The University of Hawaii’s sea-grant nominated Bob and Lis Richardson as volunteer heroes. The sea-grant is a college program dedicated to the improved understanding of coastal and marine resources. They provide a range of opportunities including, research, education, and extension services to the community.

For the past two decades, the Richardson’s have been volunteers. They have contributed their time and effort to preserve, restore, and protect Maui’s precious dune and beach ecosystems. As founders of the Hoaloha ‘Āina/South Maui Volunteers program, the Richardson’s have coordinated hundreds of volunteers and have managed various projects. In the past, they have constructed beach ramps and walkways to restore dunes with native plants. They have also provided technical expertise for restoration projects along Maui’s North Shore. Additionally, they have also worked with County of Maui departments to make beach parks more beautiful, accessible, and enjoyable to residents and visitors alike.

No matter the assignment, Bob and Lis have a talent for helping volunteers feel welcome and ensuring that safety and education are integral to all-volunteer experiences. They genuinely care about everyone, checking in on them and ensuring that they all have a positive experience.

Bob and Lis are an outstanding team, and the sea grant team at the University of Hawaii would like to nominate them for their dedication and efforts to the organization. They are an exemplary asset to South Maui’s dunes and beaches and an inspiration to all.