Due to COVID-19 the on-site course has been postponed until Summer 2021 and replaced this summer with an ONLINE COURSE

Ka‘ala Farm

The in-person course below has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and will be offered in 2021 instead.

Huaka‘i Hawai‘i: A Journey of Change and Resiliency, Exploring Climate Impacts in Hawai‘i as a Vehicle for Envisioning Local/Global Sustainable Solutions

Do you have a passion for the outdoors? Are you interested in learning about how island innovations and bio-cultural 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 O‘ahu that will improve your ecological literacy, challenge your assumptions, and develop your change-maker skills in the most remote population center on earth.

Program Details
Dates: August 3 - 16, 2020

Location: O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, USA

Age Requirement: 15 - 18 years as of August 3, 2020


Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Course Fee: $3,000 includes:

  • All food, accommodations, admissions/fees and ground transportation, including to and from Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

  • All equipment and outdoor activities instruction by qualified professionals

  • All educational material and  instruction

  • Does NOT include:

    • Air 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)

Scholarship Availability: Limited scholarship funds are available and will be awarded based upon demonstrated need.


Download Huaka‘i Hawai‘i Program Brochure.






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  • Focus on United World Colleges core values and key Native Hawaiian values and wisdom

  • Engaging, hands-on, place-based activities and discussions

  • Comfortable lodging

  • Great food

  • Active participation in simple daily sustainability activities

  • Daily opportunities for reflection

  • Opportunities to play and relax

  • Field trips & activities

  • Paramount safety


We begin building our community and exploring our sense of place. We’ll visit many places including one of the most sacred sites in Hawai‘i. We’ll engage in fun activities while exploring indigenous and modern approaches to systems thinking, navigating coastal climate change, conservation, and food and energy production all on the stunning North Shore!


Day 1: E Komo Mai at Camp Mokule‘ia

  • Welcome and orientation


Day 2: Building Community: A Hawaiian Sense of Place


Day 3: Navigating Change: Mitigating Impacts on the Ahupua‘a

  • Exploring Mokule‘ia bay, beach and streams at Camp


Day 4: Biocultural Tourism


Day 5: Exploring ‘Āina (That Which Feeds Us)   


Day 6: 21st Century Ahupua‘a Systems Thinking and Action Planning

We'll explore bio-cultural restoration, and food and energy production in the diverse Ko‘olau, Ala Wai and Wai‘anae watershed communities on the Windward and Westside of the island!


Day 7: ‘Āina, Conservation and Tourism on the Windward Side

Day 8: Marine Ecosystems and ‘Āina on Kaneohe Bay


Day 9:  Biocultural Restoration and Tourism in Kailua


Day 10: ‘Āina, Energy and Watershed Restoration in Honolulu


Day 11: Biocultural Restoration, ‘Āina, and Energy Justice on the Westside


Day 12: ‘Ike ‘Ai: Building Knowledge for Healthy Food Systems


Day 13:  Closing the Circle and Completing the Journey


Day 14: Aloha: Sharing the Universal Breath

  • Farewell, ground and airport transfers

Ma‘o Organic Farms

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Experiential Engagement,
Education and Cultural Exchange

Cultivating Climate Justice and Peace

The SOL Center is part of the ‘Aina Institute, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1991.