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.

Study Environmental Science from the mountains to the sea.

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.

Student Blog

Our students do amazing things.

Be inspired by them!

Invest in our Students!

Many of our students can’t conquer the world on their own.  Please help them on their journey!

Wilderness First Aid

Earn your nationally recognized certification from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.  Learn from the leader in wilderness medicine and jumpstart your outdoor career!

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.

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“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  

We admit 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.

Upcoming Courses

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