South Maui Volunteers

South Maui Volunteers

  • Maui area— Kihei, South Maui
  • Drive time from the condo—About 15 minutes.
  • Age appropriateness—All (children must be accompanied by parent)
  • Activity duration— Couple of hours at the beach—don’t get sunburned!!!  The group actions are regularly held on Mondays 7:30-9:30 AM.
  • Directions—Check the site or search for “South Maui Volunteers” for the exact location.
  • Location map—see photos on this page for a map of South Maui
  • What to bring— Sunblock, cap/hat and closed shoes.  They provide drinking water, gloves, and tools.  Wear comfortable work clothes; maybe even your bathing suit underneath for a refreshing ocean swim afterwards.
  • Summary description—SMV states “Our volunteers are full / part-time residents or Maui visitors on vacation.  Whether regulars or one-time helpers, they are always friendly, like-minded.”  Kathleen and I had this experience when we participated on a Monday morning—we thoroughly enjoyed the conversations about conservation, native and invasive species, ecology and sustainability.
  • Detailed description— SMV states “South Maui Volunteers have constructed a total of six dune walkovers, including three ADA-compliant, handicapped-accessible, walkovers.   Each of the three Kamaole Beach Parks now has access for users of various ability levels, as well as easy access for strollers, coolers, or other wheeled items.”  On the Monday morning that Kathleen and I participated we built and maintained sand fences.  Without sand fences the sand will blow inland for hundreds of yards.  We learned that winter ocean storms pull the sand in the dunes out a couple hundred yards causing the waves break further out.  Then after the storm, the calmer seas allow the sand to move to shore and then inland, forming dunes.  Later storms will repeat the cycle.  Sand fencing and native dune plants like aki aki grass and the pohuehue vine (beach Morning Glory) work together to help build dunes, keep the sand from blowing too far inland, and provide shelter to ground-nesting seabirds.   The native Ua’u kani  (Wedge-tailed Shearwater) seabirds return to land between mid-March and early December each year to mate and lay a single egg in a deep burrow they dig in the cliff areas of the dunes.  (You can read more about the seabirds and other projects on the volunteer website).
  • You will undoubtedly have a different, but enjoyable and educational experience among those that care about the land and sea!!!

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