Explore & Restore Waihe’e Refuge

by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust on MAUI

Located near the main Maui airport (OGG Kahului), lies a beautiful and rugged coastline with beach and ancient dry fishpond that few get to see. Sadly invasive plants threaten to overtake the pathways. Join us on a flat coastal circular hike just footsteps from the sea and help restore the ʻaina (land) to keep it alive.  ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘i – no task is too big when done by all.


  • Remove growth that’s invasive to the ecosystem on Maui
  • Plant taro and other Hawaiian varietals
  • Learn the history of the place that once included a sacred Hawaiian heiau
  • Visit a site on private land that few get to see
  • Enjoy a sweeping view of Maui’s north coast from the shoreline
  • Dip your toes in the therapeutic salt water
  • Learn about a nearby hike to continue the adventure with aerial views

Know Before You Join

  • Must stay together with group during activity and walk over uneven terrain
  • Must Sign Waiver (link available upon signing up on this page)
  • Ability to perform gardening tasks while bending, kneeling, lifting, and stretching
  • Note: this activity is located on the island of Maui
  • No Drop-In’s – Please click on the calendar link above to join for free, Mahalo

2 reviews

  1. Gardening by the sea

    Loved volunteering with the HILT team! We had such an awesome morning removing invasive weeds and planting natives, like a’ali’i, all while listening to the crashing waves of the ocean. Was also a great way to learn more about local hawaiian species and the history of the wetland. Enjoyed it so much that we came back another day for more 🙂

  2. One good deed leads to another! and another!

    Our Friday was free, so we signed up to help with that invasive weed mentioned 2 years ago in the above post. A former co-worker moved to Maui 3 yrs ago, and he, too, joined us on his free day. He says this will be the first of many visits!

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