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Homeschooling has allowed us to be more flexible with travel, thus the term world schooling and road schooling appear frequently with my description of our homeschooling. In my previous blog, I have explained world schooling and road schooling and have links to all previous adventures.  Traveling is a huge part of our learning plan. This time our adventures were to Maui, Hawaii. Although the adventure was a domestic trip, going to Maui from Houston, TX definitely feels like going into a different world because there is no direct flight, takes about 13 hours of travel time (with good flights), is a 5 hour time change, and is a tropical island with a unique culture and history.   

I wrote about our previous Hawaii adventures in World Schooling Round 4.  We are blessed to have an Aunt who lives on Maui, which is why we are able to experience this special place so frequently.  Thus. in addition to being a cultural and language experience, it is also a treasured family time. Our son has grown up with Hawaiian children’s books from his great aunt and he enjoys the Hawaiian music.  This is our son’s third time there, and we continue to find new adventures and cultural experiences.

Here is the list of our experiences on this Maui trip:

  • Kula
  • Kihei
  • Ko’ie’ie Fishpond Cultural Outrigger Canoe Tour
  • Ulua Beach
  • Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
  • Maluaka Beach
  • Keawala’i Community Church
  • Wailea-Makena
  • Haleakala National Park Summit
  • Twilight ‘Ua’u Discover with Friends of Haleakala National Park & Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (lessons on the Hawaiian Petrel also known as the ‘Ua’u and special nighttime observations with their night vision goggles)
  • Kahului
  • Emanuel Lutheran Church
  • Koho’s
  • Maui Art & Cultural Center
  • Kepaniwai Park & Gardens
  • Iao Valley
  • Iao Historic Theater for “Of Mice and Men”
  • Wailuku
  • Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery
  • Kula Bistro
  • Dragon’s Tooth
  • Makaluapuna Point & Burial Site
  • Kapalua Labyrinth
  • Oneloa Bay
  • Kaopala Gulch
  • Pohaku Park
  • Honokowai Beach Park
  • Airport Beach Park
  • Beaches between Kaanapali and Kapalua
  • Po’olenalena Beach
  • Historic Hawaiian Fishing Heiau
  • Makai Glass
  • Sacred Garden of Maliko
  • Makawao
  • Haliimaile
  • Quiksilver Lanai Snorkel and dolphin watch (Hawaiian Spinner dolphin pod found off the coast of Lanai)
  • Lahaina
  • Baldwin Home
  • Lahaina Galleries
  • Wo Hing Museum
  • Snorkeling

Travel to Maui is like international trips in terms of similar frustrations: long travel times, red-eye flights, flight delays, time change adjustments, lack of free wifi everywhere, and additional inspections (agriculture inspections instead of customs).  Travel to Maui is also a great way to physically learn about: climate, geography, geology volcanoes (especially with current eruptions on the big island of Hawaii), Hawaiian language and culture, immigration history, WWII history, physics of waves, sea life, coral reef life, healthy oceans, trade winds, solar power, wind power, and more.

Traveling is a great educational tool.  It does not have to be foreign countries or out of state but could be local or even “armchair” traveling with books, videos, and computers.  Traveling via postcard exchanges is another great way to reinforce geography. In addition to the educational opportunities, traveling and exposing the world to our children is extremely important for them to be better global citizens.  Be inspired, go explore!