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Hawaiian Water Adventure: An Intergenerational Marine Exploration

Program Number: 4827RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2014 - 6/24/2014; 6/13/2016 - 6/21/2016; 7/11/2016 - 7/19/2016; 8/1/2016 - 8/9/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
Price starting at: $2,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports; National Parks; History & Culture
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 21; 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 14 years of age.

Find out about life beneath the waves as you explore Hawaii’s undersea world through field trips, snorkeling and a submarine adventure. Meet tropical fish and sea turtles, explore coral reefs, discover Polynesian culture and visit an aquarium on this aquatic island journey.


• Explore the world beneath the warm Hawaiian waters in a real submarine and swim with green sea turtles on a snorkeling adventure.
• Learn to surf with your grandchild and ride the waves in an outrigger canoe.
• Join a local family in a private home for a traditional backyard luau.

Activity Particulars

Walking two miles over uneven ground, stairs. Climbing in and out of water on beaches, flat rock surfaces.

Program intended for grandchildren ages 10-14. Personal snorkeling equipment encouraged, rental equipment available.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Honolulu, 5 nights; fly to Kona, 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.

Oahu: Hotel steps from Waikiki Beach. Big Island: Oceanfront hotel with nearby sacred sites and sea life to explore.
Meals and Lodgings
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 5 nights
   Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
  Kona, Big Island of 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 Kapiolani 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 available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See rates in comments section 2014 Double/Single Rates: $130.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $120.00 + tax for April-June, September -November
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: See addtl nights comments If you wish to stay extra nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, please call Central Reservations at (866) 837-4256 and identify yourself as a member of our PII Road Scholar program. You will be given the best available rate at the time of booking.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 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. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast in Kona; check-out by 11:00 AM; independent departures. You will be staying at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Snorkeling Equipment/General Health Questionnaire, Risk Release Form, notarized Pacific Islands Institute Road Scholar Parental Consent Form & Release, Intergenerational Guidelines Agreement and must be signed and returned to Pacific Islands Institute. Valid I.D. for adults is required for inter-island flights.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at Waikiki Resort Hotel is $22 per day /At the Sheraton Kona Resort, Self parking is $10 and valet parking is $16 . Prices subject to change.
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:  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kailua-Kona
  Nearest highway: Highway 19
  Nearest airport:  Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA)
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 return segment
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.




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


Sheraton Kona Resort


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle
phone: 866-570-2536
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20-40 minutes depending upon traffic 




15 miles


This shuttle provides a convenient mode of transportation between the Kona International Airport (KOA) and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Reservations are powered by Roberts Hawaii. Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle guarantees no more than 5 stops to your hotel destination. Cost: $33 per person one way or $62 round trip. Includes 2 standard pieces of luggage and one carry on. Oversized luggage fees may apply. You can also make reservations online at


Sheraton Kona Resort


To Airport




Various Taxi Companies


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $55.00 and up*; additional fees may apply for extra passengers, luggage
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 - 40 minutes depending upon traffic 




15 miles


Taxi companies in Kona: Mel's Taxi (808) 987-7254 Aloha Taxi (808) 325-5448 Aloha Taxi (808) 325-5448

Driving Directions
  From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Waikiki Resort Hotel: 1.Follow signs to H1 East. 2.Go North on Rodgers Blvd. toward N. Nimitz Hwy. 3. Turn RIGHT onto N Nimitz Hwy/Kamehameha Hwy/HI-92 E 4. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Dillingham Blvd. 5. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Honolulu 6. Merge onto Interstate H1 E 7. Take the Punahou St. exit - exit 23 8. Turn RIGHT onto Punahou St. 9. Turn RIGHT onto S Beretania St. 10. Turn LEFT onto Kalakaua Ave. 11. Turn left at Liliuokalani Ave 230 ft Total Est. Time: 20 minutes Total Est. Distance: 10 miles
  From Sheraton Kona Resort to Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA) From the Sheraton Kona Resort, turn left on Ehukai Street and head toward Kamehaha III Road. Turn right on Kaleiopapa Street. Continue to Alii Drive and turn left. Continue to Palani Road; Turn left on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. Remain on "Queen K" for approximately 7 miles. Turn right on Keahole Airport Drive.
  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. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii's Big Island, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If your program begins or concludes 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 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 KOA – Kona, Hawaii's Big Island ITO – Hilo, Hawaii's Big Island LIH – Lihue, Kauai MKK – Molokai Inter-island Airline Information: Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
Equipment Requirements: Snorkeling Equipment - Mask, snorkel, fins are provided as part of Road Scholar tuition. However, for best fit and greatest comfort, you are welcome to bring your own snorkeling equipment. Please indicate on your snorkeling equipment form.
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: Program Registration/Welcome & Introductions
(Monday, June 16)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to hotel. Program Registration and hotel check-in.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Ilima Café, lobby level
 Evening: Welcome & Introductions
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Surfing & Outrigger Canoe Wave Riding/Waikiki Aquarium
(Tuesday, June 17)

Note: Approximate 15 - 20 minute walk along Waikiki Beach to Aquarium on flat, sidewalks. 10 minute walk to beach for surfing.

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Enjoy instruction from Waikiki's famous "beachboys" in popular local beach activities including surfing, outrigger canoe wave-riding, and optional boogie boarding. No experience necessary or expected - great fun for grandparent and grandchild alike!
 Lunch: Return to the hotel for lunch.
 Afternoon: First we'll have a presentation on Hawai`i’s Coral Reefs at the hotel before walking along beautiful Waikiki Beach to the Waikiki Aquarium. As “Hawaii’s Window on the Sea,” the Aquarium features exhibits on Hawaiian and South Pacific Marine Communities, Fisheries & Conservation, Sharks, Diversity & Adaptation, Corals, and Monk Seals!
 Dinner: Cheeseburger in Paradise. A great place for a burger right on Kalakaua Avenue!
 Evening: Free evening to explore more of Waikiki.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Submarine Adventure/Bishop Museum/Lava Making Demonstration
(Wednesday, June 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Ride an open-air trolley through Waikiki to our underwater adventure. Explore the underwater ocean world off Waikiki in a passenger submarine that will dive up to 100 feet where the marine environment, including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, reefs, sunken ships, and other underwater artifacts will be seen (as the animals are in their natural habitat, what you will see varies from trip to trip). Continue on 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. After a docent-led visit of the museum, there will be time for lunch.
 Lunch: At the Bishop Museum.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Bishop Museum. Head back to the hotel's swimming pool for snorkeling instruction and practice.
 Dinner: Ilima Café- lobby level
 Evening: Optional Local Evening Activity: Enjoy a unique local “tradition”, the Honolulu Zoo’s Summer Concert Series featuring a Hawaiian band.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: USS Arizona Memorial/ Free Afternoon
(Thursday, June 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Suggestions for optional activities include: Diamond Head Hike- Hike up famous Diamond Head (Leahi) culminating with a fabulous view of the entire southwest portion of the island. (Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and bring water bottle, hat, rain gear, camera, etc.) - (Hike - 1.5 miles, elevation gain - 560 ft.) Please note: the park entrance closes at 4:30 pm. Hanauma Bay - Hanauma Bay is a coastal and marine preserve. After a lecture and video presentation by the educational staff, snorkel on the living reef with its abundant marine life.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own for a chance to explore and choose from the variety of eateries.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park (please note that for security reasons no purses or bags of any sort, including camera bags, may be taken to the Arizona Memorial). View 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.
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Makitti Restaurant
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Snorkeling/Polynesian Cultural Center/Alii Luau Dinner/Polynesian Cultural Show
(Friday, June 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Depart on bus for the North Shore via the East side of the island. Enroute, we will pass Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, and breathtaking views. Snorkel at Kaiona Beach, which is located at the south end of Waimanalo Bay on O`ahu’s windward (eastern) coast. Showers and bathroom with changing room are available
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the beach
 Afternoon: Located in the town of Laie, the Polynesian Cultural Center showcases the cultures of Polynesia, including Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and Hawaii. You will have free time to walk around (or take the canoes) and explore the different Polynesian villages.
 Dinner: Experience a taste of local cuisine at this buffet dinner at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
 Evening: Attend the Polynesian Cultural Center's spectacular evening show - “Ha: the Breath of Life” for a look at dance and music of Polynesia.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Surfing & Catamaran Ride/Fly to Kona, Big Island
(Saturday, June 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Part II of your surfing instruction from the Waikiki beachboys. Enjoy a catamaran ride offshore and get a coastal view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
 Lunch: Ilima Cafe after check-out.
 Afternoon: We'll have a short orientation to Kona at the hotel after lunch before we depart. Depart the hotel for Honolulu International Airport. Take a short flight to Kona and arrive at hotel for check in.
 Dinner: AinaKai Restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening to relax
Accommodations: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Snorkeling & Tidepool Exploration
(Sunday, June 22)
 Breakfast: AinaKai Restaurant
 Morning: Start your day with a class that introduces you to the marine environment of Kona and the Big Island of Hawaii. Next, embark on a guided exploration of tidepools and snorkeling at Kahaluu Bay, one of the best snorkeling and swimming spots near Kailua-Kona. Sea turtles frequently swim here and often are up close with snorkelers. Please do not touch the turtles as they are protected and you may be fined.
 Lunch: Lunch on own
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a free afternoon to relax or explore the Kona area. There are historic sites of interest, shops, restaurants and more. A farmer's market is open most days of the week.
 Dinner: AinaKai Restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening to relax or explore the area.
Accommodations: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Kohala Coast Snorkel & Sail/Fishpond Exploration/Private Backyard Luau/Cultural Event
(Monday, June 23)
 Breakfast: AinaKai Restaurant
 Morning: Depart on a catamaran for a remote bay along the Kohala coast. Learn about the marine life while snorkeling - weather permitting.
 Lunch: Deli-sandwich lunch aboard the catamaran.
 Afternoon: Return to shore, take some time to shower and clean up. Depart north to Hawi for a unique cultural experience.
 Dinner: This afternoon the group will experience a backyard luau with a local family. Learn about preparation and cooking in an imu for a luau.
 Evening: This traditional cultural event includes local stories, imu (underground oven) preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities. Please understand that these types of experiences are a rare treat and may not be possible at the time the group visits.
Accommodations: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Independent Departures
(Tuesday, June 24)
 Breakfast: AinaKai Restaurant
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast at the hotel. Hotel check out by 11 am. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys and Aloha!!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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

Hawaii: The Aloha State

Author: Marcia Amidon Lusted

Description: Ages 7+

Discover Hawaii's Sandy Beaches and Tidepools

Author: Katherine Orr

Hawaii Facts and Symbols

Author: Emily McAuliffe

Hawaii's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii'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.

Hawaii: The Islands of Life

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: This full-color, 156 page award-winning book tells the fascinating story of the Hawaiian Islands and their wildlife.

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.

Hawaiian Plants and Animals Coloring Book

Author: YS Green

Description: Rich cross-section of the islands' characteristic flora and fauna accurately depicted in 44 excellent illustrations. Ready-to-color images of the mango, breadfruit, wild ginger, prickly poppy, tree fern, and other plants, plus such exotic forms of animal and plant life as the slipper lobster, cone-headed grasshopper, damselfly, and house gecko. Includes brief descriptive captions. Ages 8+

Islands in a Far Sea: Nature and Man in Hawaii

Author: Culliney, John L.

Description: Beginning some 1,500 years ago, Hawaii 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, Hawaii has been a venue of accelerating extinction and today leads the United States in the rate of permanent loss of native plants and animals.

Kid Stuff About the Ocean Creatures of Hawaii

Author: Wren

Description: Mazes, puzzles, games, and activities that teach children about Hawaii's diverse marine life. Ages 8+

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 turtles 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.

The Book of Honu: Enjoying and Learning about Hawai'i's Sea Turtles

Author: Peter Bennett, Ursula Keuper-Bennett

Description: Accessibly written and extensively illustrated, The Book of Honu will alert turtle enthusiasts on what to expect when they come across these gentle creatures and how to observe them respectfully.

The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii

Author: Gavan Daws, O.A. Bushnell, Andrew Berger

Description: This perennial favorite offers a wonderful introduction to the Hawaiian Islands. With its active volcanos, pristine beaches, dramatic sunsets, and leisurely lifestyle, Hawaii has something for everyone. This large-format tribute deepens readers' understanding of this unique state. The authors profile historical events from Hawaii s discovery to its statehood. They present a fascinating range of facts about the ecology of the islands, including its rare plants and animals, and a sampling of local expressions. The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii is equally useful as a reliable reference, a keepsake for visitors, and a lively read for anyone interested in learning more about this island paradise. Offering a wonderful introduction to the Hawaiian Islands, its colorful illustrations graciously complement the enlightening text. Written by experts on Hawaii s history and heritage, this unique atlas contains an abundance of fascinating information on some of the world s most beautiful islands.

The Incredible Coral Reef: Another Active-Learning Book for Kids

Author: Toni Albert

Description: The Incredible Coral Reef, winner of a Teachers' Choice Award and a Parents' Choice Approval, invites kids to explore the dazzling coral reefs and to learn how we can help protect them. The book has loads of activities! Kids can make a wave bottle or a fish print, learn how to adopt a sea turtle, or explore a tide pool with a viewing box. The author's "Reef Report" is a delightful journal of her underwater adventures, which include swimming with stingrays, exploring a sunken wreck, and holding a baby sea turtle. Her stories inspire youngsters to respect and protect the living reefs, and she gives practical advice on how to do it. The Incredible Coral Reef is meticulously researched, contains up-to-date information, beautiful photos and artwork, and helpful references, including a glossary, a bibliography of books for kids about the rainforest, and lists of environmental organizations and rainforest exhibits. Great teacher resource! Reproducible pages. Grades 3-8.

The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes: Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales & Seals

Author: Hoover, John P.

Description: The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals features more pictures, more stories, and more species than any other softcover field guide. Clear underwater photos and scientifically up-to-date descriptions make it easy and fun to identify 386 Hawaiian reef and shore fishes. The ten whale, dolphin, and turtle species seen most often in Hawai`i are included too. Indispensible for snorkelers, divers, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in the sea, this is the ultimate identification book for Hawaiian marine vertebrate animals.

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