Mānoa Heritage Center


Become a docent volunteer and guide school tours through the botanical gardens that surround ancient Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau and the historic Kūaliʻi home. If you enjoy the outdoors, learning more about Hawaiʻi, and interacting with people of all ages, then this will be a fun and rewarding experience for you.

MHC’s six-week docent training course will prepare you for your journey with topics including Hawaiian history, Mānoa Valley’s transition over time, native and Polynesian-introduced plants, and traditional Hawaiian cultural practices. Year-round enrichment excursions and workshops will keep life-long learning at your fingertips. In addition, docents receive special benefits such as complimentary tours for family and friends and annual appreciation parties.

“I have been a docent since 2007 and loved every minute of being on these wonderful grounds. It has been amazing to see the growth, over the years, and meet so many great folks, both docents, staff, and visitors. It has been an honor to be part of this endeavor.”   ~ Linda Conboy

Garden Volunteers

Mānoa Heritage Center welcomes garden volunteers to put their hands in the ʻāina and learn how native and Polynesian-introduced plants were propagated and used while helping to maintain this important botanical garden in the heart of Mānoa Valley. Organized group garden work is offered on weekdays between 9am and 2pm, upon schedule availability. Saturdays are a limited possibility upon request. Individual service learning is open on Fridays from 8am to 12pm, upon availability. Apply below if you are looking for school credit, class service projects, service learning, community outreach, or simply for fun! Review the accompanying guidelines for volunteering in the garden.

Garden Volunteer Sign-up Form