Ka‘ala Farm - Huakai Hawaii SOL Center program sustainable outdoor learning


Ka‘ala Farm

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

Ka‘ala Farm

Due to COVID-19 the on-site summer course has been postponed and we will offer an online course.

Applications are now closed.
Mahalo for your interest!

The following information pertains to next year's course:

Welcome to the Huaka‘i Hawai‘i Program application!

Please read our eligibility criteria below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@solcenterhi.com. We look forward to reading your application!

Application Process 

  1. Complete this Application Form and all Permission Forms.

  2. If accepted, receive Acceptance Packet and officially register. The following are some of the items required in order to fully register. Please make sure these will be available if you are accepted:

    • A recent photograph

    • A photocopy of your DNI or Passport – indicating your ability to travel to Hawai‘i (if you are not a resident of Hawai‘i)

    • Authorization to participate by your parent(s) or legal guardians

    • Health forms (available for download on the website by January 15)

Eligibility Criteria

There is no academic requirement for participation. We will review all applications, but please review the criteria below to make sure this is a program in which you can fully participate. Please note we will be in the outdoors every day. This course is not a traditional classroom experience. It is place-based and experiential—the ocean, beaches, coastlines, and farms across O‘ahu will be our learning laboratory. As such, the course is physically active, and involves swimming as well as getting dirty and muddy as we engage in service in Hawai‘i's natural and agricultural settings. You do not need to have prior experience in this arena before, you just need to be excited to jump in now!

We are looking for enthusiastic young people who are:

  • Aged 15 to 18 years old

  • Able to communicate in a conversational level of English

  • Eager to learn about Hawai‘i, other peoples and cultures

  • Willing to embrace sustainable pathways towards creating a more just and peaceful world. 

Physical Expectations

  • Able to hike as much as 6 miles (primarily on flat ground but with some periodic up hills)

  • Comfortable getting dirty and muddy in the outdoors

  • Comfortable in an ocean environment

  • Know how to swim

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