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Tropical Splendor: Exploring the Hawaiian Islands

Program Number: 11513RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/19/2014 - 3/1/2014; 9/24/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/29/2014 - 11/8/2014; 1/21/2015 - 1/31/2015; 2/11/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/25/2015 - 3/7/2015; 3/18/2015 - 3/28/2015; 9/23/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/14/2015 - 10/24/2015; 11/11/2015 - 11/21/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Hawaii
Price starting at: $3,560.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 27; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

Journey among the islands of Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui to focus on each island's history, geology, physical environment, flora and fauna. Spectacular views of the islands from the ocean show the difference in topography, age and personality of each. Learn why each island is so special.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day, some uneven ground. Some stairs unavoidable. Getting on and off bus. Limited wheelchair-accessible rooms.



The order of the ports may vary by date.

The February 11, 2015 and the February 25, 2015 dates are special Road Scholar 40th Anniversary celebrations.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Waikiki, Oahu, 3 nights; aboard Pride of America, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.



Days 1-4:
Arrival Waikiki, Oahu / embark Pride of America:

Absorb the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific at the Bishop Museum and the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Lectures provide an overview of Hawaii and reveal the formation and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands.
Lodging: Deluxe, four-star hotel.



Day 5-6:
Kahului, Maui:

Visit the lush Iao Valley State Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people and site of a battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. Examine Hawaii’s exotic flora and fauna at Haleakala National Park.



Day 7:
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii:

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and study the island’s geothermal core. Hike a cooled lava trail and stop at an orchid nursery with more than 1,000 blooming orchids on display.



Day 8:
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii:

An expert-led visit to a privately owned cloud forest preserve highlights the diversity of the ecosystem.



Days 9-10:
Nawiliwili, Kauai:

Free time to explore the beautiful "Garden Isle" on your own. See the cliffs of Waimea Canyon, the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of the Pacific. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Na Pali coastline as you sail away.



Day 11:
Honolulu, Oahu / disembark / departure




Pride of America

Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 13 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers. The ship has free programming for children most evenings.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Art Reed

Dr. S. Arthur Reed, professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii, has lectured extensively on Hawaiian geology, biology, oceanography and other disciplines. He is coauthor of a biological science and a physical oceanography textbook used in several high schools in Hawaii, on the U. S. mainland and overseas. He has conducted research on coral reef ecology and marine invertebrate biology and since retirement has been a lecturer on more than 70 programs with Road Scholar, the National Parks Conservation Association, and Smithsonian.
 
Pat Lau

Pat Lau was born and raised on the island of Oahu, a true island gal at heart who embraces the "aloha spirit." She enjoys sharing her experiences of growing up amid the cultural diversity in the islands. A business professional, she excelled in customer service training. Her travels have taken her to China, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, the western Caribbean and the mainland United States. Pat enjoys singing, dancing, baking and time with family.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 3 nights
   Pride of America
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Lihue, Kauai
7 nights
 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water on day of arrival, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.
  Contact info: 100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
web: www.hawaiiprincehotel.com
  Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 11/2013, $11.95 per 24 hour period per device available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2014: $189 + taxes Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Pride of America
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,138 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.
  Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.
  Contact info: Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com
  Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.
  Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Hawaii Prince 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 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki that night.
  End of Program:
7:15 - 9:15 am at Honolulu Harbor with independent departures. You will be staying at Pride of America the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All participants need valid Photo Identification Documentation to board the ship. Acceptable identification includes a valid Passport, Government Issued Photo ID, or valid Driver’s License that includes a photograph. A valid Passport is required for non-U.S citizens. Any passenger traveling without proper photo identification as described will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund will be issued. For more information about this requirement please visit this NCL website (www.ncl.com) and look under Specific Requirements for NCL’s Pride of America.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel: Valet parking (full day): $25 + Tax, unlimited access; Self parking (full day): $19 + Tax, unlimited access. (2013 prices: subject to change)
Transportation
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: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

HNL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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 return segment
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30- 45 minutes depending upon traffic 

 

Distance:

 

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 @ www.speedishuttle.com

 

HNL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
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.

 

HNL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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 www.thebus.org

 

Pride of America (Port of Honolulu)

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Various

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25 - $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Taxis are available for hire curbside outside the Pier exit gate. There are various taxi cab companies that service Honolulu. Listed are a few established companies. Rates are subject to change. The Cab (808) 422-2222 Pony Taxi and Tours (808) 944-8282 Charley's Taxi 808-531-1333

 

Pride of America (Port of Honolulu)

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
VIP
phone: 866-836-0317
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Shuttles 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week To/From Honolulu Pier

 
Driving Directions
  From Honolulu International Airport Hawaii Prince Hotel is approximately 10 miles from Honolulu International Airport. Upon exiting the airport, turn right and get onto Nimitz Highway (Hwy 92) headed East towards downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. After downtown Honolulu, Nimitz Highway turns into Ala Moana Blvd. Keep following the Ala Moana Blvd towards Waikiki past the Ala Moana shopping center on the left and Ala Moana Beach park on the right. After passing these two sites, there will be a small bridge into Waikiki. Immediately after the bridge you'll find the Hawaii Prince hotel on the right (ocean side). The hotel's garage is accessed from the ocean side of the hotel.
  From Ship to Airport and Waikiki The program concludes when the ship docks in Honolulu Harbor. Participants can make arrangements to get into Waikiki or to Honolulu International Airport from the ship's shore excursion desk while on board, or they can catch a cab after disembarkation. The ship also offers shore excursions which may be of interest on the last day, and those may include a drop-off at the airport or in Waikiki.
  From the 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. Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won't need to bring your passport unless you're visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii. 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 Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Orbitz.com or Kayak.com. Airport Code: HNL: Honolulu, Oahu
Elevation Note: 4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site, 10,000' at Haleakala National Park

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
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Afternoon: Independent Arrivals to hotel. Program registration from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and hotel check in
 Dinner: Welcome Buffet Dinner in hotel restaurant
 Evening: Brief introductions to the members of the group.
   
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oahu,The Gathering Place/Bishop Museum & National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl")
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Full Breakfast Buffet at Prince Court Restaurant- Enjoy an array of western breakfast choices (cereal, eggs, pastries, fresh fruit) as well as Asian breakfast styles.
 Morning: After program Orientation attend morning class," Oahu,The Gathering Place"
 Lunch: Enjoy your boxed lunch at the hotel - inside or poolside.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Bishop Museum - 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. Your visit will start with a Docent-Guided visit of the museum, and then some free time to explore on your own. We'll depart and continue on with a drive through historic Honolulu heading up to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl").
 Dinner: Delicious buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Free Evening to explore the excitement of Waikiki.
   
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Iolani Palace
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Prince Court Restaurant Breakfast Buffet
 Morning: Field trip to Iolani Palace, the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii. It is a Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Waikiki and Honolulu on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore Hawaii's diverse island fare.
 Evening: Free Evening.
   
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Morning Class/Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial/Board Cruise Ship
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Prince Court Restaurant Breakfast Buffet
 Morning: Check out of Hotel and attend class: "The Island Chain - Formation and Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands".
 Lunch: Local restaurant overlooking beautiful Pearl Harbor
 Afternoon: Field trip to USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park (now referred to as the "World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument" - view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and spend a few minutes to explore the museum and book shop. Transfer to Honolulu Harbor to board the Pride of America.
 Dinner: Aboard ship in one of the fine dining establishments
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arrive Kahului, Maui/Morning Class/Iao Valley State Park/Overnight Maui
(Sunday, February 23)

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: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Where Did Everybody Come From?
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Iao Valley State Park - This lush green 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.
 Dinner: Aboard ship
 Evening: Free evening to continue exploring Maui on your own or to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Ship overnights in Maui
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Haleakala National Park
(Monday, February 24)

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.



   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Field trip to Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. Learn about Hawai`i's indigenous animals and plants, including the endemic Ahinahina (silversword). The park is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.
 Lunch: Local restaurant in Kula
 Afternoon: Return to Kahului Harbor for some free time to explore Maui before dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard ship
 Evening: Ship departs for Hilo. Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Arrive Hilo, Hawaii Island/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(Tuesday, February 25)

Note: Thurston Lava Tube: Can be wet and slippery, 15 -20 stairs down to the tube and 15- 20 back up. Walking on uneven ground, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1-2 miles walking.



   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your exploration will include guided nature walks and hikes. Stops include: •Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera. •The Steam vents. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. •A walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows. •Devastation Trail. The Trail was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). •Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest, and island formation.
 Lunch: Deli lunch - Crater Rim Cafe, Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) – KMC is a 50 acre military “R&R” camp located within confines of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It was founded in 1916, the same year as the National Park.
 Afternoon: Continuation of Volcanoes field trip. Along the way back to the ship, we'll make a brief stop at an orchid nursery that has over 1000 blooming orchids on display - one of the largest collections in Hawaii.
 Dinner: Aboard ship
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arrive Kona, Hawaii Island/Cloud Forest/Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) o Honaunau National Historical Park
(Wednesday, February 26)

Note: This is a "tender" port. As Kona has a small port; the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to Kona's shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time.



   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Visit a privately owned cloud forest preserve on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano to learn about the plants of the tropical cloud forest.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip to Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) O Honaunau National Historical Park: This historic site contains one of the most sacred heiau (traditional place of worship) in the islands. Through a self-guided walking tour, learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).
 Dinner: Aboard ship
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Free Day/Overnight Kauai
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Free day to explore Kauai on your own, relax, or participate in shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Aboard ship or on your own in port
 Afternoon: Continue your Free day in Port. You may want to sign up for the ship's luau which is hosted ashore (fee - book through ship's shore excursion desk).
 Dinner: Aboard ship or on your own in port
 Evening: Free evening to continue your exploration of Kauai, relax, or participate in shipboard activities. Ship overnights in Kauai.
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Waimea Canyon/At Sea - Kauai's Na Pali Coast
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Waimea Canyon - the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii - and Kokee State Park. Today we'll study Kauai's natural history, including stops to view Waimea Canyon's incredible erosional valleys from several vantage points. At Kokee State Park, high in the rain forest, we'll continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. We'll also visit tiny Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Ship departs for Honlulu Harbor via the spectacular Na Pali ("the cliffs") coast of Kauai. Free afternoon to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner aboard ship
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark in Honolulu and Aloha (Farewell)
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Freestyle Dining Aboard ship
 Morning: Disembark ship. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. The ship's shore excursion desk does offer optional activities for this day for those of you who may have late flights and be interested in one of their activities (fee - book through shore excursions desk aboard ship)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii Imiloa Astronomy Center
The relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a colorful variety of displays and interactive exhibits. There are daily Planetarium shows, an extensive Exhibit Hall to discover, landscape tours. Lunch is available at the on-site restaurant. Hours of Operation are: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day Admission Rates: Adults (13 and up) $17.50 Located at: Nowelo St, Hilo, HI 96720 Reservation Info Phone:(808) 969-9700 Fax:(808) 969-9748 For additional information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org
  Liliuokalani Park Gardens
The 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, 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 www.mnbg.org
  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 www.ulalena.com
  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii Hulihee Palace
Built 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: Sunday-Saturday 9am-4pm Adults: $6.00 Seniors: $4.00 For additional information, visit www.huliheepalace.org
  Kahua Ranch
Kahua 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 Tour
Almost 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
  Lihue, Kauai Kauai Museum
The 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 Plantation
This 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/
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head
Diamond 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 Honolulu
Located 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 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 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 Zoo
The 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 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 Aquarium
The 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 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.
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Suggested Reading List


Hawaiian Mythology


Author: Beckwith, Martha


Description: General



Shoal of Time


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General



The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General



Plants in Hawaiian Culture


Author: Krauss, Beatrice H.


Description: General



Feathered Gods and Fishhooks


Author: Kirch, Patrick V.


Description: General



Volcanoes in the Sea: The Geology of hawaii


Author: Macdonald, G.A., A. T. Abbott, and F.L. Peterson


Description: General



Hawai`i A Unique Geography


Author: Morgan, Joseph R.


Description: General



The Echo of Our Song Chants and Poems of the Hawaiians


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


Description: General



Beyond Paradise


Author: Adler, Peter S.


Description: General Environment



Hawaii - A Natural History


Author: Carlquist, Sherwin


Description: General Environment



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


Author: Culliney, John L.


Description: General Environment



Hawaii: The Islands of Life


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General Environment



The Whales of Hawaii


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


Description: Hawai`i's Marine Environment



Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology


Author: Gulko, David


Description: Hawai`i's Marine Environment



Hawai`i's Fishes


Author: Hoover, John P.


Description: Hawai`i's Marine Environment





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