HPA's Summer Outdoor Program has a professional staff that encourages students to challenge themselves, while always ensuring the safety of the group. Each leader promotes Hawaiian culture and traditions, is trained in outdoor safety, and has a love and passion for adventure and conservation. Leaders have their American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, First Aid and CPR, and at least one member at all times has Wilderness First Responder certification.
John Kilkenny, Trip Leader
Jaime Johnson, Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Wroe, Trip Leader
Xuan Vu, Trip Leader
Xuan is a new resident to the Pacific Northwest and loves it! She has always been an outdoor enthusiast; however, it wasn't until a transformative summer experience climbing the Grand Tetons that she discovered her passion to be an educator. With her MEd, B.S., and A.S. degrees, Xuan is steeped in curricula development and integrative learning. Drawing on her many roles as a wilderness-based outdoor educator, Xuan brings unique experience with multi-cultural experiential learning and an innovative style to her teaching philosophy. She is ecstatic for the experience and opportunities in working with HPA this summer!
David Pachter, Intern
David grew up in New York City, but his heart has always been in the outdoors. He grew up hiking, snowboarding, and traveling around the world. He is currently a freshman at Bowdoin College in Maine and loves it! At the moment he is an undeclared major, but he is leaning towards studying Physics or Environmental Studies. Besides spending lots of time in the great outdoors of Maine, he works to spread awareness on environmental issues on his college campus, fostering sustainability and stewardship in the community. He is excited to be working with HPA this summer!
Savannah Cochran, Student Leader
Savannah, a member of HPA's class of 2016, is pumped to spend three weeks of her summer adventuring around the Big Island before she leaves for Dartmouth College in the fall. Growing up in North Kohala, she has grown to appreciate all of the rad nature Hawai'i has to offer, and she can't get enough! Her favorite spot on island is the summit of Mauna Kea because the incredible views of the mountain and stars (or possibly the lack of oxygen) take her breath away. When Savannah isn't exploring the outdoors, you can find her running distance or partaking in spontaneous shenanigans.