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Tropical Splendor: Exploring the Hawaiian Islands

Program Number: 11513RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/14/2015 - 10/24/2015; 3/30/2016 - 4/9/2016; 9/21/2016 - 10/1/2016; 10/19/2016 - 10/29/2016; 11/2/2016 - 11/12/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Hawaii
Price starting at: $3,656.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 27; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    

Journey among the islands of Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui to focus on each island's history, geology, physical environment, flora and fauna. Spectacular views of the islands from the ocean show the difference in topography, age and personality of each. Learn why each island is so special.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day, some uneven ground. Some stairs unavoidable. Getting on and off bus. Limited wheelchair-accessible rooms.

This voyage combines Road Scholar’s trademark education and camaraderie with access to Norwegian Cruise Line’s wide variety of activities and dining and entertainment options. While you’ll spend much of your time with the Road Scholar group, please consider that you’ll be on a large ocean liner with passengers of all ages when deciding if this program is right for you.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Waikiki, Oahu, 3 nights; aboard Pride of America, 7 nights.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Days 1-4:
Arrival Waikiki, Oahu / embark Pride of America:

Absorb the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific at the Bishop Museum and the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Lectures provide an overview of Hawaii and reveal the formation and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands.
Lodging: Deluxe, four-star hotel.

Day 5-6:
Kahului, Maui:

Visit the lush Iao Valley State Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people and site of a battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. Examine Hawaii’s exotic flora and fauna at Haleakala National Park.

Day 7:
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii:

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and study the island’s geothermal core. Hike a cooled lava trail and stop at an orchid nursery with more than 1,000 blooming orchids on display.

Day 8:
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii:

An expert-led visit to a privately owned cloud forest preserve highlights the diversity of the ecosystem.

Days 9-10:
Nawiliwili, Kauai:

Free time to explore the beautiful "Garden Isle" on your own. See the cliffs of Waimea Canyon, the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of the Pacific. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Na Pali coastline as you sail away.

Day 11:
Honolulu, Oahu / disembark / departure

Pride of America

Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 13 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers. The ship has free programming for children most evenings.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Art Reed

Dr. S. Arthur Reed, professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii, has lectured extensively on Hawaiian geology, biology, oceanography and other disciplines. He is coauthor of a biological science and a physical oceanography textbook used in several high schools in Hawaii, on the U. S. mainland and overseas. He has conducted research on coral reef ecology and marine invertebrate biology and since retirement has been a lecturer on more than 70 programs with Road Scholar.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 3 nights
   Pride of America
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Lihue, Kauai
7 nights
 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water on day of arrival, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.
  Contact info: 100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
  Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 11/2013, $11.95 per 24 hour period per device available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2014: $189 + taxes Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Pride of America
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.
  Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.
  Contact info: Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
  Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.
  Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Prince 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 desk. You will be staying at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki that night.
  End of Program:
Ship arrives by 7:30 am Honolulu Harbor. Disembarkation process will follow and timing is based upon cabin location. Disembarkation complete by 10:00 am at Honolulu Harbor with independent departures. You will be staying at Pride of America the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. All participants need valid Photo Identification Documentation to board the ship. Acceptable identification includes a valid Passport, Government Issued Photo ID, or valid U.S. Driver’s License that includes a photograph. A valid Passport is required for non-U.S citizens. Any passenger traveling without proper photo identification as described will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund will be issued. For more information about this requirement please visit this NCL website ( and look under Specific Requirements for NCL’s Pride of America.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel: Valet parking (full day): $27 + Tax, unlimited access; Self parking (full day): $21 + Tax, unlimited access. (2014 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: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



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.


Pride of America (Port of Honolulu)


To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $25 - $30
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




5 miles


Taxis are available for hire curbside outside the Pier exit gate. There are various taxi cab companies that service Honolulu. Listed are a few established companies. Rates are subject to change. The Cab (808) 422-2222 Pony Taxi and Tours (808) 944-8282 Charley's Taxi 808-531-1333


Pride of America (Port of Honolulu)


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 866-836-0317
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




5 miles


Shuttles 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week To/From Honolulu Pier. Non exclusive. Rates subject to change.


Honolulu (HNL)


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


Honolulu (HNL)


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

Driving Directions
  From Honolulu International Airport Hawaii Prince Hotel is approximately 10 miles from Honolulu International Airport. Upon exiting the airport, turn right and get onto Nimitz Highway (Hwy 92) headed East towards downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. After downtown Honolulu, Nimitz Highway turns into Ala Moana Blvd. Keep following the Ala Moana Blvd towards Waikiki past the Ala Moana shopping center on the left and Ala Moana Beach park on the right. After passing these two sites, there will be a small bridge into Waikiki. Immediately after the bridge you'll find the Hawaii Prince hotel on the right (ocean side). The hotel's garage is accessed from the ocean side of the hotel.
  From Ship to Airport and Waikiki The program concludes when the ship docks in Honolulu Harbor. Participants can make arrangements to get into Waikiki or to Honolulu International Airport from the ship's shore excursion desk while on board, or they can catch a cab after disembarkation. The ship also offers shore excursions which may be of interest on the last day, and those may include a drop-off at the airport or in Waikiki.
  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. All twenty-three major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United, etc.) and sixteen international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won't need to bring your passport unless you're visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii. 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 Airport Code: HNL – Honolulu, Oahu
Elevation Note: 4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site, 10,000' at Haleakala National Park

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: Arrive, Check-in, Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, October 14)
 Afternoon: Available from 3 p.m.

Program Registration: After checking in at the hotel’s front desk, please go to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register, pick up your Arrival Packet, which will have the latest updated schedule, and find out the time of the next day’s Orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome buffet at hotel restaurant that is award-winning and highly rated by local residents and visitors.
 Evening: We will have brief introductions but will call it an evening early to allow participants to adjust to the travel and the time difference.
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class, Bishop Museum, Punchbowl
(Thursday, October 15)
 Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant. Enjoy an array of western breakfast choices (cereal, eggs, pastries, fresh fruit), as well as Asian breakfast options.
 Morning: Orientation: Enjoy a warm welcome and introductions to staff and your fellow participants. We will review the schedule, go over "housekeeping" details and answer all your questions.

After the orientation, enjoy an introduction to Oahu in a morning class," Oahu, the Gathering Place."
 Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch poolside, in your room, or find a nice quiet spot in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to Bishop Museum, designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Start with an expert-led exploration of the museum, then enjoy free time to explore on your own. Next, coach through historic Honolulu to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl"). Learn about its significance and enjoy the spectacular views — you'll want your camera!
 Dinner: Delicious buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy free time to explore the excitement of Waikiki. Check out local music, walk along the beach, or just soak up the atmosphere.
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Iolani Palace
(Friday, October 16)
 Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.
 Morning: Experience a field trip to Iolani Palace, the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii. It is a Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Learn about Hawaii's rich history before statehood.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Waikiki and Honolulu on your own. Your group leader will make suggestions based on your interests, or if you are in need of ideas to explore all of the culture and beautiful natural surroundings this paradise has to offer.
 Dinner: On your own to explore Hawaii's diverse island fare.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore.
Accommodations: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Class, USS Arizona, Board Ship, Sail to Maui
(Saturday, October 17)
 Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel and hear a fascinating lecture on "The Island Chain - Formation and Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands". Learn about Hawaii's unique natural history and the environment.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant overlooking Ford Island and Pearl Harbor.
 Afternoon: At USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park, view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and upon returning, a short break to explore the museum and book shop. Transfer to the Honolulu Harbor to board the “Pride of America.”
 Dinner: As a group aboard the ship in one of the fine dining establishments.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore the ship, relax and participate in shipboard activities and entertainment.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arrive Maui, Class, Iao Valley, Overnight Maui
(Sunday, October 18)

Note: During the Iao Valley field trip, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the visitor's center or on the bus.

 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: Enjoy the lecture “Where Did Everybody Come From?” Learn about Maui's unique history and its special qualities before your field trip in port.
 Lunch: Aboard ship on your own. Choose from the grill on the pool deck, sit down in the open restaurant or choose the buffet lunch.
 Afternoon: Experience Iao Valley State Park, a lush green valley that is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I.
 Dinner: On your own aboard ship or explore the local fare at one of Maui's many restaurants as the ship is docked overnight.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to continue exploring Maui on your own or to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions or visit the Shore Excursions desk for ideas. The ship overnights in Maui.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Haleakala National Park
(Monday, October 19)

Note: The high elevation (10,023 feet) at the summit area of Haleakala National Park may complicate health conditions and cause breathing difficulties. People should consult their doctors prior to traveling to high elevations.

 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: Enjoy a spectacular day in Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. Learn about Hawaii's indigenous animals and plants, including the endemic Ahinahina (silversword). The park is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.
 Lunch: At a local Maui restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to Kahului Harbor for some free time to explore Maui before dinner.
 Dinner: As a group aboard ship. Be sure to be aboard as the ship will depart this evening.
 Evening: Ship sails for Hilo. Enjoy a free evening on board to relax and participate in shipboard activities. You might consider several music venues and nightly entertainment in the showroom.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Arrival Hilo, Hawaii Island / Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(Tuesday, October 20)

Note: Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; 15-20 stairs down to the tube and 15-20 back up. There is 1-2 miles of walking on this day on varied terrain.

 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: There is an array of fascinating sights and hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You may consider Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera, or the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. You may walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows, or hike the Devastation Trail, which was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). Stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest and island formation.
 Lunch: Enjoy a deli selection at the Crater Rim Cafe, Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). KMC is a 50-acre military “R&R” camp located within confines of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It was founded in 1916, the same year as the National Park.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the park. Along the way back to the ship, you'll make a brief stop at an impressive orchid nursery that has over 1,000 blooming orchids on display. It is one of the largest collections in Hawaii.
 Dinner: Freestyle dining on your own aboard the ship. Return to a restaurant that you enjoyed or try out a new one.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities. If conditions permit and Madame Pele allows, you may be able to view molten lava as it flows from its source to the coast as the ship sails away.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arrive Kona, Cloud Forest,Puuhonua of Honaunau
(Wednesday, October 21)

Note: This is a "tender" port. As Kona has a small port, the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to Kona's shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time.

 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: Visit a privately owned cloud forest preserve on the slopes of Hualalai to learn about the plants of the tropical cloud forest. This exclusive excursion is not open to the general public and is a special place.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic.
 Afternoon: Experience the historic site of Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) O Honaunau National Historical Park, which contains one of the most sacred heiau (traditional place of worship) in the islands. Through a self-guided walking exploration, learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).
 Dinner: As a group aboard the ship at Moderno Churrascaria
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities. The ship sails to Kauai.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Free Day, Optional Morning Lecture, Overnight Kauai
(Thursday, October 22)
 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: Experience Kauai on your own during a free day. Your group leader will offer optional classes aboard the ship this morning. You may also choose to remain on the ship and rest or enjoy shipboard activities. The ship’s spa often has specials while in port.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own, either in Kauai or aboard ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your free day in Kauai. You may want to sign up for the ship's luau, which is hosted ashore (there is a fee; book through ship's Shore Excursion desk).
 Dinner: Aboard ship or on your own in port.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to continue your exploration of Kauai, relax, or participate in shipboard activities. The ship overnights in Kauai.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Waimea Canyon / At Sea, Kauai's Na Pali Coast
(Friday, October 23)
 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.
 Morning: Today you experience the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii, and Kokee State Park. Learn about Kauai's natural history, including stops to view Waimea Canyon's incredible erosional valleys from several vantage points. At Kokee State Park, high in the rainforest, continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. You'll also visit the quaint Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Ship departs for Honolulu Harbor via the spectacular Na Pali ("the cliffs") coast of Kauai. While taking in the view, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner aboard ship. This is a last opportunity to socialize with new friends before disembarking tomorrow.
 Evening: Enjoy a last free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
Accommodations: Pride of America
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark in Honolulu, Program Concludes
(Saturday, October 24)
 Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own.
 Morning: Disembark ship. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. The ship's Shore Excursion desk does offer optional activities for this day for those of you who may have late flights and would be interested in an activities (there may be a fee; book through shore excursions desk aboard ship).

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
  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii Imiloa Astronomy Center
The relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a colorful variety of displays and interactive exhibits. There are daily Planetarium shows, an extensive Exhibit Hall to discover, landscape tours. Lunch is available at the on-site restaurant. Hours of Operation are: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day Admission Rates: Adults (13 and up) $17.50 Located at: Nowelo St, Hilo, HI 96720 Reservation Info Phone:(808) 969-9700 Fax:(808) 969-9748 For additional information, visit
  Liliuokalani Park Gardens
The Liliuokalani Park and Gardens covers almost 30 acres on the Waiakea Peninsula. This authentic Japanese garden park was built in the early 1900's as a memorial to the Japanese immigrant sugar plantation workers who developed the old Waiakea Sugar Plantation. It is named in honor of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani who bequeathed part of park land for public use. Beautiful grounds for a leisurely stroll featuring gazebos, fish ponds, bridges, statues and a panoramic view across Hilo Bay. Phone: (808) 826-1053 Hours: Grounds are always open For additional information, visit
  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
  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Garden Tours Available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, weekly, 150 Kanaloa Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 Tours cover the natural history, conservation and ethnobotanical uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as the Gardens' projects in these areas. Tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 808-249-2798. For additional information, visit
  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. For additional information, visit
  Lihue, Kauai Kauai Museum
The history of Kauai is kept safe in this great little museum and is worth a stop at before you set out to explore the island. It contains a wealth of historical artifacts and information tracing the island's history from the beginning of time through Contact (when Capt. James Cook "discovered" Kauai in 1778), the monarchy period, the plantation era, and the present. See old poi pounders and idols, relics of sugar planters and paniolos, a nice seashell collection, old Hawaiian quilts, feather leis, a replica of a plantation worker's home, a model of Cook's ship, and much more. 4428 Rice Street Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-6931 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm Admission: Admission General Public: $10.00 Seniors (65+): $8.00 For additional information, visit
  Kilohana Plantation
This 1930's plantation estate was the home of Gaylord and Ethel Wilcox, descendents of missionary families. Gaylord was the manager of the Grove Farm Plantation. His 16,000 square-foot mansion was loving restored and is open to the public. The motif of the house shows how Kauai's rich and famous lived back when sugar was king of the islands. On premise they have Gaylord's Restaurant, a terrific boutique, a country store, and galleries. Guided Plantation tours are available for a fee. 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-5608 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am - 9:30pm Sun 9:30am - 5pm Tour hours: 11:00am 6:30pm daily Admission to the house: FREE 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. 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.
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Suggested Reading List

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific

Author: H. Douglas Pratt

Description: This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.

Aloha Betrayed

Author: Noenoe K. Silva

Description: Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.

At Dawn We Slept, The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

Author: Gordon W. Prange

Description: A massive account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, long but readable.

Beyond Paradise: Encounters in Hawaii Where the Tour Bus Never Runs

Author: Peter S. Adler

Description: A clear-sighted account of rambles and adventures in Hawaii.

Born in Paradise

Author: Armine von Tempski

Description: The autobiographical tale of childhood on a Maui ranch in the early part of this century. A classic account of old Hawaii, warm-spirited and evocative.

Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii

Author: James L. Haley

Description: A fascinating history of America’s youngest (and, arguably, most unique) state. Historian and biographer James Haley charts Hawaii’s epic journey from kingdom to statehood with authority.

Dismembering Lahui, A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887

Author: Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio

Description: Osorio charts the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887.

Eyewitness Guide Hawaii

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.

Feathered Gods and Fishhooks, An Introduction to Hawaiian Archaeology and Prehistory

Author: Patrick Vinton Kirch

Description: In this definitive, well-illustrated introduction to Hawaiian archaeology, Kirch provides an island-by-island overview of major sites, settlement patterns, agriculture, and cultural customs.

From a Native Daughter, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii

Author: Haunani-Kay Trask

Description: Trask, a descendant of the Pi'ilani line of Maui and the Kahakumakaliua line of Kauai, explores issues of racism and imperialism in Hawaii, documenting the work of native Hawaiian student organizations and the native Hawaiian self-governing organization Ka Lahuni Hawaii.


Author: James Michener

Description: A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Author: Trails Illustrated

Description: This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.

Hawaii Wildlife

Author: James Kavanagh

Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.

Hawaii's Fishes, A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers, and Aquarists

Author: John P. Hoover

Description: A colorful and thorough introduction to the fishes living off Hawaii's shores. Color photographs of over 250 local species, with common names in English and Hawaiian.

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

Author: Liliuokalani

Description: A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands.

Hawaii, Islands Under the Influence

Author: Noel J. Kent

Description: A history of economic development in the islands from sandalwood and whaling to sugar, tourism and Japanese investment in the 1980s.

Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Author: Les Beletsky

Description: This all-around field guide features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish with notes on Hawaii's geology and popular parks and reserves.

Hawaiian Islands Map

Author: Nelles

Description: A map of all the individual Hawaiian Islands, including maps of O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i at 1:150,000 and of Hawai'i at 1:330,000. Includes an inset map of Waikiki.

Hawaiian Mythology

Author: Martha Warren Beckwith

Description: A classic study of Hawaiian ethnography and folklore.

Hotel Honolulu

Author: Paul Theroux

Description: This hilarious sendup of ex-pats and their ilk, drawing on Theroux's time in the islands, where he has a home, features a full cast of eccentrics who reside in and visit a fleabag hotel on the coast of Oahu.

Lost Kingdom

Author: Julia Flynn Siler

Description: Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.

Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

Author: Mark Twain

Description: These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.

Nation Within, The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i

Author: Tom Coffman

Description: Coffman follows the rising tensions between the U.S. and the once-independent Hawaii through the late 19th century, documenting how the native population resisted annexation.

Oahu Revealed

Author: Andrew Doughty

Description: Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.

Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii

Author: Elizabeth Bentzel Buck

Description: By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Author: Thurston Clarke

Description: A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.

Pearl Harbor and Military Environs

Author: McElfresh Map Company

Description: A detailed map of the US bases bombed at Pearl Harbor. The reverse features period postcard images depicting 1940s Pearl Harbor.

Plague And Fire, Battling Black Death And the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown

Author: James C. Mohr

Description: Mohr relates the gripping tale of the bubonic plague that reached Hawaii's shores just as the islands were about to become a U.S. territory through the eyes of the people caught up in the vast conflagration that engulfed Honolulu's Chinatown.

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: Gavan Daws

Description: A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.

The Descendants

Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings

Description: The bittersweet tale of a storied Hawaiian family in crisis, adapted for the Alexander Payne movie starring George Clooney.

The Island Edge of America, A Political History of Hawaii

Author: Tom Coffman

Description: Journalist Tom Coffman brings Hawaii's story into the twentieth century through this reinterpretation of major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959.

Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories

Author: Rick Carroll (Editor)

Description: This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Author: Sarah Vowell

Description: Tracking the Americanization of Hawaii from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1820 to the annexation in 1898 (Queen Liliuokalani was in Washington lobbying to save her nation during the McKinley inauguration), Vowell shows the complex interplay of god, business and tradition with her usual acerbic wit (and research).

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth

Author: Maurice Krafft

Description: By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.

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