We ♡ Our Volunteers
We are 100% run by volunteers. We simply could not do this work without our family of volunteers who are dedicated to our mission.
On our team, we have volunteer architects, civil engineers, environmentalists, graphic designers, videographers, and animal lovers. If you have a special skill, or just love animals, we want you on our team.
Weekly Caregiver Team
Our weekly caregivers commit to a shift once a week, either in the morning,or evening, and come to the sanctuary to feed the animals, clean their enclosures, muck out their hay, and perform other tasks that keep the sanctuary afloat! We have over 45 weekly caregiver volunteers, here are just a few:
The Cady 'Ohana
Aloha! We’re the Cady Ohana. Our family has called O'ahu home for over 10 amazing years. We've had the joy and honor of being caregivers for the animals at AAS since the first Wednesday morning Haku was in his new home. Mackenna, 19, is an ocean conservationist, currently working for a shark conservation company on the North Shore. She became a vegetarian at age 7, continued to learn, then influenced the rest of us to go vegan three years ago. Jonathan is a senior in high school, an avid surfer, photographer, enjoys hiking and playing guitar—including serenading the piggies to sleep! David has a passion for fitness, surfing, and the people he pastors at our small church in Waipahu. He grew up in Oklahoma raising farmed animals and like many kids, was heavily involved in 4H/FFA. Amy loves to eat delicious vegan food, creating healthy meals, and talking with all animals like she talks to her baby-doggy Charlie, a red Golden Retriever. Our ohana invites you to continue to grow with us in awareness, compassion, and being kind to all beings... even humans. ;)
UH Mechanical Engineers Team
A team of UH mechanical engineering students has been working on designing a prosthetic for Fern! They are doing this project completely as volunteers and just for fun— it’s not a requirement for any of their classes. They just wanted to help. Here is Fern with her first prototype. We hope to rotate between the prosthetic and wheelchair to give Fern appropriate physical therapy with her leg. (We shared these photos to our Patreon on Friday, so some of you have seen them already). Special thanks to our volunteer Fatima (@gypsyfatima) for advocating for Fern and reaching out to the UH team.
Mark & Jennifer Martell
"Aloha from the Martells! We are Mark and Jennifer, a vegan couple that love all animals . . . sometimes more than people. We have four well behaved chihuahuas (yep you read that right, well behaved) all of which are named after cartoon dogs: ScrappyDoo, Astro, Mickey and Minnie.
We enjoy volunteering and spending time at the Aloha Animal Sanctuary. Friday nights have become our “Date Night” spent with and caring for the amazing sanctuary animals!
Together we started our on-line business “Gorilla Strong Fitness” to help others live active healthy lifestyles through customized workout programs and 100% plant-based meal plans. We are happy to say that we have helped hundreds of people go vegan! Win-Win for their health and for the animals :)"
Cyrene Hertzog is a multimedia artist and social justice activist based in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Originally from the small town of Snohomish, Washington, she has learned to appreciate the family atmosphere of a small community and the importance of giving back and helping others. From growing up immersed in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, at a young age she developed an intimate connection with the natural world around her, which stemmed her love and hunger to protect it. This aided in her discovering her deepest passions and true purpose to raise consciousness, advocate liberation for all beings, and help create positive social & environmental change with intention to build solutions around some of the biggest issues we as a collective are facing today, at the forefront of this being climate change and public health.
Sherise & Victoria
"We are new volunteers since summer 2020, and were looking to volunteer here for a long time after we heard so many wonderful experiences our good friends have volunteering every Sunday. We both work in public service and always look for opportunities to share love and hope to rescued animals like at the Aloha Animal Sanctuary. We have three dogs, are always dog sitting, and open to fostering as much as we can. We get so excited when Saturday mornings come!! Walks and talks with the ducks, belly rubs with the goats, holding the chickens, and feeding yummy donated produce to the pigs make our week complete!!"
Not pictured: "I am a teen from one of Hale Kipas shelter that Victoria manages. I get to volunteer with Victoria and Sherise every Saturday morning. I really enjoy spending time with the animals here at the sanctuary and want to become a Veterinarian. I am so excited to learn more about animals as I start my journey to study them!"
Hiya, my name is Lia! I was born and raised on Oahu and recently moved back due to COVID. I’m currently a (remote) student at the University of San Francisco studying Environmental Studies and Urban Agriculture. I’ve been volunteering at the sanctuary for about 6 months now and I love it so so so much. Being around the animals makes me so happy! I’ve been vegan for 3 years now and love anything to do with sustainability & the environment. Specifically, I am incredibly passionate about food justice and sovereignty. I hope to use my studies to help foster deep connections between human beings, food, and the earth. E Malama ‘oe I ka ‘Āina, e Malama ka ‘Āina ia ‘oe (Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.)
A community focused, Bay Area native with an aloha spirit. 🤍 My Class of 2020 high school graduate and I have been fortunate to call O’ahu home for 3.5 years. The sanctuary is a piece of heaven on earth and I feel blessed to invest my heart and soul into the time spent caregiving. Each animal here is so precious and I am so thankful they have a safe space to call home. The more time spent you can’t help but grow in compassion. Outside of my time with them I indulge in my role as Curator for Sofar Sounds Honolulu, where I dedicate my time connecting musicians with local businesses and new audiences. Building connection, giving back and supporting local is extremely important to me. My interests and activities are wide spread but each have these core values in common. This is how I like to invest love, through giving my time, good energy and with a open heart.
Fun fact: when I was in third grade, I drew an illustration with a description of what I wanted to be when I grew up and it was to be a farmer who had many animals that I would also paint portraits of! So in a way, this is the closest to having that dream come true. I guess one of these days I will have to bring my canvas and paints to make it even more true!
Nadia was born and raised on Oʻahu and currently lives less than a mile from the Aloha Animal Sanctuary. Shortly after going vegan, she found out about the sanctuary through Instagram. When an email went out calling for volunteer caretakers and she realized just how close the sanctuary was, she immediately jumped on the opportunity. She is extremely grateful to be part of the sanctuary ohana and looks forward to continuing to provide the residents with all the food, love and belly rubs that they deserve! Nadia is a passionate activist and spends much of her spare time advocating for the rights of kanaka ‘ōiwi, the LGBTQ community, and protecting the ‘āina.
Fatima is a professional copywriter of eight years, a children’s advocate of six years and a cat lounge hostess at Popoki + Tea! However, she is best known for her ability to connect with animals using her abilities as a psychic medium. Growing up in urban New Jersey, didn’t give her a lot of chances to connect with animals, save her 3 cats she rescued. In moving to Hawaii, she was able to extend her love of animals with the community and she’s never felt happier! Fatima currently offers Catstrology (Cat Astrology) readings for cat owners and is studying animal reiki and parapsychology.
Hey, I'm Nicole! I'm born and raised in Kailua, and plan to attend the University of San Francisco. I work at Manoa Chocolate Factory and being there really introduced me to the concept of sustainable agriculture! I found out about the sanctuary through a friend and have been volunteering every week since the summertime, and also transitioned from being vegetarian to full on vegan around that time. I also help with the website and merchandise! When I'm not working or volunteering, I'm attempting to corral my basenji dog, Charles (and failing)!
Aloha! I started volunteering with AAS shortly after I moved here in 2019. I had heard of them and knew that when I got here I wanted to be apart of it anyway I could! When i’m not at the sanctuary I intern with an organization that protects and does outreach for Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, and sea birds! I also work at an art gallery/frame shop and love to paint, be in the water, and go for hikes around the island. It’s been amazing to see how much the sanctuary has grown and it’s definitely the highlight of every week! I’ve met the most caring people and feel so lucky to be apart of such an amazing community!
Brian has been an integral part of building the sanctuary. He has tirelessly devoted his skills and positive attitude to getting the sanctuary off the ground and running, constructing fences, enclosures, and anything else to ensure both animals and people are kept happy and safe.
Shane is a dedicated volunteer at the sanctuary, and volunteers not only once, but twice per week! He has gone above and beyond to assist with the fencing project, construction of the barn, animal care, and so on! Outside of the sanctuary, Shane is a dedicated animal rights activist and runs the organization O'ahu Animal Save. His other interests include roasting coffee and making espressos, fine scotch, skating, and working on cars.
Hi! My name is Alana. Some of my favorite things are cooking yummy vegan meals, nerding out about the universe and hanging out with animals and high vibe people. I love coming to the Sanctuary every week, It’s probably one of my favorite days of the week! I feel so lucky to be contributing to this beautiful space and to be a part of a group of volunteers that are so compassionate!
My name is Haley and I'm born and raised in Kāneohe. I'm currently a full-time student at Manoa for animal science and dream of opening my own rescue one day. I'm so glad to be a part of this community and help all walks of life. My other passions are plants and using them for herbal health.
I celebrated my fourth year being vegan by dedicating some time to give back to the cause that changed my life. As a caretaker at Aloha Animal Sanctuary I have been able to show my love and appreciation for these animals, who deserve compassion, affection, and our respect. My love for my dog Quinn has also shown me that all animals are the same and worthy of love. (She sounds and eats the exact same as our pigs!).
Aloha. I’m Iri. When I was little my grandpa worked for a pork production company where I would go with him to see the pigs, and ironically, they became the first animals that I fell in love with. Many, many years later I finally and happily became vegan and it has been the best life decision I’ve ever made. I feel very blessed to be part of the Aloha Animal Sanctuary ohana where I’m surrounded by many lovely kind hearted souls. It gives me so much joy being a volunteer here and to give care and infinite love to the residents, that all animals deserve. It feels so wonderful to have something to look forward to every week.
Architect and Site Planner
Natalie is a licensed architect who has worked on a variety of projects across the Hawaiian Islands. She earned a Master of Architecture from the Ohio State University and is passionate about sustainable design. Natalie loves botanical gardens and hiking the beautiful landscapes of Oʻahu. She’s vegan for the animals and the planet and is grateful to be part of the Aloha Animal Sanctuary community!
Heather is a Canadian import with a background in healthcare and business and is involved with merchandizing with the sanctuary. She loves animals and is particularly biased towards the sweetness of the swine. She seeks to live a minimalistic life, which is an ongoing journey for her. On her days off, she can be found swimming at the beach, thrift shopping, doing yoga, studying tv/film concepts or dreaming about future discoveries/inventions that could benefit humans, animals and the environment.
Elisha & Brandon Haupu
"Hi! We are brandon and Elisha. Some of the things we enjoy are hiking, finding good vegan food, and thrift shopping. We have been volunteering since the beginning when it was just Haku <3 Going to the sanctuary every week has becoming our favorite thing to do. We are always looking forward to seeing everyone. As a caregiving at the sanctuary has taught us how to be more compassionate, more open, how to love more. Aloha animal Sanctuary is not only a safe place for animals but even for us."
"I have been a volunteer at the Aloha Animal Sanctuary since Haku was brought home. The sanctuary is a very special space that has allowed for restoration of the 'āina, our animal friends to be given a home, as well as a place for humans to connect on deeper levels. I was drawn to the sanctuary as animal liberation has been a part of my beliefs for about four years now, as that is when little 15 year old me decided to go vegan. We are so grateful here at the sanctuary for our directors, for such a supportive community, and of course for all of the animals! Thank you to all who are speaking up for the voiceless community of animals who dearly need support. We are all one."
Leilani & Tim
Greetings! My name is Klaus. I am the handsome bunny pictured in this photo. I know it may look like I am trying to make an escape from our little family photo shoot but I actually don’t mind these humans so much. They are Leilani and Tim and they are the Head Groundskeepers of my Bunny Kingdom in Lanikai.
When they are not managing my housekeeping, room service, agility, and spa services, I allow them to volunteer at the Aloha Animal Sanctuary. They have been there since day one and they absolutely love it. Leilani enjoys piggie belly rubs, and Tim and Francis, the duck, have become good friends. They are both proud vegans and animal rights activists. Leilani also volunteers with the House Rabbit Society and has served as a Shelter Rabbit Caretaker, Bunny 101 Educator, and currently as a Post Adoption Counselor.
I’ve also hired them to manage my social media accounts so if you are interested in my bunny adventures please check out @bunandrestless on Instagram and Facebook. I love sharing information about proper house rabbit care and how to train your humans.
Sydney is an environmental activist from Portland Oregon. She is currently traveling the world to learn and to volunteer in conservation efforts. Aloha Animal Sanctuary was her first stop, and it will always be a special place for her.
Sydney recently graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an Associates in Art and Science. She has plans to go back to school next fall, 2020, to either study fire fighting or environmental science and geography.
She is passionate about conservation, water safety, swimming, and art.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
– Mahatma Gandhi