Summer@Moana - Moana Institute Maui
The Moana Institute Maui invites you to adventure with us, for one of three 14-day sessions, as we explore Maui's extraordinary coral reefs, rainforests, and watersheds.
Summer high school academy at Moana Institute Maui
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Summer 2018 Session Dates TBD




What You Will Experience

As a Summer@Moana participant, you get to immerse yourself in all of the things that draws thousands of visitors to Maui every year: the natural beauty of the islands. Only with Summer@Moana, you’re doing it with fifteen of your new closest friends from around the country and around the world.

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Marine Science

Students will participate in reef and coral ecology studies at a variety of snorkeling spots on Maui from Honolua Bay, Olowalu to ʻĀhihi-Kīnaʻu Natural Area Reserve. Students who are PADI certified will also experience underwater research with our certified SCUBA staff.
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Ocean Sports

Students will experience a variety of ocean sports from snorkeling, scuba, surfing, stand up paddling and outrigger canoe paddling. Maui offers some of the best surf breaks in the world for advanced surfers. If you are a beginner Maui has safe entry level beaches and you will learn to surf from experienced surf instructors.
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Moana Institute Maui will learn mono hull sailing from respected Maui sailing captain off the waters of Lahaina.
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Hiking & Culture

Students will experience hikes into bamboo forest, tropical canopies and upcountry Maui, Waihe’e Coastal Refuge and Nu’u Preserve with Hawaiian Island Lands Trust and hikes down Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands Trail) at Haleakala Crater at 10,023 ft above the clouds.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30am              Breakfast

8:30am              Depart for Field Excursion

9am to 12pm     Snorkel Reef Survey

12pm to 1pm      Lunch

1pm to 3pm       Rainforest Hike

4pm to 5pm      Return to Hale Maui dormitory

5pm to 6pm      Group Dinner

6pm to 7pm      Guest Speaker/Group Activity

Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin (Nai’a)
Crown of Thorns Seastar
Slate Pencil Sea Urchin (Ha’uke’uke ‘Ula’ula)
Maui Coral Reef
Humpback Whale (Kohola)
Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
Honolua Bay