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The State Parks Division oversees a curator program, where interested groups help to maintain a specific park or site (often a cultural or archaeological site) with State Parks guidance. This program is integral to our ability to properly care for the resources under our care, and also provides willing people with an opportunity to volunteer and assist with special park projects. Below is a list of the current groups who have official curator agreements with State Parks, a summary of their activities, and contact information. We urge you to join them!

Hawaiʻi (Big Island)

Kukuipahu Heiau, Kohala Historical Sites State MonumentLuhiau ‘OhanaSite maintenance.Valerie Luhiau,
(808) 889-5309


Waimea Canyon & Koke'e State ParksHui o Laka - Koke'e Natural History MuseumOperates Koke'e Museum as park visitor center; the "Kokua Koke'e" program involves groups and individuals in park stewardship, from trail maintenance to historic building preservation.Chris Faye,
(808) 335-9975, Ext. 0,
Wailua Complex of Heiau, Wailua River State ParkNa Kahu Hikina A Ka LaInvolves about 12 regular members for monthly workdays at the 4 heiau within the park.Sabra Kauka,
(808) 246-8899,
Lo‘i Kalo at Ha‘ena Coast State ParkHui Maka‘ainana o MakanaOpened up and planted a number of lo‘i (irrigated taro patches) as an interpretive feature of the park and restoration of the cultural landscape.Ualani Hashimoto,
(808) 826-0330
Nu‘alolo Kai, Na Pali Coast State Wilderness ParkNa Pali Coast ‘OhanaTwo to five work trips each summer, involving camping out for five days. Vegetation clearing at archaeological sites, detailed archaeological mapping, stabilization and restoration of features.Sabra Kauka,
(808) 241-PALI (7254),, or


Iao Valley State ParkNa Kanaka Maoli O Hawai‘i NeiRestoration of cultural/botanical garden in the park.c/o Phil Ohta,
(808) 984-8102
North Pu‘u o La‘i Wetland, Makena State ParkNorth Pu‘u o La‘i Wetland AssociationInitiating restoration of wetland and waterbird habitat, interpretation, and site management.Fred Hollenbeck,
(808) 874-5263,
(808) 268-8150,


Na Pohaku, Kawai Nui State Park Reserve‘Ahahui Malama I Ka LokahiWorkdays for site maintenance, tours, educational groups, restoration of the cultural landscape and native forest.Chuck Burrows,
(808) 263-8008,
Ka'ena State ParkFriends of Ka'enaVolunteer activities such as trash cleanups, vegetation restoration, cultural site protection, interpretation, and education.Josh Heimowitz,
(808) 637-4615,
Keaiwa Heiau, Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation AreaPa‘i FoundationWorkdays for site maintenance, educational groups, special cultural events, plans for restoration of the cultural landscape.Lahela Perry
Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historical SiteHawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawa and Friends of KukanilokoMonthly workdays for site maintenance, tours, educational groups, special cultural events.Tom Lenchanko,
(808) 349-9949
Makiki Lo‘i, Makiki Sate Recreation AreaJoslyn Ka‘awaSite maintenance and landscaping with native vegetation, plans for interpretive programs in the future.Joslyn Ka‘awa,
(808) 941-1041
Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau State Historical SiteNa Hoa o Pu‘u o MahukaWeekly site maintenance and group visits by special arrangement.Butch Helemano,
(808) 292-4292
Ulupo Heiau State Historical ParkKailua Hawaiian Civic Club and Ahahui Malama i ka LokahiMonthly workdays for site maintenance, tours, educational groups, special cultural events, restoration of the cultural landscape.Chuck Burrows,
(808) 263-8008,