Outdoor Program

Aloha and welcome to the 2018/19 Outdoor Program.

The Outdoor Program's goals are to build community and connection to Hawai'i while teaching and fostering personal empowerment, risk management, resilience, and leadership skills.

As a reflection of these goals, we encourage students to be the main point of contact in joining and managing their participation on trips.

How to come on a trip:

  • Look at the calendar below with your family and decide which trips and programs appeal to you.
  • 2018 sign ups will happen the first week back each semester via a google form sent to students. To sign up for trips after the first week, email rjenkinson@hpa.edu.
  • Rosters will be finalized and students will be sent a gCal invitation if they are on the trips or emailed if they are on the waitlist. Rosters are built to give the most students access to trips.
  • Students will confirm their commitment to come on the trip by RSVP-ing to the gCal invitation.
  • Students are sent a prospectus and packing list.
  • If students drop off a trip less that one week prior, they receive 3 demerits. Please take your commitment seriously as there are eager students on the waitlist and we want to make sure as many students as can go.
  • A week prior to a trip, the group comes together at a mandatory pre-trip meeting to connect, set goals, get excited and do gear issue. The program can lend students most gear they don't have.
  • Outdoor trips are a digital break - Students don't have their phones or computers on the trip. They can bring a camera to take photos if they'd like as long as it's not part of their phone. We often share photos via google photos after trips

2018 FALL Outdoor Program Trips

All trips are subject to change

September 1 - Pōhāhā I Ka Lani Waipi'o Service Day Trip

September 14-16 - Kīholo Hike In, Service, and Camp-out

September 15 - Kohala Coast Boat Adventure Day Trip 

September 23 - Fishing Boat Day Trip

September 29 - Snorkel or Dive with Manta Rays

September 30 -  Hilo Waterfalls Day

October 7 - Fishing Boat Day Trip

October 14 - Waipi'o Lo'i Service Day Trip

October 26-29 - Waimanu Backpacking Trip

November 4 -Kealakekua Kayak and Snorkel Day Trip

November 9-11 - Keahuolū Service Beach Camp Out

November 21-25 - Moloka'i Thanksgiving Trip


  • Place based student leadership curriculum
  • Students are the point person for pre-trip communications with their families
  • The Outdoor Program can lend students any gear they need
  • Students attend a pre-trip meeting before the trip to go over the itinerary, gear, and establish group goals.
  • Digital break - Students don't have their phones or computers on the trip.


Outdoor Program trips are open to all students. The Outdoor Program offers a variety of trips to cater to different student interests, abilities, and expertise. The Program provides gear as needed. Rosters are built around a balance of providing student leadership opportunities as well as making sure interested students are given the opportunity to get outside as much as possible.

Other 2018 Outdoor Program Opportunities:

Friday Pau Hana Hill Hikes

There's no better way to end a week than to head up into the hills, sink your legs into the tall grass, feel the wind on your face, and fill your eyes with the breathtaking beauty of Kohala.  Students and HPA employees are invited to join the HPA Outdoor Program Fridays after school to hike and enjoy the hills behind HPA with special permissions from HPA and Parker Ranch.  Sign ups open on Mondays before the hike via an email to students as we have limited space on our permits.  We meet at the softball field behind GPAC at 3:30pm.

The rules are: Respect the land, one another, and this opportunity. No phones. See you there.

Wilderness First Responder Training

HPA offers wilderness medicine training in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). We offer Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses here at HPA throughout the year. Email outdoors@hpa.edu to get on the mailing list for upcoming trainings.

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other remote environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, this 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

Learn more about this year's wilderness medical trainings