Aloha Adventures

Travel Program
AGES 11-13

Aloha! Embark on an unforgettable eco-adventure with our NEW immersive program on the Big Island of HAWAII! Nestled in the heart of the lush rainforest, our base camp at Big Island Farms offers a unique blend of sustainable living and hands-on outdoor experiences. Dive into the world of sustainable farming as you participate in farm tours and permaculture workshops, discover the secrets of edible and medicinal plants and savor the fruits of your labor by learning from a local chef and cooking with locally harvested ingredients. Trek through breathtaking rainforest valleys and surreal lava fields, unveiling hidden gems like secluded beaches where the group can bond and explore the vibrant marine life. Cap off your adventure with surfing lessons in Kona, perfecting your skills against the backdrop of the Pacific’s azure waves. This program promises an enriching fusion of nature, culture, and adventure – leaving you with lasting memories of Hawaii’s diverse wonders.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Tuition does not include airfare. The Telluride Academy administration will contact families with information regarding airfare in early Spring. Please also note that alternate departure cities are possible. Contact us at

Sample Itinerary:
*Subject to change

Monday, July 8th: Fly from hub city to Kona, Hawaii. Drive to Big Island Farm for an orientation and rest & relax in preparation for an exciting two weeks!

Tuesday, July 9th: Participate in a farm tour focused on Big Island Farm’s food forest and regenerative programs, composting and different permaculture techniques adjusted to the big island’s micro-climate. Spend the afternoon learning about Hawaiian culture and visit the Waipio Valley Lookout.

Wednesday, July 10th: Beach day! Drive to Hapuna Beach for a full day of sand, sea and sun.

Thursday, July 11th: Learn about tropical planting during a permaculture workshop with Big Island Farms. Design your own garden before exploring the nearby small towns.

Friday, July 12th: Hike beneath breathtaking cliffs into the Pololu Valley. Spend the day exploring it’s black sand beaches and lush forest.

Saturday, July 13th: Spend the morning learning about medicinal plants, identifying herbs and concocting tinctures with a certified herbalist. Enjoy some downtime before harvesting ingredients and preparing a community farm-to-table meal with a local chef.

Sunday, July 14th: Visit the Honokaa Farmer’s Market and meet vendors from around the region! Drive to the Hiilawe Falls trailhead and hike into the famous 1,200-foot waterfall. This waterfall is the tallest waterfall in the entire state of Hawaii!

Monday, July 15th: Volcano National Park!

Tuesday, July 16th: Surf lessons in Kona with local instructors! Spend the day learning how to pop up, paddle out and catch waves. When you aren’t surfing, you’ll be enjoying the sand beneath your feet and the sun on your face.

Wednesday, July 17th: Explore tidepools and venture through the sands of Makalawena Beach. This area can’t be reached by road! The hike in will allow the group to get away from the crowds and enjoy a secluded day at the beach.

Thursday, July 18th: Enjoy one final day of surfing in Kona and spend the evening celebrating the new places we visited and the new friends we met!

Friday, July 19th: Fly from Kona back to our hub city before arriving home!

Big Island FarmsNational Park Service

Camp Type: Travel Program

TUITION: $4600

AGES: 11-13

Challenge Level: 1

Telluride Academy's Overnight Policy

Our talented instructors work hard to combat student homesickness on overnight programs. For many students, this experience might be their first time camping or away from home! In the days leading up to the overnight(s), the instructors have positive conversations with the groups to get them excited and prepared for their overnight adventures. This dynamic gets interrupted when a student is picked up early from their overnight. For this reason, we can not accommodate early pick-ups, unless in the case of an emergency. If your child does not want to attend the overnight, or if you have prior commitments that require early pick-up accommodations, we ask that you consider choosing a day program instead. Please call our office with any questions or concerns.