Haleakala National Park
Haleakalā National Park is home to the dormant Haleakalā Volcano and endangered Hawaiian geese called Nene. The Leleiwi and Kalahaku overlooks on the steep Crater Road have views across the West Maui Mountains. Rugged trails in the Summit District pass cinder cones and lava flows. In the coastal area of Kīpahulu are the Pools of Ohe’o, freshwater pools and waterfalls set amid bamboo forest.
This trip has been a really awesome experience. I got the chance to know many people.
I’ve never been Hawaii also, and it’s a place that I always wanted to go. I’m having an awesome experience camping, which is something really new for me. Right now I’m on a volcano watching the sunset. This is just so incredible and so unique. I ‘m having the chance to see some beautiful places and views.
I want to improve my camping skills with this trip, and also I’m super into being out of the social media (almost 100%). I’ve already made many new friendships and I’m excited to do even more. I’m also looking forward to surfing and to know more about the Hawaiian culture.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s relies on the kōkua (help) of passionate and committed individuals to help steward and heal its fee-owned conserved properties on Maui, O‘ahu, or Kaua‘i. Students will contribute and actively participate in the kuleana (responsibility) to steward or mālama the ‘āina (land). These volunteers are critical in maintaining the integrity of the land, native species and habitat, restoring cultural sites (upon HILT approval and expert consultation), and facilitating the healing of the ‘āina.
We arrived after 10pm at the Kahului airport to be warmly met by Michael and Alyssa, guides from The Road Less Traveled adventure touring group. After a cruise North and West to the Hawaii Land Trust preserve, and a bumpy ride up the hill to our campsite, we climbed into our tents, lulled by the sound of the ocean to get some well deserved rest after a full 24 hours in transit. Daylight broke and we found ourselves at the foot of tall, verdant mountains and a just few steps away from a quiet beach. We spent the morning making pancakes, making introductions and taking our first dips in the warm, clear water.