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Summer Outdoor Program

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) proudly introduces a new and exciting Summer Outdoor Program for students in grades 8-12. The Summer Outdoor Program offers students a rare opportunity to experience some of Hawai'i's most beautiful, remote, and memorable land and seascapes, while participating in service learning programs with local non-profit environmental organizations. This 21-day program is a transformational adventure for students to challenge themselves physically and mentally with guidance and support from HPA's enthusiastic and experienced professional leaders. The program creates a unique space for young men and women to marry academics and fieldwork together, while learning about Hawai'iʻs rich history and culture. Activities will include multiple backpacking destinations to pristine valleys and beaches, active water sports in a variety of ecosystems, and working with environmental organizations to regenerate native habitats in isolated preserves.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Backpack to deserted beaches designated as breeding grounds for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle, in Volcano National Park.
  • Exalt beneath thousand-foot waterfalls.
  • Learn to surf, boogie board, stand up paddleboard, and/or ocean kayak, possibly with a pod of spinner dolphins leaping nearby.
  • See what life is like for the paniolo (cowboys) of Hawai'i as you explore through the oldest volcanic hills on the island.
  • Snorkel during the day with hundreds of colorful tropical fish and corals, followed by an evening swim with manta rays as big your car. These gentle giants are filter feeders, blithely feasting on plankton.
  • Learn to paddle a Hawaiian outrigger canoe and discover how the first Hawaiians arrived on the island.
  • Circumnavigate Mauna Kea on a mountain bike, volunteering along the way at spectacular forest restoration areas.
  • Spelunk into mile long lava tubes with unique geologic features, and take a plunge into the "Queen's Bath" filled with cool refreshing spring water.
  • Visit the southernmost point in the United States, and experience a rare and remote green olivine/peridot sand beach.
  • Get joyfully muddy and wet volunteering on a taro farm.
  • Give back to the 'aina (land) by earning 30+ hours of community service, and learn about Hawai'i's rich ecology, history, and culture.
  • Wake up on a black sand beach to an amazing sunrise with new friends from around the world.

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Program Overview

Dates: June 11 - July 2, 2016

Duration: 21 days

Group Size: 13

Grades: 8-12

Credit: 30 hours of community service

Arrive/Depart: Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i

Tuition: $4,000 (financial aid available)

Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

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