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We Are Where We Are

HPA’s Outdoor Program is an integral part of the HPA experience. The Program provides opportunities for students to embrace wonder, to take risks outside of the traditional classroom, and to take responsibility for one's self, one another, and the land. These are integral tenets of HPA's values and one of the primary ways we fulfill our commitment to graduating resilient and confident young leaders.

2017/18 Program Opportunities:

Weekend Expeditions & Day Trips

Backpacking, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle, Service, Kayaking, and Hiking trips are offered throughout the school year.

Service trips - Aloha 'aina

Aloha 'aina means to love and respect the land, to take responsibility and claim stewardship for it. Many of our trips combine outdoor adventure with a service component from backpacking to fishpond restorations to camping beneath waterfalls and restoring ancient lo'i.

Fall Break Inter-Island Trips

Each year a group of students makes a trip to another Island. We travel to a new Island each year so that across a four year academic career at HPA a student has the opportunity to create connection with at least five of the eight major Hawaiian Islands.

Spring Break Trip

Spring Break takes us beyond Hawaii. It's an opportunity for students to experience the outdoors away from home in new geographies. Whether a trip to the Sierras, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest or elsewhere.

These trips are a compliment to HPAs Global Travel Program.

Leadership Seminar

The Outdoor Program offers a ten week leadership seminar after school during the Spring sports season. This course will prepare a student to lead future trips whether for HPA, their college outdoor program, with their family, or for a future employer.

Wilderness First Aid

HPA partners with the National Outdoor Leadership School to offer students, teachers, families, and community members Wilderness First Aid training. This three day course trains participants in decision making, prevention and response to wilderness medical emergencies. Participants earn an internationally recognized Wilderness First Responder certification.

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Meet the Director

Renee Jenkinson returned this year to the Big Island bringing with her over sixteen years of experience teaching and guiding youth and adults both in classrooms and in the backcountry.

While away, Renee was managing school outdoor programming in Portland, Oregon at the Catlin Gabel School. She is the founder and director of Ola Hawaii Camp, and Feral Girls Camp and has worked as a lead instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 2004.

She is the executive director of Cocoon Youth Storytelling and teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. She is a National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT, and trained swiftwater rescuer, AMGA single pitch instructor, and challenge course facilitator.

2017/18 Destinations:

Stand Up Paddle South Kona

Waimanu Valley Backpacking

Kiholo Bay Service Coastal Backpacking

Learn to Surf

Waipio Lo'i Service Campout

Hilo Waterfalls Day

Mauka to Makai South Kona Adventure

Parents Weekend Pololu Picnic Hike

Kauai Surf and Turf Thanksgiving

Mauna Kea Bike Trip

Volcanos Backpacking

Lava and Warm Ponds Day Trip

Swimming with Manta Rays

Mauna Kea Endangered Plants Service Overnight

Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest

Students and families can check for dates on Participate.

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