Hawaii Study Tour

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Natural Science and Cultural Study Tour

August 6-12, 2017

Packing List for 2017 Tour
Check out our Education Plan and Schedule

Hawaiian Double Hulled CanoeDiscover the island of O'ahu and study endangered Monk seals, Hawaiian black- footed and Laysan albatross, purple gallinule, sea turtles, reef fish and much more while swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling an outrigger canoe and hiking. Understand how plastics pollution in the Pacific is affecting native species and how the increasing acidity of the ocean is affecting the reef’s health.

Hawaii’s islands are isolated in the center of the Pacific Ocean, 2000 miles from North America and 1000 miles from the closest Pacific atolls to the south. Many plants and animals traversed that distance to become endemic species, unique to Hawaii and found nowhere else on Earth. Many cultures also arrive to create a unique blend of cultures that truly make O'ahu “The Gathering Place.”

Who can attend:        High School age youth without an adult, families with youth in middle school and above, and 4-H staff and families.  There will be a minimum of 2 4-H Agents attending as chaperons for the high school youth.

Enrollment:                Minimum of 10 participants.  Maximum of 20 persons.

Location:                    O'ahu Island, North Shore, YMCA Camp Erdman


The study tour is now full

Get on the waitlist - Waitlist Registration


Program Costs and Payment Timelines (REVISED 11-30-16).

To make additional payments go to the Hawaii Study Tour Store to make payments.

Program tuition is $950 plus the cost of air travel. Airfare will be $712/person. The $950.00 ground fee for the program includes lodging, all meals (except on air travel days and 1 lunch at North Shore food trucks), education programs, and bus/van transportation.  Participants should plan on having money for snacks and souvenirs.   Participants must bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, and towels, in addition to personal items.  Airfare cost will be confirmed approximately March 1

This Study Tour will require a minimum of 10 participants.  A maximum of 20 participants can be accommodated.  Participant’s deposit will be refunded if there are not enough participants for the program to be held.  The $500 deposit is non-refundable if the program is held.

The registration deposit deadline is December 1, 2016.  A $500.00 per person deposit is required to hold a reservation in the program.  The final payment of $450 plus the actual cost of airfare will be due on or before March 3, 2017. <-- NOTE: date has been moved a week earlier!

For questions on registration or enrollment materials contact Andy Hoffmann at 541-737- 1322 or email andy.hoffmann@oregonstate.edu

For program questions contact Virginia Bourdeau Virginia.bourdeau@oregonstate.edu, 503-371-7920

Erdman YMCA Beach
The beach at YMCA Camp Erdman

Information About the Trip and Oahu

Snorkeling

Recommended Books

  • Paridise of the Pacific CoverParadise of the Pacific, Susan Moore, Macmillan Publishers- Easy to read about the history and cultures of Hawaii from the arrival of Captain Cook in 1777 to the Island’s annexation by the US in 1897


  • Natural History of HawaiiHawaii Natural History, Ecology, Evolution, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu- University text book provides an in depth review of all the island’s.
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