Hawaii: Surf, Snorkel, and Service

Hawaii: Surf, Snorkel, and Service

Serve alongside local community organizations in their mission to safeguard Hawaii’s biodiversity and foster environmental stewardship. You may get the chance to plant native tree species, reconstruct trails, remove invasive species, or participate in other land maintenance activities to assist with environmental efforts on the island. Throughout your service work, learn about the unique biodiversity in this region and the rich history of Kanaka Maoli, Hawaii’s native people. Get a taste of what makes Hawaii an island paradise in your spare time by hiking through changing climate zones, relaxing on black and white sand beaches, and learning to surf.

  • Complete 12 service hours on a variety of service projects
  • Stargaze from Mauna Kea’s majestic summit

2024 Departure Dates

June 10 – June 17, 2024 Very Limited Enroll Now
July 2 – July 9, 2024 Available Enroll Now
July 24 – July 31, 2024 Very Limited Enroll Now
Program Profile
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We are excited to welcome you in Hawai'i and for you to experience the magic of the nature, people, and culture.

Quote by: Emily Green Hawai'i Program Manager

Keep in mind that this is a recommendation and you should factor in your personal preferences and habits when it comes to items like socks, underwear, bathing suits, etc. We recommend packing light; clothes can be worn multiple times throughout the program. Sun protection will be extremely important!

Most importantly, each student will need to be able to carry their luggage. Throughout the program, you will be moving your bag through the airport, loading and unloading from the cars, up and down stairs, and short distances across uneven terrain.

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are acceptable for service projects. This includes appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport/Photo ID
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money – (we recommend about $200 for souvenirs/extra treats)
  • Copy of health insurance
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunglasses/prescription glasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form – recommended, but not required
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Main Luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

For community service:

  • Light weight long sleeve shirts (2) → used for protection from sun, bugs, and plants while working in the garden
  • Lightweight hiking or work pants (2)
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) → used for every session of community service, hiking, and visiting Mauna Kea. If you tend to wear sneakers everyday, bring more!
  • Hat→ a baseball or bucket hat are perfect to add sun protection while doing community service work outside.
  • Work gloves or garden gloves

For beach/swimming:

  • Swimsuits (2)
  • beach towel (we recommend quick dry)
  • Flip flops
  • Chacos or a water shoe equivalent (often there are lava rocks or sharp things at the beach)
  • Rash guard (to be worn while surfing and snorkeling)

General: clothes to wear while at the ranch, the beach, in town, or just hanging out!

  • T-shirts/tank tops (7 – including your RP shirt to be worn on travel day)
  • Shorts (3)
  • Skirt or dress (optional – 1-2)
  • Bath towel
  • Underwear (8)
  • Sports bras and regular bras
  • PJs (1-2)
  • Waterproof/rain jacket
  • Sweatshirt and sweatpants (it gets chilly at night on the ranch and will be cold on Mauna Kea)

Toiletries (travel sized in zip lock bags)

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair brush
  • Deodorant
  • Contacts/solution (if applicable)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • After sun lotion/moisturizer
  • Shampoo/conditioner/body wash
  • Razor/shaving
  • Reef-Safe Sunscreen (oxybenzone-free), SPF 30+
  • Lip sun protection, SPF 30+
  • Bug spray
  • Contacts and solution (if applicable)


  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

We Provide

  • bed linens
  • snorkel sets
Key Points to Remember
  • You will be carrying your pack throughout the program so bring only what you need and be prepared to wear clothes multiple times throughout the trip.
  • Reef-safe sunscreen (SPF 30+)→ the sun is STRONG in Hawaii and we want to avoid burns. Students are required to apply sunscreen multiple times per day. Many places we swim and snorkel ask to use mineral-based sunscreen that is reef safe. 
  • Closed toe shoes→ a pair of sturdy sneakers or trail shoes. These will be used during community service and hikes. Please note: Vans and Converse shoes are not appropriate for hiking.
  • Reusable water bottle→ at least 1 liter. This will be used every single day.
  • Bug spray
  • Rain jacket