Hawaii

Blue Water Adventures

$4,995

*Airfare purchased separately

12 days

Trip duration

7th & 8th

Grades

12 days

July 18 - July 29, 2024

Lihue, HI

Arrival & Departure

$4,995

Tuition

12 days

Trip duration

July 18 - July 29, 2024

7th & 8th

Grades

*Airfare purchased separately

Overview

From tropical rainforests to vibrant ocean reefs, immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of Kauai! Exploring the Northern-most island in the Hawaiian archipelago, known as “The Garden Island” with it’s pristine rainforests and beaches. Learn what makes this majestic island unique and why this small dot in the Pacific is such a renowned destination. Experience the rich history of this Polynesian culture and dive into clear tropical waters. Witness the volcanic forces that continue to shape these islands while sleeping under the stars in our beachside paradise. Hike past towering waterfalls, wander through quaint beach towns and gaze down from stunning panoramic vistas.

Highlights

  • Explore the Breathtaking Na’Pali Coast
  • Surf the Perfect Wave Breaks of Kauai
  • Restore Beaches with the Non-Profit Surfrider Foundation
  • Protect Hawaii’s Ecosystem Alongside Grassroot Organizers and Embrace the “Aloha Spirit”
  • Hop in a Traditional Outrigger Canoe and Surf Your Way to Shore
  • Snorkel the Pristine Waters of the Pacific
  • Hike Through the Stunning Mountains and Canyons of Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks
  • 10 Hours of Community Service

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Community Projects

Embark on a fascinating exploration of Hawaii's diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to vibrant coral reefs, as you participate in hands-on projects aimed at preserving the island's natural beauty. Join conservation efforts to remove invasive plants, restoring balance to delicate ecosystems and creating thriving habitats for native species. Dive into the restoration of ancient fishponds, learning about their cultural significance and playing a vital role in their revitalization. Through these meaningful endeavors, you'll not only gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii's environmental challenges but also contribute to the preservation of its unique biodiversity.

Adventure

Lace up those hiking boots and don your favorite bathing suit for an epic adventure! This journey will take you across color-drenched sand beaches and through awe-inspiring volcanic terrain. Soak up the sun, feel the sand between your toes, and marvel at the raw beauty of nature as you explore every twist and turn of this breathtaking landscape.

Cultural Connections

Be embraced by the genuine hospitality and warmth of Hawaiian culture as you delve into the rich tapestry of history and tradition that has shaped this vibrant region. From the ancient roots of Polynesian settlers to the modern-day legacy of resilience and community, each step unveils a new chapter in the story of Kauai. Engage with locals eager to share their heritage, listen to tales passed down through generations, and immerse yourself in the customs and rituals that define life on these islands. It's more than just a journey—it's an opportunity to connect with the heart and soul of Kauai.

Common Questions

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Each program has a specific packing list that has been designed to fit the program’s activities, length, and climate.

ARCC has been operating programs in Hawaii for several years, and we have built relationships with a variety of individuals, small communities, and organizations who enjoy hosting ARCC student groups. The specific service projects that each group will work on depending on the needs of the communities at the time the groups are there. Possibilities include mentoring local schoolchildren, trail maintenance, beach clean-ups, assisting in the preservation of tropical plants, and outreach to populations struggling with homelessness.

You will sleep in tents on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, or in private campgrounds surrounded by the lush greenery of the islands. All campgrounds have restroom facilities with showers and running water for cooking, washing hands, etc. You will sleep in groups of 3-4 in tents supplied by ARCC. Please make sure you check the Hawaii Clothing & Equipment List and remember to bring your own sleeping bag and pad.

Each group will travel together, with their two leaders, in a 15-passenger van, or two mini vans. If you would like to bring music for these rides, feel free to bring a music player or CDs. If you bring an iPod or MP3 player, make sure to bring a radio adapter, as most of our vans do not have an MP3 jack.

Although you will not be doing traditional backpacking on this trip, it is important that you bring a backpack as your main piece of luggage. During the program, the group will be navigating through airports, on and off buses, up and down stairways, and taking short walks on unpaved paths to get to campsites. The group will be able to move much more efficiently if everyone is carrying their belongings on their back.

Have questions? Speak to one of our Program Directors, give them a call at (415) 332.5075 , they love talking about their trips!

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