Hawaii & Alaska Adventure

Ages 14-17
Service Hours 20+

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
  • Build home with Habitat for Humanity

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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.

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 K.

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Activities on this adventure

Zipline Tour

Learn to Surf

Flight Tour of Denali National Park

snorkel pristine waters

Serve those in Need

Learn to Ice Climb

Camp in Denali Natl. Park

Hike in Alaska

Tour the Hawaiian Jungle

Enjoy authentic 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. After our arrival in Honolulu, we drive to the North Shore and settle into 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: Pineapples and Paradise

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 a maze of pineapple. 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 4: 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 5: Discover SCUBA Diving

Today we explore the underwater world! Our instructors teach you everything you need to know while making it fun and easy. After getting acquainted with the equipment and incredible new ability to breathe in water, we’ll explore the underwater world together. No experience necessary, and everyone loves it!

Day 6: Waimea Valley Eco-Reserve

Today we enter beautiful jungle and give back. 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 learn 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 7: Learn to Surf

Hawaii’s North Shore is home to some of the world’s best surf, and Zeal participants have the chance to learn right there with the best instructors. Last summer, every Zeal participant got up on their board and rode the waves- these instructors are amazing!

Day 8: Malama na Honu

365 days a year, volunteers of Malama na Honu patrol the beaches for sea turtles, and today, we get to join in their service. Get face to face with wild sea turtles, learn all about them, teach visitors the rights and wrongs of turtle interaction, and earn service credit for school. Oh, and you’ll be on a beach all day long!

Day 9: Aiea Loop Trail

Overlooking Waikiki is the Aiea Loop Trail. It’s a simple yet scenic tour of the beautiful Hawaiian highlands, and offers views of the idyllic coast line from Pearl Harbor to Diamond Head. Due to the Lemon Eucalyptus trees, you’ll enjoy a citrus fragrance in the air throughout the hike. Keep an eye out for the native Koa tree and downed B-24 bomber from World War II.

Day 10: Hawaiian Monk Seals

Hawaiian Monk Seals are critically endangered, with only 3,000 in existence. Each summer, seal moms bear their pups and spend up to six weeks on the beach allowing the newborns to grow. Today we visit these new families and learn all about the conservation efforts keeping their population sustained.

Day 11: 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, reach out for papaya and other tropical fruits, and even try some of them between our rides down the cables. Today is also the 4th of July, so we spend the afternoon and evening at Turtle Bay Resort’s annual carnival!

Day 12: Pearl Harbor Visit

Our last full day in Hawaii includes a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona memorial. No trip to Oahu is complete without a visit to this site. 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. For those interested in bringing some of Hawaii home, this afternoon is a great opportunity to shop for gifts, souvenirs, and memorabilia.

Day 13: To the Alaskan Frontier

Today we travel to Alaska! With time zone changes and flight time, we arrive to Anchorage in the evening. Enjoy in-flight movies and snacks as you’re whisked from one remote state to the next!

Day 14: Lazy Day

Yesterday was a long one, so today we take it easy. After sleeping in and a tasty brunch, we meet with Habitat for Humanity to get oriented for tomorrow service.

Day 15: Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit focusing building homes for those in need. Gain valuable skills and knowledge as you build houses and change lives!

Day 16: Ice Climbing

Today we get up close 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 17: Travel to Denali

After three days in Anchorage, it’s time to travel to Denali National Park. The Alaskan highway has plenty to see along the way, but the real beauty is in the National Park, where we’ll be camping for two nights.

Day 18: Tundra Wilderness Tour

Traveling deep into the park via bus, this 62 mile tour offers us incredible diversity of wildlife, and spectacular views of North America’s tallest mountain! The bus operator is also our tour guide, teaching everything about the park.

Day 19: Hike Day

A visit to Denali National Park would be incomplete without a day spent on the trails! We head out in the morning to summit a nearby peak. At the top, we eat lunch and marvel at the fantastic views.

Day 20: K2 Flight Tour

Now that we’ve seen the park from bus and by foot, it’s time to bring it to the next level! We hop aboard a small plane complete with skis to get a sky-high view of the mountains, glaciers, rivers, and wildlife. The tour is next level, with a landing on a glacier deep in the park. It doesn’t get better than this!

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 shops and museums, picking up any final gifts and memorabilia. After lunch, we go to the airport to travel all together back home.

 

Travel Dates

Hawaii and Alaska Adventure

What’s Included

Trip tuition covers all activities, food, accommodations, in-trip travel, gear, and fees associated with parks and other destinations. Please note trip tuition excludes travel expenses to and from program. Participants are encouraged to bring $100-200 of pocket money for optional purchases like souvenirs and gifts.

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