Hawaii & Alaska Adventure

Ages 14-18
Service Hours 25+

Hawaii & Alaska Adventure Highlights

  • Visit Waikiki and Pearl Harbor
  • Learn to surf from world-class instructors
  • Explore Denali National Park by foot and plane
  • Eat local cuisine at an authentic Hawaiian luau on Oahu’s North Shore
  • Learn to ice climb at Matanuska Glacier

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Hawaii & Alaska Adventure Details

Hawaii and Alaska are both known for their natural beauty and variety of activities, which is why we combined them into this epic trip! It’s for people that can’t choose between our country’s two most stunning states.

The first half of the trip is on beautiful Oahu in Hawaii. Volunteer and get hands on experience with sea turtles, learn to surf, eat delicious local foods at an authentic luau, visit Pearl Harbor, rush down mountains on a zipline tour, explore lush mountains and valleys of Oahu, and more.

During the second half of the trip, we explore Alaska. Alaska’s high placement on the globe means it has the most extreme sunrises and sunsets. In fact, it barely sets when we’re there. While in the land of the midnight sun, we work with Habitat for Humanity, learn to ice climb, hike and camp in Denali National Park, ride in bush planes, explore glaciers, and get face to face with wildlife.

Community service is an essential component along the way. While we explore these two breath-taking states we want to give back so we leave every location better than we found it. Community service days include helping protect sea turtles with the non-profit Malama na Honu, helping Waimea Valley Eco-Reserve restore native forests, and building homes with Habitat for Humanity. We’re also proud to announce a new service opportunity with the Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance. Participants will be helping restore a population of endangered seal, the Hawaiian monk seal.

The trip to Hawaii and Alaska was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. The variety of activities – surfing, ice climbing, and helping out at a homeless shelter, just to name a few – was incredible. I was never bored and always looking forward to the next day. I still have trouble deciding which state I liked better.

-Harrison Kahme

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Activities on this adventure

Zipline Tour

Learn to Surf

Flight Tour of Denali National Park

Rafting in Alaska

Serve those in Need

Ice Climbing

Camping

Hiking in Alaska

Hiking in Hawaii

Luau

On Every Zeal Adventure

At Zeal we hold safety, growth, friendships, service, and fun as our core beliefs. These are reflected in all our trips, so rest assured you could only make a good choice when you decide to go on a Zeal trip. Our leaders are seasoned, trained, and equipped to keep you safe on your adventure. Our itineraries are incredibly fun and offer you the opportunity to grow into your best self. Each trip will have 15-25 hours of meaningful community service. Finally, we encourage you to live the adventure with your friends, old and new! At Zeal, we allow both groups of friends and individuals to sign up for a trip.

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Hawaii

Although the majority of today is taken up with air and car travel, it’s also an exciting day full of getting to know each other and preparing for three weeks of incredible summer fun and adventure. We arrive in Honolulu at 3:00pm. We’ll then drive to the North Shore and settle into Kalani Hawaii (our accommodations) before our first meal on the island, right across from the beach. After dinner, we’ll take a dip in the sea and go through the first iteration of our daily traditions.

Day 2: Welcome to the Land of Fire

Today is about getting to know each other, the trip, and the North Shore. We start the trip off right by taking time to really get to know each other with icebreakers and team challenges. In the afternoon, we visit some special beaches and spots to get a lay of the land and connect with Oahu. Of course, we have time to swim and cool off in the perfect Pacific Ocean water.

Day 3: Waimea Valley Service

Today is when the adventure gets turned up a notch. We hike a short 45 minutes to a ridgeline overlooking the North Shore’s coastline and reef. The views are stunning! At the top, we begin learning about the history of the Hawaiian timber industry and plant native trees to help restore the depleted forest. This is a fun day of getting dirty and working hard, before heading back down the mountain to swim and refresh in a waterfall swimming hole embedded in the tropical jungle setting of Waimea Valley.

Day 4: Endangered Monk Seals

After spending yesterday in the highlands of North Shore, we head to Kaena Point, known for its supreme views of the Pacific. This is where the North Shore stops and melts into the sea. One can stand on the point and see no land in front of them. There, we learn about the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. Only 1300 of them exist today, and Zeal participants have the unique opportunity to support them during their pup-bearing season that begins in June.

Day 5: Dole Plantation and Hawaiian Luau

After two days of service, it’s time to be served! We start the day off by visiting the Dole pineapple plantation. Home to the world’s largest maze, we can sample delicious treats, take a train ride through the giant plantation, and try our navigation skills in the maze made of pineapple plants. The end of the day is all about Hawaiian culture and cuisine! We spend the afternoon and evening at an authentic Hawaiian luau at Paradise Cove, eating to our heart’s content while watching incredible song and dance of the islands.

Day 6 and 7: Surfing and Sea Turtles

Today and tomorrow we split into two smaller groups. Group 1 spends the day volunteering with sea turtles via the non-profit Malama na Honu while the second group learns to surf on some of the world’s most renowned surf breaks. Last summer, every Zeal participant got up on their board and rode the waves- these instructors are the best! We get back together in the early evening to share our experiences over a delicious home-cooked meal.

Day 8: A Day to Relax

Believe it or not, we’re already on day 8 of the trip! Today is sleeping in, laundry, calling home, exploring Haleiwa, and enjoying beach activities like boogie boarding and snorkeling. Ahhhh, rest day!

Day 9: Kualoa Ranch

If you feel like there’s a dinosaur around the corner, that’s because there might be! Today we explore the film sites of Jurassic World, Lost, and more. After a morning amongst the stars, we head to Kualoa Ranch secret island. Waiting for us there is a private beach, sand volleyball, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and a tasty summer bbq! Ever tried yoga on a paddleboard? Today’s your day!

Day 10: Hawaii by Wire

ClimbWorks zipline tour is an incredible combination of exhilaration, organic farming, and the most amazing views! The 11 ziplines crisscross an organic farm so as we zoom overhead, we can smell basil, see beautiful papaya and other tropical fruits, and even try some of them between our rides down the cables. To cool off afterwards, we visit a pristine swimming hole.

Day 11: Turtle Bay Resort

Today is Independence Day, and we’re celebrating! We spend the day at Turtle Bay Resort taking advantage of their incredible beach, bike tours, swimming pool, and delicious restaurants. In the evening, we continue the fun at the resort’s giant 4th of July festival. Complete with live music, booths of fun and food, and fireworks over the water, this is the 4th of July like it was meant to be!

Day 12: Pearl Harbor Visit

After a well deserved sleep-in, we drive to Honolulu to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona memorial. No trip to Oahu is complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor! It’s an opportunity to connect with the world’s turbulent past and learn about WWII from the unique perspective of those whose lives were affected at their doorstep. Afterwards, we explore Waikiki and have our final dinner in Hawaii.

Day 13: To the Alaskan Frontier

Today we travel from Honolulu, HI to Anchorage, AK! It’s a fun day full of inflight movies and hanging with the group.

Day 14: Denali National Park

After our arrival in Anchorage, we enjoy a late morning before heading to Denali National park where we’ll spend the next three nights camping. Once we arrive, we set up camp and enjoy the beauty of Riley Creek Campground.

Day 15: A Walk in the Park

Today we set out to explore our beautiful surroundings. Keep an eye out for wildlife like moose! We stop for breaks next to crystal clear brooks, glens full of flowers, and hidden ponds. This is an exciting introduction to the world-renowned Alaskan wilderness!

Day 16: A Little Bit Higher Now

After yesterday’s intro, we go higher in the park today. After a short 2.7 mile hike, we rejoice over the incredible views offered by Mt. Healy Overlook. If we’re lucky and the sky is clear, we can see Mt. Denali! After a tasty lunch at the top, we head back down to shower, relax, and enjoy our second tasty camp dinner.

Day 17: Back to Anchorage

Today we return to Anchorage with a stop along the way in Talkeetna. Talkeetna is a funky little town full of amazing food and lots of great shopping for Alaskan memorabilia, and is also where Denali mountain climbers take off in bush planes to begin their expeditions. We join them today for a bush plane tour around Denali National Park with a landing in one of four locations within the park. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remote sections of Denali.

Day 18: Ice Climbing

Today we get up close and personal to Matansuka Glacier! We spend the day learning the ins and outs of ice climbing from our expert instructors at Nova Alaska. No experience is necessary to excel at this fun sport that offers incredible views of the glacier. Prepare for another epic adventure! Once we return to our beautiful mountain home, it’s time to relax after this super active day. Movies, camp fire, cards- so many options!

Day 19: Habitat for Humanity

Today we get to give back to Alaska with Habitat for Humanity. We volunteer our time by helping with a Build Day, which means another family in need will be able to live in a safe and comfortable home. Aside from the opportunity to serve, we also learn the valuable skills of how to do construction safely!

Day 20: Alyeska and Seward

With less than 48 hours left in the trip, today is our last chance to visit Alyeska and Seward. Alyeska is a world famous ski resort, but in the summer it’s a great place to explore. There’s shopping, a gondola ride, and even a hand-operated tram! People from all over the world come to Alyeska to see the monumental gardens and carefully manicured trails through pristine Alaskan forest. Once we get our fill of Alyeska, we continue our drive to Seward in the famed Kenai Peninsula. There, we’ll walk around the quaint town and visit the Alaska Sea Life Center to get up close and personal with animals from puffins to sea otters.

Day 21: Travel Home

The day we’ve all been dreading is finally here! We spend the morning packing our bags and preparing for travel, before heading to Anchorage’s downtown for our last visit. There, we can explore tons of shops and museums. After our final dinner celebrating a great three weeks together, we head to the airport to check in for our flight home.

 

Travel Dates

21 Days

What’s Included

The trip price covers all expenses related to activities, food, accommodations, in-trip travel, gear, and fees associated with parks and other destinations.

Please note the trip price excludes travel expenses to and from program. Campers are encouraged to bring $100-200 of spending money for optional purchases.

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