Programme Highlights

  • A chance to give back in a spectacular destination
  • Hawaiian culture
  • Beach clean up
  • Ocean cruise
  • Help out in soup kitchen 
  • Pearl Harbour
  • Teach kids to surf

This programme can be applied to the following subjects:

•    Global Citizenship
•    Service Learning
•    History
•    Geography
•    Earth sciences


To MALAMA in Hawaiian means to "take care of, to serve, to honor, to protect and to care for our each other". KOKUA in Hawaiian is to do something good. ALOHA in Hawaiian translates to acknowledging and loving others giving them the Breath of Life. 

Our programmes in Hawaii try to keep these philosophies central to their purpose. Our only purely volunteer based programme takes place here, as per itinerary 1 below. However if you are looking to mix in with a bit more geology/geography/science/astronomy, then drop us a line for these itineraries.

Bear in mind though - Glo-Ed’s Volunteer itinerary not only gives you a chance to work on your tan in paradise but provides an opportunity to Malama & Kokua with ALOHA both by making a difference in people's lives and giving back to the community you are visiting too! Perfect.

Sample Hawaii Itinerary


Arriving at Honolulu International Airport, you will be greeted with a Traditional Flower Lei. Luggage will be collected and you depart for your Waikiki Hotel.
The Hotel has inside corridors with girls and boys on separate floors and chaperones intermingled between. Key packets will be ready upon our arrival and porters will deliver luggage. (Private security can be arranged to secure everyone has a great night sleep including the chaperones.)
Tonight we will have a Pizza Party with your local Tour Chaperone. This will include an informative briefing to go over the weeks itinerary, hotel rules, local area shopping and safety.


Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
This morning you will set sail on a Barefoot Beach Catamaran Cruise. You will board a 40-foot sailing catamaran right on the beach in Waikiki, sail out past Diamond Head listening to jamming tunes as waves splash the decks. Make sure to notice your surroundings and the natural beauty of Hawaii.
After your sailing adventure, you will have time to grab lunch on your own, shop for room snacks and get ready for the afternoon's service project.
Your Aloha Kokua Mission today will be to work with Adopt A Beach Hawaii. The crystal blue waters of the Pacific are a very fragile ecosystem that must be taken care of. You will learn about The Great Pacific "Garbage Patch", and how winds and currents cause marine debris to enter Hawaiian waters pollute it's waters and beaches. The goal of today's project is to clean up marine debris in order keep our beaches and oceans healthy. You will learn to catalogue, take photos and record data about what you found. You will have this knowledge for life and will be able to teach others to care for our environment for future generations. 

Tonight is your chance to get Wiki Wacky in Waikiki. You’ll be separated into teams with chaperones, given a treasure map, clue sheet and a dinner allowance. Now it’s off to scavenger Waikiki, gaining knowledge of its history and culture.

Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian Time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
Depart for Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Today you will learn one of the USA’s most valuable history lessons: how men and women gave their lives on December 7, 1941 “The Day of Infamy” (more information on the USS Arizona Memorial’s “Witness to History” program can be found at
Now that you have seen the reason for the United States’ entry into WWII, let’s go see the end. You will enjoy a Deli Style Lunch under large Chinese Banyan Trees with a spectacular view of one of the US Navy’s famous war ships, The USS Battleship Missouri.
After Lunch, you will split up into groups and take an Educational Highlights Tour walking on the surrender deck where General MacArthur signed the treaty to end WWII in Tokyo Bay. 
Your Aloha Kokua Mission today will be to work with The Institute for Human Services. IHS serves 3 hot meals a day (between 600 and 700 meals a day), 365 days of the year. This afternoon, your group will assist in preparing a hot dinner meal for Hawaii's homeless women and children. As part of your Give Back Project you will be serving the evening meal which is one their greatest needs, and we will be covering the cost which will be included in the tour price. After the service dinner will be provided.


Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian Time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
Your Aloha Kokua Mission today will be to learn about life in an ahupua‘a (Ancient Hawaiian Community) by visiting Waimea Valley on Oahu's North Shore. With your Kumu (Hawaiian teacher) you will learn an Oli (Hawaiian Chant) to announce your arrival into the valley. You will then discover Kau Hale (a traditional Hawaiian living site), learning about how ancient Hawaiian's worked together managing natural resourses and behaviors that communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. You will be separated into groups to create a portion of a traditional hafted Hawaiian adze, or ko‘i. You will collect materials, and experiment with different methods of preparing the ‘aha (cordage made from braided coconut husk), ‘au ko‘i (handle), and the ko‘i (adze head), and together completely assemble the ko‘i.  After completing this task, each group will present what they accomplished to the rest of the group. By participating in this activity you will begin to realize that it is necessary in life to appreciate and to take care of our resources – not only because they help us live, but because our hard work and dedication to them describes who we are as individuals and that by working together we can accomplish great things.
Depart for Polynesian Cultural Center, you will take an adventure into the cultures of Polynesia as you visit the seven villages that represent the islands. Enjoy the shows at a leisurely pace during the day and don’t forget to stop and catch an IMAX Movie of your choice. 
Gather together for an all you can eat Polynesian feast at the Gateway Restaurant. Menu Includes: Baked Chicken, Turkey Carving Station, Fried Mahi Mahi, Fijian Curry, Samoan Noodles, full salad and fruit bar, all you can drink soda. 
Move from dinner into the 3,000-seat open-air theatre for the best show in the islands, “HA” the breath of life. You will be amazed as performers enlighten you of their island dances and music


Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian Time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
Seeing as you have been in Hawaii for a few days now, here’s your opportunity to Hang Loose Hawaiian Style and reflect on your experiences. Adventures like Snorkeling, Parasailing or Rainforest Waterfall Hiking will be available for purchase or you can sit back, relax and enjoy your day in Paradise.
Your Aloha Kokua Mission today will be to learn about giving back to others in your community. This evening you will watch the sun drop off into the Pacific at your own Beach BBQ with Hawaiian flare. You will meet Jim Gusukuma who will be serving a traditional Hawaiian Mixed Plate Dinner from his historic Rainbow Drive In and listen to this humble philanthropist about giving of his time and resources to help the homeless at St. Augustine's Soup Kitchen. He will also brief us on tomorrow's mission and we will announce the winner of the Wiki Wacky Waikiki with a truly Authentic Hawaiian Trophy.


Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian Time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
Your Aloha Kokua Mission today will be to Hang Ten with Surfrider Spirit Sessions. Today's mission is to be an example for at-risk youth by learning how to surf. You will assist in this ocean-based mentoring program by getting others to follow your example through the cultural activity of surfing and ocean awareness. As a caring volunteer your leadership and the way you conduct yourself will help these youth to use surfing as a metaphor for life’s key lessons, so they can experience success in school, home, at a job and in the community. Who knows, you might even make a lifelong friend through learning how to surf together.
Ready to do the Hula? Tonight we are going to an Authentic Hawaiian Luau where you will be doing the hula, enjoying traditional Hawaiian foods, music, entertainment and gracious island hospitality. 



Rise and Shine it's Hawaiian Time to enjoy Breakfast in Paradise.
Today is departure day or time to transfer onwards.  We bid you Aloha and a Big Mahalo for visiting the islands, hope you have a safe journey home and take some of the Mana (Hawaiian Spirit) with you. Changing Rooms will be available for late departing flights.

Whats Included

As standard in our quotes we include the following for this programme (based on our experience this just works best):

  • Half Board Accommodation
  • Activities as mentioned above
  • All excursions
  • Private transfers in destination
  • Group travel Insurance
  • Assistance of local in-destination partners on the ground
  • 24 hrs emergency contact locally & in the UK
  • Parents evening representation
  • Glo-Ed Basic Travel Pack: Travel t shirts, lanyards, ID cards, wristbands

Whats not included 

As standard in our quotes the following are not included but most can be added for a supplement:

  • Flights (unless otherwise stated - please add to your quote form)
  • Visas - please see your country's embassy or home office website
  • Inoculations - as above
  • Airport transfers in your country of origin

Optional Extras

  • Glo-Ed Travel Pack Premium: Everything in Basic, plus team travel hoodies, water purification/filtration bottle, Glo-Ed trucker hat, day pack, micro-fiber towel, sweatband, sanitizer, torch, sunscreen.
  • Glo-Ed Luggage Bonanza: Canvas backpack, canvas holdall, bumbag/fannypack, rip wallet