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Magical Maui: Beaches to ‘Upcountry’ to Sunset Luau

Program Number: 21325RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/4/2014 - 10/11/2014; 1/17/2015 - 1/24/2015; 3/14/2015 - 3/21/2015; 10/3/2015 - 10/10/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Kaanapali, Hawaii
Price starting at: $2,985.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 13; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners    

Embark on a ranging discovery of Hawaii’s second-largest island of Maui, from spectacular Kaanapali Beach — voted America’s best — to the misty mountains of the Upcountry at 3,000 feet elevation. Learn about locals who make a living farming crops such as coffee, pineapples and award-winning goat cheese on the verdant slopes of Haleakala Crater. Visit Kahakuloa Valley to meet families who have lived in the valley for generations. And on the final night, experience a luau — dance, music, feast — that culminates in a spectacular fire dance.




Highlights

• Learn about marine environments snorkeling Lanai’s coral reefs, and enjoy two free days at your Kaanapali Beach resort base.
• Drive the scenic Hana Highway amid sea cliffs, waterfalls and narrow bridges to experience the leeward change in landscape from lush rainforest to desert.
• At Maui farms on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, learn about a farm-to-table ideal with locally grown products.



Activity Particulars

Walk uneven ground, board water vessel, get on/off buses.



Roundtrip airfare is included in program price from Los Angeles or San Francisco! Low add-on fares from many cities.



Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.




Kaanapali

Nestled on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the small town of Kaanapali is known worldwide for its three-mile stretch of white sand beaches and crystal clear water. Each evening at sunset, visitors to Kaanapali can witness the traditional cliff diving ceremony that reenacts the dive once made by Maui’s beloved King Kahekili.



Accommodations
Kaanapali beachfront hotel on tropical 27 acres with three swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurants and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Royal Lahaina Resort
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) 7 nights
 Royal Lahaina Resort
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Royal Lahaina Resort is located on Kaanapali Beach, which was voted "America's Best Beach." What was once the exclusive retreat for Maui's royalty is now one of the most sought after tropical destinations in the world. It is also one of the most gracious and welcoming facilities. You will know you're in Hawaii the moment you set foot in the understated lobby. From the cool flagstone beneath your feet to the warm koa-wood walls and inviting wicker easy chairs, you will feel the soothing embrace of the tropics.
  Contact info: 2780 Kekaa Drive
Kaanapali, HI 96761 USA
phone: 808-661-3611
web: www.royallahaina.com
  Room amenities: "Lavish" hardly begins to describe the guest rooms in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower, where the recent $35 million renovation is much on display. Designed by the renowned Hawaii firm of Philpotts & Associates, each contemporary room in this resort on Kaanapali Beach pays tribute to the Islands with custom teak furnishings, hand-selected paintings and photographs, and a soft palette that plays counterpoint to the spectacular tropical setting. - Plush Presidential Diamond Suite Beds with Feather-tops - 32” High-Definition Flat-Screen Television - Sound System with iPod and MP3 player ports - Telephone with Voice Mail Options - Air-Conditioning - High-Speed Internet Access (Charge) - In-Room Electronic Safe (Charge) - Mini-Refrigerator - Coffee Maker with Complimentary Coffee & Tea Replenished Daily - Hair Dryer - Iron and Ironing Board - In-Room Movies (Charge) - Private Lanai (balcony)
  Facility amenities: - Oceanfront - On Kaanapali Beach - Concierge - Two Restaurants & Three Bars - Ice Cream Parlor - Sundry Store - Room Service & Daily Maid Service - Dry Cleaning Service (Charge) - Three Swimming Pools - Jacuzzi - Beach Activities Center with Rentals - Cabana Rentals - Snorkeling - Eleven Lighted Tennis Courts - Tennis Pro Shop and Instruction - Shuffleboard & Bocce Ball Courts - Jogging Path - Lei Making Instruction - Nightly Oceanfront Luau - Adjacent to Kaanapali Golf Courses - Self-Parking (Charge) - Valet Parking (Charge) - Activities Desk - Shopping Arcade - Shuttle to Lahaina Town & Whaler’s Village (Charge) - Meeting Facilities & Planners - Scheduled Resort Activities - Professional Photographer
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: between $259-$325 plus taxes Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: between $259-$325 plus taxes Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Royal Lahaina Resort lobby. Upon arrival, please proceed to the hotel's front desk to check in. You will then be directed to the Road Scholar registration desk. You will be staying at Royal Lahaina Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after breakfast; check out by 12 pm. You will be staying at Royal Lahaina Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Risk Release Form for snorkeling
  Parking availability:
Self parking is $10 per day. Valet parking is $15 per day. (Subject to change)
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui)
  Nearest city or town:  Lahaina
  Nearest highway: Honopiilani Hwy
  Nearest airport:  Kapalua (JHM)-10 minutes (small airport); Kahului (OGG)- 50 minutes, main Maui Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui)
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Royal Lahaina Resort

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roberts Hawaii
phone: 800-831-5541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in the program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Schedule arrival flights to arrive no later than 2:30PM local Hawaii time. Arrival and departure transfers to/from Kahului Airport to Royal Lahaina Resort are included in the program cost. The transfer will be booked by Pacific Islands Institute and based on flight information received from Road Scholar travel services group. Pacific Islands Institute will contact participants directly with specific transfer information approximately 2 weeks prior to program start date.

 

Royal Lahaina Resort

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roberts Hawaii
phone: 800-831-5541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included in the program cost
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Schedule departure flights to depart no earlier than 9 am local Hawaii time. Arrival and departure transfers to/from Kahului Airport to Royal Lahaina Resort are included in the program cost. The transfer will be booked by Pacific Islands Institute and based on flight information received from Road Scholar travel services group. Pacific Islands Institute will contact participants directly with specific transfer information approximately 2 weeks prior to program start date.

 
Driving Directions
  Kahului Airport (OGG) to Royal Lahaina Resort Take Honoapiilani Highway (HI-30) towards Lahaina Three miles past the town of Lahaina, and one exit past Kaanapali Parkway, turn left onto Kekaa Drive At the stop sign, turn right and follow Kekaa Drive down the hill and into the Resort The Royal Lahaina Resort is approximately 50 minutes (28 miles) northwest of Kahului Airport
  Royal Lahaina Resort to Kahului Airport (OGG) 1. Head south on Kekaa Drive. 2. Turn left toward HI-30 E/Honoapiilani Road 3. Turn right onto HI-30 E/Honoapiilani Road and travel 19.8 miles. 4. Turn right onto HI-380 towards Kahului and travel 7 miles. 5. Turn right onto Lanui Circle; keep right to stay on Lanui Circle. Kahului Airport is on the right.
Elevation Note: Approximately 4,000' in Kula ("Upcountry") Maui

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: Arrivals/Registration/Introductions
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Arrive To: Kahului, Maui: a transfer is included from Kahului Airport to the hotel with Roberts Hawaii shuttle company. You will be met at the airport and directed to your nonexclusive transportation shuttle.
 Afternoon: Arrival and check in between 3 - 5 pm.
 Dinner: Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Evening: Introductions - Meet your fellow group members.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Orientation/Upcountry Maui Farm Visits and Local Farm-to-Table lunch
(Sunday, October 5)

Note: Included walking over unpaved, uneven surfaces as visiting farms is the highlight today.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Program Orientation followed by Field Trip: Farm Visits in "Upcountry Maui" (the cooler uplands of Mt Haleakala). Exact farms visited will vary depending on the season, farm activity, and other factors, but will include crops such as coffee, pineapple, exotic protea flowers, native Hawaiian plants, and numerous others, with sampling of farm products a definite highlight! Includes a visit to Surfing Goat Dairy. Located on the beautiful slopes of Maui's Haleakala Crater in lower Kula, the Surfing Goat Dairy has been producing award-winning “Maui Gourmet Goat Cheeses” for over 9 years. Learn how goat cheese is produced and how goat breeding, milking, feeding and tending in general differs from those activities on “the mainland”. Includes a grand cheese tasting with crackers, nuts, grapes and olives.
 Lunch: At Surfing Goat Dairy
 Afternoon: Return to hotel approximately 3:00 pm. Free time to go to beach or explore the local area.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Kahakuloa Valley, a traditional Hawaiian place
(Monday, October 6)

Note: The road to Kahakuloa is spectacular, but it is winding and bumpy, so if you’re sensitive, you may want to take something to prevent motion sickness. Field trip includes uneven footing and walking over a small suspension bridge (bring jacket, umbrella, sunscreen, camera, water bottle, etc. Wear shoes and clothes which can get wet and muddy, as you may have the opportunity to assist with weeding or planting the loi kalo [taro patch]. You may want to bring a change of clothes.)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Depart in vans for Kahakuloa Valley to experience traditional Hawaiian country living in a spectacular setting. Traditional Hawaiian ways still flourish Kahakuloa Valley; instruction will be by members of families who have lived in the valley for generations. Kahakuloa was a favorite summer vacation retreat for Maui chiefs who loved the sport of lele kawa (cliff diving). They'd swim offshore to the imposing 636-foot rock formation called Kahakuloa Head and jump 200 feet into the surging waves in an awesome display of skill and mettle.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Kahakuloa
 Afternoon: Continuation of field trip. Return to hotel at approximately 4 pm. Free time to enjoy the beach.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
 Evening: Free Evening. You may wish to go to Lahaina for the evening to see a show. We suggest Ulalena at the Maui Myth & Magic Theatre, a poetic and dramatic presentation of Hawaiian mythology and history, featuring chants, songs, acrobatics, and dance. A family-friendly & award-winning show, Ulalena blends traditional theatre with acrobatic feats of strength and beauty.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Free Day to Explore Maui
(Tuesday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Free time to explore Maui on your own. You may wish to hang out at the world-famous Kaanapali Beach, explore Kaanapali/Lahaina area, or take a day trip to Molokai or another island. Lunch and dinner on your own.
 Lunch: On your own, with plenty of restaurants and beach fare to choose from.
 Afternoon: Free day continues
 Dinner: A chance to explore local restaurants independently or with new friends.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Road to Hana
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Bring jacket, umbrella, insect repellent, sunscreen, cameras, water, motion sickness medicine if you are susceptible.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Depart on the bus for field trip to Hana The road to Hana is 50 miles of sea cliffs and waterfalls, hairpin curves, and 54 narrow bridges. On the way we’ll stop at Piilanihale Heiau, which is believed to be the largest heiau (temple) in Polynesia.
 Lunch: Lunch provided “local style” in Hana at a private home
 Afternoon: After lunch in Hana we will return along the majestic leeward coast of Maui (weather permitting). Our journey will take us completely around the edge of Haleakala, with the landscape changing from lush rain forest to desert. Arrive back at hotel at approximately 6:00 pm
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare.
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy Lahaina or relax at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Free Day to Explore Maui
(Thursday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Free Day to explore Maui on your own. You may wish to take a helicopter tour of Haleakala, or perhaps visit Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. Lunch and dinner on your own.
 Lunch: On your own. The Group Leader will make sure everyone knows the best local options.
 Afternoon: Free day to explore or relax at the renowned Kaanapali beach.
 Dinner: At the end of a beach day, or a day of independent exploring, your chance to select a dining option that suits you.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Dolphin/Whale Watch/Farewell Luau
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Vessel
 Morning: Excursion: Snorkel/Whalewatch (Dec – Mar) or snorkel/Wild Dolphin Watch (Apr – Nov) Discover why Lanai has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found off Lanai, too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.
 Lunch: Onboard vessel
 Afternoon: Field trip concludes at approximately 1:00 pm. Return to hotel by approximately 2 pm. There will be an option to remain behind to explore Lahaina and return to hotel on own.
 Dinner: Farewell Luau
 Evening: Cultural Event: Enjoy a luau in an oceanfront setting where a traditionally prepared pig, slowly roasted in an underground Imu, is the centerpiece of an elaborate, multi-course feast. Dance, music and song conjure the myths and stories from throughout Polynesia into an evening of unforgettable performances culminating in a spectacular Fire Dance Finale.
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: End of Program/Departures
(Saturday, October 11)
   
 Depart From: Royal Lahaina Resort: a transfer is included from Royal Lahaina Resort to Kahului Airport with Roberts Hawaii shuttle company.
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Departures. Hotel Check out is 12:00 pm. 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!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) Lahaina Town
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took leave in Lahaina including Herman Melville, who immortalized the era in his classic novel Moby Dick. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lahaina as you stroll down lively Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), the Pioneer Inn and other sites on the Lahaina Historic Trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.
  Ulalena - Maui Theatre
Ulalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60.
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.

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