There’s a reason Maui is loved by people from all over the world. From Haleakala Crater to the Road to Hana, Maui is a dream! While camping a stone’s throw from the ocean’s edge, we’ll sleep to waves gently lapping, breeze gently blowing, and palms gently swaying. Your days are filled with hiking lush ridgelines, snorkeling pristine reef, and swimming in waterfall pools. We’ll give back to the island through environmental conservation projects to protect the island’s natural resources. Authentic cultural experiences will give you a true sense of place. You’ll never forget the people you meet along the way, and the rustic places you’ll explore. With Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute, your days on Maui are sure to make a lasting impression.
Our Maui location is suited for larger groups (8 is the minimum) and age appropriate for Middle School and High School Students ages 14-18. Perfect for Waldorf Class Trips and other school groups!
Sample Maui Itinerary
We’ll greet you at the Kahului airport around midday. After a refreshing swim in the ocean, we’ll settle in to our home base at Camp Olowalu, right on the beach! We’ll have a program orientation to prepare for the exciting days ahead.
Land Stewardship, Hawaiian Culture and Ridge Hiking
Today we’ll set a positive tone by giving back to the island. We’ll head to Uncle George’s Farm to help care for his prized plants and animals. Uncle George Kahumoku is a Hawaiian Elder, author, a lifelong farmer, and a world renowned slack key guitarist. He’s a person you’ll never forget. After helping restore his land, we’ll learn a Hawaiian song together before heading to the forest. This afternoon, we’ll hike the Waihe’e Ridge trail for a birds eye view of Maui. After our hike we’ll cool off in Makamaka’ole Stream before heading back to base camp.
Kipuka Olowalu Restoration Project, Kayak and Snorkel “Mother Reef”
To native Hawaiians, the concept of “malama aina,” to care for the land, is central to Hawaiian values. For centuries, their ancestors lived sustainably from the land. When we work the land beside them, we serve them. We learn their stories, their values, their world. By restoring the uplands with our partners at Kipuka Olowalu Cultural Reserve, we also help protect the reefs below. This afternoon, we’ll kayak and snorkel directly below at Olowalu Reef. Known as a “mother reef,” spawning corals at Olowalu send polyps that seed new reefs throughout Maui and the Hawaiian Islands.
Waterfalls to Hana Today we cruise the world famous “Road to Hana.”
Our first waterfall swim is off the beaten path, at a private pool where King Kaulakaua kept his personal gardens. After learning the history of the land and watersheds here, we discover the Kahanu Tropical Botanical Garden. This garden has one of the largest collections of Ulu (breadfruit) varieties that were once the staple food crops in ancient Hawaiʻi, along with one of the largest Hawaiian Temples in the islands.
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Volunteer Work.
Today we learn about the positive impact a small but mighty non-profit can have on the environment and community. Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund is dedicated to the conservation of Hawai’i’s marine wildlife. We’ll learn by doing to emulate their success and make an impact where you live. After visiting the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center, we’ll do a wildlife restoration project based on the greatest current need. We may be restoring dunes to enhance endangered Hawksbill sea turtle nesting grounds, building turtle fencing, or cleaning marine debris and micro-plastics which get mistaken for food. Whatever we do, our efforts are sure to make an impact, from Hawaii to your home community.
This afternoon, we’ll have a relaxing evening on the beach. You’ve earned it!
Summit to Sea!
This morning we’ll explore the southern end of Maui where lava flows crept down from Haleakala to create an otherworldly landscape. In crystal blue pools and mermaid lagoons we’ll discover tide pool ecosystems along the historic trail. After a morning at the shore, we will head “upcountry” traveling through Haleakala National Park to observe native birds before summiting at 10,000 feet. From the top of our world, we will be granted a most beautiful sunset as the stars peak out across the horizon.
Hawaiian Handiwork, Ancient Valleys
This morning we’ll anchor at our home base while visiting mentors teach us to weave lauhala bracelets, ti leaf leis and strip “hau” to make cordage. These plants were used by early Hawaiians for everyday materials and also in sea-faring. This afternoon, we’ll visit Iao Valley, steeped in Hawaiian history, culture, and legend. We’ll swim in cool, inviting stream pools. After a final feast, we’ll have a memorable closing ceremony to appreciate our time together around a warm fire.
On our final day, we’ll have a chance to reflect before saying our aloha’s at the airport. Depending on your plane flight, we may have time for one final swim, souvenir shopping and shave ice, or something else the group choses.