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Trip Leaders

HPA's Summer Outdoor Program has a professional staff that encourages students to challenge themselves, while always managing 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 American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, Swiftwater Rescue.

Renee Jenkinson, Program Director

Renee Jenkinson '98 brings a deep love and connection to Hawaii and many years of experience teaching and guiding youth and adults in indoor and outdoor classrooms. Renee's taught and guided groups from middle schoolers through graduate students, from Antarctic scientists to special forces in Hawai'i, Alaska, Scandinavia, Japan, Mexico, India, across the western states. Renee grew up in Hawai'i, Oregon, and California and loves ocean adventures, learning about people, drawing, storytelling, and nights under the stars.

Renee worked most recently as the Outdoor Program Director at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, and has worked as a lead instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) since 2004. She is the founder and director Ola Hawai'i Camp, a summer camp for teen girls on the Big Island. Renee is also the director and founder of Cocoon Youth Storytelling, a Portland based youth storytelling organization. Renee currently works as the Director of Outdoor Programs at HPA where she coordinates year round outdoor adventures, leadership, and experiential opportunities for students.Renee is a National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT, trained swift water rescuer, AMGA single pitch instructor, and challenge course facilitator.

Olivia Durif, Trip Leader


Born in New York City, Olivia studied at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and spent her post-grad years working on farms and exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and Hawai'i. She taught agriculture, outdoor-education, plant science and youth-leadership at several institutions across the country, including private schools, Ekone Ranch, Ola Hawai'i Camp, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Besides working with students outside, Olivia is a writer and editor perusing the topics of land, tradition, food, boundaries and cultural difference. Olivia is dedicated to fun as a mode of connection and can do a headstand on almost anything. In addition to her bachelors degree in literature and languages, Olivia is a certified as a Wilderness First Responder and in CPR/First Aid.

Shannon Pepper, Trip Leader

Shannon's first adventures around the volcanoes of the northwest in her dad's backpack proved to be formative because she's been at it ever since. Shannon's been living outdoors and wrangling horses for Ekone Ranch since she was a kid. She has a bachelors in resource management from the University of Montana, where she worked as a rock climbing guide. Shannon's hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, worked at the New York Botanical Garden, and taught at The Ecology School in Maine. Shannon is an epic storyteller and currently lives in Mexico City. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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