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Best of Kauai's Natural and Cultural Wonders

Program Number: 10959RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/25/2014 - 3/3/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/31/2015; 2/21/2015 - 2/27/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,727.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

A natural jewel among the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai’s pristine coastline begs to be explored and its history unearthed. Discover why Kauai is a place distinct from other islands of Hawaii as you venture to its nature preserves, study its prehistoric sites, and meet members of its diverse community as they share their cultural and ethnic traditions. Visit the village of Hanalei — with its rural valley landscape featuring taro farms, protected waterbird habitats, and historical architecture — and see for yourself why it is truly one of Kauai’s special places.




Highlights

• Explore Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest population of seabirds on the Hawaiian Islands.
• Immerse yourself in local history during field trips to Grove Farm Homestead Museum, Kauai Museum and the Kokee Natural History Museum.
• Trace the history of Kauai during an interactive afternoon at the West Side Technology Center.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; elevations of 3,000 feet.



Coordinated by University of Hawaii at Hilo.




Kauai

Kauai, or Kaua'i, is the oldest and northernmost of the major islands in the Hawaiian Island chain comprising gentle, rolling countrysides, jagged mountains, magnificent canyons and desert-like sand dunes, as well as 143 miles of coastline.



Accommodations
Elegant, oceanfront hotel centrally located on Kauai's Coconut Coast.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
  Kapaa, Hawaii 6 nights
 Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled right on Coconut Beach, Courtyard by Marriott Kauai Resort is one of the top Kapaa resorts, constantly reminding Kauai hotel guests why they chose the Garden Isle for their Hawaii getaway. Kauai Hawaii Marriott offers service levels that exceed Courtyard expectations, as well as stunning ocean views and a premier location to many island attractions, shopping, and restaurants.
  Contact info: 650 Aleka Loop
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-822-3455
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lihku-courtyard-kauai-at-coconut-beach/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bottled water (for a fee), Coffee maker/tea service, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Bathroom Amenities, Hair dryer, phone and cable tv.
  Facility amenities: Coffee/tea in-room, complimentary local calls (time limit), concierge desk, safe deposit boxes (front desk), swimming pool and jacuzzi, spa (appointment required) and exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $159.00 ++ You may book and pre/post nights at the Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach directly with the hotel. For room reservations please call (808) 822-6624 and ask for Desiree Fagarang or email todfagarang@courtyardkauai.com
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $159.00 ++ You may book and pre/post nights at the Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach directly with the hotel. For room reservations please call (808) 822-6624 and ask for Desiree Fagarang or email todfagarang@courtyardkauai.com
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm Check-in time at hotel. You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm check-out time at hotel. You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Risk and Release Waiver / Photo Release Waiver
  Parking availability:
Free Parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kapaa, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kapaa
  Nearest highway: Kaumuali`i Highway
  Nearest airport:  Lihue
  From End of Program
  Location: Kapaa, Hawaii
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Kauai Taxi Company
phone: 808-246-9554

 
Driving Directions
  Continental US Air travel only to Hawai`i
Elevation Note: There is one field trip that is a little over 3000 feet but most of the week will be at sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes is required for full participation in field trips.
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: Arrival to Hotel
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrival to Kaua`i. 5:30 pm Check in with Road Scholar staff and pick up info packet at the front lobby area.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm dinner at hotel with a brief orientation to follow.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kaua`i Museum and Grove Farm Homestead
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a visit to the historic Grove Farm Homestead Museum located on an 80-acre sugar plantation that belonged to George N. Wilcox and his nieces who built their home here in 1864. The Grove Farm was one of the earliest sugar plantation homes and it was turned into a museum in 1978 and depicts the rise to fame of the prominent family. The main house is in pristine condition with walls and a staircase made of native Koa wood. Also on the grounds is a wash house, tea house, and guest cottage.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: The Kaua’i Museum is the best place to get acquainted with the island’s history. It is very unique because it houses a treasure of the island's heritage, everything from feathered leis to vintage photographs. A permanent display is called The Story of Lana'i and is filled with Hawaiian artifacts and history of the past. Many local people refer to this special Museum as a cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians because it nurtures the creative spirit of today’s artists. Your museum journey will enhance your discovery of how the islands have changed since Captain Cook’s arrival at Waimea in 1778. You’ll also be able to view a 30 minute aerial film tour of Kaua’i and see the diversity of the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain The museum’s gift shop contains some of the best historic Hawaiian titles and handicrafts.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Introduction to Kaua’i Tonight, you’ll be introduced to the history, culture and the environment of Kauai. Once known as the land where sugar was king, the island is also affectionately called the “Garden Island”, because this Island, more than any other Hawaiian island, represents the stereotypical “Garden of Eden” with its lush carpets of green and tropical island beauty. Kaua’i has abundant valleys high cascading waterfalls, upland rain forests dense with tropical vegetation and high trees alive with rare birdlife. There are arid desert canyons populated with adapted plant life, mountain ridge trails, rivers and remote interior valleys and tranquil beaches. The coral reefs are filled with tropical fish and other diverse forms of marine life. Kauai’s tranquil island beauty will enrapture your imagination and meet all of your expectations with its intimate beauty and warm community.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: North Shore: Hanalei, Hale Halawai Ohana, Waioli Mission House Tour, Opaeka`a Falls & Poli`ahu Heiau.
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin your day travelling up toward the North Shore of the island and stopping at the Hanalei Valley Overlook. You will be able to see large taro fields divided by the Hanalei River. Over 70 percent of all the taro grown in Hawaii comes from this valley and it is said that taro was grown here as much as 1000 years ago. Much of the valley is now part of the 900-acre Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge in which a number of farmers lease land for taro production. Then proceed to Hale Halawai Ohana where you will be able to learn first hand about the Hawaiian Culture and "talk story" with local Kupuna (elders).
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: The Waioli Mission District at Hanalei Bay, at the north shore of the island, is the site of a historic mission. The first permanent missionaries to the area arrived in 1834, and the district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Opaeka`a Falls is a 151–foot waterfall that flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Below the ridge down into the ravine through which the water falls can be seen the vertical dikes of basalt that cut through the horizontal Koloa lava flows. Poli'ahu Heiau an ancient heiau or place of worship. While Poli'ahu isn't the largest heiau on the island, it is a very impressive structure and a mystical place to visit.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Dinner at Hanamaulu Restaurant Tea House
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Waimea Canyon Lookout and West Side Technology Center
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: If you are interested in history, high-tech, or engineering, you’ll be intrigued by Kauai’s innovative, high-tech, state-of-the-art Technology Center, with “touch-sensitive” screen. The Center offers a unique opportunity to explore Kauai`i’s engineering history. Using the theme, “Enduring Engineering,” you’ll be able to follow cultural and historic photographs showing the development of engineering on Kaua`i from ancient days to modern times and from the Polynesian voyagers to NASA’s most sophisticated technology. The historic photos even depict the “grass shacks” which dominated the landscape of Kaua`i and there is even a photo of the first movie ever filmed in Kaua`i, “White Heat”, by director Louis Weber. The museum blends history with the near by Pacific Missile Range Facility. The center is representative of the eclectic mix that gives definition to the tiny communities that co-mingle with the military base situated on this end of the island. With the Pacific Missile Range Facility and a growing number of high-tech companies, it is taking its place as the high technology hub of the island.
 Lunch: Lunch & Swimming at Poipu Beach Park
 Afternoon: Take in the views of Waimea Canyon which is the largest canyon in the Pacific. With breathtaking views, from the west side of Kaua’i, the vistas offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Hawai`i. The canyon is approximately ten miles (16km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900m) deep and it was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit.The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though Waimea Canyon is smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, we think you’ll agree that Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty in Arizona. Make sure you bring some light rain gear because some of the lookouts are among the wettest places on earth. Bring your cameras, too, because this will truly be one of your favorite photo opportunities.
 Dinner: Dinner at Smith's Lu`au.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Shore Tour
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Your Naturalist today will be noted geoscientist, Chuck Blay who earned his Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University. Chuck’s first encounter with Kauai was in the late 70’s and in 1986 he walked and investigated the 111 miles of the island’s perimeter. Chuck co-authored the book Kauai’s Geologic History: A Simplified Guide, which provides a comprehensive summary of the geologic origins of the Hawaiian Island and the island of Kauai. Among other studies he presently investigating the Lithified Sand Dunes of Kauai’s Mahaulepu Coastal Area and the Character of Coral/Algal Fringing Reefs of Kauai. Chuck is one of Kauai’s most noted naturalists and field interpreters. Your day with Chuck will be awe-inspiring and his enthusiasm for the ‘aina (land), culture and history of Kaua’i, will be infectious. Maha`ulepu Beach: This is the site where King Kamehameha I, tried to capture the Island of Kaua’i, but failed in his attempt in 1796 due to a violent storm that forced his retreat. Moir Gardens Koloa Landing: Although, Koloa Landing is now a very popular dive spot, this historic site was – until this century- Kauai’s main port. Whaling ships used to winter here, and all goods brought to Kaua’i came through either Koloa Landing or Waimea.
 Lunch: Lunch and swimming at Poipu Beach Park.
 Afternoon: Prince Kuhio Monument: At this famed location, you’ll be able to see the monument to Prince Kuhio, the last royally designated heir to the Hawaiian throne. He went on to become a delegate to Congress until the early 1920’s. Kukuiula Harbor Spouting Horn: This natural wonder occurs when water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface. You’ll be able to see that every wave produces another spray. Spouting Horn frequently spurts salt water 50 ft. into the air. The phenomenon is especially exciting at sunset when the spray becomes incandescent with the colors of the rainbow.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Hawaiian Cultural Experience
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Allerton Garden
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Allerton Garden lies between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden in the Lawa`i Valley, on the south shore. It is a garden paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect. You will see towering rainforest trees with tall curving roots, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a cut-flower garden, and tropical fruit trees. Here the focus is on landscape design, but among the plantings are botanically important species of the tropics, including varieties of palms, ki (ti), heliconias, and gingers.
 Lunch: Gourmet lunch at the garden
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Evening activity: Pronunciation of Hawaiian Words
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Independent departure from Kaua`i hotel
   
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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