Volunteer Opportunities

  • Aquarium Educators (formally known as Interpreters) are educational resources for guests that share natural history information on our outdoor reef exhibit, guide visitor observations and answer questions about Hawaii’s marine environment. Aquarium Educators commit to work one two-hour shift per week for a minimum period of six months. Shifts are available every day of the week from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and meet in person with Volunteer Program staff prior to registering for the training course.

    Aquarium Educator Volunteer Training

    An ALL NEW online training course for new volunteers is beginning in January 2015! This flexible online course covers interpretation skills and various marine sciences. One-on-one sessions are then scheduled and trainees will receive on-the-job training. Please call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information and to begin the application process.

  • Share a sense of wonder about the sea!

    School Support Program Docents help give lively presentations and guide interactive discovery tours of Waikiki Aquarium exhibits for students in Kindergarten through grade 6. Volunteering as a Docent provides rich opportunities to learn about Hawaii’s marine life and contribute to conservation education in our community. Upon completion of training, School Support Program Docents volunteer one morning a week (Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year (October – May).

    School Support Program Docent Training

    The 12-session training course for new Docents is held once per year in September. Our 2015 training course is scheduled for:

    September 2015

    Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), and Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m. – 12 noon) at the Waikiki Aquarium.

    Missed the 2014 training course? Prospective Docent volunteers are encouraged to inquire regarding shadowing and pre-training opportunities throughout the year. Please call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information and to learn how to get involved with our School Support Docent program.

  • Help support the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission by volunteering in The Shop at Waikiki Aquarium. Volunteers act as aquarium “ambassadors” assisting guests with purchases and helping with shop upkeep and displays. Our merchandise collection includes clothing, jewelry, books, children’s toys, and souvenirs all with ocean and marine life themes.


    Customer service and retail experience is encouraged but not required. We provide all training. The Shop at Waikiki Aquarium volunteers receive individualized on-the-job training from staff and current volunteers. Volunteers work one 4-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. Morning shifts are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and afternoon shifts are from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us today for more information about getting involved and sharing the Aloha Spirit with our guests. Call 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org to find out about current opportunities.

  • Many events hosted by the Waikiki Aquarium would not be possible without the time and energy of dedicated volunteers. Special Events volunteers assist at aquarium functions throughout the year. Special Event crews help in various capacities such as set-up, registration, craft and activity tables, scrip sales, food booths, guest greeting, and much more!

    All events support the Waikiki Aquarium’s mission

    to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life.

    Our annual events include:

    • International Koi Show
    • Mauka to Makai (Earth Day Celebration)
    • World Oceans Month
    • Seasons and the Sea
    • Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series
    • Family Night
    • Friends of Waikiki Aquarium Members’ Night

    Contact the Volunteer Office at 440-9020 or email volunteer@waikikiaquarium.org for more information about getting started as a Special Events volunteer.

  • This summer Waikīkī Aquarium is starting a Teen Interpreter Program. We are looking for a few good high school teenagers who would be willing to learn about Hawaiian marine life and who also enjoy interacting with adults and children.

    Program Dates:

    All applicants are required to come to a training session on July 1st. Teens must be available to volunteer for a half-day shift on all Wednesdays, July 8th to July 29th

    To Apply:

    Fill-out the application by June 5th.