HAWAII | 8 DAYS

THE BIG ISLAND

Trip Details
Destination: Hawaii (The Big Island)
Length: 8 days
Ages: 12 – 14
Arrive / Depart: Hilo, HI / Kona, HI
Dates:
June 24 – July 1, 2018
July 5 – 12, 2018

Trip Highlights
Hike Volcanoes National Park
Backpack Waimanu Valley
Kayak Kealakekua Bay
Snorkel Captain Cook’s Memorial
Relax at Hapuna Beach
Explore Historic Town of Kona
Surf or stand up paddle board

HAWAII (The Big Island) – 8 DAYS

The island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, “Big Island”), its sheer size is awe-inspiring. You can travel through ten of the world’s 14 different climate zones there, ranging from tropical to polar tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the two massive volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Over the course of our 8 day trip we’ll explore this fascinating island and learn about its natural and human history.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

The Kilauea Iki Trail starts on the crater’s rim and descends 400 feet through rain forest, with native birds in the canopy, to the crater floor. Hike across the still-steaming crater, passing lava trees and lava tubes along the way. In the evening, we’ll see the bright red glow of lava coming from the Kilauea crater.

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BACKPACK WAIMANU VALLEY

Hawaii’s Muliwai Trail is a 19 mile (round trip), three day, 2 night backpack along the Big Island’s Northern coast and is rated one of Hawaii’s best treks. We’ll be rewarded with black sand beaches, waterfalls and wild tropical fruits. In the evenings we will cook dinner, tell stories, play games and stargaze.

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KAYAK / SNORKEL KEALAKEKUA BAY

Kealakekua Bay is the location where the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners took place with the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1779. During 5 hour kayak / snorkel, we’ll keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins which frequent the area and sometimes put on a show. Once across the bay we will snorkel one of the most pristine reefs in the world which boasts sea turtles, eels, rays, and over 200 species of reef fish.

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SURF AND STAND UP PADDLE BOARD KONA’S COAST

Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, so there’s no better place to take a surf (AND stand up paddle board) lesson and try your hand at the “sport of kings.” Our professional surf instructors teach ocean safety, technique, and etiquette.

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Teen Tours

DAY TO DAY TEEN TOURS ITINERARY

DAY 1

Wild Traveler trip leaders will meet everyone at the Hilo Airport on The Big Island. Once we have our group, we’ll pack the vans, head to Volcanoes National Park, and enjoy our first dinner together as a group. We spend the rest of the evening going over trip rules, playing “get-to-know-you“ games, and becoming familiar with the group gear and camping equipment before setting up our tents and getting some well deserved rest.

 

DAY 2

After breakfast we take an all-day hike across the Kilauea Iki Crater, walking through tropical rain forests and across barren lava fields, passing steam vents along the way. The landscape at Volcanoes National Park is surreal! In the evening we’ll have a chance to witness (from a safe distance) the creation of land as lava flows into the ocean.

 

DAY 3 – 5

This morning we’ll finish prepping for our three day backpack. The first day of our backpack will take us about 8 miles along the Muliwai Trail and into Waimanu Valley. This area is known for its dramatic landscape, with cliffs up to 2,000-feet tall, lush green valleys, and cascading waterfalls. We’ll have time on day two to explore the valley and relax on Waimanu’s black sand beach. We’ll spend our evenings together cooking, playing the ukulele, and telling stories. Students will have the opton to sleep out under the stars. On the third day of our backpack, we’ll pack up camp, eat breakfast, and begin our hike out of the valley. We’ll celebrate our achievement with beach time at Hapuna Beach before going to our next campsite to set up camp.

 

DAY 6

Kealakekua Bay is the location where the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners took place with the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1779. During 5 hour kayak / snorkel, we’ll keep an eye out for Hawaiian spinner dolphins which frequent the area and sometimes put on a show. Once across the bay we will snorkel one of the most pristine reefs in the world which boasts sea turtles, eels, rays, and over 200 species of reef fish.

 

DAY 7

We’ll spend the morning surfing and stand up paddle boarding. After a beach BBQ, we’ll explore the historic town of Kona, eat shave ice and buy souvenirs. In the evening, we’ll go out to our favorite restaurant for our last dinner together.

 

DAY 8

We’ll eat breakfast, de-issue and clean gear, pack up camp, and debrief our trip before heading to the airport. With awesome new experiences, unforgettable memories, and lasting friendships, you know that you were part of a unique experience that will last a lifetime.

 

Hawaii Pack List

Getting your gear together is a fun and exciting time. All of the items listed below are important and will be used during our adventure tour, so please pack EVERYTHING on the list. With that in mind, please resist bringing additional items, because space is limited. Everything must fit in your large duffel bag and your daypack. If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or call; we can help!

GEAR

The Wild Traveler | Hawaii

Equipment List

 

The Wild Traveler | Hawaii

Pack List

 

Label all equipment with your name.

Be aware that all of the items below may get wet, dirty, and or stained.

All items must fit in the backpacking pack and day pack.

Bring all original paperwork with you to Hawaii. Trip leaders will collect it upon arrival.

Please do not bring anything extra. Everything you need is either listed below or is provided.

 

ITEM DESCRIPTION CHECK
For your safety and comfort, please make sure you have the following:
Backpacking Pack w/ Pack Cover This must be large enough to fit all of your items. We recommend a 45 to 60 liter pack. Maximum weight when packed: 30 pounds or 13 kilograms. You will also want 1 waterproof pack cover (included with most packs).
Sleeping Bag With Hawaii’s average evening temperatures in the 70’s The Wild Traveler recommends a 40 – 55 degree Fahrenheit rated mummy style sleeping bag. Synthetic bags tend to be a little bulkier whereas goose down bag will pack down small – great when you have a limited amount of space. Either works well.

Example: https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/coleman-river-gorge-40f-mummy-sleeping-bag-15colarvrgrgmmmy4csl/15colarvrgrgmmmy4csl

Sleeping Pad Thermarest-style blow up mattresses, or (less expensive) closed-cell mattresses work great. The pad should be as long as you are tall.

Example: https://www.rei.com/product/829820/therm-a-rest-prolite-sleeping-pad

Camp Pillow Optional; must fit in backpacking pack. Stuffing a stuff sack with clothes also makes a great pillow.

Example:

https://www.rei.com/product/719843/therm-a-rest-compressible-pillow

Ground Tarp The ground tarp should be waterproof. The size should be around 5 ft by 7 ft.

Example:

https://www.rei.com/product/848882/outdoor-products-all-purpose-tarp

Trekking Poles Will be used during backpack portion of trip.
Daypack Must be large enough to carry 2 water bottles, sunscreen, warm layer, and sack lunch. Daypack must be comfortable to carry on an 8 mile hike. Most school backpacks works well.
Hiking Sandals Used for wet and muddy trails and stream crossings. Sandals must have heel straps. Many find Chaco, Tevas, or Keens to work very well.

Example:

https://www.rei.com/search.html?q=z%2F2&origin=web&ir=q%3Az%2F2&page=1

Athletic Shoes Used for hiking upwards of 8 miles. Make sure they are comfortable, sturdy and broken in. Must be closed toed.
Flip flops Used in camp and on the beach. Any type of slip on sandal work well.
Rain Jacket (with hood) and Rain Pants Waterproof / breathable: This type of performance rainwear keeps rain from getting through to your skin, while also moving sweat back through to the outside world. Poncho’s are NOT acceptable.
Sweatshirt or Down Jacket. 1 is plenty. Temperatures can get cool at Volcanoes National Park. We won’t be using these much.
Hiking Pants 2 pair, synthetic
Shorts 2 to 3 pair
T-shirt / long sleeved shirt 3 to 5 shirts. Nylon / synthetic shirts work great. Bring at least 1 long sleeved shirt.
Swimsuit 2 to 3 swimsuits. Any kind are fine.
Underwear / Sports Bras 3 to 5 pair
Socks 5 to 6 pair
Towel A lightweight “pack towel” is great to have for both drying off and to wear around wet swimsuits. Should be large enough to fit around your waist.

Example:

https://www.rei.com/product/832935/rei-co-op-multi-towel-lite-x-large-54-x-25

Bandana 2 cotton bandanas
Sun Hat This is very important for sun protection. A baseball cap or broad-brimmed hat which covers the back of the neck is suggested.
Sunglasses UVA and UVB protected sunglasses with strap that keeps them from falling off.
Sunscreen 1 large tube waterproof sunscreen. Must be SPF 30 at minimum.
Lip Balm Should be SPF 30.
Water Bottles 2 one liter water bottles. Or, 1 two liter “camelback” hydration type system AND 1 one liter water bottle.
Headlamp Any headlamp style is fine. Be sure to bring extra batteries.
Dishes Cup, bowl, fork, and spoon. Plate optional.
Toiletries Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene items
Trash Bags and Ziplock Bags These are used to keep things dry. 2 large plastic trash bags and 4 gallon sized ziplock bags.
Insect Repellent Any brand is okay, you probably know what works for you. Anything higher than 30% DEET is unnecessary.
Journal and Pen Bring a journal and a pen or pencil.
Corrective Lenses Contacts and or eyeglasses. For those who normally wear contact lenses, it is good to have backup eyeglasses in case of contact lens problems / loss.
Medications All medications must be listed on the Medical Information Form.
Spending Money Spending money is for souvenirs and personal snacks / drinks during the trip.
Waterproof Camera Optional: You are welcome to bring a waterproof camera. We will also have a group camera available for anyone to use. All participants will receive pictures taken from our group camera at the end of our trip.
Book Optional: Bring a book for flight times, free times and before lights out.

 

COMMON QUESTIONS – TEEN TOURS

Find out what to expect when you adventure with The Wild Traveler’s Hawaii teen tours. Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding different aspects of our teen adventure tours. Have additional questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

WHERE DO WE SLEEP DURING THE TEEN TOURS?

You sleep in a tent each night on our teen tours. The group stays in national parks, county parks, and private beachside campgrounds. You will be with one or two other participants in a 3-person tent, with the option each night to sleep out on a tarp beneath the stars. Most of our sites are within a 30 second run (or a 1 minute walk) into the ocean. We camp in amazingly beautiful places – definitely a highlight of each trip. All campgrounds have full bathrooms with flush toilets, showers, sinks, running water, etc.

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WHEN WILL I SHOWER?

You have access to showers several times throughout your trip. There are no showers during the Volcanoes National Park and Waimanu Valley portion of our trip. All of our beachside campgrounds have running water, full bathrooms and showers available.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON OUR trip?

Check out the gear and clothing list specific to your trip here. Please pack only the items on the pack list. Everything must fit into your backpacking pack and daypack. Space is limited. We will provide all group gear including tents, cooking equipment, and more.

 

HOW IS THE FOOD?

Our food is great! Under the guidance of your leaders, cook groups made up of 3 or 4 participants choose meals from the Wild Traveler Cookbook or cook up a favorite recipe from home. You and your cook group shop at grocery stores and farmers markets. Our meals are nutritionally balanced, plentiful, tasty, and offer plenty of options. We will have snacks available throughout each day. We have no problem accommodating vegetarian diets. Any other dietary restrictions need to be approved by our office staff prior to your trip.

 

HOW DO WE TRAVEL?

During you trip you will ride in mini vans with luggage racks. The Wild Traveler leaders have clean driving records and experience driving passenger vans. Traveling together is often a big highlight!

 

WILL I  MAKE FRIENDS?

Yes.

 

WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?

Each day of our trip is scheduled with a variety of fun and adventurous activities, including backpacking, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, AND MORE. Check out the tab labeled “overview” or “day to day itinerary” for trip details.

Still have questions? Let us know!

THE WILD TRAVELER REVIEWS

Check out our Wild Traveler’s trip reviews. After every trip, parents fill out our end of trip feedback forms. These are real answers from real parents. Do you want to hear more? You are welcome to speak directly to parents who sent their kids with us last summer. Just ask! We think you’ll be impressed with what you hear.


 

WHAT DID YOUR CHILD TAKE AWAY FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH US?

“Our daughter gained more confidence within herself to socialize and work with others in her group.”
Laura – Mother – New York, NY

“Independence and a real sense of accomplishment. He loved the scuba diving, and also hiking volcanoes. And of course, the warm water!”

“Freedom!! He said that he finally felt like he’d gotten a taste of being on his own. A life without boredom!”
Marisa – Mother – Los Angeles, CA

“Confidence!”
Wendy – Mother – Rye, NY

“Franny has much more independence after this trip. Before the trip she was worried about how the other kids were going to be, but she loved all of them and didn’t want to say goodbye.”
Michelle – Mother – Signal Mountain, TN

“Increased independence”
Nan – Mother – Ventura, CA

“Scuba Certification! Knowledge and appreciation of camping. This was her first time flying without us so that was very big deal!”
Suzanne – Mother – Port Washington, NY

“He made new friends and saw many things he has never seen in his life.”
Andrea – Mother – Los Angeles, CA

“He feels like he has a lot more independence and wants to be more active.”
Nathaniel – Father – Brighton, MI

“Lexey feels very proud and accomplished from completing the scuba certification.”
Shanon – Mother – Anchorage, AK

“She liked challenging herself and learning new activities. She also enjoyed meeting new friends from around the country. Ellie really liked the trip and it was a great experience for her.”
Diane – Mother – New York, NY

 

WHAT DO YOU FEEL WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CHILD’S EXPERIENCE?

“The scuba diving and surfing were the most fun when we asked. Then it was the beautiful views and atmosphere of the whole experience.”

“It is so hard to say! She loved it all! One day I ask her her favorite part and she says Volcanoes National Park, the next she says scuba, the next surfing.”

“Franny always talks about how amazing the Manta Ray night snorkel was. I feel that was her favorite part.”

“Scuba, making new friends, hiking, and surfing.”

“The bonding and the shared group experience. Nice small groups!. Fulfilling her desire to go to Hawaii and to experience it as an insider. She loved the scuba and surfing!”

“He loved the diving, the lava, and the people.”

“The diving – totally. The preparation, training, and actual diving was the highlight. Second place was the hiking.”

“She made great new friends and had an awesome adventure! She learned that she can navigate through an airport on her own. She learned how to become a team with a bunch of people that she had never met before.”

“She gained some new skills and happy memories”

HOW WAS THE WILD TRAVELER AT PREPARING YOU AND YOUR CHILD FOR OUR PROGRAM?

“We were very prepared for the experience that was about to come our way.”

“Preparing was easier than we thought because the list was very clear of what we needed.”

“Responses were quick and thorough.”

“Fantastic! Ryan was so helpful and always got back to me immediately with answers to my questions. The packing list was completely perfect- nothing was unused.”

“Everything was very well laid on on the web site!”

“Great, we would do it again in a minute!”

“Great. All my questions were answered.”

“Yes, every questions and made recommendations for equipment to be prepared for the trip.”

“Great, anytime I would call or email I would promptly get a reply!”

HOW WAS THE WILD TRAVELER AT ADDRESSING QUESTIONS BEFORE AND DURING OUR PROGRAM?

“I could not have been happier with the info I needed to make me feel at ease.”

“Ryan did a great job preparing us for the trip and all the information provided on the website was very helpful.”

“Ryan was very responsive to answering my questions and concerns through out the prep and throughout the trip.”

“They always answered our questions respectfully and quickly.”

“My daughter and I were prepared.”

“Ryan was fantastic, kept me at ease from day one all the way through.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF OUR TRAVEL JOURNAL?

“I looked forward to it and was very thankful it was in place. As a parent it made me feel that my child was safe and in good hands. I loved to actually see what they were doing.”

“I checked it often and really enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about the days!”

“Fun! Loved it, kept me feeling good about it all, especially being so far away.”

“Awesome! I felt like I knew what was going on all of the time! The trip log was so helpful! I must have checked it five times a day just waiting for new updates”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE WILD TRAVELER OVER ANOTHER OUTDOOR COMPANY?

“I like the small group size, the lack of access to tech, the camping and cooking aspects, in addition to the fabulous locations and site that you visit.”

“Great value as well as the variety of activities. Most of the places I looked had a scuba trip, or a hiking trip, or a community service trip. Your trip was the only one that had a great mix of different activities.”

“The Wild Traveler had the option of scuba diving which is what Franny really wanted to do. Also we had some friends do this trip and they loved it.”

“The program sounded great and very comprehensive. Ellie got to do a number of new activities like surfing, camping and scuba. She also was able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of Hawaii.”

“Looked like fun, Ryan was reassuring and I trust him.”

“The small group and personal attention.”

“You offered the best combination of experiences, and reference checks with past customers were very reassuring.”

“We really liked the choices of activities!”

“After I spoke with Ryan I was convinced the program was going to be fun and safe!”

“Best location and program.”

ANY OTHER COMMENTS?

“You have exceeded our expectations! Thank you for taking care of our daughter and sharing such a wonderful time with her.”

“The trip was everything I hoped it would be for him.”

“I am so happy with the whole trip, Anna had the most awesome time, she lights up when she shares her experiences, its has given her so much confidence, and she loved all the different aspects of the trip, from scuba diving, surfing, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, seeing lava light up the night sky, camping on awesome beaches, Ryan did an awesome job choosing many great places to visit and stay!”

“It was a fantastic experience!”

“You guys did an excellent job!”

“Just keep doing what you are doing! It was a great trip. Aspen was happy to be home for about a day. Then she wanted to go back! 🙂 ”

“Thank you again for taking such good care of Cooper and for showing him how fantastic the big wide world can be. Ryan, Cooper hasn’t stopped talking about how fun you and Erinna were. Thank you.”

 

 

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IT’S ALL INCLUDED

Ground transportation
2 experienced Wild Traveler trip leaders 24 hour supervision
Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc)
Campgrounds
National Park entrance fee
All meals snacks
All activities, equipment (surf and SUP boards, kayak, etc)
Professional instruction
And more!

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