At Akahiao, we create programs that change the way we view the world, putting nature in the center. We have designed our space and activities in order to reestablish our interconnectedness with all elements of nature in order to gracefully meet the challenges of our changing world.
All of our programs strive to meet the holistic needs of every child to live a purposeful life, engaged in matters of sustainable tomorrow. We work to equip our children with adaptive skills, leadership skills, self-efficacy and most of all, compassion through immersion in the natural world. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and experiential, integrating lessons from environmental education, leadership education, indigenous education and place-conscious education.
We take pride in the quality of care we provide to each participant and take our nourishment seriously. Our meals are prepared using the freshest ingredients, harvested from our own biodynamic garden.
Ho'iho'i I Ka 'Aina
A scholarship funded program designed for youth in West Hawaiʻi. This 4-night 5 day course will focus on developing our youthʻs sense of self and their sense of place using the core theme of “Restoration".
Aloha Na Keiki
This overnight camp was established to embrace the spirit of aloha - aloha for ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Our activities are based on having fun outdoors and igniting our sense of play, while honing in on our explorative skills and kilo (observation).
Aloha ʻĀina Immersion Program
Our nature program designed to foster a strong bond between our youth and nature through spending time, deepening understanding and enhancing communication skills. The program will encompass our signature mix of daily Thanksgiving rituals, integration into the complete cycle of food, life skill training, natural arts and outdoor place based learning.
Mo ʻIke Camp Dreamweaver
ANIʻs overnight youth program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day. The camp theme is “mōʻike” or dream manifestation. In this time of restrictions and confinement, being able to dream outside of our daily routine is ever more valuable. We want our youth to be inspired to dream of a thriving future and empower them to know they can achieve it.
The Girls Entrepreneurship & Malama ‘Aina Springboard (GEMS) Program cultivates leadership capabilities in young women to grow strong female leaders who have the capacities and dispositions to navigate, guide, and shape our dynamic world. This nature immersion curriculum has an entrepreneurship focus and is designed to develop confidence and self-efficacy in young women.
ʻAkahi Leadership Program
This two-week summer camp program is designed to foster authentic, adaptive leadership and activate our future makers to realize their preferred future where a peaceful human society is harmonized with the natural world.