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Huaka`i / Hawai`i

16 August 2020

3 August - 16 August 2020

A Journey of Change and Resiliency: Exploring Sustainable Development Solutions for Climate Justice & Peace

  • Do you have a passion for the outdoors?
  • Are you interested in learning about how island innovations and biocultural restoration are responding to the challenges of climate change?
  • Do you want to engage your senses and pursue your passion for climate justice while having fun and making new friends?

Then join both Hawai‘i and international youth for a two week exploration of the island of Oahu that will improve your ecological literacy, challenge your assumptions, and develop your changemaker skills in the most remote population centre on earth.

Programme Highlights


Live, learn, and work together with new friends: Enjoy the unique natural resources and service/learning opportunities living and learning on three sides of the island of Oahu. Each day offers a variety of coastal and inland settings that highlight the island’s unique wonders and challenges. Share your own diverse, ecological and cultural landscapes, interests and ideas and begin to build the kind of communities and solutions that can unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Spectacular Natural and Cultural Resources: Have fun with your peers playing in the ocean, on a Ropes Course, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, star-gazing, campfires and more are all integrated into this beautiful learning environment.

Engage your senses: Have fun with your peers playing in the ocean, on a Ropes Course, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, star- gazing, campfires and more are all integrated into this beautiful learning environment.

Learn collaboratively while exploring the foundational issues related to global and local climate change impacts, resiliency and sustainability with a focus on local food and energy systems. Together, explore human and nature-centred design while helping restore watersheds and ancient fishponds, and engaging in farm activities with the next generation of food and energy producers.

Develop systems thinking skills: Explore Native Hawaiian systems-thinking approaches expressed through cultural and conservation practices, commercial food and energy production and distribution, and sustainable tourism. Reflect and engage with others to help develop your own place-appropriate strategies.

Play it Forward: Apply your ‘ike mauli -foundational learning- by identifying a project and outlining an action plan to carry on in your own community. Play forward those commitments through social networking on a dedicated online platform for continued exchange of ideas and information, project coaching and support.


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Dates: 3 August - 16 August 2020
Location: O‘ahu, Hawaii, USA
Application information: Applicants may apply via this form 
Application deadline: 1 April 2020 for facilitators
Course fee: €3000
  • Includes: all food, accommodation, admissions/fees and ground transportation (including to and from Honolulu International Airport [HNL], All specialist equipment and outdoor activities instruction by qualified professionals, All educational material and instruction.
  • Does not include: Travel costs to and from Honolulu International Airport, Visa costs (as required), Individual health insurance (all participants are required to show proof of individual health insurance)
Participant age requirement: 15 to 18 years as of 3 August 2020
Eligibility:  Applicants must have basic communication skills in English; Interest in responding positively to the challenges of climate changes in order to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world; Willingness to take part in outdoor activities and have reasonable fitness.
Scholarship availability: Limited scholarship funds available based on demonstrated need.
Scholarship availability for NC referred students: Applicants referred by a NC must first request financial support from their NC, after trying to raise the funds themselves
Contact: For more information visit our website or email us.