Hawaii Trip Length: 8 Days, Cost: $2295
Here’s a glimpse into all that awaits you in Hawaii
Volunteer on forest restoration, marine conservation & sustainable farming projects | Snorkel with Green Sea Turtles | Hike across a solidified lava lake | Explore the Big Island’s rugged coastlines, mountains & waterfalls | Chill on white and black sand beaches | Experience the best star-gazing in the world on Mauna Kea Volcano
Meet your GIVE guides and fellow volunteers at the airport, and then head to our accommodations (~1.5-hour-drive) near the Waipi’o Valley Lookout, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Maui in the distance! That evening, we’ll dive into the details of the journey ahead during our group orientation.
Trip Commencement: Upon meeting your GIVE guides at Kona International Airport.
After breakfast, hike into the Waipi’o Valley to take part in volunteer projects and educational programs designed to revitalize and advance indigenous Kanaka Maoli cultural knowledge and land stewardship. As a volunteer, you will learn the historical and cultural significance of this sacred valley, while helping to malama ʻāina (care for the land) by planting indigenous and native plants. We’ll then hike through lush rainforest and terraced taro paddies on our way to the black sands of Waipi’o beach for a relaxed afternoon.
Volunteer at the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, an inspiring place where ancient Wiliwili trees persist in some of the most rugged terrain in Hawai’i. Here, you will learn about the diverse forest that once covered the driest regions of the islands, while helping build trails, clear weeds, plant trees, collect native seeds, and propagate the plants that will grow into future forests. That afternoon, we’ll head to a nearby white-sand beach to relax and snorkel amongst vibrant coral reefs, tropical fish and green sea turtles!
Spend the morning volunteering at Hāmākua Harvest, a local nonprofit working to promote and advance Hāmākua agriculture by supporting local farmers, enriching the region’s social fabric, and promoting healthy rural lifestyles for the benefit of Hāmākua’s communities, economy, and environment. Get your hands in the soil harvesting produce, digging invasive species, spreading organic fertilizer, and planting companion plants throughout the demonstration orchard while learning about agroforestry and other tropical agriculture techniques!
That night, we’ll drive to the Onikuza Center for International Astronomy for an incredible sunset and some of the best stargazing in the world. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea Volcano – the tallest volcano in Hawaii – this window into the cosmos is truly unforgettable.
It’s time for a road-trip down the Big Island’s stunning Hāmākua coast. First, we’ll stop for a short hike around the breathtaking Akaka Falls, followed by a scenic drive along the dynamic coastlines of Onomea. After a picnic lunch at Rainbow Falls, we’ll enter Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for an epic hike through lush rainforest and across the solidified lava lake of Kilauea Iki Crater. Formed during the massive eruption of 1959, hiking into Kilauea Iki feels like you’re entering another planet. That evening we’ll settle into our new accommodations, nestled amongst macadamia orchards on the SE coast of the Big Island!
After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the Keau’ohana Forest Reserve – the largest and most intact lowland rainforest remaining in Hawai’i – to volunteer on forest restoration projects focused on the control of invasive species and planting of native species in the most biodiverse section of the reserve. On the way home, we’ll stop at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, where green sea turtles can often be found nesting on the beach and feeding in the shallows!
Spend the day cleaning up some of the most plastic-polluted coastlines on the planet. Located just east of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the SE coast of the Big Island catches plastic from all over the world, some of it decades old. By volunteering to remove microplastics and marine debris, you will help protect the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and threatened green sea turtles that call this shoreline home. That night we’ll gather for a traditional Hawaiian Imu barbecue and enjoy one final night of reflection & celebration with your new GIVE family!
All good things must come to an end, but these memories and friendships will be with you forever. Say goodbye to your fellow volunteers and head back to the mainland or onto your next adventure!
Trip End: When your GIVE guides drop you off at Kona International Airport.
**THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY WHICH IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
- All accommodations within Hawaii, which have access to basic amenities and security
- All group transportation within Hawaii
- All meals throughout your stay (country specific exceptions)
- All of your epic adventure and cultural immersion activities
- Funding for volunteer projects
- Drinking water 24/7
What’s Not Included?
- Flights to/from Hawaii, along with associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country entry/exit taxes.
- Medical and Travelers insurance
- Passport and visa (specific to your citizenship)
- Vaccinations (specific to host country)