | Kealia Pond

Spend the morning of Earth Day caring for the ‘aina and kai at Kealia Pond, the dunes, and the nearshore coral reef! Join Maui Ocean Center to pick up litter, remove invasive plants, and cut fishing line from the reef. End the morning with light refreshments and a tour of the pond and pollinator garden with Habitat Management Assistant Brett Ursprung. Meet at Maui Ocean Center at 7am. Due to limited parking, we will carpool to Kealia Pond. Please bring water in a reusable bottle, sturdy shoes, UV protective clothing or reef friendly sunscreen, and a hat. If you would like to participate in the reef cleanup, please bring a snorkel, mask, fins, rashguard, and a cutting tool such as scissors, wire cutters, or dive knife. Collection bags will be provided for debris. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions/RSVP: afonarow@mauioceancenter.com

Turning the Tide on Marine Debris

In 2016, Maui Ocean Center adopted a 2-mile section of Honoapi‘ilani Highway from the Aquarium to McGregor Point. This initiative was created to malama, meaning to care for, the land and sea around Ma‘alaea. Every quarter, employees and volunteers from the community gather to remove land-based litter along the highway while a team of Aquarium divers conduct an underwater cleanup of the nearby coral reefs.

Whether you’re looking for volunteer opportunities or simply want to take action to better our environment, Maui Ocean Center welcomes you to join the team and work together to malama the land and sea. Sign up today at marketing@mauioceancenter.com

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