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Outdoor Program

HPA's Outdoor Program has a history as long as the school is old. Setting foot on campus, one feels the tug of the outdoors. Outdoors, HPA's values come to life, students are empowered to take responsibility for themselves, one another, and the land. Our Outdoor Program is one of the ways we fulfill our commitment to graduating empowered and resilient young leaders.

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The HPA Outdoor Program's aims to cultivate connection to Hawai'i and one another while teaching personal empowerment, risk management, resilience, and leadership skills.

Here are some of the ways we do this:

Weekend outdoor trips

Aloha 'aina means to love and respect the land, to take responsibility and claim stewardship for it. Whether we're backpacking, surfing, SUP-ing, or hiking, wherever we go we give back in some way. By practicing Leave No Trace principles to spending time in service, students further their connection to the land and sea by caring for this place. We offer weekend trips throughout the school year.

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Wilderness Medicine Training

HPA Outdoor Program partners with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), to offer top level wilderness medicine certification courses here on the Big Island. Courses are open to the public ages 16+. Email outdoors@hpa.edu to be notified of upcoming courses.

Weekly Pau Hana Hikes

Every week we collaborate with local land owners to offer an after school hike in the beautiful hills surrounding Waimea.

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Summer Outdoor Program

Each summer the HPA Outdoor Program offers a multi-day multi-sport adventure. The Summer Outdoor Program is open high school students from across the globe interested in connecting with Hawai'i and one another.

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Fall Break Inter-Island Trips

Each year a group of students makes a trip to visit 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. This Fall a group of 10 students hailing from seven different countries spent a week on Kauai doing service, surfing, and hiking together.

Meet the 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.

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