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 Malihini Membership & Sustainable Ecotourism
Coming to Maui?...  We're giving visitors to Maui the unique opportunity to help protect our island eco-systems and have fun while doing it as a member and volunteer of the American Reef Coalition.

SAVING THE PLANET THROUGH SUSTAINABLE ECO-TOURISM               Want to get away from the throngs of tourists and do something fulfilling? Join the American Reef Coalition as we explore the islands of Maui and Lana'i.  Malihini (Visitor) Members have priority placement on all volunteer opportunities.  You'll see remote areas of the islands that most people can only dream of and you will help save the planet, one unique environment at a time!      


Join the American Reef Coalition as a Member and Volunteer. 

The American Reef Coalition is a Maui based nature conservation nonprofit with a IRS 501(c)(3) designation                

It's easy, it's affordable and it's tax deductible. 

Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below, then email or call 808-870-5817 with the days you'll be available.

Q: What volunteer opportunities are available?
Scroll down to our Mission Descriptions.  Every day is different, depending on weather and mission.  We could be in Maui's windward jungles searching for and removing invasive species, monitoring or re-establishing endemic species or performing trail maintenance.    We could be in the ocean performing sea turtle and marine mammal surveys or removing invasive species and derelict fishing gear.  Or, we could be on the island of Lana'i removing marine debris from the islands remote windward beaches or fringing reefs. 

Call or email us and let us know what days you will be available.  We can give you a good idea of what to expect, what to wear, transportation arrangements, etc.,  808-870-5817.

Q: How much is Malihini Membership?
A: Membership is $175 per person.                           

Q: How much of my Membership Fee is tax deductible?
A: The American Reef Coalition is a IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  As such, your membership fee is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Q:  How many volunteers are on each mission? 
Other than our big annual Lana'i marine debris mission, we keep our groups quite small with no more than 10 volunteers.

Q: How many missions can we volunteer for as a Malihini Member?
A: Membership gives you priority placement on any one mission with availability.  We will reserve your place on that mission.  Let us know if there are any additional missions you would like to volunteer and we'll place you on standby for that mission.  We keep our groups small so it's best to call ahead to reserve your place.

Can we bring the kids?
A: Absolutely.  Our program is easily geared toward the family.  Minimum age to join a mission is six years accompanied by an adult.       
Q: What are the benefits of Malihini Membership?
A: The only benefit is the fact that you used some of your vacation time for a purpose.  You helped to protect Hawaii's unique natural environments for future generations.  Members have priority placement on a volunteer opportunity on the island of Maui or Lana'i.  Depending on the mission, we provide day-packs, hydration packs, snorkel gear, scuba gear, transportation, lunch and water.  To get in on the mission of your choice it's best to contact us early to reserve your placement.  Weather and safety conditions are always the final determining factor on all missions. 

Mission Descriptions:
Island of Maui (hiking) ~  
These missions can take us into the wet windward side of the island or into leeward natural areas or into the largest dormant volcano on our planet, Haleakala.  We could be tracking and removing invasive species, monitoring and protecting endangered species and fragile ecosystems or performing trail maintenance.  Help us on our missions to protect these unique and endangered ecosystems.                  

Turtle Surveys & Coral Reefs (snorkeling) ~  Travel with the staff of American Reef Coalition as we survey everyone's favorite sea critter.  Help us keep track of their numbers, location and general health.  At the same time we keep an eye on our coral reefs.  Coral reefs play a vital roll in the health of our planet.  Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, housing tens of thousands of marine species.  Our missions here can encompass reef monitoring, removal of derelict fishing gear and marine debris, surveys of environmental moorings, monitoring and removal of invasive species and reef rehabilitation. 

Island of Lana'i ~ We love Lana'i.  Miles of remote island beaches and pristine fringing reefs.  
Help us on one of our Lana'i missions removing marine debris and monitoring the reefs of this jewel of an island.  The cost of ferry transportation to and from Lana'i is an extra $40 per person.


If you have any questions, or would like to reserve a day as a volunteer, email us at: 
Or call us at: 808-870-5817

Whale season runs from December to April


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