Volunteer at Kānewai

First Saturday Community Work Days

First Saturday Community Work Days are a Kānewai tradition going back to 1980 and the revitalization of the current garden area. The idea itself lends to an even older tradition when community work days were called Poalima, as these workdays were conducted on Fridays, and prior to that they were called Koele, refering to a chief’s landholding to be worked on. First Saturdays are open to anyone in the community looking for an opportunity to experience traditional farming methods, converse with Hawaiian Language speakers, talk story with practitioners, ku‘i ‘ai, ku‘i ka imu, and enjoy the day with family and friends.

First Saturday

This is also a good opportunity for students who need to fulfill community service hours for scholarships or put in a few hours for course extra credit.  No reservations are required.  The lo‘i will provide light refreshments for volunteers to enjoy.  All are welcome!

If you will be bringing your keiki to First Saturday, please download and complete this Assumption of Risk and Release waiver: Minor waiver for Kanewai.  The completed waiver will be collected by the staff at the start of First Saturday.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Kānewai Volunteer Program

Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai welcomes any individuals interested in volunteering outside or in addition to Kānewai’s First Saturday events to participate in Kānewai’s Volunteer Program.  Typically, these individuals would be volunteering to complete community service/scholarship hours in excess of 8 hours over multiple days.

Please note that prior to starting any volunteer work, individuals must submit the Kānewai Volunteer Application (KVA) and the Assumption of Risk and Release (ARR) form.

Also, all recurring volunteers will need to keep track of the hours they have worked using the Kānewai Volunteer Log (KVL).

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Kānewai Volunteer Program, please contact us.



E Kāmau iho i ka hoe a pae aku i ke kula.

Dip in the paddle till you reach shore.

Keep dipping your finger into the poi until youʻve had your fill.