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The Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative is committed to offering enriching education programs for our community’s keiki. We aim to inspire children to discover their natural surroundings and become lifelong learners in nature. These hands-on, outdoor camps allow keiki to take a closer look at our storied ʻāina and the natural forces that connect people to place.

Only 13 spots per camp are available, applications do not ensure enrollment. 

The ʻĀina Explorers Summer Camp is a FREE 5-day program for children that are entering fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. The programs run from 8:00am to 3:00pm and are based out of the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve.
  • Geology Rocks (Tuesday, July 11 – Saturday, July 15): Dive into the explosive world of rocks and volcanoes! How was Hawaiʻi formed? Who is Tūtū Pele? Through hiking, exploration, and hands-on activities, learn the truth behind the rocks beneath our feet. End the week with an epic camping trip at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park!
  • Elements of Hawaiʻi (Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28): Connect with the four classical elements: earth, water, fire, and air. Learn through storytelling, hiking, and hands-on activities. Explore waterways, forests, lava fields, and more. We’ll end the week with a camping trip in the wild!
Both camps will include off-site field trips to other places throughout our community in our 15-passenger van. Parent/Guardian drop-off and pick-up will be on Quarry Road.
Camp enrollment is based on financial need and interest. Please provide a brief statement in your application on how our program would be beneficial for your child and household. Only 13 spots are available per camp. 

Please contact Keisha Colon if you have questions or need assistance,

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