Invest in our Students!
  • Student Sailing Lessons

    Raise your sails,

    And explore new horizons.  

  • Students Crossing Stream in Waipio Valley

    “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.”                -Albert Einstein

  • Waimanu Valley

    Let the Island

    be your teacher,

    from the mountains 

    to the sea.


    “A mind stretched

    by a new experience

    can never go back

    to its old dimensions.”

    -Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • Volcanoes

    Challenging academics,

    with a breath of fresh air!

Summer Courses

The Island is our classroom.

Learn it… Live it!

Semester School

Spend a semester of your Sophomore or Junior year studying abroad!  Return to apply what you’ve learned to your home community.  A semester away can make the difference of a lifetime!

School Groups

Is your class ready to explore?  School groups are our specialty!  HOI trips are perfect for Waldorf Schools, Private Schools, Home School groups, and more.



Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute is a non-profit experiential education program for teens.  Located on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, our mission is to foster a love of the outdoors in young people which inspires environmental stewardship in future leaders.

We specialize in custom courses for school groups (7th-12th graders) throughout the year.  We also offer summer open enrollment courses for individual students ages 13-17, which include the potential for high school credit.  Our students come from Hawaii, the US Mainland, and even a few different countries.  We offer full Semester School courses beginning Fall 2016.  Stay tuned for more details!

During our courses, explore pristine valleys and swim in waterfall pools.  Learn to sail your own boat on Hilo Bay.  Discover the biodiversity of the islands at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Snorkel and SCUBA dive Hawaiʻi’s best reefs.  Learn the value of service while restoring native Hawaiian forests.  Improve leadership skills through exciting outdoor challenges. Ready for adventure?

“Elizabeth had a blast!  She has repeatedly asked about going back next summer.  It was an incredible experience for her; from traveling solo, being away from family for an extended time, developing friendships with other wonderful teens, and participating in new and exciting activities.  All that, and Hawaii too!  I would love for her to join you again.”                                                         Parents of Elizabeth H.,    San Diego, CA  

 *Hawaii Outdoors Institute admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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