Visit the Sanctuary
Visiting & Volunteering
Is the Sanctuary open to visitors?
Right now, Aloha Animal Sanctuary does not have open hours for drop-by visits. If you’d like to visit, we do host regular visitor days when you can come out and visit our sanctuary. We do not offer private tours to individuals at this time. Please see our events page for upcoming visitor days and to register for them.
Can the Sanctuary accommodate groups wanting to visit or volunteer together?
We have limited capacity to take on group tours or volunteer/special event days, but we would love to get some more information about you so we can reach out when we do! Please email our Director of Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when we have the capacity to take on group experiences, we will reach out to you!
You may also want to keep an eye on our visitor days and volunteer days here, in case one of those would work out for your group.
Do I need to register each adult and child in my group when signing up for a visitor day?
Yes! Please RSVP and register for each adult and child you will be bringing, as we have a maximum number of visitors we will allow in each tour (smaller tours = better and safer experience for all!).
If I can’t make it to the visitor day I registered for, will I be able to receive a refund?
We do not offer refunds; however, 100% of your ticket cost goes directly towards the care of the animals. We thank you for your understanding and contribution.
What is included on a visitor day tour?
Tours will include education about the background and mission of the sanctuary, along with introductions to each of the animals who call the sanctuary home. For the animals who love their photos to be taken (yes Haku, we are looking at you...) there will be plenty of photo ops as well.
However, we kindly remind all visitors that we are a sanctuary and not a petting zoo. Some animals may not want to interact with us during the tour, and we will never force them to. At Aloha Animal Sanctuary, the animals come first.
What should I bring and wear for a visitor day?
We ask that you wear closed-toed shoes when coming to the sanctuary. Unfortunately, we do not allow companion animals to visit the sanctuary. We highly recommend long pants (due to mosquitoes), bringing a reusable water bottle, and bringing a rain jacket/wearing sunscreen, depending on the weather (it's Hawai'i, so you should bring both!).
Masks are not required as we are outdoors the entire time, but of course you are welcome to wear them if you would like. If any of your participants have symptoms or are feeling sick, do not attend. Please be respectful of others' space during the tour - maintaining a 6ft distance from those not in your household.
How do I get involved with volunteering for the Sanctuary?
Thank you so much for your interest in our volunteer program! We truly appreciate our volunteers and could not do the work we do without them.
If you are interested in all volunteer opportunities (one-time and long-term) with the Sanctuary, please click here to visit our volunteer page and fill out the form to be added to our volunteer interest list.
If you sign up for the interest list, you will receive emails regarding new volunteer opportunities as they become available. Please also see our events page for upcoming volunteer days and to register for them.
Do you accept volunteers under 18?
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent who is fully trained for the given role. Please note that some of our volunteer tasks are not suited for young children.
What kind of work do volunteers do?
There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities available at the sanctuary, depending on our current needs and your availability. Some roles will mean working directly with the animals to feed them and/or provide additional care (after extensive training). While other opportunities are available for building projects, gardening/landscaping, admin, marketing, and more!
Please visit our volunteer page to fill out the volunteer interest form which allows you to note what opportunities you would be most interested in.
Is the Sanctuary hiring?
Aloha Animal Sanctuary is a 100% volunteer-run organization, none of our staff receive compensation. If you would like to join our volunteer team, please visit our volunteer page to be added to the volunteer list.
Visit the Sanctuary in a wholly unique way - by getting massage treatments at Sanctuary Spa! Sanctuary Spa is a little oasis of healing for humans, amidst our working farmed animal sanctuary. We are excited to collaborate with this small business. 15% of all massage treatments are donated back to the Sanctuary. Sanctuary Spa is a separate organization from Aloha Animal Sanctuary. For more information, booking and inquiries, please check out their website: www.sanctuaryspaaloha.com