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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. 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 is a National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT, trained swift water rescuer, AMGA single pitch instructor, and challenge course facilitator.

Contact Renee at: rjenkinson@hpa.edu