Summer Programs

Check our our 2023 summer programs for youth ages 12-18!

Huliau EcoAdventure

Students entering grades 7-9

July 18th-21st, 2023

Our summer EcoAdventure program is back with a four day adventure planned by our staff and Huliau Alumni Council!

The program fee is $200 for four days and need-based scholarships are available. Parents will pick-up and drop off at the designated sites each day. Because this program is similar to our 2022 program, priority will be given to students who did not participate in the program last year.

This year’s program will visit four sites from 9am-4pm each day:

Day 1: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Activities will include learning about the uses of native plants and learning various hana noʻeau (traditional skills/crafts) using native plants.

Day 2: Nohoʻana Farm in Waikapū

Activities will include working in the loʻi kalo, learning about the importance of canoe crops as food sources, and swimming in the stream.

Day 3: Kaʻehu Bay

Activities will include a beach clean-up, creating art out of marine debris, a kilo activity, and water quality testing and stream monitoring. 

Day 4: Kīpuka Olowalu (transportation provided from Kahului)

Activities will include a tour of the farm to learn about how sustainable farming practices and native plant restoration can help protect the reef, a farm service project, and swimming and snorkeling around Olowalu reef

Funding for our 2022 EcoAdventure and other summer programs has been provided, in part, by the Johnson ‘Ohana Foundation, founded by Kim and Jack Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education.

Waiheʻe Huakaʻi

An overnight program for ages 13-18 June 19th-20th

Join Maui Huliau Foundation and program partners for an overnight huakaʻi (field trip) exploring Waiheʻe ahupuaʻa from mauka to makai. Students will be dropped off and picked up at the Waiheʻe Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge where we will camp overnight. We will then hike the first mile of Waiheʻe Ridge Trail to learn about how native plants help to protect our supply of freshwater. We will then return to the refuge to set-up camp, learn about the history of Kapoho village, and participate in activities hosted by Hawaiʻi Land Trust. The next morning we will participate in a half-day service project at the refuge.

Students will be asked during the application process if they have their own camping gear to bring. Maui Huliau will provide other camping gear as needed as well as dinner, breakfast and snacks. Students will bring their lunch for the first day and pick up is at noon on the second day. More details on camping gear and transportation will be sent to applicants after you apply.

This program has a $75 fee to help cover the costs of meals and transportation. Need-based scholarships are available and easy to apply for.

More summer programs coming soon!

We are currently planning a third summer program focused on marine science. Check back here, follow us on social media, or join our mailing list for updates!


Haleakalā Backpacking Trips

Unfortunately our backpacking trips have been put on hold due to COVID restrictions and changes to the cabin reservation system. We hope to resume our annual trip in 2024.

Maui Huliau has lead annual 3-4 day backpacking trips into Haleakalā Crater for the past six years. Trips are open to Maui youth ages 12-18 who have enrolled in any of our other Huliau programs in past years. A signup form will be posted here in the spring and a mandatory pre-trip meeting will be scheduled during June. This film is from our very first crater trip in 2014.