Aloha! Experience the natural beauty of the Big Island on this Hawaiian adventure. Visit a dramatic variety of the many landscapes that Hawaii has to offer. Explore Volcanoes National Park and hike trails to crater rims, cloud forests, and lava flows. Soak up the sun and watch sea turtles munching on seaweed in the surf. Trek through several of the Big Island’s unique ecosystems and visit the southernmost city in the US. Spend a few days along the beaches at the northern tropical end of the island hiking the coast, and swimming in the beautifully clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaiian culture and history will fascinate and delight you! Lodging is provided in comfortable cottages and bed and breakfasts. Registration deadline: February 1, 2020 Minnetonka Community Education has partnered with Wilderness Inquiry to bring you this exciting adventure! Itinerary: Day 1: Aloha! Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii. Day 2: Snorkel at Kahaluu Beach and spend the afternoon at the historic Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park. Day 3: Begin your day at Hapuna Beach State Park, followed by a visit to Pu'ukohola Heiau. Day 4: Encounter Sea Turtles at the black sand beach at Punalu'u. Day 5: Explore the various ecosystems of Volcanoes National Park. Day 6: Enjoy hikes to the floor of the Kilauea Iki Crater and the Hapu'u fern forest. Day 7: Enjoy one final adventure to Akaka Falls before saying farewell to your trip mates. Women's Adventure Trip: Hawaii Hike and Explore Click HERE for more details and full itinerary. RESERVE your spot through Minnetonka Community Education. What to Expect: TERRAIN/ROUTE: Many of the trails on the Big Island of Hawaii are fairly flat and easy, with gentle ups and downs. Others are more rugged. Trails may present obstacles like roots and rocks, and some sections may be steep. Volcanic rock is brittle and sharp, so sturdy shoes are important. To protect the fragile ecosystem, WI uses Leave No Trace travel techniques. TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: The emphasis will be on relatively short day hikes, ranging from 1 to 5 miles in length. The pace of the trip is designed to be moderate. You will be hiking in varied terrain and weather conditions. More challenging routes can be provided, depending on group desires. You will carry a small day pack with your lunch, water, and other gear that you want accessible during the day. WEATHER: Temperatures in the interior can range from 40F at night to 85F during the day, with average temps ranging between 65-85F. You will experience a wide range of weather during your trip, including some rain especially on the Hilo side of the Big Island. YOUR GROUP: The group size is typically 7-11 participants, plus one or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including persons with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay in locally run Hawaiian lodges, cottages and hotels. Typically there are 2-3 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds. SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip, you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option. MEALS: We’ll enjoy a variety of meals, some served in local restaurants and others we prepare for ourselves. When cooking together, we’ll work with fresh fruits and vegetables to create great meals with local ingredients. While we will share happy hours together, purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees. EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items. March 9-15, 2020 $2,075/per person* * Price is per person for land package; travelers are responsible for transportation to/from event location and any lodging prior to/following adventure dates. REGISTER through Minnetonka Community Education.