Field Trip Ideas

 

Ideas for field trips for homeschoolers on the island of Oahu in Hawaii! 

Everything here is listed for informational purposes only.  Homeschool Ohana is not affiliated with any of the listed entities. Many of these activities/trips have inherent risks that you accept by participating in them. So be sure to do your own research, the full scope and details of the trip or activity, be appropriately prepared, and stay safe. 

Art


Astronomy


Biotechnology

  • Gene-ius Day: University of Hawaii at Manoa hosts a field trip day for school students where they learn about topics of genetics, agriculture, and forensic sciences. Check their website for more information and date availability. Note: there is also a monthly program (Saturday Gene-iuses) of science labs and learning. Registration is usually in May.

Botany


Community

(see also: Art, Botany, & Museums categories)
…Farms
  • Aloun Farms: local educational outreach programs, pumpkin patch, and sweet onion festival
  • Helemano Farms: a Christmas tree farm (in Wahiawa) that has worked with school groups in the past, contact them with ideas or questions for possible field trips
  • Ka’ala Farms: located in Wai’anae; Hawaii culture and sustainability educational programs through The Cultural Learning Center at Ka’ala
  • Kahuku Farms: tractor-pulled wagon ride farm tours, smoothies & cafe
  • Kahumana Community: Wai’anae organic farm, cafe, retreats, and learning center, offering 1/2 day & full day educational programs & overnight camps
  • Kualoa Ranch: offers educational activities (nature walks, ancient fishpond, sustainability, team building, conservation, restoration, petting zoo) & other tours
  • Naked Cow Dairy: Wai’anae side farm and creamery tours
  • Mari’s Garden: Mililani garden and aquaponics farm that offers educational tours
  • MA’O Farms: organic farm in Wai’anae that offers a CSA, does outreach & hosts school programs
  • Mohala Farms: a North Shore organic farm
  • Olomana Gardens: composting, aquaponics organic veggies & animals, located on the Windward side of Oahu
  • Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp: offers prawn fishing. Call 808-232-2202.
  • Sunflower Fields: This crop is only around for a short time, usually during the winter months. Call ahead (808-637-0100, ext 149 for tours) to see when the sunflowers are in bloom and set up a free viewing.
  • Sunset Ranch: a North Shore private estate with a horse ranch, coffee & citrus farm, aquaculture, & botanical garden
  • Waihuena Farm: North Shore farm
  • Waimanalo Country Farms: a Christian-family run farm that offers a pumpkin patch, Christmas program, and field trip opportunities
…Libraries

Culture

(see also: Art, Community, Hawaiian Studies, & Museums categories)

Entomology

  • Butterfly Lady: also has a Facebook page, educational talks, information, & supplies for caterpillars & Monarch butterfly raising on Oahu
  • Honey Bee Presentation: you might try asking local beekeepers, like Manoa Honey Company

Environment & Weather

(see also: Botany, Community, Geology, Marine Biology, & Water categories)

Geology


Hawaiian Studies

(see also: Community, Culture, History, & Museums categories)

History

(see also: Art, Culture, Hawaiian Studies, Museums categories)

Marine


Museums

(see also: Art, Culture, Hawaiian Studies, & History categories)
  • Bishop Museum: planetarium, plus rotating exhibits of various topics, Pacific & Hawaiian culture & history, science center, sports hall of fame, & native gardens {Special Note: The Bishop Museum is usually free for Hawaii residents on the 2nd Sunday of each month.)
  • BYU Museum of Natural History: “contains a large collection of vertebrates & invertebrates from Hawaii, the Pacific, and around the world”; located in Laie
  • Fred Ohrt Water Museum: located in Honolulu, part of the Board of Water supply, tour involves water cycle, conservation, and history of BWS
  • Honolulu Police Museum: offers tours for school groups, but must be 6th grade and above
  • Judiciary History Center at Aliiolani Hale (Hawaii State Judiciary Building): offers FREE school tours, also here: King Kamehameha Statue
  • Mission Houses Museum: preserves the history of missionary life with three restored houses, with school programs and school tours available
  • Pacific Aviation Museum: on Ford Island
  • Pearl Harbor / Arizona Memorial (see History category, above, for links and more)
  • Tropic Lightning Museum: on Schofield; “the history of Schofield Barracks, the 25th Infantry Division, and Wheeler Army Airfield”
  • U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii: at Fort DeRussy and the Hale Koa; guided group visits available
  • Washington Place Governor’s Mansion: tours may or may not be available – they appear to be offered on a limited basis

Other Ideas


P.E.

  • Arch Project Climbing Center: Indoor rockclimbing, Waipio
  • Beaches: swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc.!
  • Hawaii Academy: rock wall, trampoline, gymnastics; previously offered a special activity for homeschoolers
  • Ice Palace: ice skating in Honolulu, near the stadium & Salt Lake areas
  • iTrampoline: offers homeschool and preschool jump times (during the school year), plus special events & birthdays
  • Precision Parkour: I believe they have previously offered special homeschool workshops

Technology


Transportation

  • Airplanes: perhaps at a small airport hangar like Barbers Point or Dillingham Airfield, or at the military bases for military families, but Hawaiian Airlines does a great tour too!
  • Ambulances & EMS: (see the Community category, above)
  • Atlantis Submarine (see the Marine Biology category, above)
  • Fire Trucks: (see the Community category, above)
  • Hawaiian Railway Society: offers train rides (and a stop for ice cream too, if you want); departs from Ewa Beach; group/party rates available
  • K1 Speed: indoor go-kart racing
  • Military Vehicles: (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines): tours of vehicles and facilities, sponsored by a military service member
  • Pirate Ship Tour

Water

  • Honolulu Board of Water Supply: in addition to speakers that can come to you, BWS offers the following (FREE)…
    • Fred Ohrt Water Museum: located in Honolulu, part of the Board of Water supply, tour involves water cycle, conservation, and history of BWS; Grade K+
    • Halawa Xeriscape Garden: “native and introduced plants that conserve water, water-saving irrigation systems, mulches, and other xeriscape ideas”
    • Nu’uanu Watershed Tour: topics involve water cycle, weather, climate, and Hawaiian history, Grade 4+
    • Waihe’e Tunnel Tour: Windward Oahu; topics of water cycle, watershed history, and facility history; Grade 7+
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant

Zoology

(see also: Entomology & Marine Biology, above)
  • Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources: their Department of Aquatic Resources offers educational resources and speakers to “enhance understanding of Hawaii’s aquatic environments”, and DLNR also offers forestry, birds, and wildlife teacher resources & coloring books
  • Hawaii State Farm Fair: annual event held in the summer at Kualoa Ranch; agriculture, livestock, educational & interactive displays, food, rides for kids, plants
  • Equine 808 Horse Rescue: horse health, care, safety, & responsibilities; educational programs and group rates are available
  • Gunstock Ranch: horseback riding, swimming, team building, hikes, mini ranch tour, day camps; field trips
  • Hawaii Audubon Society: Hawaii wildlife & their environments, birding, guided tours, and educational talks
  • ​James Campbell Refuge: over 160 acres of wetland habitat near Kahuku, primarily devoted to the recovery of Hawaii’s four endemic water birds (Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian coot, and Hawaiian duck). The refuge is not open to the public except by guided tours generally available Oct.-Jan.
  • Ka’ena Point Bird Sanctuary: part of the Ka’ena point hiking trail
  • Honolulu Zoo: individual self-guided visits, plus educational programs, field trips, events, camps, teacher resources, and Zoo To You (speaker comes to you)

 


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Note: All businesses or organizations are listed here for reference or informational purposes only. Do not rely solely upon what I have shared here. Please do your own research and make an educated decision of your own prior to getting involved with any business, company, sport, activity, class, or financial transaction. Always remember that your, or your child’s, participation in any activity is at your own risk. Good luck and have fun!