June 24 - July 5, 2018 // 12 Days
July 8 - July 19, 2018 // 12 Days
Completing Grades 7-8
2018 Itinerary Coming Soon!
Indulge your adventure spirit and fall in love with Hawaii’s Big Island. Journey clockwise around the Big Island on this epic 12-day adventure. Geographically diverse, the Big Island boasts everything from hardened lava deserts to lush rainforests and majestic green-sand beaches. Wake up in paradise next summer as you camp in the enchanting rainforests, hike the trails in Volcanoes National Park, marvel at flowing lava, discover ancient Hawaiian legends, learn to hula from a Kuma Hula, immerse yourself in the rich culture of Hawaii, and paddle out into the big blue on this epic introductory middle school adventure.
I learned so much in just a couple of weeks about other cultures and about myself.” - Participant on Hawaii: Aloha ‘Aina 2017
Discover ancient secrets and witness the primal power of molten earth while hiking and exploring the trails at Volcanoes National Park. Journey through a 500 year-old lava cave, enjoy a picnic lunch by the Kilauleau Caldera, or summit Mauna Loa, Hawaii’s most massive volcano while we adventure in this bucket-list National Park.
There's nothing like the Hawaiian thrill of getting up on a board to catch a wave and be propelled by the ocean's power!
Hike to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach for breathtaking views of the olivine sands. Papakōlea is one of just two green sand beaches in the United States, and it's rare sands attract visitors from all across the globe. Get your adventure on as we hike to the coastline for a this once-in-a-lifetime view point. Photo by: Thomas James Caldwell.
Paddle Kona’s crystal-clear blue waters and keep your eyes peeled for spinner dolphins, green turtles, and manta rays. Embark on a kayak and snorkel tour of Hawaii’s rugged coastline and colorful reef systems. Luxuriate in the warm Pacific waters, explore enchanting sea caves, discover ancient tidal species. Learn local history from our expert guides, and reward yourself with fresh tropical fruits at the end of our adventure.
While on the Big Island, we explore two of Hawaii's main exports: Coffee and Macadamia nuts. Swapping stories with local farmers and seeing first hand how these crops are produced, we discover how these plants first arrived to Hawaii (all the way from Austrailia and Spain!) and the cultural, social, economic and political realities of producing them!
Besides all the beautiful sand beaches, amazing food, fascinating culture, and adventurous activities, another attraction awaits: the state's most beloved ocean species, the spinner dolphin. These playful creatures are often seen skimming the surface of the ocean, spinning and leaping.
From Rainbow Falls to 'Akaka Falls, indulge your adventurous side as we traverse the east coast's stunning Humaka coast in search of Hawaii's most splendid falls. Journey to the 442 ft tall 'Akaka State falls and catch glimmers of magic at Rainbow Falls. These picturesque Hawaiian falls are even home to the rare Goby fish that use special suckers to climb walls and spawn. Rejuvinate and replenish at the foot of these falls.
In Hawaiian culture, the Hula is more than just dancing. It is a way of life. Receiving an introduction to Hawaiian culture, we learn about the history of the Hawaiian people, their cultural system, and the forces of nature that sustain them as we challenge ourselves to learn the basic moves to the Hula.
Grassroots environmental service on the Big Island
A Certificate of Community Service indicating the total number of hours worked will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Kayak/Snorkel Expedition: Kona Coast
Surf: Kona Coast, Hapuna Beach
Tour: Imiloa Astronomy Center, Big Island Bees Farm, Coffee Farm in Ka'u, Hilo Farmer's Market
Attend: Hula dancing lesson and cultural lessons
Hike: Volcanoes National Park, Papakolea Beach, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls
On the Big Island we sleep in tents near the beach. Showers are available; however, we shower every three to four days to conserve resources and support sustainability. Bathrooms are a mix of flush toilets and latrines.
Kona, HI (OGG)
A leader-escorted round-trip flight will be available (but not required) for those travelers who wish to fly with a leader. This flight will depart from LAX. Please contact our office for details.
The Road Less Traveled does not require any vaccinations or immunizations to travel with us, other than an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years).
Please click below to view your program’s equipment and packing list!
Hawaii: Big Island Packing List - 2018 list coming soon!
Coming soon! Please call the office at 773-342-5200 for more information on this program.
It is highly recommended that participants on this program are comfortable being in the water and swimming.