Hawaii Service Trip

Hawaii Service

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands while earning 30 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 breakers.

14 Days

$3,795

  • June 24th - July 7th
  • July 9th - July 22nd
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • Kailua Kona, HI

Day 1

Aloha! Today marks your arrival in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii! First you’ll be warmly greeted by your trip leaders and then introduced to your new fellow venturers. Hard to contain your excitement, you’ll quickly realize what an incredible trip you have in store for yourself. For our first day together, we’ll be familiarizing ourselves with our new stunningly exotic location, and more importantly, with each other.

Day 2

Awakened by the warm Hawaiian sun, we will board an authentic outrigger canoe, growing closer as a team as we learn to paddle and communicate while navigating this traditional craft. Once we are on the water, we 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! Our 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 this location is.

Day 3-5

Now it is time to get to work on our first service project: working with the renowned Kohala Center for conservation and environmental education. Here, we’ll get our hands dirty while learning about the fragile ecology of this island environment in need. While we are working diligently, we may get the chance to encounter endangered Hawaiian birds. The evening of our final day of service we will take to the water on our evening manta ray snorkel.

Day 6-7

After our first taste of meaningful service, it’s time to reward ourselves with a little bit of cultural recreation. Our next activity is one that’s more native to the islands than any other, surfing! We will spend the day hanging-ten. First to learn the basics, we’ll start by playing pupils to professional instructors and Hawaiian locals. After that we’re on our own to test what we’ve learned and to see how many waves we can catch.

Day 8

Our next 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 have the fortune to witness. We, however, will! While in the park, we’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon; and afterwards, we’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than ourselves!

Day 9

We will relax during the day before taking an afternoon boat ride to a secluded snorkeling spot. This is a special spot along the Kona coast for manta ray viewing. We will slip into the water just as the sun sets to float above the gliding manta rays. We will learn about how they feed and why they are so active at this particular time of day.

Day 10-12

We’ll roll up our sleeves once again — this time contributing to the local island communities in need. For three meaningful and important days, we’ll work with Habitat for Humanity and local island families on the construction of an affordable home for a deserving family. Seeing your immediate impact first hand while having the opportunity to interact and work with and alongside local community members is certainly a special occasion. This is sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Day 13-14

We will return to the Kona side as our journey draws to a close — enjoying one last final tropical feast. Our final night together will have been spent sleeping out under the stars and trying to make every last minute count. It’s been a pretty unbelievable trip, and although you may not want it to end, your memories will be with you always. This morning, we’ll wake up early to catch our flights home — a tearful goodbye, reminiscing about the accomplishments, memories and lifelong friends made over this incredible adventure.

Day 1

Aloha! Today marks your arrival in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii! First you’ll be warmly greeted by your trip leaders and then introduced to your new fellow venturers. Hard to contain your excitement, you’ll quickly realize what an incredible trip you have in store for yourself. For our first day together, we’ll be familiarizing ourselves with our new stunningly exotic location, and more importantly, with each other.

Day 2

Awakened by the warm Hawaiian sun, we will board an authentic outrigger canoe, growing closer as a team as we learn to paddle and communicate while navigating this traditional craft. Once we are on the water, we 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! Our 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 this location is.

Day 3-5

Now it is time to get to work on our first service project: working with the renowned Kohala Center for conservation and environmental education. Here, we’ll get our hands dirty while learning about the fragile ecology of this island environment in need. While we are working diligently, we may get the chance to encounter endangered Hawaiian birds. The evening of our final day of service we will take to the water on our evening manta ray snorkel.

Day 6-7

After our first taste of meaningful service, it’s time to reward ourselves with a little bit of cultural recreation. Our next activity is one that’s more native to the islands than any other, surfing! We will spend the day hanging-ten. First to learn the basics, we’ll start by playing pupils to professional instructors and Hawaiian locals. After that we’re on our own to test what we’ve learned and to see how many waves we can catch.

Day 8

Our next 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 have the fortune to witness. We, however, will! While in the park, we’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon; and afterwards, we’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than ourselves!

Day 9

We will relax during the day before taking an afternoon boat ride to a secluded snorkeling spot. This is a special spot along the Kona coast for manta ray viewing. We will slip into the water just as the sun sets to float above the gliding manta rays. We will learn about how they feed and why they are so active at this particular time of day.

Day 10-12

We’ll roll up our sleeves once again — this time contributing to the local island communities in need. For three meaningful and important days, we’ll work with Habitat for Humanity and local island families on the construction of an affordable home for a deserving family. Seeing your immediate impact first hand while having the opportunity to interact and work with and alongside local community members is certainly a special occasion. This is sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Day 13-14

We will return to the Kona side as our journey draws to a close — enjoying one last final tropical feast. Our final night together will have been spent sleeping out under the stars and trying to make every last minute count. It’s been a pretty unbelievable trip, and although you may not want it to end, your memories will be with you always. This morning, we’ll wake up early to catch our flights home — a tearful goodbye, reminiscing about the accomplishments, memories and lifelong friends made over this incredible adventure.

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