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The Best of Oahu and Maui

Program Number: 10910RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/12/2013 - 1/20/2013; 1/9/2016 - 1/17/2016; 3/5/2016 - 3/13/2016; 10/29/2016 - 11/6/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Experience the essence of “aloha” as you are welcomed into the beauty of two Hawaiian islands. Learn how the islands were created, discovered and colonized while you enjoy Hawaii’s spectacular beauty and warm climate. Ideal for first-time visitors and great for returnees, this program provides a window into true Hawaiian culture, exploring Oahu and Maui from an uncommon perspective with local experts.


• Enjoy field trips to the Bishop Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.
• Discover Hawaii’s geology and culture with a journey to Oahu’s scenic east end, a visit to a heiau (ancient site) and Maui's historic Iao Valley.
• Get an exclusive expert-led visit with Hawaiian marine life at the Maui Ocean Center.

Activity Particulars

Walking on uneven surfaces from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day; some stairs and uneven surfaces.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Honolulu, 5 nights; fly to Maui, 3 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Honolulu (Oahu)

Honolulu, which means “Sheltered Bay,” possesses a unique blend of Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Asian and Pacific Islander influences that contribute to its cultural richness. Its Waikiki area, formerly wetlands, today evokes images of golden sand beaches and stunning sunsets.

Kahului (Maui)

Though the largest town on the island of Maui, Kahului is off Hawaii’s beaten track of mainstream tourism. The comparatively light crowds are a boon for visitors to the town’s natural and cultural destinations, including the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Oahu: Comfortable hotel in the heart of Waikiki. Maui: Comfortable hotel on the shores of Kahului Bay.
Meals and Lodgings
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 5 nights
   Maui Beach Hotel
  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 3 nights
 Waikiki Resort Hotel
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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 in time: 3:00 PM

 Maui Beach Hotel
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: See comment below. Additional nights are available at the Maui Beach Hotel if your Road Scholar program begins or concludes on Maui. 2013 Road Scholar Rates: Standard $125.00 + taxes Deluxe * $160.00 + taxes * At the Maui Beach Hotel, your program uses deluxe rooms. You may want to consider booking a deluxe room for your post-program stay to avoid having to change rooms. The Maui Beach Hotel also currently provides free shuttle service to and from the airport.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Waikiki Resort Hotel lobby. Upon arrival, please proceed to the hotel’s front desk to check in. You will then be directed to the Road Scholar registration desk. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Independent check outs by 11:00 am. You will be staying at Maui Beach Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at Oahu Hotel is approximately $18 per day (subject to change). Parking is free at Maui hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Honolulu
  Nearest highway: H-1 Freeway
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kahului
  Nearest highway: Hana Highway (360) near Puunene (311) intersection
  Nearest airport:  Kahului Airport (OGG)
Travel Details



From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Speedi Shuttle
phone: 877-242-5777


Per Person/One Way:


Arrival fares begin at $14.55; Round-trips from $26.79 – includes a 10% discount on the return seg
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30- 45 minutes depending upon traffic 




10 miles


Shuttle stops are conveniently located on the ground level at the tour group areas adjacent to Baggage Claims C and H, curbside between Baggage Claim D and E and the Commuter Terminal. Greeters & Shuttle Attendants wearing red aloha prints are present throughout baggage claim & at each pickup location to arrange your transportation. SpeediShuttle signage is located throughout the terminals & at each pickup zone. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in. More info @




From Airport




AMPCO Express
phone: 808-861-8294


Per Person/One Way:


Approx $35.00 - $40.00
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 min - 45 min depending upon traffic 


AMPCO Express is the managing contractor of the Airport's Open Taxi System at Honolulu International Airport. The state established this Airport Open Taxi Management system for taxi drivers from all taxi companies to be able to pick-up at the airport. Taxi Service is available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (green shirts with black lettering, and the wording “TAXI DISPATCHER”) for service.


Maui Beach Hotel


To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Maui Beach Hotel Airport Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


Please contact the front desk or porter to arrange your shuttle departure time.




From Airport




Public Transportation
The Bus
phone: 808-848-4500


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50 or $1.00 for Senior Citizen (with valid Medicare card)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes - 1 hour 


Buses operate from 5:30 am - 10:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time. Exact change is required. One (1) FREE transfer with each paid cash fare. For more information, go online to

Driving Directions
  From Continental US to Hawaii: Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors. All major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United) and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to and from Maui, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If you need to transfer back from Maui to Honolulu International Airport, you will need to take a short inter-island flight on one of the local carriers (Hawaiian Airlines, go!Airlines or Island Air.) Transfer flights are not difficult. They are short – 25 to 45 minutes long depending on the island destination – and frequent – there are multiple departures daily, often hourly. You can buy your flights directly on your own, through Road Scholar Travel Services or over the Internet using the airline’s own website or through a travel website such as, or Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines 1-888-435-9462 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Waikiki Resort Hotel: 1. Head east 2. Slight left onto the ramp to I-H-1 E 3. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate H1 E ​to Honolulu and merge onto I-H-1 E. Go 7.7 miles. 4. Take exit 25A for King St toward Waikiki Honolulu Zoo 5. Slight left onto S King St 6. Turn right onto Kapahulu Ave. Travel 1.3 mi 7. Turn right onto Kuhio Ave 8. Turn left onto Uluniu Ave 9. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Koa Ave Destination will be on the left Total Est. Time: 20 minutes Total Est. Distance: 10 miles
  From Maui Beach Hotel to Kahului Airport: 1. Go Northeast on W Kaahumanu Ave/HI-32 E toward Lono Ave. 2. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Hana Hwy/HI-36E. 3. Turn LEFT onto Dairy Rd./HI-380 4. Dairy Rd./HI-380 becomes Keolani Pl. 5. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Terminal/Parking/Rental Car Return 6. End at Kahului Airport. Total Est. Time: 8 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2.7 miles
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome & Introductions
(Saturday, January 12)
 Afternoon: Program registration at the hotel
 Dinner: Hotel restaurant
 Evening: Introductions with members of the group
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Orientation/Hawaiian Culture Class/Bishop Museum & Punchbowl/Evening Class
(Sunday, January 13)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Program orientation and Introductory Hawaiian Culture Class: “Eia Hawaii, He Moku, He Kanaka” (Here is Hawaii, an island, a human).
 Lunch: Hotel Restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to Bishop Museum and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Docent-Guided visit of museum, free time to explore on your own, and a live performance of Music and Dance of Hawaii. Next, we visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Puowaina (Punchbowl) Crater.
 Dinner: At a local area restaurant
 Evening: Class: Stories of Hawaii
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Queen Emma Summer Palace/Oahu's East End/ Class: Date of Infamy
(Monday, January 14)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: This field trip starts with a stop at Hanaiakamalama (Queen Emma Summer Palace), where the collection includes personal belongings and furnishings of Queen Emma. A scenic bus trip over the historic Nuuanu Pali will take you to Kawainui Marsh, the site of many heiau (ancient temples) and home to a number of endangered birds, fish, and Hawaiian plants.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the beach
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Oahu's spectacular east end which will take you along a coastal road providing spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains - before returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to experience the different types of fare Hawaii has to offer.
 Evening: Optional Class: "Date of Infamy"
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Class: Island Formation/Class: Corals and Coral Reefs/USS Arizona Memorial/Hawaiian Cultural Event
(Tuesday, January 15)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Learn about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be while attending morning classes: "Island Formation" and "Corals and Coral Reefs".
 Lunch: Hotel restaurant
 Afternoon: Field Trip to the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park - View a historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the museum and book shop.
 Dinner: Hotel restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy an evening with a local Hawaiian cultural organization, sharing music, crafts and aloha.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Free Day
(Wednesday, January 16)
 Breakfast: On your own to explore local eateries
 Morning: Free day to explore individual interests. You may wish to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center as an optional free time activity at a specially-arranged reduced rate (see notes section and purchase form attached). You may also want to consider a visit to one of many free time activities such as: Iolani Palace the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Lili`uokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; or snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries
 Afternoon: Free day continues
 Dinner: On your own to explore local eateries
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel

Day 6: Fly to Maui/Iao Valley State Park/Class: Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Behavior
(Thursday, January 17)

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: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for a short flight to Maui
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in beautiful Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens. The park features structures representative of Hawai`i’s cultural heritage.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Iao Valley State Park – Lush green Iao Valley is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. We'll discuss the area's natural and cultural history.
 Dinner: Hotel restaurant
 Evening: Class: Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Behavior
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Class: A Changing Maui/Lahaina/Historic Walking Tour
(Friday, January 18)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Class: A Changing Maui After class, the group departs for a trip to Lahaina.
 Lunch: Explore Lahaina's restaurants on your own
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Lahaina. Suggested activity: Lahaina Walking Tour (tickets provided) – self-guided walk through historic Lahaina. Learn about the colorful past of this old whaling town and its history as the first capital of Hawai`i as you visit sites on the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s walking tour of cultural and historic sites.
 Dinner: Hotel restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Maui Ocean Center/Hawaiian Lei Making/Aloha (Farewell) Dinner/Aloha Program
(Saturday, January 19)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip : Maui Ocean Center - This state-of-the-art marine park is dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Its collections include spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels, majestic lionfish, the colorful Hawaiian wrasse, green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Have a lesson in Hawaiian Lei making where you will learn how to string your very own fresh flower lei to wear to dinner and your Aloha Program.
 Dinner: Hotel restaurant
 Evening: Aloha (Farewell) Program
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Garden 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
  Ulalena - Maui Theatre
Ulalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60. For additional information, visit
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Hanauma Bay
Hanauma 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 Kalaniana`ole 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. Admission Price - $7.50per person. $1.00 per car to park. (prices subject to change) For additional information, visit
  Shop in Waikiki and in the Greater Honolulu Area
Waikiki 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 at Night
At 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.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii (Paperback)

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: This perennial favorite offers a wonderful introduction to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Mythology

Author: Beckwith, Martha

Description: This is a great book for delving into the myths, gods, legend and lore of Hawaii's people.

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.

Humpbacks of Hawaii: The Long Journey Back

Author: Kaufman, Gregory D. and Forestell, Paul H.

Description: Whether you are a whale researcher or are simply fascinated by whales, you'll relish the adventures, the discoveries and the insights provided by these two noted researchers.

Plants in Hawaiian Culture

Author: Krauss, Beatrice H

Description: This introduction to the ethnobotany of the Hawaiian culture before contact with foreigners describes the plants themselves, preparation and uses of plant materials, and how the plants and artifacts made from them were used as food, canoes, houses, wearing apparel, musical instruments, medicine, and in fishing, games and sports, war, religion, and burial.

The Echo of Our Song Chants and Poems of the Hawaiians

Author: Pukui, Mary K. and Alfons L. Korn

Description: From earliest time, the chanting of poetry served the Hawaiians as a form of ritual celebration of the things the charished-the beauty of their islands, the abundance of wild creatures that inhabited their sea and air, the majesty of their rulers, and the prowess of their gods.

Hawaii's Fishes

Author: Hoover, John P.

Description: First Published in 1996, this new edition of Shore Fishes of Hawaii updates our knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and has been expanded to include 372 species. Because it is necessary to use some scientific terminology when giving the principal diagnostic characteristics of families or species of fishes and what they eat, a handy glossary appears at the back of the book before the Index.

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