Vacation Voluntourism on Maui's Haleakala
By Kenneth Rothman
Are you a nature enthusiast on a vacation to Maui? Our islands boast some of the richest biodiversity in the world, but the isolation of our island ecosystems leave many species vulnerable to hardier, non-native species. It takes a lot of effort and passion from residents and visitors alike to maintain the stunning environment that helps make Maui such a beloved place. In that spirit, voluntourism is a trend that's growing in popularity.
A great voluntourism opportunity has been provided by the Pacific Whale Foundation. They will be hosting a visit to Haleakala National Park, where volunteers will help remove invasive plants. This trip will take you up the slopes of Haleakala, a dormant volcano that stands an impressive 10,023 feet above sea level.
Your journey to assist with invasive removal will provide you with detailed knowledge about the ecosystem, and the island, as your adventure will be led by a certified naturalist. Some people travel across the world just to get a glimpse of the rare plants and birds that you may see in their natural habitat and your views of the island will be unparalleled.
As an added bonus, it won't cost you anything to experience this. As a token of gratitude, you'll be given a Pacific Whale Foundation tote bag, and you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your efforts helped to restore Maui's incredible native ecosystem.
If you decide to participate, pack yourself a lunch, wear warm clothes, and closed-toed shoes. Transportation is provided from the Pacific Whale Foundation Store in the Harbor Shops of Ma'alaea at 7:30am. That way, if you're staying at our Kaanapali condo rentals, you won't have to worry about driving all that way, and using all that gas.
If you'd like more information, including the dates where future trips will take place, visit the Pacific Whale Foundation website. You will need to reserve your spot, because space is limited. We hope you have an amazing experience! Mahalo for reading this week!