Backpacking at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Trip Overview

The Backpacking Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adventure trip will begin and end at the Kona International Airport located on the west coast of the big island of Hawaii. 

This trip is the ultimate student experience for exploring the “big island.” On this epic 10-day adventure, we complete several day hikes and a 6-day, 5-night backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We then spend 2 and a half days exploring waterfalls, lava tubes, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, and lounging on gorgeous remote beaches. We will travel light and cheap. Our lodging will range from rustic one-room cabins to shared rooms in the Hilo Hostel to beachside campgrounds. Shopping at local grocery stores, farmers markets and cooking some of our own meals will help reduce food costs.  Be prepared for a truly unique, hands-on, full immersion experience into the culture and spirit of Hawaii’s big island.

All participants are expected to arrive at the Kona International Airport no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, January 2. Anyone arriving prior to this date and time is responsible for all of their expenses including lodging, transportation, and food before then. For your return flight on Saturday, January 11, it is recommended that you book a late evening departure time so that your flight will go overnight allowing you to sleep during the flight back to the mainland.

Trip Rating 

Intermediate, some backpacking experience required / Strenuous level of activity.

Trip Date

January 2-11, 2020

Depart: January 2, 4pm – Kona International Airport
Return: Jan 11 – Kona International Airport

  • UT students/RecSports members: $800 
  • Non-members: $950 
  • Airfare is not included in registration fee. 
Registration Information
  1. Click here to register for this trip. Registration closes on Friday, November 15, 2019.
  2. Once you complete your online order, please complete and submit the Adventure Trip Participant Information Form
Pre-Trip Meeting

All participants must attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on December 10, 2019 at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at the Outdoor Center located inside Gregory Gym (GRE 2.104). 

Cancellation Information

Cancellations must be completed by November 15, 2019 at 5:00pm. No refunds will be given after this date. Refunds will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee for those participants who cancel by the cancellation date.

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