Volunteer in Hawaii

Community Facility Pre-Volcano Archive Page

We preserved this page in memory of our community as it was before the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption.

During our 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed several websites, books, and eCourses such as the Diversity and Free Speech Communication Workshop.

With our approach to community living based on ecotourism and ecofeminism, we attracted wonderful people from around the world.

We now welcome visitors online as Hedonisia Members or Volunteer Contributors to our Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio.

Fair-Trade Volunteer Program

Volunteer in Hawaii for an Affordable Eco-Friendly Vacation

Ideal for those who wish to enjoy an affordable volunteer work experience while vacationing in Hawaii!

We accept volunteers based on availability, work skills, friendliness, performance, and understanding and enthusiasm for the sustainable policies of Hedonisia Hawaii.

Volunteers have a great time, meet new friends, and leave with satisfaction and enjoyment from living, learning, and working in a Hawaiian Rainforest community.

Volunteer Contribution Details

  • 12 hours of Volunteer Work per Week of Stay.
  • 4-day work week! Monday - Thursday.
  • 3-hour shifts from 9:30-12:30 pm. Afternoons free
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday - No work! Every week has a long weekend

On Aloha Friday we will sometimes go out on a tour to see a local attraction or the Hedonisia volcanic property.  (optional)

Volunteer Work Types

If accepted, you will be doing a variety of volunteer jobs. Most of the time we do cleaning, debarking guava logs, brush clearing, and landscaping. we do try to match volunteers with the work they wish to do especially if they are skilled.

Explore the types of volunteer jobs you would like to be involved with as a Fair-Trade Volunteer:

  1. Work with your: BODY

  2. Work with your: HEART

  3. Work with your: BRAIN

Fair-Trade Volunteer Program Rates:

1st Week
Volunteer Tryout
Each Additional Week
After Tryout
(bed in dorm space or camping)
(two people in shared bed)

 Hawaii State state tax INCLUDED

Additional Information for Volunteers

a) 1st-Week Volunteer Tryout: For short stays of one week or less, the Tryout is ideal. And for those who want to 'check us out', it gives enough time to get to know the community and see if it's a fit for you. It also allows us to work with you and see if you are a fit for us.

b) 1st Day Off. When you arrive you have your first day off to get acclimatized to your new rainforest home in Hawaii. And then you start volunteering the day after.

c) Fixed Departure Date: Volunteers who send in a good application and have a fixed departure date may book a stay for a fixed period of up to one month so that they are sure they have space. However, if you (or us) are not sure then we usually recommend just reserving the 1st Week Tryout, and then we can take it from there after you arrive.

d) Single-Person Camping or Rustic Shelter. If you have a tent you can also use one of our designated sheltered camping spots. This allows you to enjoy privacy without having to pay a Private Upgrade Fee.

e) Choosing a Space. Volunteers may stay in different lodging spaces during their stay. We try not to move people around unnecessarily especially if they are happy and comfortable in a space. When a volunteer shows that they are hardworking and adaptable we are more open to extending certain privileges like choosing their space if it is available.

h) Weekly & Monthly 'Volunteer Lite' Specials. Ideal for those who would also like as much tourist time as possible! Working only one Community Support Shift per week, you enjoy discounted lodgings for a longer stay.

Questions & Apply Now

  • Volunteer & Intern FAQ: Answers to even more questions about volunteering and living in Hawaii. Some questions are more applicable to our pre-volcano community.


Post-Volcano Online Community

Links to the projects we work on as we prepare to return to our land.

Virtual VolunteerLava to Lotus Web Portfolio - Hedonisia Membership