The Koke'e Museum is the one-stop visitor center for Waimea Canyon & Koke'e State Parks. It is operated by Hui o Laka, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the beauty and essence of Koke'e. Although admission is free, donations are always welcome and appreciated. The museum is open every day from 9 AM to 4:30 PM; knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be able to help you decide on hiking trails and advise you on current conditions and hazards to ensure your day out will be a safe one. The museum also has a mini gift shop that contains collections of Hawaiian books, Kauai-made jewelry, hiking sticks, and exclusive t-shirts.
You may inquire about volunteer opportunities at the museum or contact the email and number below. Kokua Koke'e is the name of the forest conservation program and is guided by the Hui o Laka staff. Kokua translates to "help," and by joining their team, you will work on beautifying trails, lookouts, and assist in the renovation and preservation of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (CCC Camp). All ages are welcome; the volunteering schedule will vary.
Aside from forestry services, you may support the Koke'e Museum by getting an annual membership with Hui o Laka for as little as $20 a year. Benefits and privileges include a 10 percent discount on purchases in the museum shop, being able to stay at the CCC Camp, and the ability to vote at the Annual Members Meeting.