Hawaii Island Humane Society

hawaiiThere are three dog shelters of the Hawaii Island Humane Society located on the Big Island, Hawaii. This organization is the only project in Hawaii that does not have a restriction on how many dogs they can take in.

How can I help?

The Hawaii Island Humane Society offers a range of areas for volunteers to help.

  • Dog Socializer: 

    Shy dogs need to learn to be comfortable around people and all the other dogs just need love. 

  • Cat Socializer:

    Cats who are shy or just not used to being around people don’t have a good chance of getting adopted, therefore they need to learn to accept humans while still in the shelter.

  • General Help:

    There is also administrative work to be done at the shelters, this means working at the reception and washing the blankets etc. 

  • Special Event Support:

    Help out at donation- and mobile adoption fares.

  • Photography:

    If you are a pro (or just pretty good) with a camera you can take photos for their website, social media and magazines.

  • Other Skills:

    If you have other skills that are not listed here just put them in your mail to the shelter.


Are there any costs?

This program is free.

How do I apply?

  • An orientation and signed waiver are required before you begin volunteering.
  • Get a tour of the shelter.
  • After orientation you are free to volunteer any day and time that the shelter is open. Contact Bebe Ackerman at 808-217-0154 or email volunteer@hihs.org to schedule your orientation!

What to expect?

The beaches, surfing, volcanos. What do you want more?

How do I get there?


Kona Shelter: 

The Kona shelter is located across from the Police station, next to the Kealakehe Refuse station. If you would like additional directions, feel free to call the Kona shelter at 329-1175.

Keaau Shelter:

From Highway 11 take exit to highway 130 (Pahoa/Kalapana). The shelter is located 2.2 miles on the makai (ocean) side of highway 130. They are located just before the Keaau transfer station. If you require additional directions, please feel free to call the Keaau shelter at 966-5458.

Waimea Shelter:

The Waimea shelter is located on the south side of the Waimea Airport between the 1 & 2 mile markers on Mamalahoa Hwy. When approaching from either direction, the Waimea Shelter sign will be the easiest to spot from the road. If additional directions are required please feel free to call 885-4558 for any assistance.

Where can I sleep?

  1. Kona Shelter: Koa Wood Hale / starting 23 €
  2. Keaau Shelter: Big Island Backpacking Hostel/ starting 27 €
  3. Waimea Shelter: Airbnb /starting 57€

What to bring?

Don’t forget your bathing suit and hiking boots, but also clothes that can get dirty is a must.


1. Kona: HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY, 74-5225 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

2. Keaau: HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY, 16-873 Keaau Pahoa Hwy, Keaau, HI 96749
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

3. Waimea: HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY, 67-1611 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI   96743 
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

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