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The Best of Hawaii and Kauai

Program Number: 1413RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/11/2014 - 3/21/2014; 1/11/2016 - 1/21/2016; 2/1/2016 - 2/11/2016; 2/8/2016 - 2/18/2016; 2/22/2016 - 3/3/2016; 3/14/2016 - 3/24/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Price starting at: $2,748.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    

Enjoy two perspectives of paradise. Explore the Garden Isle of Kauai, the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, and the Big Island of Hawaii, the youngest. Learn about the development of each island’s cultural traditions, "talk story” with residents of diverse backgrounds and venture to all parts of both islands as you examine their unique histories.


• On the island of Hawaii study marine life, endangered birds, fern forests, lava tubes and steaming calderas at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
• Explore rainforests, Hawaii's tallest waterfall and the Hamakua Coast with field interpreters from local educational institutions.
• Visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Waimea Canyon, “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over maintained trails and uneven ground.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lihue, Kauai, 5 nights; fly to Hilo, Hawaii, 5 nights; departure.

Coordinated by University of Hawaii at Hilo.

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.


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.

Seaside hotels with outdoor swimming pools. Most meals in area restaurants, lunches picnic-style in the field.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
  Kapaa, Hawaii 5 nights
   Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  Hilo, HI 5 nights
 Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard Kaua'i is centrally located on Kauai's Coconut Coast. This delightful beachfront hotel is an elegant retreat from which you can explore all of the natural beauty that is Kauai.
  Contact info: 650 Aleka Loop
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-822-3455
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Phone with Voicemail, Coffee Dispenser, Hair Dryer, Iron/Board
  Facility amenities: The hotel features an oceanfront swimming pool, jogging path, tennis court, day spa and fitness center, high-speed Internet access, cocktail lounge, restaurant, laundry facility, a business center and self or valet parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $139.00 ++ For reservations please call (808-822-3455 )and ask for Desiree Fagarang or email
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Centrally located along Banyan Drive, the hotel is within walking distance of the trees planted by royalty and celebrities like the famous Babe Ruth. It is adjacent to the Japanese-style Liliuokalani Park and the Healing Island of Moku Ola (Coconut Island). It is within minutes of shops, museums, beaches and the airport.
  Contact info: 71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 808-935-9361
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee maker, clock radio, refrigerator, television, telephone, and dial-up internet access.
  Facility amenities: The Queen's Court Restaurant offers nightly buffet and plated dinners, a lounge for daily relaxation, pool, laundry and meeting rooms, and a general store fronts the hotel lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: starts from $127 ++ When calling the hotel's reservation department, identify yourself as a participant of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Kauai Historical Consortium Road Scholar Program and the program dates.

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 3 PM and 4:30 PM. You will be staying at Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach that night.
  End of Program:
Departure in Hilo anytime after breakfast and before 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Risk and release waiver, photo consent form and travelling ID form.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Provide all medication necessary for treatment to your allergic reactions, ie. insect bites, stings, food. Make arrangements to accommodate any dietary needs.
  Parking availability:
Vehicles accommodated on the hotel parking lots on a space available basis.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kapaa, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kapaa
  Nearest highway: Kaumuali'i Highway
  Nearest airport:  Lihue Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Hilo, HI
  Nearest city or town:  Keaau
  Nearest highway: Highway 19
  Nearest airport:  Hilo International Airport
Travel Details

Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach


From Airport




Kauai Taxi Company
phone: 808-246-9554


Hilo Hawaiian Hotel


To Airport




Hot Lava Taxi
phone: 808-557-0879

Driving Directions
  Mainland USA Air travel only to islands.

Required innoculations:

Yes: Provide all medication necessary for treatment to your allergic reactions, ie. insect bites, stings, food. Make arrangements to accommodate any dietary needs.

Elevation Note: Gradual inclination to 3,400 - 4000 feet in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Waimea Canyon

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable, closed toe walking shoes is suggested for daily 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: Opening dinner and program orientation
(Tuesday, March 11)
 Arrive To: Independent arrival and check in
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room.
 Evening: Program orientation will take place after dinner.
Accommodations: Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kaua`i Museum and Grove Farm Homestead
(Wednesday, March 12)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Kukui Grove Shopping Center
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.
 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 Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hanalei Valley, Hale Halawai Ohana and Waioli Mission House
(Thursday, March 13)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Take in the historical wonders of Hanalei Valley. Within the constrains of this beautiful valley, most of Hawai`i’s taro is grown here and cultivating can be dated as far back as 700 AD. Proceed to Hale Halawai Ohana to interact, learn and explore with our native Kupuna (elders)
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Tour Waioli Mission House that is set in beautiful Hanalei Valley, this 1837 missionary home and grounds faithfully capture rural life on Kaua‘i as is was 160 years ago.
 Dinner: Meal at hotel dining room.
 Evening: Evening activity: "Hawaiian Cultural Experience"
Accommodations: Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Waimea Canyon Lookout and West Side Technology Center
(Friday, March 14)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: The West Side Technology 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. Waimea Canyon 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Koke`e State Park
 Afternoon: Kaua`i Coffee and Gift Shop and site seeing around Koke`e
 Dinner: Smith's Lu`au
Accommodations: Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Shore Tour
(Saturday, March 15)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit the eastside of the island. 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: Picnic lunch at Poipu Beach Park
 Afternoon: Allerton Garen (Lawa`i Kai) lies between the Pacific Ocean and he 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. A series of garden rooms unfold between the Lawa`i Stream and the cliffs of the Valley. Towering rainforest trees with tall curving roots grow near bronze mermaids, 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. .
 Dinner: Evening lecture: "Introduction to Hawaiian Words"
Accommodations: Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer To Hilo
(Sunday, March 16)
 Breakfast: Your morning meal is at the hotel on Kauai before your transfer to Hilo on the island of Hawaii.
 Morning: After breakfast, bring your luggage to the lobby for your transport by bus to the Lihue Airport for your transfer to Hilo via Honolulu.
 Lunch: Upon your arrival into Hilo, you will have an enjoyable meal at the Nani Mau Gardens.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a tour of the garden and learn about different formal, cultural and orchid florals. After your tour, you will proceed to Akaka Falls and Honomu town before being transported to the hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation for the Big Island portion of the program will take place after dinner.
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(Monday, March 17)
 Breakfast: Meal in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Educational field guide will accompany the group to the Visitors Center, Jaggar Museum, Halema`uma`u Crater and the Nahuku Lava Tube.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Continue on to various sites in the National Park.
 Dinner: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Marine Day
(Tuesday, March 18)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture and presentation at the hotel on Hawaii's unique marine environment. Hands-on marine exploration in tidepools and lagoon at the beach park.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at beach
 Afternoon: Guided tour at the Pacific Tsunami Museum.
 Dinner: Meal in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Leisure evening for relaxation and exploration.
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hilo Farmers Market, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, and Lyman House Memorial Museum
(Wednesday, March 19)
 Breakfast: Meal in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit the Hilo Farmers Market to sample local agricultural products and crafts. Field trip to the `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sky Garden Restaurant at `Imiloa
 Afternoon: Tour of the historical Lyman House Memorial Museum, Gallery and Gift shop. Stop and visit the King Kamehameha Statue on the Banks of the Wailoa River.
 Dinner: Meal in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Leisure evening of relaxation and exploration.
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Hawaiian Culture and Exploration of Pahoa Town
(Thursday, March 20)
 Breakfast: Meal in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture and presentation on Hawaiian culture, chanting and hula.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in the quaint town of Pahoa.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the lava inundated community of Kalapana. View the magnificent paintings on the walls and ceiling of Kalapana's Star of the Sea Painted Church.
 Dinner: Aloha Dinner and sharing in the hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Independent departure
(Friday, March 21)
 Breakfast: Meal in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Independent departure after breakfast and by 12:00 noon. Independent travel arrangements for transport from hotel to airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Kapaa, Hawaii Big Islands Visitors Bureau
Phone: 808-961-5797 For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Explorer's Guide Kauai: A Great Destination

Author: Michele Bigley

Description: Explorer's Great Destinations puts the guide back into guidebook.Utilizing this complete guide will feel like you are getting a tour around the island from an old friend! Author Michele Bigley urges travelers to understand the impact of their footprint on this sacred and beautiful land. As with all Explorer's Great Destinations, the author provides unbiased critical opinions and candid reviews about lodging, food, attractions, culture, and recreation. With up-to-date maps and photos throughout, this is an invaluable guide for your trip.

Hawaii the Big Island Revealed : The Ultimate Guidebook

Author: Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd

Description: This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.

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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