Ways to Get Involved

Our volunteers, friends, and partners are integral to Hanalei Point National Wildlife Refuge management. Volunteers support various Refuge programs including wildlife surveys, native plant restoration, visitor services, and facilities maintenance.

To get involved contact

Kathleen Viernes
Volunteer Coordinator
(808) 828 1413 x 302


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.

  • Biological Surveys
    Monitor taro fields and wetland management units for sick and dead birds by walking dikes, searching field perimeters in an assigned area, collecting birds, and accurately recording observations. Conduct periodic searches within wetlands and taro fields.
  • Bird Taxi
    Transport injured or sick native birds to Save-Our-Shearwaters (SOS) in Puhi (approximately 1 – 1.5 hours away), dead birds to airport for shipment to O‘ahu for lab analysis, and rehabilitated birds back to Refuges for release. Along with birds, relay information and transport supplies.
  • Horticulture Volunteer
  • Native Habitat Management
    Tend native plants in the Refuge nursery, Remove non-native plant species, and re-vegetate Refuge land with nursery-reared plants.
  • Photography
    Document a variety of Refuge events, celebrations, scenic vistas, flora, and fauna; and proficient in understanding lighting conditions, aperture, and shutter speeds to the capture the moment via a digital SLR camera.
  • Maintenance
    Assist Maintenance staff with many aspects of the day-to-day maintenance projects.
  • Environmental Education
    Assist in managing the Environmental Education program including recruitment, scheduling, and leading Environmental Education programs in schools and on the Refuge. This person will also be revising and developing K-4th grade curriculum as relevant to the Refuge Complex’s wildlife and the State of Hawai‘i’s Common Core Standards.

Our Partners

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.