Hawaii Service

Hawaii Service

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands while earning 40 hours of community service. Learn an ancient mode of travel, outrigger canoeing, hike through rain forest valleys, snorkel spectacular bays, and learn to surf Hawaii’s famous waves.

14 Days

$3,995

  • June 22nd - July 5th
  • July 8th - July 21st
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • Honolulu, HI

Day 1

Aloha! After meeting your trip leaders and fellow trip mates in Honolulu, you will take a quick flight together to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. For your first day together, you and your group will be familiarizing yourselves with our new stunningly exotic location, and more importantly, with each other. That first night is always a blast – you’ll get to know your group by playing games and telling stories, you’ll  learn about the trip itinerary together and your excitement to explore Hawaii will grow.

 

 

Day 2

Awakened by the warm Hawaiian sun, you will have a hearty breakfast and then board authentic outrigger canoes, growing closer as a team as you learn to paddle and communicate while navigating this traditional craft. Once you are on the water, you will paddle to a remote location and get some hands-on cultural experience learning about native crafts of Hawaii. These will make great souvenirs to bring back to the family! Your first full day together will really be an eye-opening experience as you begin to see what an amazing group you have and how incredible the islands of Hawaii truly are.

Day 3-5

Now it is time to get to work on your first service project: working with the renowned Kohala Center for conservation and environmental education. Here, you’ll not only get your hands dirty while learning about the fragile ecology of this island environment in need, but you’ll also help to educate other visitors and tourists on how to minimize their impact on the local environments. The evening of your final day of service, you will take to the water on an evening manta ray snorkel excursion.

Day 6-8

Your next two days will be spent in the astounding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people are fortunate enough to witness. You and your trip mates, however, will! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon in action; and afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than yourselves! Following your visit to the volcanoes, you and your group will take a hike to the esteemed Green Sand Beach, or Papakolea Beach.

After a week of exploring the best of Hawaii’s Big Island, you and your group will say goodbye and fly together to the island of Oahu. Here, you will spend the rest of your adventure!

Day 9-11

You will roll up your sleeves once again, this time giving back to the local Oahu communities. Working alongside the Malaekahana State Park, you will work with locals to help maintain and improve the diverse ecosystem of this area. You will help remove invasive species from the watershed area, where the freshwater meets the saltwater. Seeing your immediate impact first-hand while having the opportunity to interact and work alongside local community members is an unforgettable experience.

In the afternoons, you’ll learn to ride the waves and hang ten! After getting down the basics of surfing on your first day, you will surely all be standing by day two! And on the final day of this service project, you will head out to tour the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, a must-see when in Oahu. 

Day 12-13

We will spend the next two days pursing further service work with the locals. We will work to help restore one of the last remaining fish ponds in the Kaneohe Bay and also work with a local organization on a sustainable agriculture project. Working with taro farmers to remove invasive species such as mangrove, hale koa, and other non-native plants is important work! The last afternoon we will also jump in some kayaks and explore locals bays and coastlines! For your group’s final night together, you will celebrate Hawaiian-style with a Luau!

Day 14

This last morning, you will wake up and fly back to Honlulu together. From there, you will say your tearful goodbyes and reminisce about the accomplishments, memories and lifelong friends made over this incredible adventure.

Day 1

Aloha! After meeting your trip leaders and fellow trip mates in Honolulu, you will take a quick flight together to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. For your first day together, you and your group will be familiarizing yourselves with our new stunningly exotic location, and more importantly, with each other. That first night is always a blast – you’ll get to know your group by playing games and telling stories, you’ll  learn about the trip itinerary together and your excitement to explore Hawaii will grow.

 

 

Day 2

Awakened by the warm Hawaiian sun, you will have a hearty breakfast and then board authentic outrigger canoes, growing closer as a team as you learn to paddle and communicate while navigating this traditional craft. Once you are on the water, you will paddle to a remote location and get some hands-on cultural experience learning about native crafts of Hawaii. These will make great souvenirs to bring back to the family! Your first full day together will really be an eye-opening experience as you begin to see what an amazing group you have and how incredible the islands of Hawaii truly are.

Day 3-5

Now it is time to get to work on your first service project: working with the renowned Kohala Center for conservation and environmental education. Here, you’ll not only get your hands dirty while learning about the fragile ecology of this island environment in need, but you’ll also help to educate other visitors and tourists on how to minimize their impact on the local environments. The evening of your final day of service, you will take to the water on an evening manta ray snorkel excursion.

Day 6-8

Your next two days will be spent in the astounding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people are fortunate enough to witness. You and your trip mates, however, will! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon in action; and afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than yourselves! Following your visit to the volcanoes, you and your group will take a hike to the esteemed Green Sand Beach, or Papakolea Beach.

After a week of exploring the best of Hawaii’s Big Island, you and your group will say goodbye and fly together to the island of Oahu. Here, you will spend the rest of your adventure!

Day 9-11

You will roll up your sleeves once again, this time giving back to the local Oahu communities. Working alongside the Malaekahana State Park, you will work with locals to help maintain and improve the diverse ecosystem of this area. You will help remove invasive species from the watershed area, where the freshwater meets the saltwater. Seeing your immediate impact first-hand while having the opportunity to interact and work alongside local community members is an unforgettable experience.

In the afternoons, you’ll learn to ride the waves and hang ten! After getting down the basics of surfing on your first day, you will surely all be standing by day two! And on the final day of this service project, you will head out to tour the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, a must-see when in Oahu. 

Day 12-13

We will spend the next two days pursing further service work with the locals. We will work to help restore one of the last remaining fish ponds in the Kaneohe Bay and also work with a local organization on a sustainable agriculture project. Working with taro farmers to remove invasive species such as mangrove, hale koa, and other non-native plants is important work! The last afternoon we will also jump in some kayaks and explore locals bays and coastlines! For your group’s final night together, you will celebrate Hawaiian-style with a Luau!

Day 14

This last morning, you will wake up and fly back to Honlulu together. From there, you will say your tearful goodbyes and reminisce about the accomplishments, memories and lifelong friends made over this incredible adventure.