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Program #18116RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Equipment Requirements
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit, comfort, and experience; however, snorkeling equipment will be available available for use at no additional charge.

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 16, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Royal Lahaina Resort is located on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted "America's Best Beach." What was once the exclusive retreat for Maui's royalty is now one of the most sought after tropical destinations in the world. It is also one of the most gracious and welcoming facilities. You will know you're in Hawaii the moment you set foot in the understated lobby. From the cool flagstone beneath your feet to the warm koa-wood walls and inviting wicker easy chairs, you will feel the soothing embrace of the tropics.

Contact info:
2780 Kekaa Drive
Kaanapali, HI 96761 USA
phone: 808-661-3611
web: www.royallahaina.com

Room amenities: "Lavish" hardly begins to describe the guest rooms in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower, where the recent $35 million renovation is much on display. Designed by the renowned Hawaii firm of Philpotts & Associates, each contemporary room in this resort on Kaanapali Beach pays tribute to the Islands with custom teak furnishings, hand-selected paintings and photographs, and a soft palette that plays counterpoint to the spectacular tropical setting. - Plush Presidential Diamond Suite Beds with Feather-tops - 32” High-Definition Flat-Screen Television - Sound System with iPod and MP3 player ports - Telephone with Voice Mail Options - Air-Conditioning - High-Speed Internet Access (Charge) - In-Room Electronic Safe (Charge) - Mini-Refrigerator - Coffee Maker with Complimentary Coffee & Tea Replenished Daily - Hair Dryer - Iron and Ironing Board - In-Room Movies (Charge) - Private Lanai (balcony)

Facility amenities: - Oceanfront - On Kaanapali Beach - Concierge - Two Restaurants & Three Bars - Ice Cream Parlor - Sundry Store - Room Service & Daily Maid Service - Dry Cleaning Service (Charge) - Three Swimming Pools - Jacuzzi - Beach Activities Center with Rentals - Cabana Rentals - Snorkeling - Eleven Lighted Tennis Courts - Tennis Pro Shop and Instruction - Shuffleboard & Bocce Ball Courts - Jogging Path - Lei Making Instruction - Nightly Oceanfront Luau - Adjacent to Kaanapali Golf Courses - Self-Parking (Charge) - Valet Parking (Charge) - Activities Desk - Shopping Arcade - Shuttle to Lahaina Town & Whaler’s Village (Charge) - Meeting Facilities & Planners - Scheduled Resort Activities - Professional Photographer

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: between $259-$325 plus taxes
Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 07 - Registration/Welcome, Introductions & Orientation
Afternoon: Program Registration

Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant- Lobby Level

Evening: Brief Introductions to Fellow Group Members followed by orientation

Lodging: Royal Lahaina Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Royal Lahaina Resort is located on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted "America's Best Beach." What was once the exclusive retreat for Maui's royalty is now one of the most sought after tropical destinations in the world. It is also one of the most gracious and welcoming facilities. You will know you're in Hawaii the moment you set foot in the understated lobby. From the cool flagstone beneath your feet to the warm koa-wood walls and inviting wicker easy chairs, you will feel the soothing embrace of the tropics.

Contact info:
2780 Kekaa Drive
Kaanapali, HI 96761 USA
phone: 808-661-3611
web: www.royallahaina.com

Room amenities: "Lavish" hardly begins to describe the guest rooms in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower, where the recent $35 million renovation is much on display. Designed by the renowned Hawaii firm of Philpotts & Associates, each contemporary room in this resort on Kaanapali Beach pays tribute to the Islands with custom teak furnishings, hand-selected paintings and photographs, and a soft palette that plays counterpoint to the spectacular tropical setting. - Plush Presidential Diamond Suite Beds with Feather-tops - 32” High-Definition Flat-Screen Television - Sound System with iPod and MP3 player ports - Telephone with Voice Mail Options - Air-Conditioning - High-Speed Internet Access (Charge) - In-Room Electronic Safe (Charge) - Mini-Refrigerator - Coffee Maker with Complimentary Coffee & Tea Replenished Daily - Hair Dryer - Iron and Ironing Board - In-Room Movies (Charge) - Private Lanai (balcony)

Facility amenities: - Oceanfront - On Kaanapali Beach - Concierge - Two Restaurants & Three Bars - Ice Cream Parlor - Sundry Store - Room Service & Daily Maid Service - Dry Cleaning Service (Charge) - Three Swimming Pools - Jacuzzi - Beach Activities Center with Rentals - Cabana Rentals - Snorkeling - Eleven Lighted Tennis Courts - Tennis Pro Shop and Instruction - Shuffleboard & Bocce Ball Courts - Jogging Path - Lei Making Instruction - Nightly Oceanfront Luau - Adjacent to Kaanapali Golf Courses - Self-Parking (Charge) - Valet Parking (Charge) - Activities Desk - Shopping Arcade - Shuttle to Lahaina Town & Whaler’s Village (Charge) - Meeting Facilities & Planners - Scheduled Resort Activities - Professional Photographer

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: between $259-$325 plus taxes
Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 08 - Class:Coral Reefs & Fishes/Guided tour of Maui Oc...
Class:Coral Reefs & Fishes/Guided tour of Maui Ocean Center/Class /Snorkeling

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Morning: Class: Coral Reefs and Fishes. Visit Maui Ocean Center - a guided tour of the aquarium which is devoted to Hawai`i’s unique marine environment. This state-of-the-art marine park features spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels and majestic lionfish, colorful Hawaiian wrasses, Hawai`i’s beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.

Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center

Afternoon: Field Trip: Snorkeling

Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Royal Lahaina Resort

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

Description: The Royal Lahaina Resort is located on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted "America's Best Beach." What was once the exclusive retreat for Maui's royalty is now one of the most sought after tropical destinations in the world. It is also one of the most gracious and welcoming facilities. You will know you're in Hawaii the moment you set foot in the understated lobby. From the cool flagstone beneath your feet to the warm koa-wood walls and inviting wicker easy chairs, you will feel the soothing embrace of the tropics.

Contact info:
2780 Kekaa Drive
Kaanapali, HI 96761 USA
phone: 808-661-3611
web: www.royallahaina.com

Room amenities: "Lavish" hardly begins to describe the guest rooms in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower, where the recent $35 million renovation is much on display. Designed by the renowned Hawaii firm of Philpotts & Associates, each contemporary room in this resort on Kaanapali Beach pays tribute to the Islands with custom teak furnishings, hand-selected paintings and photographs, and a soft palette that plays counterpoint to the spectacular tropical setting. - Plush Presidential Diamond Suite Beds with Feather-tops - 32” High-Definition Flat-Screen Television - Sound System with iPod and MP3 player ports - Telephone with Voice Mail Options - Air-Conditioning - High-Speed Internet Access (Charge) - In-Room Electronic Safe (Charge) - Mini-Refrigerator - Coffee Maker with Complimentary Coffee & Tea Replenished Daily - Hair Dryer - Iron and Ironing Board - In-Room Movies (Charge) - Private Lanai (balcony)

Facility amenities: - Oceanfront - On Kaanapali Beach - Concierge - Two Restaurants & Three Bars - Ice Cream Parlor - Sundry Store - Room Service & Daily Maid Service - Dry Cleaning Service (Charge) - Three Swimming Pools - Jacuzzi - Beach Activities Center with Rentals - Cabana Rentals - Snorkeling - Eleven Lighted Tennis Courts - Tennis Pro Shop and Instruction - Shuffleboard & Bocce Ball Courts - Jogging Path - Lei Making Instruction - Nightly Oceanfront Luau - Adjacent to Kaanapali Golf Courses - Self-Parking (Charge) - Valet Parking (Charge) - Activities Desk - Shopping Arcade - Shuttle to Lahaina Town & Whaler’s Village (Charge) - Meeting Facilities & Planners - Scheduled Resort Activities - Professional Photographer

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: between $259-$325 plus taxes
Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 09 - Island of Lanai Snorkel and Wild Dolphin cruise/O...
Island of Lanai Snorkel and Wild Dolphin cruise/Optional Walking Excursion Lahaina Town

Note: Must be able to board bus and boat. Must be able to climb short ladder to get in and out of the water for snorkeling and be comfortable snorkeling in the ocean (flotation devices provided).

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast aboard snorkel/whale watching vessel

Morning: Excursion: Snorkel/Whalewatch (Dec – Mar) or snorkel/Wild Dolphin Watch (Apr – Nov) Discover why Lanai has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found off Lanai, too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.

Lunch: BBQ lunch aboard boat

Afternoon: Field trip concludes at approximately 1:00 pm. Return to hotel by approximately 2 pm. There will be an option to remain behind to explore Lahaina and return to hotel on own. If you choose to stay behind, you might wish to consider the following suggested activity: Lahaina Walking Tour (tickets provided) – self-guided walk through historic Lahaina. Learn about the colorful past of this old whaling town and its history as the first capital of Hawaii as you visit sites on the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s walking tour of cultural and historic sites.

Dinner: On own to explore local fare

Lodging: Royal Lahaina Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Royal Lahaina Resort is located on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted "America's Best Beach." What was once the exclusive retreat for Maui's royalty is now one of the most sought after tropical destinations in the world. It is also one of the most gracious and welcoming facilities. You will know you're in Hawaii the moment you set foot in the understated lobby. From the cool flagstone beneath your feet to the warm koa-wood walls and inviting wicker easy chairs, you will feel the soothing embrace of the tropics.

Contact info:
2780 Kekaa Drive
Kaanapali, HI 96761 USA
phone: 808-661-3611
web: www.royallahaina.com

Room amenities: "Lavish" hardly begins to describe the guest rooms in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower, where the recent $35 million renovation is much on display. Designed by the renowned Hawaii firm of Philpotts & Associates, each contemporary room in this resort on Kaanapali Beach pays tribute to the Islands with custom teak furnishings, hand-selected paintings and photographs, and a soft palette that plays counterpoint to the spectacular tropical setting. - Plush Presidential Diamond Suite Beds with Feather-tops - 32” High-Definition Flat-Screen Television - Sound System with iPod and MP3 player ports - Telephone with Voice Mail Options - Air-Conditioning - High-Speed Internet Access (Charge) - In-Room Electronic Safe (Charge) - Mini-Refrigerator - Coffee Maker with Complimentary Coffee & Tea Replenished Daily - Hair Dryer - Iron and Ironing Board - In-Room Movies (Charge) - Private Lanai (balcony)

Facility amenities: - Oceanfront - On Kaanapali Beach - Concierge - Two Restaurants & Three Bars - Ice Cream Parlor - Sundry Store - Room Service & Daily Maid Service - Dry Cleaning Service (Charge) - Three Swimming Pools - Jacuzzi - Beach Activities Center with Rentals - Cabana Rentals - Snorkeling - Eleven Lighted Tennis Courts - Tennis Pro Shop and Instruction - Shuffleboard & Bocce Ball Courts - Jogging Path - Lei Making Instruction - Nightly Oceanfront Luau - Adjacent to Kaanapali Golf Courses - Self-Parking (Charge) - Valet Parking (Charge) - Activities Desk - Shopping Arcade - Shuttle to Lahaina Town & Whaler’s Village (Charge) - Meeting Facilities & Planners - Scheduled Resort Activities - Professional Photographer

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: between $259-$325 plus taxes
Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 10 - Snorkeling at Black Rock/Free afternoon
Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Morning: Field Trip: Snorkeling at nearby Black Rock. This large, black lava rock divides Ka'anapali Beach in half. Snorkeling around the rock is legendary. The rock is almost completely encrusted in coral with a large assortment of fish and sea turtles. Hawaiian legend states that the spirits of warriors left the earth to meet their ancestors by leaping from this rock.

Lunch: Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax, prepare for tomorrow's departure and enjoy the resort's oceanfront facilities.

Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Royal Lahaina Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated on quiet and tranquil Keauhou Bay, sits The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 22 acre oceanfront resort. The resort features many recreational facilities, including a system of multilevel pools, including a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and a sandy-bottomed children's pool, as well as being in close proximity to numerous golf courses and ocean activities. The full-service Ho'ola Spa (means "healing" in Hawaiian) is truly a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The 3,200-square foot spa facility was built with Hawaiian simplicity, yet has an air of distinct luxury. Indulge in Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or hot pohaku (stone) massage treatments. From the hair and nail salon to the vichy showers to the oceanfront treatment patios, Ho'ola Spa will add the perfect touch of indulgence to every visit. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2012.

Contact info:
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-930-4900
web: www.sheratonkona.com

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, balcony, private bath, shower, cable/pay TV/video games, coffee maker, radio/alarm clock, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access, iron, ironing board, in room safe, complimentary wired high-speed Internet access, In room Wi-Fi (additional fee), and direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail.

Facility amenities: This 4-star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. For a surcharge, Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and a coffee shop/café. There is also a bar/lounge, barber/beauty shop, gift shop, laundry service, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments
If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, September 11 - Fly to Kona, Hawaii/Introduction to Kona's Marine...
Fly to Kona, Hawaii/Introduction to Kona's Marine Environment/Snorkeling

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant

Morning: Depart hotel for Airport. Take a short flight to Kona.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and attend Class: Introduction to Kona's Marine Environment. After class depart on a Field Trip: Guided snorkeling at Kahaluu Bay, one of the best snorkeling and swimming spots near Kailua-Kona.

Dinner: Ainakai Restaurant

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated on quiet and tranquil Keauhou Bay, sits The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 22 acre oceanfront resort. The resort features many recreational facilities, including a system of multilevel pools, including a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and a sandy-bottomed children's pool, as well as being in close proximity to numerous golf courses and ocean activities. The full-service Ho'ola Spa (means "healing" in Hawaiian) is truly a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The 3,200-square foot spa facility was built with Hawaiian simplicity, yet has an air of distinct luxury. Indulge in Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or hot pohaku (stone) massage treatments. From the hair and nail salon to the vichy showers to the oceanfront treatment patios, Ho'ola Spa will add the perfect touch of indulgence to every visit. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2012.

Contact info:
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-930-4900
web: www.sheratonkona.com

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, balcony, private bath, shower, cable/pay TV/video games, coffee maker, radio/alarm clock, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access, iron, ironing board, in room safe, complimentary wired high-speed Internet access, In room Wi-Fi (additional fee), and direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail.

Facility amenities: This 4-star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. For a surcharge, Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and a coffee shop/café. There is also a bar/lounge, barber/beauty shop, gift shop, laundry service, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments
If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, September 12 - Snorkel & Sail
Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Continental breakfast aboard snorkel boat

Morning: Field Trip: Depart on a catamaran for a remote bay along the Kohala coast. A great opportunity for snorkeling, weather permitting.

Lunch: Deli-style lunch aboard snorkel boat

Afternoon: Upon returning to port, free time to explore beach area before departing for hotel. Once back at hotel, there will be a few hours of free time until dinner.

Dinner: Ainakai Restaurant

Evening: Free evening to explore Kona on your own

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated on quiet and tranquil Keauhou Bay, sits The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 22 acre oceanfront resort. The resort features many recreational facilities, including a system of multilevel pools, including a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and a sandy-bottomed children's pool, as well as being in close proximity to numerous golf courses and ocean activities. The full-service Ho'ola Spa (means "healing" in Hawaiian) is truly a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The 3,200-square foot spa facility was built with Hawaiian simplicity, yet has an air of distinct luxury. Indulge in Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or hot pohaku (stone) massage treatments. From the hair and nail salon to the vichy showers to the oceanfront treatment patios, Ho'ola Spa will add the perfect touch of indulgence to every visit. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2012.

Contact info:
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-930-4900
web: www.sheratonkona.com

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, balcony, private bath, shower, cable/pay TV/video games, coffee maker, radio/alarm clock, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access, iron, ironing board, in room safe, complimentary wired high-speed Internet access, In room Wi-Fi (additional fee), and direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail.

Facility amenities: This 4-star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. For a surcharge, Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and a coffee shop/café. There is also a bar/lounge, barber/beauty shop, gift shop, laundry service, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments
If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, September 13 - Free Day in Kona/Night Time Manta Ray Snorkel Tri...
Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Breakfast on your own to choose your own local fare

Morning: Free day to explore Kailua-Kona or snorkel along the Kona coast.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Continue your Free Afternoon before departing in the late afternoon for a night time Manta Ray Snorkeling excursion.

Dinner: Picnic dinner aboard the snorkel boat

Evening: Field Trip: Tonight we go in search of manta rays on a night time snorkel. Large underwater lights attract plankton which in turn attract feeding Manta Rays (if the mantas feel like turning up - they are "wild" after all). In any case, it will be a unique experience and we're sure to see a lot of fish.

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated on quiet and tranquil Keauhou Bay, sits The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 22 acre oceanfront resort. The resort features many recreational facilities, including a system of multilevel pools, including a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and a sandy-bottomed children's pool, as well as being in close proximity to numerous golf courses and ocean activities. The full-service Ho'ola Spa (means "healing" in Hawaiian) is truly a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The 3,200-square foot spa facility was built with Hawaiian simplicity, yet has an air of distinct luxury. Indulge in Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or hot pohaku (stone) massage treatments. From the hair and nail salon to the vichy showers to the oceanfront treatment patios, Ho'ola Spa will add the perfect touch of indulgence to every visit. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2012.

Contact info:
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-930-4900
web: www.sheratonkona.com

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, balcony, private bath, shower, cable/pay TV/video games, coffee maker, radio/alarm clock, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access, iron, ironing board, in room safe, complimentary wired high-speed Internet access, In room Wi-Fi (additional fee), and direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail.

Facility amenities: This 4-star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. For a surcharge, Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and a coffee shop/café. There is also a bar/lounge, barber/beauty shop, gift shop, laundry service, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments
If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Sunday, September 14 - Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii/Puukohola Hei...
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii/Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site/Backyard Luau

Breakfast: Ainakai Restaurant

Morning: Field Trip: Today we head north up the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. Our first stop will be at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA). NELHA's mission is "to develop and diversify the Hawaii economy by providing resources and facilities for energy and ocean-related research, education, and commercial activities in an environmentally sound and culturally sensitive manner."

Lunch: Picnic lunch at beautiful Spencer Beach Park

Afternoon: Field Trip: Puukohola Heiau, the "Temple on the Hill of the Whale,” was built by Kamehameha I in 1790-1791 to incur the favor of the war god, Kuka`ilimoku. This was the last major heiau (traditional temple or place of worship) built in the islands.

Dinner: The group will experience a backyard luau with a local family. Please understand that these types of experiences are a rare treat and may not be possible at the time the group visits.

Evening: Cultural Event: This traditional cultural event includes local stories, imu (underground oven) preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities.

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Situated on quiet and tranquil Keauhou Bay, sits The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 22 acre oceanfront resort. The resort features many recreational facilities, including a system of multilevel pools, including a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and a sandy-bottomed children's pool, as well as being in close proximity to numerous golf courses and ocean activities. The full-service Ho'ola Spa (means "healing" in Hawaiian) is truly a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The 3,200-square foot spa facility was built with Hawaiian simplicity, yet has an air of distinct luxury. Indulge in Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or hot pohaku (stone) massage treatments. From the hair and nail salon to the vichy showers to the oceanfront treatment patios, Ho'ola Spa will add the perfect touch of indulgence to every visit. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2012.

Contact info:
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-930-4900
web: www.sheratonkona.com

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, balcony, private bath, shower, cable/pay TV/video games, coffee maker, radio/alarm clock, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access, iron, ironing board, in room safe, complimentary wired high-speed Internet access, In room Wi-Fi (additional fee), and direct dial telephone/data port/voice mail.

Facility amenities: This 4-star property has a business center and offers secretarial services, technology support staff, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. For a surcharge, Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and a coffee shop/café. There is also a bar/lounge, barber/beauty shop, gift shop, laundry service, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments
If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, September 15 - Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Hi...
Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park/Snorkeling in Honaunau Bay & Free Time in Kona

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

Breakfast: Ainakai Restaurant

Morning: Field Trip: Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park was a “Place of Refuge” provided to Hawaiians who broke a kapu (law) or were defeated in battle, giving them a second chance. It was a place of sanctuary where all was forgiven – sacred ground where life could begin anew.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at beach

Afternoon: Snorkeling in beautiful Honaunau Bay. Upon returning to the hotel, there will be free time to explore Kona.

Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner- Ainakai Restaurant

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Tuesday, September 16 - Hotel Check Out/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant

Morning: Hotel check out by 11:00 am and independent departures

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Hulihee PalaceBuilt in 1838 by Governor John Adams Kuakini, Hulihee Palace remained until 1916 a retreat and vacation spa for Hawaiian royalty. The Palace is now a museum, displaying historical treasures from Hawaii's past including a collection of former Hawaiian royalty furniture and effects, as well as ancient artifacts. In 1925, the palace was purchased by the Territory of Hawaii and turned over to the Daughters of Hawaii, an organization dedicated to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawaii and of historic facts. 75-5718 Alii Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740 Tel: (808) 329-1877 Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9am-4pm Adults: $6.00 Seniors: $4.00
For additional information, visit: www.huliheepalace.org
Kahua RanchKahua Ranch is located on the western slope of the Kohala Mountains, 3000 feet above sea level. This 8,500 acres of private ranch land provides a variety of landscapes. It is a working ranch with cattle and sheep ranching, hydroponic greenhouses, and also offers visitor related activities including ATV and horseback tours, paniolo bbq, shooting range, and hiking. Reservation Information: Phone:(808) 882-4646 Fax:(808) 882-4444
For additional information, visit: www.kahuaranch.com/
Kona Coffee Plantation and Factory TourAlmost everyone has heard about the magnificent taste of hand-picked Kona coffee. Some of the best coffee in the world is grown on a narrow strip of land in the mountain slopes above Kailua-Kona. Nearly 600 farms share space in this 20-mile-long, 2-mile-wide coffee-rich corridor. Island Sun Coffee or Greenwell Farms are a couple of farms that offer a plantation tour and tasting for a unique sightseeing and educational experience.
For additional information, visit: www.konacoffeefest.com/vendors.html
Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui)
Atlantis SubmarinesMarvel at Maui's unique underwater paradise aboard a high-tech 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials. Guests view the unique fascinating natural coral reefs, fish and marine life in air-conditioned comfort and safety. NEW! Artificial Reef Added to Sub Tour Experience! The biggest attraction on Maui is more than 100 ft. below the ocean. Atlantis Submarines is your ticket to see it. Take an once-in-a-lifetime undersea adventure in an Atlantis Submarine, the world's first and most technologically advanced passenger submarine. You will journey into a spectacular blue world more than 100 feet below the surface in spacious air-conditioned comfort. To enhance its sub tour experience and help improve the marine environment, Atlantis embarked on creating an artificial reef in December 2005 by sinking the aged Carthaginian replica of a 19th century supply vessel. The sunken Carthaginian, which needed major repairs and would have been scuttled at sea otherwise, is anchored to a sandy bottom in 95 feet of water that is devoid of coral reef. The resulting artificial reef will develop into a self-sustaining habitat for indigenous fish, coral and other marine life. Join us aboard the Atlantis Submarine in Maui to witness the new resting home of the Carthaginian. From December through May, Atlantis guests may enjoy whale watching during the ship-to-shore journey. All tours provide narration in Japanese via headsets. Reservations for this tour are highly recommended.
For additional information, visit: www.atlantisadventures.com/bookmaui/a/details/21407/atlantis-submarine-tour-maui
Lahaina TownOnce the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took leave in Lahaina including Herman Melville, who immortalized the era in his classic novel Moby Dick. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lahaina as you stroll down lively Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), the Pioneer Inn and other sites on the Lahaina Historic Trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.
Ulalena - Maui TheatreUlalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60.
For additional information, visit: www.ulalena.com

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9 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
1 Flights during the program

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