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Hawaii's National Parks: Exploring Five Islands from Volcanoes to Pearl Harbor

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Program #2810RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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Elevation Note
3 nights at 4,000' elevation, walking field trip to 10,000' with lunch at 3,200'

Itinerary for Jan 12 — Jan 28, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable, laid back Hilo is the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and an authentic taste of Hawaii's Big Island. The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located right on Hilo Bay and only two miles from Hilo Airport. Old banyan trees line the drive to the hotel, most of which were planted in the 1930's by celebrities such as Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart and Cecil B. DeMille. Mauna Kea looms in the background and the arched bridge that leads to Coconut Island is only steps from the doors of the resort. The hotel is flanked by a beautiful beach, the Liliuokalani Gardens and the Naniloa Country Club.

Contact info:
71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 800-367-5004
web: www.castleresorts.com/Home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, clock/radio, television,coffee maker iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), telephone, high-speed Internet access (additional fee) and air-conditioning. There is no Wi-Fi available in the rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a swimming pool, sun deck, Queen’s Court Restaurant, Waioli Lounge, gift shop, free parking, lcoin-operated laundromat (open 6:00 am - 10:00 pm), broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing, free Wi-Fi in lobby, safety deposit box at front desk, 24- hour front desk and florist on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: See below
Special 2015nRoad Scholar room rate is: (Rates are subject to change and based upon availability at time of booking) Standard Garden View Room - $125.00 + taxes Deluxe Ocean View Room - $150.00 + taxes Please note: * At the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, your program uses deluxe ocean view rooms. You may want to consider booking a deluxe room for your pre-program stay to avoid having to change rooms.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, January 12 - Independent arrivals/Introduction
Afternoon: Road Scholar program registration -– Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Lobby

Dinner: Queen’s Court Restaurant

Evening: Introductions

Lodging: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) is a historic mountain-top setting inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Crater Rim Drive, yards from the summit caldera of Kilauea. Its history is as old as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park having been established in the same year 1916. What once began as an idea by Hilo Board of Trade members for a training ground for the National Guard and an Army "vacation and health recruiting station" has become one of Hawaii's most unique resorts for the military. In its eighty-nine years of existence, KMC had served as a training facility, housed a Navy camp, hosted numerous dignitaries including General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the president of the United States and briefly served as an internment camp and later as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. While the camp still maintains its historical charm, renovations to the camp in the last decade have enhanced KMC’s facilities and services making it one of the military’s favorite vacation resort.

Contact info:
Kilauea Military Camp
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718 USA
phone: 808-967-8333
web: www.kmc-volcano.com

Room amenities: Each unit includes a mini-refrigerator, cable TV, telephones, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, flashlights, and even an umbrella for inclement weather. For your comfort, every cottage and apartment is also equipped with electric heat and a fireplace.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (FREE within individual cabin rooms), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, January 13 - Hilo Walking Excursion/Travel to Volcano/Orientat...
Breakfast: Queen's Court Restaurant

Morning: Orientation followed by Historic Hilo Overview Walking Excursion

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Depart on bus to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Arrive and check in to KMC. Social Hour before dinner.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 PM

Evening: Program Orientation

Lodging: KMC Lodging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) is a historic mountain-top setting inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Crater Rim Drive, yards from the summit caldera of Kilauea. Its history is as old as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park having been established in the same year 1916. What once began as an idea by Hilo Board of Trade members for a training ground for the National Guard and an Army "vacation and health recruiting station" has become one of Hawaii's most unique resorts for the military. In its eighty-nine years of existence, KMC had served as a training facility, housed a Navy camp, hosted numerous dignitaries including General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the president of the United States and briefly served as an internment camp and later as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. While the camp still maintains its historical charm, renovations to the camp in the last decade have enhanced KMC’s facilities and services making it one of the military’s favorite vacation resort.

Contact info:
Kilauea Military Camp
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718 USA
phone: 808-967-8333
web: www.kmc-volcano.com

Room amenities: Each unit includes a mini-refrigerator, cable TV, telephones, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, flashlights, and even an umbrella for inclement weather. For your comfort, every cottage and apartment is also equipped with electric heat and a fireplace.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (FREE within individual cabin rooms), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, January 14 - Geology Lecture/Nature Walk
Note: 2 mile level hike from KMC to Volcano Art Gallery.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Crater Rim Cafe

Morning: A geology lecture introduces the formation of the Hawaiian Islands.

Lunch: Lunch at Crater Rim Cafe

Afternoon: Nature walk to Hula Platform, Volcano Art Gallery, and Kilauea Visitor Center; 2 miles total

Dinner: Dinner buffet at Crater Rim Cafe

Evening: Cultural Discussion

Lodging: KMC Lodging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) is a historic mountain-top setting inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Crater Rim Drive, yards from the summit caldera of Kilauea. Its history is as old as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park having been established in the same year 1916. What once began as an idea by Hilo Board of Trade members for a training ground for the National Guard and an Army "vacation and health recruiting station" has become one of Hawaii's most unique resorts for the military. In its eighty-nine years of existence, KMC had served as a training facility, housed a Navy camp, hosted numerous dignitaries including General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the president of the United States and briefly served as an internment camp and later as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. While the camp still maintains its historical charm, renovations to the camp in the last decade have enhanced KMC’s facilities and services making it one of the military’s favorite vacation resort.

Contact info:
Kilauea Military Camp
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718 USA
phone: 808-967-8333
web: www.kmc-volcano.com

Room amenities: Each unit includes a mini-refrigerator, cable TV, telephones, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, flashlights, and even an umbrella for inclement weather. For your comfort, every cottage and apartment is also equipped with electric heat and a fireplace.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (FREE within individual cabin rooms), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc.

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


Day Four: Thursday, January 15 - Volcanoes Park Field Trip/Lava Field Trip
Note: Hike out to views of active flow,approx 2 miles total; return after dark; good shoes, water, & flashlights required

Breakfast: Breakfast at Crater Rim Cafe

Morning: Field Trip: Volcano Museum, View Crater close-up, Devastation Trail - one-mile walk

Lunch: Lunch at Crater Rim Cafe

Afternoon: Free time. Depart for Lava Field trip mid/late afternoon

Dinner: Picnic supper (box supper)

Evening: Night time views of lava at the coast (conditions permitting)

Lodging: KMC Lodging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Full service hotel (former Hilton) in downtown historic Kailua-Kona village, on the ocean, three separate buildings/towers

Contact info:
75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-329-3111
Room amenities: Coffee machines, television, telephones, refrigerators, air-conditioning, balconies

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, ocean view dining room, bar, laundromat, shops, walking distance to shops and restaurants in town

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, January 16 - Kona Field Trip/National Historical Park
Note: Walk on sandy trails about 2 miles; hat, sunscreen, water recommended

Breakfast: Breakfast at Crater Rim Cafe

Morning: Field trip to Kona - stop at black sand beach

Lunch: Lunch en route at southernmost town in USA

Afternoon: Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park - located at sea level. Check-in hotel in Keauhou.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Royal Kona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Full service hotel (former Hilton) in downtown historic Kailua-Kona village, on the ocean, three separate buildings/towers

Contact info:
75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-329-3111
Room amenities: Coffee machines, television, telephones, refrigerators, air-conditioning, balconies

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, ocean view dining room, bar, laundromat, shops, walking distance to shops and restaurants in town

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, January 17 - Field Trip to Kaloko-Honokohau NHP/Puukohola Heia...
Breakfast: Breakfast- Ainakai Restaurant

Morning: Field Trip to Kaloko-Honokohau NHP, the newest national park in Hawaii and Puukohola Heiau Historic Site

Lunch: Picnic lunch at coastal beach with views of ancient fishponds, Maui mountains, and local wind surfers

Afternoon: Afternoon swim at sandy beach, views of turtles and reef fish; return to hotel

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Royal Kona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaina (local) property is located on the harbor side of Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui and is conveniently located near the airport and program sites. It is a 30 minute drive from several lovely beaches (shuttles available or cars can be rented from airport - hotel has a free shuttle to airport). There is a large shopping mall across the street.

Contact info:
170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
web: www.mauibeachhotel.net

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioner, complimentary broadband internet access (no Wi-Fi in rooms), cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock, telephone with voicemail, in- room safe, and iron/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: This full service has a swimming pool and pool deck. As it is located on a “harbor” beach, swimming is not recommended here. The town of Kihei (a 30 minute drive) has several swimming beaches. There is free parking at the hotel, free airport Shuttle (6am to 9pm), free high speed internet, 24-Hour front desk, copy/fax service, computer internet kiosks through Shaka Net located in lobby, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and a coin operated laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, January 18 - Flight to Maui / Iao Valley
Note: Iao Valley field trip: scenic drive with interpretation on bus. When you reach the the park, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the bottom at the visitor's center or on the bus.

Breakfast: Breakfast-Ainakai Restaurant

Morning: Free morning; check-out of hotel; transfer to Kona Airport

Lunch: Lunch at the airport

Afternoon: Flight to Maui Island; arrival & collect luggage; visit Iao Valley with Hawaiian cultural specialist; check-in hotel

Dinner: Dinner- Rainbow Dining Room

Lodging: Maui Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaina (local) property is located on the harbor side of Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui and is conveniently located near the airport and program sites. It is a 30 minute drive from several lovely beaches (shuttles available or cars can be rented from airport - hotel has a free shuttle to airport). There is a large shopping mall across the street.

Contact info:
170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
web: www.mauibeachhotel.net

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioner, complimentary broadband internet access (no Wi-Fi in rooms), cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock, telephone with voicemail, in- room safe, and iron/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: This full service has a swimming pool and pool deck. As it is located on a “harbor” beach, swimming is not recommended here. The town of Kihei (a 30 minute drive) has several swimming beaches. There is free parking at the hotel, free airport Shuttle (6am to 9pm), free high speed internet, 24-Hour front desk, copy/fax service, computer internet kiosks through Shaka Net located in lobby, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and a coin operated laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, January 19 - Field Trip Haleakala National Park/Visit to Plant...
Note: The high altitude at the summit area of Haleakala National Park (10,023 feet) may complicate health conditions and cause breathing difficulties. People with respiratory, heart conditions or people prone to elevation sickness should consult their doctors prior to traveling to high elevations. Short walk on trail leading into crater at summit.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room

Morning: Field Trip: Haleakala National Park; visitor center and spectacular crater views

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Kula, 3200 ft. elevation

Afternoon: Visit plantation towns of up-country Maui - Olinda, Makawao, and Paia with brief stop at Hookipa Beach Park, world-class wind surfing

Dinner: Dinner- Rainbow Dining Room

Lodging: Maui Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaina (local) property is located on the harbor side of Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui and is conveniently located near the airport and program sites. It is a 30 minute drive from several lovely beaches (shuttles available or cars can be rented from airport - hotel has a free shuttle to airport). There is a large shopping mall across the street.

Contact info:
170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
web: www.mauibeachhotel.net

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioner, complimentary broadband internet access (no Wi-Fi in rooms), cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock, telephone with voicemail, in- room safe, and iron/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: This full service has a swimming pool and pool deck. As it is located on a “harbor” beach, swimming is not recommended here. The town of Kihei (a 30 minute drive) has several swimming beaches. There is free parking at the hotel, free airport Shuttle (6am to 9pm), free high speed internet, 24-Hour front desk, copy/fax service, computer internet kiosks through Shaka Net located in lobby, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and a coin operated laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, January 20 - Field Trip to Hana/Hawaiian Style Lunch
Note: The famous road to Hana is 50 miles of hairpin curves and 54 narrow bridges. As a preventative measure, recommend motion sickness medication for those susceptible to car sickness.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room

Morning: Field Trip to Hana, Maui's East End - 50 miles of sea cliffs, waterfalls, hairpin curves, and 54 narrow bridges. Visit the largest temple in Polynesia.

Lunch: Hawaiian style lunch in Hana at private home located on the coastline

Afternoon: Return trip along leeward coast, weather permitting. Journey completely around the edge of Haleakala, with changing landscape from lush rain forest to desert.

Dinner: Dinner-Rainbow Dining Room

Lodging: Maui Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The only hotel on the island, charming A-frame architecture with Polynesian style decor, ocean front detached cottages, located a few miles from town and a genuine hideaway from all things mainstream. There is breathtaking natural beauty, deserted beaches, no high-rise buildings, and an ‘old’ Hawaii feel.

Contact info:
Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 USA
phone: 808-553-5347
web: www.hotelmolokai.com

Room amenities: Rooms have coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, television, and telephones, Not all rooms are air conditioned. The average temperature for Moloka'i is 70-80 degrees and the rooms are open-air. These open-air rooms allow trade winds to go through and make it the perfect temperature with natural breezes blowing through screens. There is also an outside lanai sitting area.

Facility amenities: Amenities include Swimming pool, outdoor dining room and bar, ATM/banking free self-parking, laundry facilities, gift shops or newsstand.

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


Day Ten: Wednesday, January 21 - Class/Free Time in Lahaina/Ferry to Molokai
Note: The ferry ride is approximately 90 minutes - 2 hours, dependent upon conditions.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room

Morning: Class: "“Where Did Everybody Come From?”" Time to pack before lunch and departure to Lahaina.

Lunch: Lunch- Rainbow Dining Room

Afternoon: Depart for Lahaina. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore and learn about this old whaling town and its history. Gather at Lahaina Harbor for a 2-hour ferry ride to Molokai Island.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Molokai

Evening: Check In Hotel Molokai

Lodging: Hotel Molokai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The only hotel on the island, charming A-frame architecture with Polynesian style decor, ocean front detached cottages, located a few miles from town and a genuine hideaway from all things mainstream. There is breathtaking natural beauty, deserted beaches, no high-rise buildings, and an ‘old’ Hawaii feel.

Contact info:
Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 USA
phone: 808-553-5347
web: www.hotelmolokai.com

Room amenities: Rooms have coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, television, and telephones, Not all rooms are air conditioned. The average temperature for Moloka'i is 70-80 degrees and the rooms are open-air. These open-air rooms allow trade winds to go through and make it the perfect temperature with natural breezes blowing through screens. There is also an outside lanai sitting area.

Facility amenities: Amenities include Swimming pool, outdoor dining room and bar, ATM/banking free self-parking, laundry facilities, gift shops or newsstand.

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


Day Eleven: Thursday, January 22 - Field Trip East Molokai/Halawa Valley
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Field Trip in school bus to East Molokai - Molokai Museum & Sugar Mill, visit a private home and garden with tropical flowers and native birds

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue on to Halawa Valley the oldest recorded habitation site on Molokai

Dinner: Dinner at Molokai Restaurant

Evening: Preview of next day

Lodging: Hotel Molokai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The only hotel on the island, charming A-frame architecture with Polynesian style decor, ocean front detached cottages, located a few miles from town and a genuine hideaway from all things mainstream. There is breathtaking natural beauty, deserted beaches, no high-rise buildings, and an ‘old’ Hawaii feel.

Contact info:
Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 USA
phone: 808-553-5347
web: www.hotelmolokai.com

Room amenities: Rooms have coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, television, and telephones, Not all rooms are air conditioned. The average temperature for Moloka'i is 70-80 degrees and the rooms are open-air. These open-air rooms allow trade winds to go through and make it the perfect temperature with natural breezes blowing through screens. There is also an outside lanai sitting area.

Facility amenities: Amenities include Swimming pool, outdoor dining room and bar, ATM/banking free self-parking, laundry facilities, gift shops or newsstand.

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


Day Twelve: Friday, January 23 - Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Note: Shuttle flights are 9-passenger, twin-engine prop planes; approx. 10 minute flight.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: School bus transfer to Molokai Airport; 15-min. air shuttles in small commuter planes down to Kalaupapa National Historical Park; guided tour in school bus of the isolated peninsula where Father Damien ministered to leprosy patients

Lunch: Lunch at Kalaupapa

Afternoon: After conclusion of national park visit, air shuttles return visitors to top-side; school bus transfers group to hotel

Dinner: Hawaiian Paina/Luau presented at Molokai Museum

Lodging: Hotel Molokai

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

Description: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel has a spectacular beachfront location on the east coast of Kauai. This 216-room beachfront hotel next to scenic Wailua River offers a variety of delicious on-site dining options and thoughtful amenities to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable stay, along with breathtaking views of the lush mountains and the sparkling blue waters that surround it.

Contact info:
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 877-997-6667
web: www.astonalohabeachhotel.com

Room amenities: Amenities include in room safe, refrigerators, in-room PlayStation®2 console to play DVD movies and games from unlimited access DVD (additional fee), hair edryer, daily in-room coffee and tea, and daily newspaper. Internet access and Wi-Fi is not available in rooms.

Facility amenities: The resort features Kauai’s only protected swimming and snorkeling beach, two swimming pools, jacuzzi, fitness room, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, Now kiosk located in the lobby area, coin operated laundry, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and free parking. Also on-site are the Kuhio Lounge and the poolside Kahanu Bar & Grill.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Saturday, January 24 - Field trip to Waimea/Kokee State Park
Breakfast: Tailgate Breakfast

Morning: Morning flight from Molokai to Kauai via Honolulu. Upon arrival in Kaua'i, board school bus for field trip to Waimea, on west end of island

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Kekaha Park, the gateway to Waimea Canyon; views of Ni'ihau Island

Afternoon: Field trip to Waimea Canyon, 4,000 ft. elevation, and Kokee State Park. Panoramic views of oldest island, isolated valleys, waterfalls, unspoiled landscape; 2 hour drive to hotel on east end, check-in.

Dinner: Dinner- Palms Restaurant- Free Evening

Lodging: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

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

Description: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel has a spectacular beachfront location on the east coast of Kauai. This 216-room beachfront hotel next to scenic Wailua River offers a variety of delicious on-site dining options and thoughtful amenities to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable stay, along with breathtaking views of the lush mountains and the sparkling blue waters that surround it.

Contact info:
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 877-997-6667
web: www.astonalohabeachhotel.com

Room amenities: Amenities include in room safe, refrigerators, in-room PlayStation®2 console to play DVD movies and games from unlimited access DVD (additional fee), hair edryer, daily in-room coffee and tea, and daily newspaper. Internet access and Wi-Fi is not available in rooms.

Facility amenities: The resort features Kauai’s only protected swimming and snorkeling beach, two swimming pools, jacuzzi, fitness room, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, Now kiosk located in the lobby area, coin operated laundry, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and free parking. Also on-site are the Kuhio Lounge and the poolside Kahanu Bar & Grill.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Sunday, January 25 - Hanalei Valley/Kilauea Lighthouse
Breakfast: Breakfast - Palms Restaurant

Morning: Hanalei Valley - encircled by waterfall draped mountains. Visit Kilauea Lighthouse NWR with park guides, 1 mile walk to lighthouse; birders paradise with views of Hawaii's coastal sea birds - albatross, frigate, shearwater, etc.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hanalei Bay

Afternoon: Optional swim at white sand beach in Hanalei, or walk to the historic town which was the setting for "South Pacific"; return to hotel

Dinner: Dinner - Palms Restaurant

Lodging: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Waikiki Resort Hotel is very well located in the heart of Waikiki, half a block away from the Kuhio Beach section of world famous Waikiki Beach and in the shadow of iconic Diamond Head. Being near Kuhio Beach is a real plus, as it is the most interesting part of Waikiki Beach because it is wide, sandy, nicely landscaped, and it is home to the beachboy stands which send out surfers and outrigger canoes. The hotel is also within walking distance of other popular attractions such as Kapiolani Park (great for morning or evening walks), the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the International Marketplace, King's Village shops, and a multitude of restaurants and other attractions.

Contact info:
2460 Koa Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-922-4911
web: www.waikikiresort.com

Room amenities: Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, private balcony, high speed Internet access (plug in available in room, not Wi-Fi, for surcharge of $9.95 plus tax per 24 hour period as of 7/12), hair dryers, ironing boards with irons, refrigerator, shower or shower and 1/2 bath tub, clock radio, color TV with on demand movies and games, and an in-room safe (surcharge) .

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and pool deck, sundry and gift shops, self-service laundry, a laundry and dry cleaning service, a 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a 24-hour bell desk, front desk, Wi-Fi available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See rates in comments section
2015 Double/Single Rates: $130.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $125.00 + tax for April-June, September -November

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Monday, January 26 - Flight to Oahu/USS Arizona Memorial/National Memo...
Flight to Oahu/USS Arizona Memorial/National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific/Orientation

Breakfast: Breakfast - Palms Restaurant

Morning: Morning air flight to Oahu Island; upon arrival, board bus for lunch.

Lunch: Local restaurant overlooking beautiful Pearl Harbor

Afternoon: Visit the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park at Pearl Harbor and view a historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, explore the museum and book shop. From there we will travel to The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, commonly known as "Punchbowl" before heading the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner- Ilima Cafe

Evening: Oahu Orientation

Lodging: Waikiki Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Waikiki Resort Hotel is very well located in the heart of Waikiki, half a block away from the Kuhio Beach section of world famous Waikiki Beach and in the shadow of iconic Diamond Head. Being near Kuhio Beach is a real plus, as it is the most interesting part of Waikiki Beach because it is wide, sandy, nicely landscaped, and it is home to the beachboy stands which send out surfers and outrigger canoes. The hotel is also within walking distance of other popular attractions such as Kapiolani Park (great for morning or evening walks), the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the International Marketplace, King's Village shops, and a multitude of restaurants and other attractions.

Contact info:
2460 Koa Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-922-4911
web: www.waikikiresort.com

Room amenities: Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, private balcony, high speed Internet access (plug in available in room, not Wi-Fi, for surcharge of $9.95 plus tax per 24 hour period as of 7/12), hair dryers, ironing boards with irons, refrigerator, shower or shower and 1/2 bath tub, clock radio, color TV with on demand movies and games, and an in-room safe (surcharge) .

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and pool deck, sundry and gift shops, self-service laundry, a laundry and dry cleaning service, a 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a 24-hour bell desk, front desk, Wi-Fi available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: See rates in comments section
2015 Double/Single Rates: $130.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $125.00 + tax for April-June, September -November

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Tuesday, January 27 - Oahu's East End/Kawainui Marsh/ Pali Lookout/Clas...
Oahu's East End/Kawainui Marsh/ Pali Lookout/Class: Hawaiian Values/Aloha Program

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Field Trip today starts with a morning drive around Oahu’s spectacular east end by Diamond Head along a coastal road providing spectacular views. Arrive at Kailua Ahupuaa and Kawai Nui Marsh on windward O`ahu. Considered sacred to Hawaiians, Kawainui Marsh, is the largest remaining emergent wetland in Hawaii and Hawai`i’s largest ancient freshwater fishpond. Learn about Hawaiian Traditions and Conservation from a local conservation group. Trip continues with a scenic stop at the Koolau Mountains’ beautiful and historic Pali Lookout, and a drive through Historic Honolulu including Chinatown, Downtown Honolulu, and the capitol district before returning to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch - Ilima Cafe

Afternoon: Class: Hawaiian Values, with Hawaiian cultural specialist, writer, and language teacher

Dinner: Aloha Farewell Dinner

Evening: Finale: Aloha Program with Hawaiian Club of singers, musicians, and dancers

Lodging: Waikiki Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Wednesday, January 28 - Aloha! End of Program and Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast - Ilima Cafe; group farewell; program offically ends after breakfast

Morning: Independent departures to Honolulu Airport. Check-out time from hotel is 12:00 NOON.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Liliuokalani Park GardensThe Liliuokalani Park and Gardens covers almost 30 acres on the Waiakea Peninsula. This authentic Japanese garden park was built in the early 1900's as a memorial to the Japanese immigrant sugar plantation workers who developed the old Waiakea Sugar Plantation. It is named in honor of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani who bequeathed part of park land for public use. Beautiful grounds for a leisurely stroll featuring gazebos, fish ponds, bridges, statues and a panoramic view across Hilo Bay. Phone: (808) 826-1053 Hours: Grounds are always open
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
Kahului, Maui, HI
Bailey House MuseumBuilt in 1833, the Bailey House is now a museum showcasing Hawaiian culture, artifacts, paintings, and furnishings from nineteenth-century Maui. Located in historic Wailuku Maui, built on the site of the Royal compound of Kahekili, last ruling chief of Maui, the house served as the Mission station for the Wailuku Female Seminary for Girls until 1847, then occupied by Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. 2375A Main Street Wailuku, HI 96793 Tel. (808) 244-3326 Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Major Holidays Adult $7, Senior $5
For additional information, visit: www.mauimuseum.org/
Maui Nui Botanical GardensGarden Tours Available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, weekly. 150 Kanaloa Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 Tours cover the natural history, conservation and ethnobotanical uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as the Gardens' projects in these areas. Tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 808-249-2798.
For additional information, visit: www.mnbg.org
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: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm
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
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Diamond HeadDiamond Head State Monument is a true gem on Oahu. Actually named Leahi by Hawaiians, it received its more well known name in the late 1700’s when British seamen saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they had found diamonds. A hike to the top of Diamond Head takes about an hour over a well-worn path. The summit offers a spectacular 365-degree view of Oahu and is a must trip for photography enthusiasts. Oahu District Office, Hawaii State Parks P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, HI 96809 Tel: 808-587-0300 Open: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Year round.
For additional information, visit: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/index.cfm?park_id=15
Discover Historic HonoluluLocated in the heart of Honolulu you'll find many of Hawaii's most historic buildings, including the Iolani Palace home to Hawaii's last monarchs and the only palace on U.S. soil. You'll also want to visit the Hawaii State Capitol, the Kamehameha I Statue, Kawaiahao Church -the first Christian church in Hawaii, the Mission Houses Museum and the Old Federal Building. All of historic Honolulu is within walking distance of downtown parking at the equally famous Aloha Tower.
For additional information, visit: www.honolulu.gov/moca/historichonolulu.htm
Hanauma BayHanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalanianaole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays.
For additional information, visit: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay
Honolulu ZooThe Honolulu Zoo covers 42 lush, shady acres at the Diamond Head end of Waikîkî. It features some special exhibits such as the Nene (the Hawai`i state bird), native Hawaiian forest birds, and the highlight of the zoo, the Kabuni Reserve. The African savanna covers 12-acres where animals roam freely behind disguised barriers in 30 different habitats. The zoo is located near Kapiolani Park at the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua Avenue. Up against the zoo fence, local artists display their paintings and crafts. 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Tel: 808-971-7171 Hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
For additional information, visit: www.honoluluzoo.org
Shop in Waikiki and in the Greater Honolulu AreaWaikiki is a great place to shop and offers prestigious retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as more modest stores such as the ever-present ABC Stores and the world-famous International Market Place. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center contains 150 stores and restaurants on four levels. Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national and local retailers. Other nearby malls in Honolulu to shop at include Aloha Tower Marketplace; Ward Warehouse and Ward Center, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; and Kahala Mall in Kahala.
Waikiki AquariumThe Waikiki Aquarium's exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 3,500 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. Every year, 330,000 people including 30,000 school age children visit. It has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808)923-9741 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily (facility closes at 5:00 p.m.)
For additional information, visit: http://www.waquarium.org/
Waikiki at NightAt night Waikiki is an exuberant world of shops, bistros and neon lights, alive with people, and complete with amusing street entertainers. Often heralded as the ambassadors of aloha, these musicians, singers, mimes, drummers, and a myriad of other performers give Waikiki a local color and ambience found nowhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. Street performers start about 8pm and ends about 10pm.
Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai MuseumThe history of Kauai is kept safe in this great little museum and is worth a stop at before you set out to explore the island. It contains a wealth of historical artifacts and information tracing the island's history from the beginning of time through Contact (when Capt. James Cook "discovered" Kauai in 1778), the monarchy period, the plantation era, and the present. See old poi pounders and idols, relics of sugar planters and paniolos, a nice seashell collection, old Hawaiian quilts, feather leis, a replica of a plantation worker's home, a model of Cook's ship, and much more. 4428 Rice Street Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-6931 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm Admission: Admission General Public: $10.00 Seniors (65+): $8.00
For additional information, visit: www.kauaimuseum.org
Kilohana PlantationThis 1930's plantation estate was the home of Gaylord and Ethel Wilcox, descendents of missionary families. Gaylord was the manager of the Grove Farm Plantation. His 16,000 square-foot mansion was loving restored and is open to the public. The motif of the house shows how Kauai's rich and famous lived back when sugar was king of the islands. On premise they have Gaylord's Restaurant, a terrific boutique, a country store, and galleries. Guided Plantation tours are available for a fee. 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-5608 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am - 9:30pm Sun 9:30am - 5pm Tour hours: 11:00am 6:30pm daily Admission to the house: FREE
For additional information, visit: kilohanakauai.com/
Kapaa, Kauai
Kauai MuseumThe history of Kauai is kept safe in this great little museum and is worth a stop at before you set out to explore the island. It contains a wealth of historical artifacts and information tracing the island's history from the beginning of time through Contact (when Capt. James Cook "discovered" Kauai in 1778), the monarchy period, the plantation era, and the present. See old poi pounders and idols, relics of sugar planters and paniolos, a nice seashell collection, old Hawaiian quilts, feather leis, a replica of a plantation worker's home, a model of Cook's ship, and much more. 4428 Rice Street Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-6931 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors
For additional information, visit: www.kauaimuseum.org/
Kauai Village Shopping CenterKauai Village Shopping Center is centrally located on east Kauai, midway between the southern resort area of Poipu and the northern resort area of Princeville. This eight acre complex features stores and restaurants that appeal to both local residents as well as to visitors of Kauai. The 30 shops are a good mixture of boutiques, gift shops, art galleries and restaurants from fast-food variety to fine dining. There is an open air court with a ten foot waterfall and a series of landscaped ponds and streams laced with small walking bridges and walkways. 4-831 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 96746 Ph: 808-822-4904
Kilohana PlantationThis 1930's plantation estate was the home of Gaylord and Ethel Wilcox, descendents of missionary families. Gaylord was the manager of the Grove Farm Plantation. His 16,000 square-foot mansion was loving restored and is open to the public. The motif of the house shows how Kauai's rich and famous lived back when sugar was king of the islands. On premise they have Gaylord's Restaurant, a terrific boutique, a country store, and galleries. Guided Plantation tours are available for a fee. 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-5608 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am - 9:30pm Sun 9:30am - 5pm Tour hours: 11:00am 6:30pm daily Admission to the house: FREE
For additional information, visit: www.kilohanakauai.com/

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3 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
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