|Dates:||June 27 – July 10|
July 14 – July 27
|Grade||7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th|
(Students Grouped According to Age)
*Optional Leader Escorted Flight from/to San Francisco
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- Restore Beaches with a Local Non-Profit Grassroots Organization
- Mentor and Inspire Students at the Boys and Girls Club
- Learn to Surf and Perfect Your “Hang Ten” Skills
- Explore the Na Pali Coast by Foot and Boat
- Camp Beachside in Famous Hanalei Bay
- Snorkel the Pristine Waters of Kauai
- Volunteer at a Local Homeless Shelter
- 30 Hours of Community Service
Kauai Homeless Outreach
Despite Hawaii being a tropical paradise visited by millions of vacation travelers, many local Hawaiians struggle to find affordable housing, food and other resources. The result is a largely invisible population of homeless and those living in poverty. Partnering with a local non-profit, we address this problem head on. We volunteer our services through meal outreach, a group home renovation and other construction projects throughout the community. Spending time with this marginalized population gives us perspective and knowledge of this issue that confronts even the most idyllic environments. We are often inspired by our newfound friendships, seeing many of the homeless through a different lens; as individuals undergoing a temporary setback and not simply as statistics in the newspaper. We depart humbled, yet hopeful that even in the smallest of ways, we have improved the lives of this underserved population.
Celebrate a landscape of perfection during our Hawaii summer service program, where the beauty of turquoise waters melt into captivating sunsets. Link hands with a Hawaiian native and see the positive impact you can have as you work to preserve the splendor of the sea and the majesty of the lush rainforest. Share a laugh with local children as you serve as their friends at the Boys and Girls Club, and allow the islands to return your generosity by sharing with you the “aloha spirit”; catch a wave, hike the magnificent NaPali coast and swim with the fish of the island.
Orientation at Waipa
After landing in Lihue, we travel to the pristine Na Pali Coast and settle into our new home away from home at the Waipa campground, where we spend the duration of the program sleeping under the stars. Our friends at Waipa give us an orientation on Hawaiian culture and local traditions, such as taro farming.
Boys and Girls Club Service and Na Pali Hike
Our Hawaii summer service program begins as we jump right into a project with The Boys and Girls Club of Kauai. Our days are filled with mentoring and inspiring local schoolchildren through games and activities. We are also given the unique opportunity to take outrigger canoes to remote trails and participate in trail restoration efforts. After three days of volunteering, we escape into the rainforest where we hike and meander past waterfalls that tower over 100 feet high throughout this truly captivating landscape.
Environmental Outreach and Surfing
We partner with a large non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to their mission “to protect and enjoy our oceans, waves and beaches.” With the help of local professionals, we gain knowledge of our environmental needs while taking part in conservation and research projects. Reaping the benefits of our hard work, we take the afternoon to surf these beautiful blue-green waves under the supervision of local surf instructors.
We spend the next day with the Limahuli Garden and Preserve. At this pristine botanical garden, we take time to help with the preservation of native species.
We spend two full days with a local private non-profit organization, whose mission is to alleviate poverty in the community. We assist group homes around the island as well as prepare and serve dinner to those in need at a local emergency homeless shelter.
Explore the Na Pali Coast by Boat
A trip to Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without some adventure! On the Zodiak Raft Tour, we spend a day absorbing the remarkable coastal views by boat and snorkeling through astounding coral reefs.
“This trip was a blast! I would do it again in a heartbeat!”— Katie R-D., ARCC Student
“He had a great time. The leaders were organized, well trained, lots of fun and
knowledgeable. The group worked well.”
“The Hawaii Service was a great trip with the perfect mixture between the
helpful community service and exciting adventures through the Hawaiian Islands.”
“The Hawaii Service program was the best two weeks of my life. I saw the island
from the native Hawaiian point of view. This is an experience I will never
“I can’t say enough about what great trips your group plans for teens. I think
including so much community service is so important for teens. We have made
these trips a priority financially and I wish other people would realize it is
much better to spend money on kids this way instead of so many electronics,
clothes, or….. ”
“Both leaders were excellent. A large part of the success of the trip is due to
the leader’s and from Dylan’s first introduction in San Francisco throughout the
entire trip his leaders displayed genuine enthusiasm, maturity and many other
qualities which served to make this Dylan’s best trip yet.”
“All the stars were aligned regarding Hillary’s ARCC experience…the counselors,
the kids, the location, the experiences, the weather, the onsite staff, the
“Dylan had the time of his life!!! Great combination of fun and work…it was his
first time camping and he LOVED it. You did a great job getting them all bonded
and working like a team!!”
“I really loved the kids and I want to get involved with my local Boys and Girls
“The Hawaii Service trip took me to the real Hawaii, not just the Hawaii people
see on TV. It was so worth it! ”
“ARCC changed my life. It taught me things about myself that I would never have
learned. The counselors were phenomenal, the experience unimaginable. Thanks
“This is a great way to meet new people, try new things, work hard, and have fun
the entire time.”
Group Journal Excerpts
Below you will find several Group Journal excerpts, written by ARCC students during their summer program with ARCC:
A Good Beginning
Aloha from Hawaii! The past 3 days have been so much fun! Everyone in the group is so friendly and I feel like I already know everyone so well. For our first community service project we worked with Surfrider Foundation to test the water around Hanalei Bay for pollution. On our second day we worked…
Boys and Girls Club Service
Today we headed to Lydgate Beach Park to help run the “Mini Olympics” with the Boys and Girl’s Club. We got to help out at each event… obstacle course, volleyball/soccer, cross fit and track & field. The kids were so much fun to work with and although it was super hot we made sure to…
Habitat for Humanity Service and Surfing
Today we woke up and quickly chowed down some oatmeal as we rushed to the shores of Kihei for our first surfing session. It was spectacular! Although we had some experienced surfers, many were new to the skill and I am proud to write that we picked it up quite well! Those few moments of…
Hike and Tour of the Napali Coast
Wednesday morning we woke up to an amazing breakfast of French toast prepared by Isabella and Beaumont. After breakfast we were delighted to get our phones back to connect with family while Ben and Debbie cleaned up breakfast. We then took a short drive to the Na’Pali Coast trailhead and began out expedition to the…
Journal: Boys and Girls Club Service
Wednesday we woke up and made yummy chocolate chip pancakes before heading to the Kauai Boys and Girls Club. Once there, we got a short orientation and then went out to meet the kids. We played some ice breaker games to get to know each other then went to the main program which consisted of…
Aloha! So far the trip has been amazing and memorable! Our first service project was at the Limihuli botanical garden, which consisted of lots of weeding and wading through native Hawaiian vegetation. It was really cool because we not only bonded with our own group but also with the volunteers from the Hawaiian conservation corps.…
Our Time on Kauai
Hi from Kauai! Thursday, the group woke up very early to make the hour and a half drive to begin the Zodiak Boat tour. To me, this was the most thrilling experience so far. We joined our captains Dennis, and Jason on the small raft to blast over choppy waves and through dark, bat infested…
What is the packing list for this program?
Each program has a specific packing list that has been designed to fit the program’s activities, length, and climate. Please click here to view the Hawaii: Local Connections packing list.
What is the weather like in Hawaii?
The average daytime temperature should range between 78-85 degrees F (25-29 degrees C), with a drop of about 10 degrees at night. Due to Hawaii’s many microclimates, the climate can vary depending on location within the island. The program takes place during Hawaii’s dry season, however it is not unusual to see small amounts of rainfall in the tropical areas. It tends to be a bit cooler in the mountains and and warmer near the beaches.
What are the service projects like?
ARCC has been operating programs in Hawaii for several years, and we have built relationships with a variety of individuals, small communities and organizations who enjoy hosting ARCC student groups. The specific service projects that each group will work on depend on the needs of the communities at the time the groups are there. Possibilities include mentoring local schoolchildren, trail maintenance, beach clean-ups, assisting in the preservation of tropical plants and homeless outreach.
Where will we sleep?
You will sleep in tents on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai. All campgrounds have restroom facilities with showers and running water for cooking, washing hands, etc. You will sleep in groups of 3-4 in tents supplied by ARCC. Please make sure you check the Hawaii Clothing & Equipment List and remember to bring your own sleeping bag and pad.
How will we travel?
Each group will travel together, with their two leaders, in a 15-passenger van. If you would like to bring music for these rides, feel free to bring a music player or CDs. If you bring an iPod or MP3 player, make sure to bring a radio adapter, as most of our vans do not have a MP3 jack.
What is the food like?
The group will work together to create each menu and prepare typical American food and fruits throughout the duration of this program.
Vegetarians and medical dietary requirements (i.e. allergies) are catered for. It does help if we are informed of this prior to departure date.
How much spending money should I bring?
We suggest bringing spending money of roughly $75/week. Most cash should come home, but you will want some personal money to pay for airline baggage fees at the airport, souvenirs/gifts, laundry, extra snacks and emergencies (lost items, clinic visit, etc.). A small amount of cash and ATM cards usually work best.
Do I need some form of ID to travel?
If you are traveling to Hawaii from somewhere in the United States and are under the age of 18, airlines do not require photo identification. It is a good idea to travel with a picture I.D. if possible, but it is not necessary to bring a passport. A school identification card with your photo on it is best, but a library card or credit card with your name on it is also helpful. If you are traveling to Hawaii from somewhere outside of the United States, you will need to bring your valid passport.
Do I really need to bring a backpack, or can I bring a rolling suitcase on this program?
Although you will not be doing traditional backpacking on this trip, it is important that you bring a backpack as your main piece of luggage. During the program the group will be navigating through airports, on and off buses, up and down stairways, and taking short hikes on unpaved paths. The group will be able to move much more efficiently if everyone is carrying their belongings on their back.