69. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Beyond The City -

Help the (land) on your trip ‘aina to Maui by tak­ing part in a vol­un­teer project. “VOLUNTOURISM,” or when tourists take time to give back to the place they're vis­it­ing, has in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity, and Maui is a great place to pitch in.

On these projects, visi­tors not only get to help out, but they also learn about na­tive plants, Hawai­ian cul­ture, the marine en­vi­ron­ment and aloha spirit.

Be pre­pared by hav­ing a water bot­tle, bug repellent, sun­screen and the right clothes (pos­si­bly long-sleeve shirts or boots) at the ready, de­pend­ing on what the or­ga­ni­za­tion sug­gests.

PA­CIFIC WHALE FOUN­DA­TION has a va­ri­ety of vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing a sim­ple BEACH CLEANUP (kits pro­vided) and pair­ings with or­ga­ni­za­tions such as O‘O FARM or MALAMA HONOKOWAI for LAND RESTORA­TION PROJECTS. Visit the Pa­cific Whale Foun­da­tion's web­site (paci­ficwhale.org) or vol­un­teer­son­va­ca­tion.org to learn about op­por­tu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions they part­ner with. MAUI HU­MANE SO­CI­ETY also of­fers visi­tors the chance to lend a “help­ing paw” to a good cause through its “HELP­ING PAWS” VIS­I­TOR VOL­UN­TEER PRO­GRAM. The pro­gram helps home­less an­i­mals so­cial­ize through ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing dogs, bathing pup­pies, brush­ing cats or play­ing with kit­tens. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact vol­un­teer@maui­hu­mane­so­ci­ety.org, or visit maui­hu­mane­so­ci­ety.org. PA­CIFIC WHALE FOUN­DA­TION (800) 942-5311 EXT. 1

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