A rainbow, or two, or more, at nearly every turn. An exotic landscape of arches, grottos and sea caves forged long ago by fiery volcanoes. Sapphire waters of the Pacific Ocean teeming with spinner dolphins and the state fish, whose name is nearly unpronounceable. Surf’s up! And The Road Less Traveled is on top of the wave.
In Hawaii, natural beauty is everywhere to behold. It begins with the ancient traditions of the Kanaka Maoli, original caretakers of the island. It continues with the dedicated efforts of a wind-energy farm, at an ancient agricultural village and with cultural advocate Ekolu Lindsey.
When we’re not surfing at Lahaina and Hanalei, snorkeling off Ke'e Beach, hiking the Nā Pali coast, sea-kayaking to hidden waterfalls, and paddle-boarding and boating along the famed North Shore of Kauai, we’re working. We’re helping organizations on Maui and Kauai with projects to restore and conserve Hawaii’s land, water, and way of life.
Say “Aloha 'Aina,” named for the Hawaiian phrase "love of the land," to the natural splendor and respectful culture thriving on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Kauai.
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11 years! We've been exploring Maui and Kauai and forging life-long connections in Hawaii since 2006.
Allowing the lullaby of the gentle Hawaiian waves to rock us to sleep, we camp out on the beach in both Maui and Kauai. Roasting marshmellows and toasting to the starry night sky, we celebrate all that is beautiful in this world and develop long lasting friendships and connections with nature.
Our Hawaii Aloha 'Aina program provides the ultimate opportunity to discover Hawaii's unique geologic features and to conserve the natural resources that make the islands special. Early Polynesian settlers used wind energy to sail from island to island, and today, scientists harness this incredible energy to provide electricity to the island. While on Maui, we work with a local grassroots organization to harness Maui's powerful tradewinds, remove invasives species at an agricultural village, discover the science behind watershed management, and conserve precious ocean resources.
Transfering to Kauai, we continue with invasive species erradication and work to restore ties to the 'Aina (the land and resources) alongside the Waipa Foundation.
Balancing our service time with opportunities to explore cascading waterfalls, long sandy beaches, lush tropical gardens, velvety mountains, and dramatic seaside slopes, we relish our time in this sun-drenched paradise.
This summer I traveled to Hawaii with RLT. This was the best decision I have ever made. I made amazing friendships that I know will last a lifetime. We bonded in an unforgettable way and my leaders were outstanding. From meal circles to getting to know everyone on my trip, I loved it all. Brittany, one of my leaders, made it all worthwhile. She is such an inspiration to me and she taught me countless life lessons. The service work was cool, and I loved Waipa. I loved being able to hike to hidden waterfalls and not having to worry about posting a picture of it all over instagram. Thank you RLT for giving me a hilarious, adventurous, cultural-filled, and anything-but-a-vacation gift of a lifetime," Dayna S., Aloha 'Aina Alum
Thank you for creating such an amazing environment for our children to grow, learn, expand, and blossom," Lindsay M., Aloha 'Aina Alumni Parent
Everyone was really nice and we all got along well. I loved the boat ride. We saw dolphins swimming right beside the boat and jumping out of the water. They were just beautiful. I got a picture of a dolphin half out of the water, and whenever I look at it, I am reminded of how amazing this trip truly was," Chris K., Aloha 'Aina Alum
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To marvel at the palisade fortress of Nā Pali, rising straight from the Pacific
To see why Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State
To experience sunrise at 10,000 feet, high atop the dormant volcano at Haleakala Crater
To observe and appreciate ancient native traditions
To understand the delicate balance that’s vital to preserve the Hawaiian ecosystem
To work with a grassroots organization whose aim is to protect and restore vulnerable natural resources
Grab a surfboard and catch a wave
Snorkel in a maritime oasis of oceanic wonders
Kayak on lively bays and rivers
Swim with playful dolphins
We invite you to start your journey to Hawaii today.