Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute is a non-profit experiential education program for teens 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. We offer full Semester School courses beginning January 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
Have a look at video highlights from East Bay Waldorf School’s 8th grade trip! We spent eight days exploring Waipiʻo Valley, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, sailing, snorkeling, learning, and having a good time.