Invest in our Students!


Our Mission

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.

Program Practices

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.