Ancient Ways 5 Day Primitive Hawaiian Island Adventure!

5 Day Primitive Survival & Camping Adventure on Oahu, HI.
Expert Primitive Survival Instruction, Comfortable Low-tech Island Camping.
Guided Hikes Through Pristine Island Forests & Secluded Beach Spots.
All necessary permits, gear and meals provided.
Recommended experience for age 8+.
You choose the date, we book the trip!

5 Day Ancient Ways Primitive Hawaiian Island Adventure.

Come experience the Oahu’s North Shore like never before during one of the most unique primitive survival training adventures found anywhere in the world. Leaving the high-tech, modern world behind, you’ll explore coastal & mountain trails as well as breathtaking island outlooks, waterfalls, and beachscapes. While doing so, students will also learn the ancient ways of island living with little more than a knife, a water container, and a blanket. (Those that wish to will have a chance to leave even these modern tools behind!).

Camping Style & Equipment: As the purpose of this 5 day adventure course is to foster development of primitive skills and an intimate connection with your natural surroundings, there is a decided emphasis on using renewable, natural resources to meet basic living needs. Tents, backpacks and many other “required” pieces of outdoor equipment are replaced with their low-tech counterparts: a tarp, a bedroll, etc. This allows students to get some real dirt time living the “know more, carry less” philosophy and exploring how traditional cultures lived comfortably without all the modern gadgets (which are not allowed on our courses). If desired, students will also be given the opportunity to take their experience to the next level, going from low gear situation to no gear lifestyle for a truly primitive experience.

Meals: Meal-time will be an adventure all its own as students learn to cook gourmet in a low-tech open fire environment. Try your hand at traditional island cooking methods like imu earthen ovens and bamboo steamers. Meals are healthy, well balanced, delicious, and cooked from scratch using the finest ingredients. Campers with dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated if you advise us in advance.

Skills Covered: Traditional living skills covered during the 5 day trip will include primitive fire & tool construction, island ecology & travel, campsite selection, “leave no trace” ethics, trail hygiene, shelter location and construction techniques, water location and purification, nature observation skills, basic edibles & medicinal plants.

Age: Because of the physical aspect of our adventure courses, we recommend that students be at least 8 years of age. All students under 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.


(Day 1): Arrive on island. Your instructors will meet you at the airport after arrival and you’ll begin your adventure traveling to our wilderness location right on the spot. Once on-site, students will have an introductory orientation and begin working on meeting their survival living needs in their new primitive village space. There will also be time for exploring local jungle trails and swimming at our secluded beach!

(Days 2-4): So much to do! We’ll work on primitive skills throughout our stay and explore some of the nearby wonders of Oahu’s North Shore. Student’s will have a chance to learn traditional island living skills of fire starting, shelter, cooking, and more.

(Day 5): After a good night’s sleep and a final swim in the lagoon, we’ll head make our way back to the airport and say our goodbyes after an unforgettable trip.
Care to stay longer or head somewhere new afterwards? Just let us know when booking and we’ll help you make arrangements.

Equipment & Meals: All necessary camping equipment and meals will be provided. We’ll give you a packing list for what to wear and additional items you may wish to bring on your own.

Physical Requirements: This adventure course provides, among many other things, a physical test for its students. There are plenty of short, but physically demanding hiking opportunities during the course as well opportunities to swim and do other physically demand activities. As this adventure can be quite physically challenging, California Survival School REQUIRES THAT ALL ADVENTURE COURSE APPLICANTS UNDERGO A COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND RECEIVE THEIR PHYSICIAN’S APPROVAL IN WRITING PRIOR TO FINAL ACCEPTANCE ON THE COURSE. Please keep in mind, despite your physician’s approval and California Survival Schools ‘s acceptance of you on the course, there are no guarantees. Health and participation risks (inherent and otherwise) remain. It’s up to you and your physician to determine if one of our courses is an appropriate choice. All participants must be aware of these risks and accept them. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Additional Information: When you register for your trip you will receive an information packet that covers all the major details of planning for this trip (i.e. – How to get here, pre and/or post-trip nearby lodging recommendations, packing lists, etc.) If you have any additional questions, please email us at

Pricing: In order to better serve our customers, we have switched to an “on-demand” model for our adventure trips (which allows us to leave when you want to). As such, pricing for your trip will be based on the minimum base fee we can charge to run the trip for your group size. Cost per person will drop significantly as your group size increases, as we will be able to spread out costs over a great number of people and give you a better deal.

Trip pricing:

Please contact us for specific group pricing rates.
*Please note: Prices do not include airfare. Please let us know if you need assistance booking a flight and we can help you make arrangements.

Trip Dates:
You tell us when you want to leave and we’ll book your trip! Trip are easiest to arrange that begin on either on Monday or Tuesday. We prefer that students allow us at least 30 days to make trip arrangements prior to desired departure. Trips arranged for departure in less than 30 days may have additional cost for expediting arrangements.

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Cancellation Policies:
Trip cancellation by the student must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund.
On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.