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On the Road: Best of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu

Program Number: 1410RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/27/2014 - 2/16/2014; 1/26/2015 - 2/15/2015; 2/23/2015 - 3/15/2015;
Duration: 20 nights
Location: Hilo (Hawaii), Hawaii
Price starting at: $5,575.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 53; 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners    

Explore the unique beauty of four Hawaiian Islands: the Big Island of Hawaii, the Valley Isle of Maui, the Garden Isle of Kauai and Oahu, the Gathering Place. Hear the stories of Hawaii as told in song and dance and savor the “mana” or spiritual essence of the land. Experience aspects of the islands’ culture and environment not seen by the casual visitor, as you learn from local experts about ecology, language and history. Experience the spectacular beauty and vibrant history of Hawaii’s four main islands.




Highlights

• Visit Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, and Haleakala, the great dormant volcano with a summit 10,000 feet.
• Experience Waimea, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
• Honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 at the USS Arizona Memorial.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile on uneven terrain.






Itinerary Summary

Hilo, Big Island, 4 nights; coach to Kailua-Kona, 4 nights; fly to Kahului, Maui, 4 nights; fly to Lihue, Kauai, 4 nights; fly to Honolulu, Oahu, 4 nights.



Coordinated by Lyman Museum and Mission House.




Hilo (Hawaii)

This is one of few surviving examples of a Hawaiian plantation town. The impact of Polynesians, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, other Pacific Islanders, and Europeans blend in the faces of the people who give Hilo its charm. With diverse shopping opportunities and its friendliness, Hilo is the perfect town to linger just a little longer.



Kailua-Kona

The historic seaside village of Kailua-Kona is the heart of The Big Island of Hawaii’s Kona coast. On the Kailua-Kona oceanfront you can find Hulihee Palace, a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, and a reconstructed temple rebuilt by King Kamehameha himself. The Kona district is famed for its coffee, which is grown on volcanic slopes.



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.



Kapaa, Kauai

Kapaa is a town on the east side of the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. It is located in the ancient district of Puna and is watched over by the famous “Sleeping Giant” — Nounou Mountain. Historically Kapaa was a center of island agriculture, with sugar cane and pineapples the main crops. Today traditional Hawaiian crafts and jewelry are on offer here.



Accommodations
Oceanfront hotels, some with beach access; conveniently located.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  Hilo, Hawaii 4 nights
   Royal Kona Resort
  Kona, Hawaii 4 nights
   Maui Beach Hotel
  Maui 4 nights
   Aloha Beach Resort
  Kaua'i 4 nights
   Ala Moana Hotel
  Honolulu 4 nights
 Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 71 Banyan Drive
Hilo,, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-935-9361
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $150.00 plus tax There are a limited number of rooms available at special pre- and post-program rates.

 Royal Kona Resort
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This three wing hotel consist of the Beach building, the Village building and the Main Building. This hotel is located on the ocean front. The Main Building is where the lobby and registration is located and most of the participants are housed. All Meals will be at the Tropic Cafe Restaurant except on field trips.
  Contact info: 75-5852 Ali`i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-245-1955
web: www.RoyalKona.com
  Room amenities: Rooms have 2 double or king size beds, air condition, sink and mirror outside of bathroom, refrigerator, color television, in house pay movies, direct dial telephones coffee packet in your room $3.50 for the first packet and $2.00 per additional packet.
  Facility amenities: Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, giftshop, computer room, and beach lagoon.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Maui Beach Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel located near the port of Kahului Bay, you can see the cruise ships at dock. Shopping Center and doctors and dentist office close by. Bird Sanctuary 1 mile from hotel. View of Iao Valley and Haleakala.
  Contact info: 170 Ka`ahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
web: www.elleairmaui.com
  Facility amenities: Each room has two double beds or 1 queen bed. Air condition, refrigerator, color tv, blow dryer. Elevator, swimming pool, dinning room, giftshop and bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aloha Beach Resort
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Aloha Beach Resort faces an oceanfront park that includes the only protected swimming beaches on this side of the island. The hotel is located next to two ancient heiau (temple sites) and the Wailua River.
  Contact info: 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapa'a, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-823-6000
web: www.abrkauai.com
  Facility amenities: Two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, tennis court, ten acres of landscaped grounds with numerous gardens and pools.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ala Moana Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: High-rise located near the largest shopping center in Hawaii (Ala Moana Shopping Center), walking distance to long, wide beach (Ala Moana Beach Park) with sheltered swimming areas; central terminal for the island's award-winning bus system (called TheBus), within walking distance of the convention center. At the gateway to Waikiki, but avoiding the congestion and noise. Newly furnished rooms in high-rise tower with views of mountain, garden, beach, ocean, and shopping center. Convenient to shops and restaurants. Located in the heart of Honolulu Next to Hawaii Convention Center Across the street from Ala Moana Beach Park Just a short mile to Waikiki Adjacent to Ala Moana Shopping Center A short mile to Victoria Ward Center shops and cinemas Only seven miles from Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  Contact info: 410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, HI 96814 USA
phone: 808-955-4811
web: www.alamoanahotelhonolulu.com
  Room amenities: Newly restyled guestrooms and suites Flat-screen TV's Most rooms equipped with balcony Complimentary high-speed Internet access in guest rooms Air conditioning Alarm clock/radio with CD player Bathtub with shower Blackout drapes Custom-designed furniture Card key access to guestroom Daily maid service Direct dial telephone with dataport and voice mail Hair dryer In-room safe Iron and board Microwave oven
  Facility amenities: Central Honolulu location, convenient to financial district and Waikiki resort area Over 1,000 rooms and suites, beautifully redesigned Nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space, ideal for any occasion Three restaurants, plus nightclub Business center, offering cabled high-speed Internet access and computers A TripAdvisor "Recommended by Business Travelers" property Concierge, for your convenience Fitness center, complete with sauna and steam room Sparkling swimming pool, with spacious sundeck Reception desk, offering assistance 24 hours Gift store, selling apparel and various sundries Wireless Internet access, available throughout the hotel for a fee Activities desk Parking $20 per day
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: $169 plus 14% tax Pre and post-program accommodations are available, up to 3 nights, based on availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in 3:00 pm; group welcome 4:00 pm You will be staying at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at 7:00 am, program officially ends after breakfast at 8:00 am. Hotel check-out at 12 noon. You will be staying at Ala Moana Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo identification for boarding inter-island flights
  Parking availability:
All hotels; some of the hotels have a parking fee of $20.00 per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hilo, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Hilo
  Nearest highway: 19 & 11
  Nearest airport:  Hilo International Airport, General Lyman Field
  From End of Program
  Location:  Honolulu
  Nearest city or town:  Waikiki
  Nearest highway: H-1
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport
Travel Details
 

Hilo, Hawaii

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $12-$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Less than 5 miles from Hilo Airport to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

   

Walk out to curb fronting baggage claim to request taxi service

 

Honolulu

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles from hotel to airport

 
Driving Directions
  NA NA
Elevation Note: Field trips to Volcano (Hawaii) & Kokee (Kauai) at 4,000 ft and Haleakala (Maui) at 10,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Warm clothing, binoculars, walking shoes, snorkeling equipment (rental of snorkeling equipment is available), flashlight in case of power outage.
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: Welcome Orientation & Registration
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Arrive To: Hilo Airport (Hawaii Island, east side); independent taxi to hotel, check-in 3:00 pm
 Afternoon: Welcome and Registration 4:00 pm; Walk along Historic Banyan Drive 4:30 pm; Happy Hour 5:00 pm
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Orientation and Introductions 7:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lyman Museum/Rainbow Falls
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Hawaiian History Class; Lyman Museum & Mission House where we "tell the story of Hawaii, its Islands, and its People" - guided tour of Earth Heritage, Island Heritage, Cultural Galleries, and Mission House
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at nearby park
 Afternoon: Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots - witness the shaping of land by water
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Ancient Places of Hawaii
   
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: North Hawaii Field Trip
(Wednesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: North Hawaii Field Trip (15-passenger vans) - Hilo Farmers Market, Akaka Falls, Honoka'a
 Lunch: Lunch en route
 Afternoon: Waipi'o Valley Overlook, Pu'ukohola Heiau (temple) National Historic Park, etc.
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Plants of Hawaii
(Thursday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Hawaiian Language Introduction; Plants of Hawaii and Their Uses
 Lunch: Lunch at Japanese Restaurant
 Afternoon: Visit Hawaiian Plant Garden (15-passenger Vans)
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Traditional Hula and Their Stories
   
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona
(Friday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Hotel check-out; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Crater Rim Drive, Jaggar Museum, Lava Tube, etc. (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch at "southernmost town in the USA"
 Afternoon: Travel to Kona; hotel check-in
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room with ocean and sunset views 6:00 pm
 Evening: Hawaiian Musical Instruments and Songs
   
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Snorkeling/History Walk
(Saturday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Snorkel Class (van shuttles); views of colorful reef fish, coral, and turtles
 Lunch: Picnic at the beach
 Afternoon: Return to hotel; Historical Walk of Kailua-Kona (half mile)
 Dinner: Dinner at Thai Restaurant
   
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Free Day
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Morning: Relax and enjoy free day: all meals on own this day; local church services, farmers market, boat cruises, submarine rides, glass-bottom boat rides, shops and restaurants all within walking distance of hotel
   
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort

Day 8: Kona Historical Museum and Coffee Farm/Pu'uhonua o Honaunau NHP
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Kona Historical Museum & Living History Coffe Farm (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room with ocean and sunset views 6:00 pm
 Evening: Ranching in Hawaii
   
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Travel to Maui/'Iao Valley
(Tuesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to Maui
 Lunch: Box lunch en route
 Afternoon: Arrive Maui, 'Iao Valley and Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens (motorcoach); hotel check-in
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lahaina
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Lahainaluna School Hale Pa'i Printing Press Museum (1st printing press in Hawaii), Whaling Museum in Ka'anapali (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch at Lahaina Restaurant
 Afternoon: Historical Walk of Lahaina Village; local bus back to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Maui Ecology or Volcanology
   
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Sugar Museum
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: A&B Sugar Museum (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Hawaiian Cultural Performance
   
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Haleakala National Park
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Haleakala National Park (motorcoach) - ascend from sea level to 10,000' elevation; crater views, short walks on trails
 Lunch: Lunch in upcountry Makawao (cowboy) town
 Afternoon: Pa'ia and Ho'okipa Beach windsurfers
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Travel to Kaua'i/Spouting Horn and Botanical Garden
(Saturday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to Kaua'i (layover in Honolulu)
 Lunch: Box lunch en route
 Afternoon: Arrive Kaua'i, Spouting Horn and Botanical Garden Visitor Center, self-guided stroll though adjacent gardens; hotel check-in (school bus)
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: History of Lydgate State Park
   
Accommodations: Aloha Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Free Day
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Morning: Relax and enjoy free day: all meals on own this day; swimming and snorkeling at adjacent Lydgate State Park; helicopter rides, church services in nearby Kapa'a Town
   
Accommodations: Aloha Beach Resort

Day 15: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Parks
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Waimea Canyon State Park ("Grand Canyon of the Pacific") - Hanapepe, Waimea Town, etc. (school bus)
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Koke'e State Park
 Afternoon: Koke'e Natural History Museum - native plant walk or view Hurricane Iniki videos
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Aloha Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kilauea and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuges
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Kilauea Point Lighthouse National Wildlife Refuge - best seabird viewing in Hawaii (school bus)
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hanalei Beach (3-mile-long white sand beach)
 Afternoon: Swim at beach, return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm
 Evening: Hawaiian Craft Class
   
Accommodations: Aloha Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Travel to O'ahu/Pearl Harbor
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am
 Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to O'ahu
 Lunch: Lunch at Pearl Harbor
 Afternoon: USS Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl Cemetery of the Pacific; hotel check-in (motorcoach)
 Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Ala Moana Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Bishop Museum/Waikiki Aquarium
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Bishop Museum - Hawaii's natural and cultural history museum (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Waikiki Aquarium - Hawaii's oldest tropical marine science institute, featuring unique displays of Hawaiian coral
 Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm
 Evening: Modern Hawaiian History
   
Accommodations: Ala Moana Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Downtown Honolulu
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Pali Lookout, State Capitol, 'Iolani Palace Grounds (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch on Palace Grounds with Royal Hawaiian Band concert
 Afternoon: 'Iolani Palace guided tour, King Kamehameha Statue
 Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Ala Moana Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Windward and North Shore O'ahu
(Saturday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Blow Hole & Eternity Beach Lookout (motorcoach)
 Lunch: Lunch in Haleiwa
 Afternoon: North Shore (world famous surfing beaches), Haleiwa, pineapple fields, return to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm
 Evening: Aloha Program - Hawaiian Cultural Peformance and Lei-making
   
Accommodations: Ala Moana Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Aloha! End of Program and Departures
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:00 am
 Morning: Program officially ends after breakfast 8:00 am; hotel check-out time is 12 noon; independent departures to Honolulu Airport - shuttles leave every hour, arrange with hotel bell desk
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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