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Waimea Valley/Hi ipaka

  • 4 people are interested

We have 3 different options for being a part of the Docent program and it all depends on your interest and what you want to focus on. The three options are, cultural docents, botanical docents and general docents.

  • Cultural Docents
    • This is perfect for some one who wants to focus on sharing your knowledge of Hawaiian Culture, Hawaiian Horticulture, Environmental Education, and the Cultural Connections between people and the land. You would work with our team of cultural educators and share the importance and history of this sacred valley with the community and visitors from all over the world! When you have been around for a while you may even be set up to lead tours and do demonstrations
  • Botanical Docents
    • This opportunity is for someone who has a big interest in learning about our world class botanical gardens and sharing that information with locals and visitors. The docents will often go through the gardens and spend time at specific locations to highlight a particular plant of interest. This is good for a person who is motivated and outgoing and especially a person that loves to learn and share knowledge.
  • General Docents
    • This is a great opportunity for someone with an interest in both the botany and the Hawaiian cultural aspects of the valley. They would be sharing about both the culture sites and significance, and the amazing garden collections.

Docents at Waimea Valley are a committed, vibrant group of interpreters that support guest learning and exploration of Waimea Valley. After completing an interview, you will start training by going on three of our educational tours; a botanical tour, a cultural tour and an audio tour. Regardless of what kind of docent you want to be, you will be going on all three training tours because we want our volunteers to be well rounded.

you will spend about 20 hours of training and there is ongoing mentoring for Docents. We want to help you be the best so that you can in turn help visitors see more of this amazing place and make lasting memories at Waimea Valley.

To sign up, Call or email the volunteer program coordinator: Melani Spielman, 808-638-5855,

"Interpretation enriches lives through engaging emotions, enhancing experiences and deepening understanding of people, places, events and objects from past and present." (Association for Heritage Interpretation AHI, 2005)

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59-864 Kamehameha HwyHaleiwa, HI 96712



  • Storytelling
  • Public Relations
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible, prefer about 4 hours per week
  • fill out volunteer application

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