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High Standards

  • 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.

Top Safety

At Hawaiʻi Outdoors, student safety is our first consideration in running a quality program.

  • Our instructors are certified Wilderness First Responders, which includes extensive First Aid and CPR training.
  • In the backcountry, we carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
  • We have preplanned for “what if” scenarios.
  • We always carry an extensive First Aid Kit.
  • Students are closely supervised.
  • We keep our gear in clean, working condition.
  • Our employees are frequently trained and tested on field practices and safety procedures.

We are NOT:

  • A wilderness therapy program
  • A rehabilitation program
  • For students with emotional/behavioral problems or addictions
  • A survival school. The students eat healthy, abundant meals and have all necessary gear to make camping as comfortable as possible.

Wilderness First Responder Certification

Wilderness First Responder certification is a learning intensive class on how to manage illness, injuries, and other incidents in remote settings. We sponsor a limited version of the training every year to our staff. We want to make sure that our instructors have the training necessary to conduct outdoor excursions safely.

In the past, we have offered the certification class to the public. Employees from the following organizations have been Wilderness First Responder certified through our courses, in partnership with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS:

  • National Park of American Samoa
  • Haleakalā National Park
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tern Island
  • Palmer Antarctic Research Station
  • Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
  • Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
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