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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 Mar 4 — Mar 20, 2013

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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 (fee as of 7/12 is $10.35 per day) 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 2012 Road Scholar room rate is: Standard Garden View Room $95.00 + taxes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 04 - 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. Wi-Fi is available in the room and lobby for $9.95 per day.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (fee of $9.95 per day as of 7/12), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc. Two hours of free Wi-Fi is available at the Java Cafe when you purchase a cup of coffee.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, March 05 - Orientation
Breakfast: Queen's Court Restaurant

Morning: Orientation followed by Historic Hilo Overview Walking Excursion

Lunch: at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Depart on bus to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Arrive and check in to KMC. Program Orientation

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 PM

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. Wi-Fi is available in the room and lobby for $9.95 per day.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (fee of $9.95 per day as of 7/12), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc. Two hours of free Wi-Fi is available at the Java Cafe when you purchase a cup of coffee.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, March 06 - 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. Wi-Fi is available in the room and lobby for $9.95 per day.

Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (fee of $9.95 per day as of 7/12), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc. Two hours of free Wi-Fi is available at the Java Cafe when you purchase a cup of coffee.

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


Day Four: Thursday, March 07 - 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

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: 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


Day Five: Friday, March 08 - 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: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park - located at sea level Check-in hotel in Keahou

Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room with ocean & sunset views

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


Day Six: Saturday, March 09 - Field Trip to Kaloko-Honokohau NHP/Puukohola Heia...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

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 dining room

Lodging: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaiana (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, March 10 - Flight to Maui / Iao Valley
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

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 buffet at Maui Beach Hotel dining room

Lodging: Maui Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaiana (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, March 11 - 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 at hotel dining room

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

Lunch: Lunch at Kula Restaurant, 3200 ft. elevation

Afternoon: Visit plantation towns of up-country Maui - Olinda, Makawao, and Pa'ia with brief stop at Ho'okipa Beach Park, world-class wind surfing

Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room

Lodging: Maui Beach Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This kamaaiana (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, March 12 - Field Trip to Hana/Hawaiian Style Lunch
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel 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 at hotel 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, March 13 - Class: "A Changing Maui" Free Time/Lahaina/Ferry...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room, Class: "A Changing Maui"

Morning: Free Time to pack or relax before lunch and departure to Lahaina.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel 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.

Evening: Check In Hotel Molokai - Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Hotel Molokai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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, March 14 - Field Trip East Molokai/Halawa Valley
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room

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, March 15 - Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room

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, March 16 - Field trip to Waimea/Kokee State Park
Breakfast: Tailgate Breakfast

Morning: Morning flight from Molokai to Kaua'i 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: School bus trip up to Waimea Canyon, 4,000 ft. elevation, and Koke'e State Park and Kalalau Lookout. Panoramic views of oldest island, isolated valleys, waterfalls, unspoiled landscape; 2 hour drive to hotel on east end, check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room - 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, March 17 - Hanalei Valley/Kilauea Lighthouse
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room

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 at hotel dining room

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 Kapi`olani 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 availalbe 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
2013 Double/Single Rates: $120.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $110.00 + tax for April-June, September -November

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Monday, March 18 - Flight to Oahu/USS Arizona Memorial/National Memo...
Flight to Oahu/USS Arizona Memorial/National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific/Orientation

Breakfast: Breakfast at Kaua'i hotel dining room

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

Lunch: Lunch

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 at the hotel

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 Kapi`olani 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 availalbe 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
2013 Double/Single Rates: $120.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $110.00 + tax for April-June, September -November

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Tuesday, March 19 - Oahu's East End/Kawainui Marsh/ Pali Lookout/Clas...
Oahu's East End/Kawainui Marsh/ Pali Lookout/Class: Hawaiian Values/Aloha Program

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

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 Ahupua'a and Kawai Nui Marsh on windward O`ahu. Considered sacred to Hawaiians, Kawainui Marsh, is the largest remaining emergent wetland in Hawai`i 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 Ko`olau 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 at the hotel.

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, March 20 - Aloha! End of Program and Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant; 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


Hawaii National Park, HI
Hawaii Visitors BureauPhone: 808-961-5797
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkPhone: 808-985-6017
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/havo/home.htm
Kahului, Maui
Hawaii Visitors and Convention BureauComprehensive listing of events and activities for the state. Contains much information about local events and activities. Searchable by dates, activity, etc. - To find information on the island's events and activities, click on the island in the map at the top of the home page. Or, you may call 1-800-Go-Hawaii.
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
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
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii Visitors and Convention BureauComprehensive listing of events and activities for the state. Contains much information about local events and activities. Searchable by dates, activity, etc. - To find information on the island's events and activities, click on the island in the map at the top of the home page. Or, you may call 1-800-Go-Hawaii.
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
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
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
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.
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com

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16 nights of accommodations
46 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
3 Flights during the program

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