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The Hawaiian Islands: Boundless Exploration

Sandy shores, azul waters, lush forests … The Hawaiian Islands are paradise!

Yet the Aloha State is more than a vacation destination. The Hawaiian Islands’ rich culture and history offer students an experience akin to visiting another country, with the convenience of traveling with the United States.

From the depths of the ocean to the tops of volcanoes and some of the clearest night skies in the world, the diverse six islands abound with performance opportunities and educational possibilities. Here’s just a glimpse of what a trip to Hawaii could offer your students.

Exploration and Adventure

When it comes to adventure, Hawaii’s beaches are only the tip of the wave. From snorkeling and whale watching to hiking, students can discover the world while having fun. The Hawaiian Islands’ parks—including Volcanoes National Park, Waimea Canyon and Waimea Falls Park—offer acres of exploration and opportunities to learn about geography, geology, biology and more, such as the phenomenon behind Panalu’u Beach’s black sand. 


An important value for native Hawaiians and locals is the idea of malama aina, or to care for the land. From farm tours to hikes through preserves, there are many ways students could learn about the native traditions used to work the land and keep Hawaii more sustainable for generations to come.

Students are also invited to develop an understanding and appreciation for Hawaii’s unique marine environment. The Maui Ocean Center harbors one of the largest collections of live Pacific corals in the world, tide pools, and the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s marine environment and its importance to local culture.

History and Culture

The Hawaiian Islands have a rich heritage—evident through museums and National Historic sites, parks and monuments. Students could wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and partake in traditional hands-on activities at the Polynesia Cultural Center, which features evening shows. The Bishop Museum is known throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, public education programs and Native Hawaiian artifacts. Hawaii, home to the five Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, is also a prime destination to study WWII history.

The possibilities for education and exploration in the Hawaiian Islands are as boundless as the Pacific Ocean.

Contact Hemisphere for your customized educational tour.

Written by Hemisphere Educational Travel