It was a magical moment to find ourselves standing on a beautiful island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with people from all over the world. When we arrived to camp, we set up our cabins that were right on the beach and overlooked lush mountains. We went snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, with eighty endemic species of sea life, found only in Hawaii! We hiked waterfalls and basked on beaches. We learned the history of Pearl Harbor when visiting the museum and visited the Polynesian Cultural Center, where we learned about the different cultures that make up the Polynesian islands. Volunteer activities included a beach cleanup, helping in fish ponds, and helping in the beautiful taro fields of Papahana, where we learned ancient farming practices and cooled off in a waterfall. We connected with nature and learned how to make travel meaningful for travelers and beneficial to locals. One night, we had a campfire and sang songs and played games and it happened to be a student’s 18th birthday! Our last full day was filled with surfing, a catamaran ride, sunset and fireworks, followed by a bittersweet goodbye the next day. It was an opportunity to make great friends from around the world and learn about unique cultures. There were three Greenheart Trips to Hawaii this spring, all with different stories and adventures!  See the gallery for photos of all three trips.

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