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Semester On Island students are enrolled in a broad range of academic courses that are taught in the context of understanding our marine world. Various science, history, literature, math, and elective courses are offered to ensure that you can seamlessly re-enter your homeschool upon your return home at the end of the semester. You will earn academic credits through Maui Preparatory Academy, a top-ranked, college prep independent school in Hawaii. At the Moana Institute, we don’t believe that a classroom should have four walls. Our ideal classroom has no walls. As a Moana Institute student, you will have the opportunity to literally make Maui your classroom. Whether it is learning to SCUBA dive near Kaanapali, conducting coral reef surveys in Honolua Bay, discussing Moby Dick in a literature circle one morning on DT Fleming Beach Park or assisting in the restoration of ancient Honokowai Valley with Maui Cultural Lands, you are guaranteed to come away with a new definition of “school.”
We are now accepting applicants for the Fall 2018 semester.
The Semester On Island program is open to students entering 9th through 12th grade.
Summer @ Moana invites you to adventure with us for one of three 14-day session as we explore Maui extraordinary coral reefs, rainforest and mountain regions. As a participant, you get to immerse yourself in all of the things that draws over two million visitors to Maui every year: the natural beauty of the islands. Only with Summer at Moana, you’re doing it with fifteen of your new closest friends from the world.
Through the Summer@Moana program, the Moana Institute offers exciting and engaging 13-day summer programs to students aged 12-17. Activities during these sessions involve snorkeling in tropical waters, hiking to waterfalls in bamboo forests, learning to ride the waves on a surfboard, sailing to premiere destinations on Maui’s coastline, and if you’re feeling adventurous enough (and we know you are), maybe even earning various SCUBA diving certifications. Join us now for your adventure-filled summer of a lifetime!
Summer 2018 Session Dates TBD
As part of mauka exploration Moana students learn about how the ecosystem of the mountain areas affect ecology of the islands sea life and why a healthy native forest will provide a sustainable source of water because healthy native vegetation is better at collecting and storing water while allowing it to slowly seep back into the islands aquifers. Hawai’i is home to over 10,000 native species, more than 90% of which are found nowhere else in the world. The West Maui Mountains above Hale Maui in Honokowai is home to 126 rare plants, insects, birds, vegetation communities and a bat and scientists continue to find more every year. Moana students will also explore and hike bamboo forest and jungle canopies and work with instructors from Maui Cultural land in restoration of the Honokowai Valley ahupa’a land division.
As part of makai exploration Moana students will learn about how the coral reef ecosystem are affected by the health of plant and stream life mauka and that healthy coral reef ecosystems provide protection against erosion and a healthy home for abundant sea life. Moana students will also experience stand up paddling, snorkeling, SCUBA and mono hull sailing and also participate in reef restoration project with Polanui Hiu in Lahaina.
"He ali'i ka 'aina; he kauwa ke kanaka."
The planet is chief and we are its servants.