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Program #5889RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Gradual inclination from sea level to 4000 feet in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots and appropriate hiking gear for daily field trips. Binoculars recommended for maximum bird viewing, light rain gear for weather changes.

Itinerary for Feb 16 — Feb 23, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located along Banyan Drive, the hotel is within walking distance of trees planted by royalty and celebrities like the famous Babe Ruth. It is adjacent to the Japanese-style Liliuokalani Park and the Healing Island of Moku Ola (Coconut Island). It is within minutes of shops, museums, beaches and the airport.

Contact info:
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-545-3510
web: www.castleresorts.com/Home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

Room amenities: air conditioning, private lanai (most rooms), in-room refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), clock/radio, phone and voicemail, broadband Internet access (some rooms; fee), color cable television

Facility amenities: * complimentary parking based on availability * safety deposit box at front desk * coin-operated laundromat (fee - open 6:00 am. - 10:00 pm.) * broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing * swimming pool * sun deck * gift shop * florist * beauty salon * massage (fee) * travel agency * soft drink machines * ice machines RESTAURANTS AND LOUNGES: * Queen’s Court The Queen's Court Restaurant offers nightly buffet and plated dinners * Waioli Lounge Lounge located in lobby, serving cocktails and appetizers. Open daily: 5:00 p.m. – closing

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $127++
When calling the hotel's reservation department, identify yourself as a participant of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Road Scholar Program and the program dates to receive post-program room rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 16 - Check in/Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrival and check into hotel.

Dinner: Meal at hotel dining room.

Evening: Program orientation

Lodging: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located along Banyan Drive, the hotel is within walking distance of trees planted by royalty and celebrities like the famous Babe Ruth. It is adjacent to the Japanese-style Liliuokalani Park and the Healing Island of Moku Ola (Coconut Island). It is within minutes of shops, museums, beaches and the airport.

Contact info:
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-545-3510
web: www.castleresorts.com/Home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

Room amenities: air conditioning, private lanai (most rooms), in-room refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), clock/radio, phone and voicemail, broadband Internet access (some rooms; fee), color cable television

Facility amenities: * complimentary parking based on availability * safety deposit box at front desk * coin-operated laundromat (fee - open 6:00 am. - 10:00 pm.) * broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing * swimming pool * sun deck * gift shop * florist * beauty salon * massage (fee) * travel agency * soft drink machines * ice machines RESTAURANTS AND LOUNGES: * Queen’s Court The Queen's Court Restaurant offers nightly buffet and plated dinners * Waioli Lounge Lounge located in lobby, serving cocktails and appetizers. Open daily: 5:00 p.m. – closing

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $127++
When calling the hotel's reservation department, identify yourself as a participant of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Road Scholar Program and the program dates to receive post-program room rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 17 - Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast: Meal at local restaurant.

Morning: Field trips to the Hilo Farmers Market and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Sites at the Volcano Park include the Nahuku Lava Tube, Chain of Craters Road and the Holei Sea Arch.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Field trips in the park to Jagger Museum, Kipuka Puaulu and the Visitors Center.

Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture and slide presentation on Hawaiian Endemic Birds.

Lodging: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located along Banyan Drive, the hotel is within walking distance of trees planted by royalty and celebrities like the famous Babe Ruth. It is adjacent to the Japanese-style Liliuokalani Park and the Healing Island of Moku Ola (Coconut Island). It is within minutes of shops, museums, beaches and the airport.

Contact info:
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-545-3510
web: www.castleresorts.com/Home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

Room amenities: air conditioning, private lanai (most rooms), in-room refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), clock/radio, phone and voicemail, broadband Internet access (some rooms; fee), color cable television

Facility amenities: * complimentary parking based on availability * safety deposit box at front desk * coin-operated laundromat (fee - open 6:00 am. - 10:00 pm.) * broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing * swimming pool * sun deck * gift shop * florist * beauty salon * massage (fee) * travel agency * soft drink machines * ice machines RESTAURANTS AND LOUNGES: * Queen’s Court The Queen's Court Restaurant offers nightly buffet and plated dinners * Waioli Lounge Lounge located in lobby, serving cocktails and appetizers. Open daily: 5:00 p.m. – closing

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $127++
When calling the hotel's reservation department, identify yourself as a participant of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Road Scholar Program and the program dates to receive post-program room rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 18 - Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.

Morning: All day field trip to the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the field.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening for relaxation and exploration.

Lodging: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located along Banyan Drive, the hotel is within walking distance of trees planted by royalty and celebrities like the famous Babe Ruth. It is adjacent to the Japanese-style Liliuokalani Park and the Healing Island of Moku Ola (Coconut Island). It is within minutes of shops, museums, beaches and the airport.

Contact info:
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-545-3510
web: www.castleresorts.com/Home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

Room amenities: air conditioning, private lanai (most rooms), in-room refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), clock/radio, phone and voicemail, broadband Internet access (some rooms; fee), color cable television

Facility amenities: * complimentary parking based on availability * safety deposit box at front desk * coin-operated laundromat (fee - open 6:00 am. - 10:00 pm.) * broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing * swimming pool * sun deck * gift shop * florist * beauty salon * massage (fee) * travel agency * soft drink machines * ice machines RESTAURANTS AND LOUNGES: * Queen’s Court The Queen's Court Restaurant offers nightly buffet and plated dinners * Waioli Lounge Lounge located in lobby, serving cocktails and appetizers. Open daily: 5:00 p.m. – closing

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $127++
When calling the hotel's reservation department, identify yourself as a participant of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Road Scholar Program and the program dates to receive post-program room rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 19 - Pu'ula'au
Breakfast: Meal at local restaurant.

Morning: Stop at Downtown Hilo Farmers Market before an all day field trip to Pu'ula'au in West Hawaii.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the field.

Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening for relaxation and exploration.

Lodging: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located adjacent to the Wailua River, petroglyph fields and the Lydgate Beach Park that fronts the Pacific Ocean. The hotel's central location is just minutes away from shops, museums, restaurants, golf courses and the airport.

Contact info:
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-823-6000
web: www.astonhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, iron, telephone, television.

Facility amenities: Laundry and dry cleaning services, concierge services, photocopy service, gift shop, health club, pool, hot tub and tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $92.00 ++
The program will begin in Hilo and will finish in Kaua`i. If you decide to extend your stay in Kaua`i, you may book post nights at this hotel. Any pre program nights will be at the Hilo hotel. For Kaua`i post program room reservations please call (808) 823-6000.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, February 20 - Free morning./Arrival and check into hotel
Breakfast: Meal at hotel dinning room in Hilo.

Morning: Bring luggage to hotel lobby for check out at 7:15am. Depart for Hilo bird search and airport. Transfer to Kauai via Honolulu.

Lunch: Packed lunch at the airport between Honolulu - Kaua`i flights.

Afternoon: Afternoon birding in Kapa`a and check in to Kaua`i hotel.

Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.

Lodging: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located adjacent to the Wailua River, petroglyph fields and the Lydgate Beach Park that fronts the Pacific Ocean. The hotel's central location is just minutes away from shops, museums, restaurants, golf courses and the airport.

Contact info:
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-823-6000
web: www.astonhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, iron, telephone, television.

Facility amenities: Laundry and dry cleaning services, concierge services, photocopy service, gift shop, health club, pool, hot tub and tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $92.00 ++
The program will begin in Hilo and will finish in Kaua`i. If you decide to extend your stay in Kaua`i, you may book post nights at this hotel. Any pre program nights will be at the Hilo hotel. For Kaua`i post program room reservations please call (808) 823-6000.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, February 21 - Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge/Huleia National ...
Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trips to Waimea Canyon, Koke`e State Park and Koke`e Museum and Nature Center

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Koke`e State Park

Afternoon: Field trip to Kawai`ele Sand Mine Bird Sanctuary and Salt Ponds Park.

Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.

Lodging: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located adjacent to the Wailua River, petroglyph fields and the Lydgate Beach Park that fronts the Pacific Ocean. The hotel's central location is just minutes away from shops, museums, restaurants, golf courses and the airport.

Contact info:
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-823-6000
web: www.astonhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, iron, telephone, television.

Facility amenities: Laundry and dry cleaning services, concierge services, photocopy service, gift shop, health club, pool, hot tub and tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $92.00 ++
The program will begin in Hilo and will finish in Kaua`i. If you decide to extend your stay in Kaua`i, you may book post nights at this hotel. Any pre program nights will be at the Hilo hotel. For Kaua`i post program room reservations please call (808) 823-6000.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Saturday, February 22 - Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge/Huleia National ...
Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trips to Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse Point and National Wildlife Refuge.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Kahiliwai Beach

Afternoon: Field trip to Huleia National Wildlife Refuge

Dinner: Aloha dinner and camaraderie at the hotel...a great time to share stories, pictures and more!

Lodging: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, February 23 - Independent departure
Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.

Morning: Independent departure after breakfast by 11:00 am. Independent travel arrangements for transport from hotel to airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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