Emergency Contact Information
Families may contact us at any time during the program in the event of an emergency. Students should bring a copy of these emergency phone numbers while they are traveling as well as leaving a copy with their parents/guardians.
Lauren Watka – Program Manager, BELL: Hawai'i, Brown University
401-523-6218 (only active after March 20)
Brown University Department of Public Safety
Non-emergency assistance and information
For Accepted Students: Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Hawai'i
Congratulations on your acceptance!
We are looking forward to your participation in this unique and engaging program. We have compiled some important information for you; please review this carefully with your family and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at Leadership@brown.edu
Forms to Complete
Once you've paid the deposit, don't forget to submit all required forms through your connect.brown.edu account.
This will include submitting waivers and immunization records.
- BELL Programs Student Acceptance Form
- Travel Itinerary Form
- Immunization Record Form - Requires Physician's Signature
- Brown Hawai'i Waiver
- Kohala Center Media Release
- Student Waiver for Kohala
- Medical Authorization Form
FORMS TO COMPLETE IF NEEDED
Travel Dates and Times
Saturday, March 22 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
March 22, 2014 – Arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO) between 3 pm and 6 pm HST
March 30, 2014 – Depart Kona International Airport (KOA) between Noon and 4 pm HST
Please note: Our program is held on the island of Hawai’i, also known as the Big Island. Honolulu is located on a different island, O’ahu.
Please contact us at 401-863-7900 or Leadership@brown.edu if you are concerned about your flights.
How to Book Tickets with Different Arrival and Departure Locations
Depending on your point of origin, the flight to the Hawai’i can be quite long and we recommend that you carefully review travel plans with family prior to your departure to ensure a safe and stress-free journey. Hawaiian Airlines flies direct from some mainland cities to Hawai’i www.hawaiianairlines.com/ or with a short lay-over in Honolulu on O’ahu. Depending on your point of origin, you may find it more economical and convenient to purchase a round trip ticket to Honolulu with a major airline and then purchase one-way tickets arriving in Hilo (ITO) and departing from Kona (KOA) on Hawaiian Airlines. For those of you, who are connecting through Honolulu, please allow enough time to travel between the Main Terminal to the Interisland Terminal. Students should allow approximately 1.5 hours for a layover in Honolulu in order to catch the WikiWiki, the free shuttle bus, between terminals.
Airport codes: Hilo (ITO) Kona (KOA) Honolulu (HNL)
Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Hilo and Kona airports are quite small and easy to navigate.
Brown and Kohala Center staff will meet you at the Hilo airport and drive you to dinner then our lodgings at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The Park is about one hour drive from the airport. Look for staff wearing Brown University t-shirts in the arrival area. If you experience a delay while traveling to Hilo, call Brown’s on-site Director, Lauren Watka with your new arrival time. Her phone number will be posted in the weeks preceding the program. We will arrange to meet you at Hilo airport and will transfer you to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
At the end of the program, you will be transported to the Kona airport. Students will be responsible for managing their flight departure but staff will be available if assistance in Kona is required due to flight delays or unexpected concerns.
Once you have confirmed you flights, please fill out your itinerary here.
A web conference program orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19 at 8pm EST, Saturday, February 22 at 4pm EST, and Wednesday, February 26, at 6:40pm EST. Please make every effort to attend one of these three dates. To participate in this orientation, you will need access to a computer.
Additional information on how to access the conference will be emailed prior to February 19.
Pre-program required reading
We ask you to complete some pre-work so we can launch into the program with a similar foundation. They information ranges from videos to fact sheets to news articles. They are all listed here.
Connect with other students on Facebook
We've created a student group on Facebook for students to connect directly with each other, and arrange travel to Hawai'i together. To access, the student must be a Facebook member and have been accepted into the Program. Visit the BELL: Hawai'i Facebook Group and request to join.
Please be very conservative in packing and bring only essentials. There is very limited luggage capacity in our transportation vans and where we are staying.
Note: most airlines charge extra for luggage weighing over 50 lbs.
You are required to bring the following items as these items are required for admittance on some properties and during certain activities.
- One large suitcase or duffle bag that will hold all of your packed belongings including sleeping bag. If you can’t carry it, it is too big and/or too heavy!
- Sleeping bag
- Long sleeve shirt (1-2 pieces)
- Jeans or heavy cargo working pants to wear while hiking. Thick pants will protect you if you slip and fall on sharp, volcanic rock.
- Bathing Suit
- Hat – preferably with a wide brim for good sun protection, particularly if you burn easily
- Reusable Water Bottle (It is very important that you stay hydrated)
- Day pack/back pack that can be used on hikes and as a carry-on for plane ride
- Sturdy, closed toe shoes that can be worn for hiking (hiking boots not required)
- Water shoes or aqua shoes (a closed-toe waterproof shoe, not flip-flops) that you can wear to protect feet on shores that have sharp volcanic material.
- Any prescribed medications and a copy of original prescription
- Government-issued photo ID
- T-shirts (4-5 pieces)
- Skin/rash guard (strongly recommended if you are fair skinned and/or chill easily in the water)
- Fast drying shorts (1-2 pairs)
- Sleep wear
- Beach towel and one bath towel
- Fleece jacket or warm hoodie
- Blank journal
- Small flashlight
- Sun block – water-resistant, 30+ SPF
- Toothbrush and toiletries (we recommend using small sample sizes that can be purchased at drug stores or using items provided by hotels)
Other Recommended items
- Sleeping pad
- Pillow (or to reduce bulk, bring a pillow case and stuff it with your clothes)
- Bug Repellant
- Phone charger
- Plastic bags to store wet or dirty items
On Island Information
Internet, Mobile Phones, and Electricity
Depending on your carrier, you may find mobile phone coverage spotty. Students will have limited opportunities for cell phone charging. Students must restrict any texting, internet, and/or phone usage to free time in the evenings. Please do not bring laptops, ipads, or e-readers. At our second site, Halau Maluhia, electricity will be limited and supplied by a generator so students should not expect to charge their cell phones during the last 4 days of the program. However, staff will keep emergency phones charged at all times. We will also make sure that student phones are charged before they leave for the airport on March 30. As a general rule, we try to stay tuned in to each other and to our natural surroundings throughout the program so limited cell phone use will help us do this even more so in Halau Maluhia.
Accommodations and Meals
For the first part of the course, students will stay at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park at the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). Students will stay in same-sex dorm-style (Hales) structures with bunk beds. Students will have access to showers, toilets, and a modern cafeteria. www.kmc-volcano.com/
For the second part of the course, students will camp on the pristine white sand beach of Halau Maluhia in Kealakekua, South Kona. Students will sleep in tents (provided) on the beach and food will be catered by a local island chef. Students will work together in groups to prepare breakfast. This site is rustic, but you will have access to outdoor showers and composting toilets.
We must be informed of dietary restrictions and allergies well in advance of the program’s start date in order to make accommodations. Please fill out the Guest Allergy Form with any dietary concerns.Snacks will be provided during the day.
There are coin-operated washers and dryers at KMC which students will be allowed to use on the last night prior to departing to Kona There are NO laundry facilities at Halau Maluhia camp site.
Medical Emergencies and Illness
The BELL Hawai’i program is a physically taxing program involving significant exertion in the outdoors. For your safety and comfort during the program, we expect participants to fully disclose any and all pre-existing medical conditions in required medical forms.
In a medical emergency, you will be transported to the hospital in Hilo or Kona. We will always be within a 1-2 hour drive from a hospital. For minor problems, we have a well-equipped first aid kit and staff certified in first aid, and lifeguarding.
Please be aware that due to the island’s active volcano, high concentrations of volcanic gas and ash can be found in certain areas of the island. Those with asthma or other types of respiratory illnesses are advised to consult with a physician regarding their program participation and follow physician recommendations. If applicable, please come prepared with appropriate medications.
Additional information about these environmental conditions, can be found at http://governor.hawaii.gov/emergency-information/important-information-about-vog/
All your food and housing is covered in the program fee as well as entry fees to various sites. You will only need money while you are traveling to and from Hawai’i and for purchasing souvenirs. Note: Shopping time will be very limited as the focus of this trip is on Hawaii’s natural environment and traditional culture.
There will be approximately 20-30 students from all over the U.S and the world in the program. Usually there are slightly more girls than boys ranging from grades 10-12.
There is no homework in the traditional sense. For the most part students will be doing experiential learning together with some journal writing. Students will be required to present a short oral presentation related to their learning at the end of the program.