In New Volunteer Training

New Volunteer Orientation Class

You can help in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s endangered and threatened marine species.

Are you interested in joining our Field Response Team? Or, do you want to help on our Education & Outreach or our Dispatch & Reporting Team?

To help on any of our volunteer teams, there is a 4-step process:

(1)  If you have not already done so, please complete the online volunteer application form HERE.

(2)  Next, attend our orientation class. The last class was held on Oct. 6, 2018 and the next class has not yet been scheduled.  If you have completed your volunteer application, you will be sent an invitation for the next class when scheduled.  You must RSVP to attend the class as they fill up quickly.

(3)  Following the orientation class and at your convenience you will review training materials and complete an online quiz covering the content taught in the orientation class.

(4)  Once the online test has been successfully completed, we’ll arrange for you to receive “on the job” training to actually perform volunteer duties. That way, you’ll be confident, effective and have the most fun possible while helping in species preservation and recovery.


WHAT:  Field Response Orientation Class.  In this orientation, we will cover the natural history, conservation status and species recovery plan for one of the most endangered marine mammals on earth – the Hawaiian monk seal. You’ll learn about our organization’s roles and activity, volunteer expectations and we will share some real-world scenarios of what it’s like to be a volunteer for Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

WHEN:  The next class date has not yet been scheduled.  Classes usually start at 12:00 noon SHARP and finish about 3:00 pm.  Please give yourself extra time for traffic and parking.

WHERE: The Box Jelly – 307A Kamani Street, Honolulu, HI  96813.  This is in Kakaako. (See picture of location and map below).  The building has a sign on the exterior that reads “Fishcake.”

PARKING: On-street parking is very limited.  Additional parking is across Ward Avenue in the parking lot for Ross, McDonalds and Starbucks OR in the Ward Warehouse parking structure at the corner of Ward Avenue and Auahi Street. 

RSVP:  Once you have received an invitation for the next class, an RSVP is required. Please email your RSVP to and just say “I’m coming.”  Our orientation classes fill up quickly so please RSVP as soon as possible.

The training location at 307A Kamani Street in Kakaako is a little hard to spot from the street.  Here is what the training location looks like from the street.  The buildings has a sign on it that reads “Fishcake.”

The orientation will run for about 3 hours with a short break. Please be on time. The sessions usually begin at 12:00 noon sharp so give yourself some extra time for traffic and parking.

You must RSVP for the class. Once you receive your invitation, please email your RSVP to and just say “I’m coming.” Your RSVP is very important to make sure we have training materials ready for all participants. 

Here is a map showing the location for the new volunteer orientation class: