We consider our program to be a success when we:
- Foster a love of the outdoors which encourages environmental stewardship in future leaders.
- Benefit the community through service and cultural understanding.
- Challenge students physically and mentally.
- Inspire our students to become better people.
At Hawaiʻi Outdoors, student safety is our first consideration in running a quality program. As a result of our high safety standards:
- Our instructors are certified Wilderness First Responders, which includes extensive First Aid and CPR training.
- In the backcountry, we carry a Satelite Phone for emergencies.
- We have preplanned for “what if” scenarios.
- We always carry an extensive First Aid Kit.
- Students are closely supervised.
How we approach every course:
- To provide opportunities for personal growth, this is a student run program. The students lead, teach each other, cook, clean, make group decisions, etc.
- This is not a wilderness therapy or rehabilitation program. Although our courses encourage leadership and teamwork, we are not trained or staffed to handle emotional/behavioral problems or addictions.
- This is not a survival school. The students eat healthy, abundant meals and have all necessary gear to make camping as comfortable as possible.
- Our instructors are well versed in local facts to share with our students: Hawaiian history, culture, current issues, flora and fauna, etc.
- We keep our gear in clean, working condition.
- We keep an educational focus.
- Our employees are frequently trained and tested on field practices and safety procedures.
We believe that high moral standards contribute to a more uplifting and positive experience for all.
- Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly forbidden on course for students and instructors.
- Sleeping arrangements are single gender only.
- Clean and positive language is expected.
- We will not allow poor behavior from one student to diminish the group experience.