Students have an incredible chance to experience the unique beauty, culture, land and history of Hawaii. It’s a destination made for exploring!
Imagine hiking through lush, green tropical forests with the clouds surrounding you at the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary. Get your head out of the clouds and train your gaze to the night skies with a narrated astronomy workshop- a “stellar” moment for stargazing! Walk the black sand beaches of Punalu’u or the volcanic reef below crystal waters teeming with tropical fish. Explore the Thurston Lava Tube, a 300 ft cavern where lava flowed thousands of years ago in the middle of a giant fern forest. Hike the Devastation Trail, baron fields of cinder formed by the 1959 Kilauea Iki eruption. A stop at the VNP Visitors Center will include discussion about tectonic plates and the Ring of Fire, which contributed to the formation of the island chain. The Steam Vents, Jagger Museum and Halemaumau Crater round out a day full of volcanic fun.
If U.S. history is part of your curriculum, a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial will top your list. Experience the place that launched us into World War II – a powerful teaching tool for your students.
As you explore the Aloha State, don’t forget that this island paradise is home to one of the most famous beaches in the world- Waikiki. You can “hang loose”, try your hand at surfing, or dive into an underwater world of colorful fish, dolphins and giant sea turtles during your Barefoot Beach Catamaran Snorkeling Adventure. Don’t forget to stop at the Waikiki Aquarium!