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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
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Sue from Oshkosh, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/14 - 10/29/14
I wouldn't change a thing. Even the hurricane didn't stop us from having an amazing and unique program. When we were all together there was a good sense of community, both within our group and with the Hawai'ians we met. There were so many terrific activity options it was hard to choose what to do! Our leaders were excellent. What Susan didn't know Steve did, and they continued to learn right alongside of us. It was amazing. I'm a cheapskate and this trip was worth the money.

Stanley from West Chester, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/31/14 - 04/16/14
Hawai'i is so much more than Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and pineapples. Yes, it is our 50th state, but so culturally different and diverse it is akin to visiting another country; without the hassle of passports, a foreign phrase book and changing money. You've seen the beautiful pictures - wait until you see it "in person!" Aloha is much more than "hello" and "goodbye." Aloha is the warmth, openness and welcoming nature of its people and brings joy to ones heart. Every Hawai'ian will proudly recite their ethnic ancestry. This 5 island venture will take you to places few individuals and no cruise ships go. The educational component is deeper than any guide book. If Hawai'i is on you bucket list, sign up now. If it's not on your bucket list, add it.

Charles from Flagstaff, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/10/14 - 02/26/14
An amazing program, with the opportunity to see many parts of the Hawai'ian islands that few see. Frequent changes of locale with packing and unpacking plus really early morning baggage pickups were challenging but worth it. Less emphasis on geology or economics than I would have liked. Lots of emphasis on history of Polynesia, island plants and Polynesian culture. Some really unforgettable experiences with both locales and locals.

Lauren from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 02/10/14 - 02/26/14
This was a comprehensive tour of the Hawaiian islands. The instructors were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour leader was very organized and sensitive to the needs of the group. The accommodations were well chosen for amenities and location to sites and shopping within walking distance. The food was meager at times, but nothing that would upset delicate constitutions. Not much free time to explore on your own, but the tour covered so much that most participants were glad to have an hour before dinner to just relax.

Kathleen from Lewiston, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/10/14 - 02/26/14
As a solo traveler I found the other participants very welcoming and friendly. I came as a stranger and left feeling part of a family in the "aloha" way. As a first time visitor to Hawaii, I was impressed with the opportunities presented to see and learn about the geology, history and culture in action. The organization of the entire program was excellent and the trip adviser was great. Mahalo.

Philip from Miami, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/13/14 - 01/29/14
If you are Hawaii dreaming, then this tour is your dream come true. The experiences are varied and often surprising and unexpected. You will know what is meant by the "Aloha Spirit" and may find your own perspectives about the family of man to be enlightened. All of the guides and instructors are outstanding. The Hawaiians that are encountered are authentic cultural treasures that offer insights unavailable to most visitors.

Philip from Loveland, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/13/14 - 01/29/14
Program was as described and an excellent way to get an overview of much of the Hawaiian Islands. Got to visiting many places few would normally see. Some guides and instructors were outstanding. Group leader did an excellent job of keeping us on track. Accommodations and food were for the most part good to excellent. I would recommend this program to others.

Pia from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/13/14 - 01/29/14
This program covers well the geology, environment, culture, present day issues of the five islands. Some of the places visited are stunning and unforgettable. Frequent transfers very early in the morning. Food barely adequate.

Dick from Dennis, MA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/04/13 - 03/20/13
This is the best Road Scholar program we have attended. There are many reasons why. Foremost, Sue McGovern is a tremendous leader, and coordinator. She did it all. We were impressed in how effortlessly she coordinated the details of our journey through five islands. On the big island, Sue's husband Rob joined us and we can see why he is also considered a good leader. The second reason is we learned a lot about geology, Hawaiian history, the Hawaiian people and their traditions and plant and animal life. Sue was born on Hawaii (of Chinese and Portuguese parent), live in Hawaii for many years and retired as a Park Service Ranger. Sue knows Hawaii very well and is proud to share her heritage. Hawaii will never be the same for us because we now have a better appreciation of how the Hawaiian people (of all nationalities) lived and changed through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Last, the program itinerary covered many National Parks, Historical Sites, sanctuaries, and popular tourist spots as well as being hosted by Hawaiians in their homes. On Molokai the residents drove us around the island and treated us like family including a private Pa'ina (Lu'au). One last thing about Sue - she is very funny. Thank you Sue for making this Road Scholar program an exceptional program.

Iris from Andover, MN Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 02/11/13 - 02/27/13
Rob McGovern is an amazing group leader. We had a stand-up comic with us every day, and we never tired of hearing his stories. Beautiful trip!

Janet from The Woodlands, TX Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 01/14/13 - 01/30/13
I participated with my husband in January 2013. This is a very comprehensive program suitable for people who are interested in both natural history and cultural issues. It does require lots of packing and unpacking since it includes five islands, but it exceeds expectations in presenting cultural content and geological information. This particular program is expensive but worth it. Rob McGovern provided outstanding leadership to the program, and local historians, cultural practitioners, and "common folk" gave us an in-depth look at the Hawaiian Islands.

Fredrick from Jerseyville, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/14/13 - 01/30/13
Great program. Excellent leader. Good companions. Lots of fun and much good learning. Aloha!


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

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