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Hawaii's Humpback Whales and Marine Environment

Program Number: 12140RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/20/2013 - 1/26/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Kaanapali, Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,389.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature; Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Got whales? Grab your camera and get ready to see the humpback whale up-close swimming right off the shoreline from your beachfront hotel. In the winter and spring, humpback whales migrate to Maui, making the island one of the world’s greatest places to see whales. Look for whales as you embark on whale-watch cruises and snorkeling adventures led by local whale research and conservation groups. Take in lei-making demonstrations highlighting Hawaii's traditional welcoming gift and try your hand at making your own.


• Stay in a beachfront hotel with ocean-view rooms in Kaanapali on Maui's sunny west side. Spectacular whale spouting and breaching is often seen from shore.
• Explore Maui, one of Hawaii's most-visited islands during the whale breeding and birthing season.
• Whale-watch boat excursions allow you to learn from naturalists who are researching and studying whales as you get closer to the action.

Activity Particulars

Walking from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day. Some stairs, walking on boat decks and uneven surfaces. Optional snorkeling and swimming.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.


Nestled on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the small town of Kaanapali is known worldwide for its three-mile stretch of white sand beaches and crystal clear water. Each evening at sunset, visitors to Kaanapali can witness the traditional cliff diving ceremony that reenacts the dive once made by Maui’s beloved King Kahekili.

Ocean view rooms at Kaanapali beachfront hotel on tropical 27 acres with three swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurants and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Maui Beach Hotel
  Kahului, Maui, HI 6 nights
 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 prior: 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 in time: 4:00 PM
  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 Maui Beach 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 Maui Beach Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after breakfast; check out by 11 AM; independent departures. You will be staying at Maui Beach Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. A Release of Liability form to visit Molokini is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at Maui Beach Hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kahului, Maui, HI
  Nearest city or town:  Kahului
  Nearest highway: Hana Highway (360) near Puunene (311) intersection
  Nearest airport:  Kahului Airport (OGG)
  From End of Program
  Location: Kahului, Maui, HI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Maui Beach Hotel


To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Maui Beach Hotel Airport Shuttle
phone: 808-877-0051
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


The hotel provides a free shuttle from 6:00am to 9:00 pm. to and from the airport. For airport pick up, call for reservations or contact the front desk or porter to arrange your shuttle departure time at the end of the program.


Maui Beach Hotel


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $10 (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




3 miles


Maui Taxi Companies: A. Maui Airport Taxi LLC (808) 875-6110 B. Sunshine Cabs of Maui (808) 879-2220 C. Royal Sedan & Taxi (808) 874-6900 D. Speedi Shuttle 1(877) 242-5777

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 twenty-three major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United, etc.) and sixteen international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to Maui, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If your program begins on Maui, Kauai, Molokai or Hawaii's Big Island, and you need to transfer from 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 your local travel agent or over the Internet using the airline’s own website or through a travel website such as,, or Hawaii’s Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui Inter-island Airline Information: Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines 1-888-435-9462 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Kahului Airport (OGG) to Maui Beach Hotel 1: Start out going SOUTHWEST on KEOLANI PL toward HEMALOA ST. 2: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto HALEAKALA HWY / HI-396 W. 3: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto HANA HWY / HI-36 W. 4: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto E KAAHUMANU AVE / HI-32 W. 5: Make a U-TURN onto W KAAHUMANU AVE / HI-32 E. 6: End at 170 W Kaahumanu Ave Kahului, HI 96732-1607, US Total Est. Time: 9 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2.96 miles
  From Maui Beach Hotel to Kahului Airport (OGG) 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
Equipment Requirements: Snorkeling gear may be rented on-site (included as part of program cost) or participants may bring own snorkel and fins to ensure a good fit.
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/Introductions
(Sunday, January 20)
 Afternoon: Arrival and check in.
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room- 2nd Floor, Maui Beach Hotel
 Evening: Introductions- Meet your fellow group members.
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Orientation/Class: Hawaii's Humpback Whales/Whale Watch
(Monday, January 21)
 Breakfast: Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Orientation & Class: Introduction to Hawaii's Humpback Whales
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Maalaea
 Afternoon: Field trip – Expert-led Whale-Watch. From Maalaea, the group will board a boat in search of humpback whales. (Whale watching season is generally December/January-April/May.)
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
 Evening: Free Evening to explore or relax at the hotel
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maui Ocean Center/Class: Coral Reefs & Fishes/National Marine Sanctuary
(Tuesday, January 22)
 Breakfast: Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip –Maui Ocean Center- A guided tour of this aquarium which is devoted to Hawai`i's unique marine environment.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Field trip continues with class on Coral Reefs and Fishes at the Ocean Sciences Discovery Center. Next, visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and create your own fish-rubbing (an art form which is known as "Gyotaku" in Japan).
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
 Evening: Class: Origins of Hawai`i's Natural Environment and Marine Life.
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Snorkel Cruise/Class: Hawaii's Dolphins
(Wednesday, January 23)
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast aboard the whale watching vessel
 Morning: Field Trip: Expert-led Snorkel/Whale-watch to Molokini. Whale watch as the boat cruises toward Molokini. Learn about Hawai`i's unique ocean ecology and enjoy snorkeling Maui's beautiful waters.
 Lunch: BBQ lunch aboard boat
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Maui
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
 Evening: Class: Hawai`i's Dolphins
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Whalers Village Museum and Lahaina/Whale Watch
(Thursday, January 24)
 Breakfast: Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip - Visit Whalers Village and it's quaint whaling museum in Kaanapali then head to Lahaina. Free time to explore Lahaina and take a self-guided walking tour of this former whaling town and present home to many art galleries and shops featuring marine-themed art.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to explore local eateries
 Afternoon: Board a 50 foot sailing catamaran to go whale watching in the Auau channel (between Maui and Lanai).
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy Lahaina or relax at hotel.
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Tide Pools Exploration/Lei Making Class/Aloha (Farewell) Dinner
(Friday, January 25)
 Breakfast: Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip: Tide Pools, Beaches, and Hawai`i’s Coastal Environment
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at beautiful Kepaniwai Gardens, located near Iao Valley
 Afternoon: Return to Hotel for an afternoon Class: Lei Making. At this Lei Making Class you will string a lovely fresh flower lei for yourself or to give to someone else with a traditional Hawaiian "Aloha".
 Dinner: "Aloha" Farewell Dinner-Rainbow Dining Room
 Evening: Aloha Program
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
  Kahului, Maui, HI Bailey House Museum
Built 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
  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 $60.00 For additional information, visit
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

Hawaii's Humpback Whales

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

Description: Hawaii's Humpback Whales is an informative and richly illustrated description of the humpback whale and its behavior. This book is unique in providing the opportunity to learn about one species of whale in sufficient degree to recognize its behaviors and displays, and perhaps even interpret the significance of many of them. This fine volue includes a behavior "key" describing activities and the contexts in which they occur; detailed information on where and how to watch for whales; regulations govering human activity in the vicinity of whales; what to do in case of a stranding; and a discussion of the future management and conservation of humpback whale populations.

The Whales of Hawaii

Author: Balcomb, Kenneth C. III and Stanley M. Minasian

Description: Produced by the Marine Mammal Fund, this information-packed, beautifully designed volume provides great insights on Hawaii's whales, spinner dolphins, monk seals and other marine mammals. Includes full-color photography.

Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology

Author: Gulko, David

Description: Filled with color photographs, graphics, diagrams and cartoons, each page will pull you into the process of discovery as you learn more about the vital role coral reefs play.

Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide

Author: Gulko, David and Eckert, Karen

Description: Explore the amazing world of sea turtles – their natural history, their life cycles, habitats and their struggles against the mounting threats posed by humans. Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide is a must-have for educators, biologists, conservationists, and divers. Over 200 photographs and illustrations clearly depict every facet of a sea turtle’s life and habitat. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefits the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST.) Dr. Gulko is a widely recognized expert in coral reef ecosystems who is now a coral reef ecology manager for the state of Hawaii. Dr. Eckert is a sea turtle ecologist and a professor at Duke University.

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.

Hawai`i's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawai`i's Marine Invertebrates

Author: Hoover, John P.

Description: Hawaii's seas teem with life. Living creatures--swimming, creeping, floating or crawling--have invaded every possible undersea habitat. They have multiplied and diversified into every imaginable shape and form, from 20-foot giant squids to tiny creatures living between sand grains. Ninety percent of these animals are invertebrates-- animals without backbones. Many are beautiful, a few are bizarre, all are fascinating. This book, a sequel to the John Hoover's best-selling guide Hawai`i's Fishes, leads the reader deeper into the undersea realm with 660 underwater photographs of over 500 species of lobsters, shrimps, crabs, shells, octopus, corals, anemones, urchins, stars, sponges, slugs and a host of other lesser-known creatures. Virtually all the animals encountered by snorkelers, divers and beachgoers in Hawai`i are here. Hoover provides scientific, common and Hawaiian names for each animal, as well as a wealth of information on its natural history, ecology, cultural importance, and even suitability for aquariums.

Islands in a Far Sea: Nature and Man in Hawai`i

Author: Culliney, John L.

Description: Beginning some 1,500 years ago, Hawai‘i was one of the last Edens to be exploited by human beings, and its transformation has been among the most rapid. Seeking to improve life, humans have grossly altered the living nature of the Islands from the coral reefs to the volcanic summits. Since the first arrival of Polynesian canoes, Hawai‘i has been a venue of accelerating extinction and today leads the United States in the rate of permanent loss of native plants and animals.

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.

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