Hawaii

Preserving Paradise

$5,495

*Airfare purchased separately | Mid-trip inter-island flight included

16 days

Trip duration

8th – 12th

Grades

16 days

June 28 - July 13, 2024

(Limited availability)

July 19 - August 3, 2024

Honolulu or Kona

Arrival

Kona or Honolulu

Departure

$5,495

Tuition

16 days

Trip duration

June 28 - July 13, 2024

(Limited availability)

July 19 - August 3, 2024

8th – 12th

Grades

*Airfare purchased separately | Mid-trip inter-island flight included

Overview

Discover an enchanting tropical island paradise on this Hawaii summer service program. Where the beauty of the turquoise water melts into captivating sunsets, and powerful molten forces still expand the land. From the lava fields of the Big Island to the lush green mountains of Oahu, we get to experience the best of Hawaii has to offer!  Pilot an outrigger canoe like the early Polynesians and share in the spirit of Aloha. Work to preserve the splendor of the sea and the majesty of the lush rainforest. Partner with local nonprofits to support community projects and help native plants and animals thrive in Volcanoes National Park. Dive into a kaleidoscope of color on vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Catch a wave while learning to surf Hawaii’s famous breaks, and saunter along one of the world’s most beautiful hikes on the stunning coastlines. Preserve paradise under the tropical sun surrounded by serene waterfalls, remote beaches, and newfound friends on this incredible island adventure!

Highlights

  • Witness Ancient Volcanic Lava Flows and Work Alongside Rangers in Volcanoes National Park
  • Learn the Ancient Art of Hula and Traditional Hawaiian Cooking
  • Come Face-to-Fin With Gentle Manta Rays During a Night Snorkel Off the Kona Coast
  • Explore Iconic Hawaiian Trails and Viewpoints Including Diamond Head National Monument
  • Surf the Perfect Wave Breaks of Oahu
  • Protect Hawaii’s Ecosystem Alongside Grassroot Organizers and Embrace the Aloha Spirit
  • Paddle a Traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe
  • 20 Hours of Community Service

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Island Farming and Composting

Learn about the various ecosystems in Hawaii, and participate in two projects that support the local community. Engage in hands-on science-based activities and curriculum on aquaponics (a system using the cycle of plants feeding fish and fish feeding plants) and vermicomposting (composting using worms). Learn about fish ecology, how they interact with the Hawaiian ecosystem and the islands’ agricultural strategies.

Farming

Night Snorkel with Manta Rays

Embark on a late-night snorkel like no other. Take a sunset cruise along the Kona coast and dawn snorkel gear to jump into warm waters equipped with dive lights. Witness some of the ocean’s most peaceful and majestic creatures, coastal manta rays, who associate bright dive lights with food. With experienced and knowledgeable guides, you’ll be within arm’s length of these gentle giants as they feast on plankton in the bright beams of light from your boat.

Night Snorkeling

World-Class Waves

Take to the ocean for a professional surf lesson with miles of beautiful wave breaks and world-class surfing on the Hawaiian islands. Learn how to perfect your surfing skills under the tropical Hawaiian sun after getting involved with a variety of projects alongside local volunteers. Meanwhile, learn about the important culture and history of this region and the many generations that have called it home.

Surfing

Common Questions

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

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 youth, 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. 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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