From towering volcanoes to some of the world’s best beaches, Hawaii is defined by its stunning natural beauty, and the ancient Hawaiian people have left a legacy of indigenous wisdom and sustainability that serve as a model for many of today’s pressing issues. From tackling climate change to protecting biodiversity, innovative practices are being pioneered on these remote Pacific Islands.
We will journey between the islands of Oahu and Maui and go behind the scenes of several community-led initiatives. On Oahu, we’ll venture to the majestic Waimea Valley to lend a hand on a reforestation project and have a farm-to-table dinner on a local family’s grassroots eco-farm. In Maui, we’ll spend two mornings helping the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute protect endangered sea turtles where they nest through participating in data collection, tracking, and habitat restoration. This work is central to the effort to preserve the green sea turtle’s increasingly threatened habitat.
Volunteer Time = 10 hours (3 mornings)
What You'll Do
On Oahu, our focus will largely center around sustainability, both cultural and ecological. Experience first-hand how local communities are using the wisdom of their Polynesian ancestors to tackle a range of problems facing them. On Maui, our focus will shift to the biodiversity and wildlife that inhabits this tropical paradise. Assist with a beach cleanup and sea turtle and reef conservation initiatives alongside Maui’s leading Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute. If needed, aid in turtle rescues.
We’ll also venture out to sea with the Pacific Whale Foundation to snorkel off the coast of tropical Lanai island, spend an afternoon on a catamaran sailing along the smooth seas off Waikiki and visit a farm on Oahu’s North Shore to enjoy a locally prepared meal by a grassroots team on the island.
What You'll See
The islands of Oahu and Maui have a seemingly endless bounty of natural beauty to explore. From the towering peaks of Diamond Head overlooking iconic Waikiki to the famous surf beaches of Oahu’s North Shore to the verdant ‘Iao Valley in central Maui, we’ll journey to all of the must-see sights alongside our expert local guide. Each of our hotels puts us just steps away from two of Hawaii’s most famous beaches – Waikiki Beach in Oahu and Kaanapali Beach in Maui. During your free time, swim in the warm Pacific waters just offshore, grab a surf lesson from the Waikiki beach boys or simply relax under the warm Hawaiian sun. And for those that want to continue the adventure, Maui’s famous Road to Hana awaits.
Where You'll Stay
On Oahu, stay in a 4-star hotel with a Hawaii-retro vibe. Just steps away from the turquoise Pacific waters and boutique shops and cafes of the famous Waikiki strip Waikiki strip, we’ll have easy access to Oahu’s most well-known stretch of coastline.
Over on Maui, we’ll stay at an oceanfront 3-star resort right on Kaanapali Beach. Set in between Lahainia and some of the best beaches in Maui, we’ll be in the perfect jumping off point to make the most of our time in the Valley Isle of Maui. Enjoy a partial ocean view room with a terrace, a local ice cream shop walking distance, two pools, and so much more.
Optional Post-Trip Extension
Hana Experience (3 Days / 2 Nights)
Extend your time on Maui to join an epic full-day journey along Maui’s Road to Hana. Arguably one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S., if not the world, traverse a little over 50 miles of road hugging Maui’s eastern coastline and Haleakala volcano. Along the way, experience cascading waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and hidden beaches with frequent stops to swim and take in
the natural beauty of this remote corner of the world (please note: this is a join-in experience with a local guide. Additionally, the road can be very windy so dramamine is recommended for those who get car sick). You’ll also have one last free day to explore the island as you choose before departing back home.
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“I chose to travel to Hawaii with Discover Corps because it showed my kids a different side of the islands. I had been here years back with my husband, but can say that this experience showed me another perspective of the islands. Helping to preserve sea turtle habitats on Maui was definitely the highlight since my youngest daughter is in love with sea turtles. We also could not get over how great our Discover Corps guide was along the way in showing us the real Hawaii. If you want to go beyond being just another tourist in Hawaii, do this!!”
Mohegan Lake, NY
Dates & Fees
7 Days/6 Nights
Program Cost: $4,595 Adult* / $4,395 Child*
Optional Post-Trip Extension to Hana: $845 Adult / $795 Child
July 16-22, 2022
August 27-September 2, 2022
October 1-7, 2022
November 19-25, 2022
January 14-20, 2023
April 15-21, 2023
- * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult.
- Mandatory Single Room Supplement = $900 for the core trip, and $300 for the extension. This is required if we cannot find a suitable roommate.
- Mandatory Flight Supplement = $100/person for a flight from Oahu to Maui
- Double-occupancy lodging for 6 nights
- All meals except for two dinners and one lunch
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced drivers
- All scheduled activities, excursions, and volunteer projects
- Expert local guide that will travel across both Oahu and Maui with you
- $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Trip literature and pre-departure support from Discover Corps
What’s Not Included
- One lunch and two dinners
- Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
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