Hawaii Excursion

Ages 14-17
Service Hours 15+

Hawaii Excursion Highlights

  • Volunteer with Hawaiian sea turtles
  • Learn to surf from world-class instructors
  • Discover the underwater world with SCUBA diving
  • Eat local cuisine at an authentic Hawaiian luau
  • Explore secret waterfalls off the beaten path

Hawaii Excursion Details

Hawaii is filled with incredible opportunities to explore, whether it’s culture, food, activities, or simply the natural beauty of the land and water. In this action packed 14-day expedition, we’ll do a little bit of everything! We stay on the North Shore of Oahu, world renowned for its big wave surfing. We stand above serene vistas, volunteer and get hands on experience with sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals, learn to surf, eat delicious local foods at an authentic luau, go SCUBA diving, visit Pearl Harbor, rush down mountains on a zipline tour, explore the lush countryside of Oahu, and tons more.

Community service is an essential component along the way. Community service days include working with sea turtles and the non-profit Malama na Honu, restoring a native Hawaiian forest with Waimea Valley Eco-Reserve, and supporting the endangered Hawaiian monk seal species.

The Hawaii Excursion was by far the best two weeks of my summer! I made the most amazing friends and had so much fun. By the end of the trip, our entire group was one big family. Zeal’s many traditions and awesome group leaders made the trip even better. I truly never wanted it to end. – Julia C.

Activities on this adventure

SCUBA Diving

Learn to Surf

Visit Pearl Harbor

Hiking

Hawaiian 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 Day

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 two weeks of incredible summer fun and adventure. After our arrival in Honolulu, we drive to the North Shore and settle in 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 native 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 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! Local expert 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! Please note that all Zeal activities are highly encouraged, however for those participants that would prefer to not SCUBA dive, we offer alternatives to this activity.

Day 6: Waimea Valley Eco-Reserve

Today we enter Hawaiian 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: Everybody Surfin' Now!

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 great! Afterwards, we continue the local culture with much deserved Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

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 newborn 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

We drive to Honolulu to visit 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: Prepare for Launch

Believe it or not, the trip is almost over! Today we sleep in, eat a delicious brunch, walk through Waikiki for any last minute shopping, and enjoy the beach one last time. We end the day with our final dinner together, and celebrate this adventure that is now coming to an end.

Day 14: Travel Home

After breakfast, we head to the airport to check in for our group chaperoned flight. Although the trip is almost complete, we get to enjoy each other’s company on the flight home, and revel in the memories.

Travel Dates

Hawaii Excursion

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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