For Admitted Students - Environmental Leadership in 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
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. Click here to visit the BELL: Hawai'i Facebook group and request to join.
Travel Dates and Times
Saturday, March 22 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
March 22 – Arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO) between 3 pm and 6 pm HST
March 30 – 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 the island of O’ahu.
Please contact us at 401-863-7900 or Leadership@brown.edu if you are concerned about finding a flight that will arrive and/or depart during these times.
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 from Honolulu, please allow enough time to travel between the Main Terminal to the Interisland Terminal. Students should allow approximately 1.5 hours between arriving in Honolulu and their departure time 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 transfer you to 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. 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 local assistance is required due to flight delays or unexpected concerns.
If your flight is delayed in your travel to Hilo
If you experience a delay while traveling to Hilo, call Brown’s on-site Director, Lauren Watka at 401-323-7965 with your new arrival time. We will arrange to meet you at Hilo airport and will transfer you to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Preparing for BELL Hawai'i
In order to participate in this program, our office must receive full payment and these completed forms/information by Friday, February 21, 2014.
- BELL: Hawai'i and New Orleans Acceptance Form and Code of Conduct
- Medical Authorization Form, including copy of medical insurance card
- Immunization History Form (to be completed by physician)
- Disability and Medical Accommodations Form (if applicable)
- Travel itinerary information (on-line)
- The Kohala Center Release and Waiver Form
- The Kohala Center Media Release Form
- Ka‘ūpūlehu Interpretive Center Waiver
- Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest Waiver
Please return all required forms except on-line Travel Itinerary Forms to Continuing Education via email, mail, or fax.
Mail: Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) Hawaii
Continuing Education, Brown University
200 Dyer Street, Box T
Providence, RI 02912
Complete required readings prior to program
We ask students to read several articles prior to their arrival in Hawai’i. You will receive this information after you confirm participation in the program.
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)
- 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)
- Sleeping pad
- Pillow (or to reduce bulk, bring a pillow case and stuff it with your clothes)
- Skin/rash guard (strongly recommended if you are fair skinned and/or chill easily in the water)
- 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.
Emergency Contact Information
In case of emergency, the Brown On-site Director, Lauren Watka can be reached at 401-323-7965. If Ms. Watka is not immediately available, you can call Brown’s Department of Public Safety at 401-863-3322 and let them know your student is a participant in the BELL Hawai’i program. If non-emergency assistance or information is needed please email Leadership@Brown.edu or call 401-863-7300?
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 Hale 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. Snacks will be provided during the day.
Please fill out Medical Authorization Form re: food allergies and the on-line travel and dietary restrictions form regarding preferences.
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 Hale 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, lifeguard, and emergency first responder.
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.