Is your class ready to explore? School trips are our specialty! Hawaii Outdoors trips are perfect for Waldorf Schools, year end/spring break school trips, Freshman experience week, Home School groups, or as an educational supplement to natural science classes. Teachers often find that a week of traveling helps a class bond and makes the school year run more smoothly. The activities available for your group are listed below. Choose one, or combine activities for a multiple day course. We’ll work with you to design a customized course for your organization. To enroll, read over the activities below and contact us with your ideal dates, number of students and course interests.
“The trip was a great success. I felt there was a balance between nature, culture, education, and fun. The final evening was another highlight. We continued the closing circle back at school and took several days to finish our goodbyes. I think it allowed the students to feel a true sense of closure and paved the way for a very wonderful graduation ceremony.” -8th Grade teacher, East Bay Waldorf School
Waipio Valley Taro Farm / Waterfall Hikes Waipio Valley is a cultural treasure, and one of the most sacred places in the Islands. Known as the “Valley of the Kings,” it was once a flourishing community of Hawaiian royalty. A few families still live and farm in the rustic valley. They keep Hawaiian culture alive by harvesting traditional taro crops and making poi. We’re fortunate to be able to camp in the valley. Experience the history and culture of this place by learning from a local farmer and helping him work in his taro patch. We test our limits by climbing the challenging “Z-trail” for the best views of the valley and a rewarding dip in “Queen’s Bath.” Finally, we hike, climb and swim up a riverbed to incredible 1,300 ft. Hi’ilawe Falls. When it’s over, you won’t want to leave the valley! (1-3 days)
Waimanu Valley Backpacking Ready for adventure? Waimanu Valley was once a place where ancient Hawaiians lived and thrived. Now its many waterfalls and black sand beach are enjoyed by only a few hearty backpackers. We begin our hike traveling in the footsteps of King Kamehameha, through sacred Waipi’o Valley. The trail requires fording rivers and ascending steep valley walls where the views are unbelievable. After the extremely steep “Z-Trail” section, we enjoy miles of majestic pine and eucalyptus forest before making our final descent into Waimanu. Day two is a well deserved rest in this remote wilderness. We may see endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals basking in the sun or be able to eat tropical fruit from the trees. We spend the day relaxing on the beach, playing games and learning low impact camping skills. On day three, we reflect on our amazing accomplishments while hiking for home. After this very challenging 20 mile trip, you’ll agree Waimanu is a true paradise. (Requires 3 days)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park With its vast, ever-changing landscapes, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been honored as a “World Heritage Site” and “International Biosphere Reserve.” In this section, we hike through pristine rainforest and lunar landscapes; craters, steam vents, and lava tube caves. There’s no place on earth quite like it!
Sailing on Hilo Bay Sailing and sea navigation were important skills for the Polynesians who sailed to Hawaii. Taught by yacht club instructors, students will learn basic sailing techniques. We learn hands on by sailing “Sunfish” in beautiful Hilo Bay. These small, two person boats are perfect for learning. They’re fast, wet, and fun! (1-2 days)
Environmental Service Project We help several outdoor organizations; such as The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and Volcano Ni’aulani Rainforest Preserve, to protect some of the most remote and wild areas of the island. Students may find themselves preserving endangered animal habitat, controlling invasive weeds or replanting native trees. Enjoy the satisfaction of giving back to nature, while learning about Hawaii’s fragile ecosystems and what can be done to protect them.
Mauna Kea Astronomy At 13,796 feet, Mauna Kea has been a sacred place to Hawaiians for hundreds of years. It is also home to world-class observatories. Because of its pollution-free skies, it’s a prime location to explore the universe. A stop at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo will prepare students to experience the cultural and scientific wonders of this unique place. At the 8,000 ft. visitor center (Expect temperatures in the 30’s!), students will participate in an interactive presentation on the night sky using high power telescopes. This is stargazing at its finest!
Snorkeling The Big Island is considered to have the best snorkeling in the Hawaiian Island chain. As the newest island, it’s underwater topography is the most interesting with caves, reef shelves, tide pools and healthy coral. We have the cleanest seawater in the northern hemisphere, which makes underwater visibility excellent. Tropical fish and sea turtles abound. It’s the closest you’ll come to swimming in an aquarium!
SCUBA Certification / Discover SCUBA We’ve partnered with the 5 Star PADI Center, Kohala Divers, to offer Open Water SCUBA Certification. Students are introduced to a tropical underwater world through classroom time, skills practice in a pool, and open ocean boat dives—all in the calm, pristine waters of the Kohala Coast! Certification requires four days and is valid for life. Don’t have that much time? We also offer a non-certified “Discover SCUBA” course lasting two days. It’s a great way to unlock the door to a new world! (Full 4 day certification-$395 extra per student/adult OR 2 day Discover Scuba $225 extra per student/adult)
Zipline Enjoy the outdoors from a bird’s eye view! Spend the day zipping through lush forest, past cascading waterfalls, and over deep mountain canyons on the Skyline Akaka Falls. Students conquer their fears by starting on short lines and working their way up to “the big one,” a half mile line over a dramatic 250′ waterfall. Safety is paramount with the United States’ first and most experienced zipline operator. It’s an exhilarating day with jaw dropping scenery, and something your students will never forget! ($145 extra per student/adult)