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Hawaii's Humpback Whales and Marine Environment

Program Number: 12140RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/31/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/28/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Kaanapali, Hawaii
Price starting at: $2,095.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Got Whales? Grab your camera and get ready to see the humpback whale up-close swimming right off the shoreline from your beachfront hotel. In the winter and spring, humpback whales migrate to Maui, making the island one of the world’s greatest places to see whales. Look for whales as you embark on whale-watch cruises and snorkeling adventures led by local whale research and conservation groups. Take in lei-making demonstrations highlighting Hawaii's traditional welcoming gift and try your hand at making your own.




Highlights

• Stay in a beachfront hotel with ocean-view rooms in Kaanapali on Maui's sunny west side. Spectacular whale spouting and breaching is often seen from shore.
• Explore Maui, one of Hawaii's most-visited islands during the whale breeding and birthing season.
• Whale-watch boat excursions allow you to learn from naturalists who are researching and studying whales as you get closer to the action.



Activity Particulars

Walking from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day. Some stairs, walking on boat decks and uneven surfaces. Optional snorkeling and swimming.



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
Ocean view rooms at 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) 6 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 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 resort after breakfast; check out by 12 noon; independent departures. You will be staying at Royal Lahaina Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Release of Liability form is required to participate in boat-based snorkeling activity.
  Parking availability:
Daily self parking fees are $10 per car per day. Daily valet parking fees are $15 per car per day. Rates subject to change without notice.
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
Speedi Shuttle
phone: 877-242-5777
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60 (Shared service for 1 passenger)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 min to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

2 per person included. $8 each additional. www.speedishuttle.com

 

Royal Lahaina Resort

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Maui Airport Taxi
phone: 808-877-0907

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90 per taxi
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Airport taxis are located fronting the baggage claim area at Kahului Airport. Rate does not include tip.

 
Driving Directions
  From 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. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to Maui, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If your program begins on Maui, Kauai, Molokai or Hawaii's Big Island, and you need to transfer from Honolulu International Airport, you will need to take a short inter-island flight on one of the local carriers (Hawaiian Airlines, go!Airlines or Island Air.) Transfer flights are not difficult. They are short – 25 to 45 minutes long depending on the island destination – and frequent – there are multiple departures daily, often hourly. 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 Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Orbitz.com or Kayak.com. Hawaii’s Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui Inter-island Airline Information: Hawaiian Airlines www.hawaiianair.com 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines www.iflygo.com 1-888-435-9462 Island Air www.islandair.com 1-800-653-6541
  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.
Equipment Requirements: Snorkel gear may be rented on-site (included as part of program cost) or participants may bring own snorkel and fins to ensure a good fit.
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 Day - Registration/Introductions
(Sunday, February 22)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival and check in
 Dinner: Aloha (Welcome) Dinner - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, lobby level
 Evening: Introductions - Meet your fellow group members
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class: Hawaii's Humpback Whales/Boat-based Whale Watch/Beach & Tide Pool Exploration
(Monday, February 23)

Note: Must be able to board bus and boat. Must be able to walk approximately 1/2 mile on uneven ground during coastal exploration field trip.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Orientation to Program. Depart of bus for Maalaea. Class: Hawai`i's Humpback Whales
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Maalaea
 Afternoon: Field trip – Expert-led Whale-Watch. From Maalaea, the group will board a boat in search of humpback whales (each year northern Pacific humpback whales migrate to Hawaii to give birth and breed in Hawaii's warm ocean waters - they are present in the greatest numbers December-April). After our return from the whale watch, continue on to another site for Field Trip - Tide pools, Beaches, and Hawaii's Coastal Environment - explore Hawaii's coastal environment as you learn from local experts.
 Dinner: Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class: Origins of Hawaii's Natural Environment & Marine Life/Visit Whalers Village Museum/Historic Lahaina Exploration on foot/Boat-based Whale Watch
(Tuesday, February 24)

Note: Must be able to board bus and boat and to walk on fairly flat ground in sunny weather averaging 80 degrees Farenheit (distance will vary as walking is primarily during free time).



   
 Breakfast: Buffet - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Class: Origins of Hawaii's Natural Environment and Marine Life Field Trip: Visit quaint Whalers Village Museum to explore the life of an ordinary "whaleman" during Lahaina's bustling whaling town days (1825 to 1860). Continue on to Lahaina, former capitol of Hawaii, to explore and take a self-guided walking tour of Lahaina's historic buildings, art galleries and shops featuring marine-themed art, and other features.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own - an opportunity to explore Lahaina's restaurants during your free time.
 Afternoon: Board a 50 foot sailing catamaran to go whale watching in the Auau channel (between Maui and Lanai). The late afternoon is free to continue exploring Maui.
 Dinner: Free Evening to explore Maui's eateries - Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Maui Ocean Center/Class: Coral Reefs & Fishes/Visit National Marine Sanctuary Headquarters - Fish Rubbing ("gyotaku")
(Wednesday, February 25)

Note: Must be able to board bus and boat. Walking on uneven ground during coastal exploration field trip.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Depart of bus for Maalaea. Class: Coral Reefs & Fishes
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Field Trip –Maui Ocean Center- A guided tour of this aquarium which is devoted to Hawai`i's unique marine environment. Field Trip continues with class on Coral Reefs and Fishes at the Ocean Sciences Discovery Center. Next, visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and create your own fish-rubbing (an art form which is known as "Gyotaku" in Japan).
 Dinner: Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Island of Lanai Snorkel and Wild Dolphin/Whale Watch Cruise
(Thursday, February 26)

Note: Must be able to board bus and boat. Must be able to climb short ladder to get in and out of the water for snorkeling and be comfortable snorkeling in the ocean (flotation devices provided).



   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast aboard snorkel/whale watching vessel
 Morning: Field Trip: Expert-led Snorkel/Wild Dolphin/Whale watch (whales typically December – April only) - Discover why the island of 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 also are found off Lanai, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter months, especially December - April.
 Lunch: BBQ lunch aboard boat
 Afternoon: Return to Lahaina port around 2:30 pm - included transfer to hotel or stay in Lahaina to explore further. Free Afternoon and evening to explore Maui.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Lei Making Class/Luau
(Friday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Class: Hawaiian Lei-making - learn about the Hawaiian lei-making tradition and string a lovely fresh flower lei for yourself or to give to someone else with a traditional Hawaiian "Aloha".
 Lunch: At hotel
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore
 Dinner: "Aloha" (Farewell) Sunset Luau - Wear the fresh flower lei you made this morning as Polynesian drums and dancers guide you to an open air oceanfront luau. A traditionally prepared pig, slowly roasted/steamed in an imu (traditional Hawaiian underground oven), 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 under the stars.
 Evening: Luau entertainment
   
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure Day
(Saturday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet - Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Check out of hotel by 12 noon and independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) 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 For additional information, visit www.mauitheatre.com
  Atlantis Submarines
Experience Hawaii's only real submarine tour! Create lifetime memories diving into the habitat of countless, exotic sea creatures. Here, rays, eels, and turtles mingle amidst the natural coral reef. Gazing through your spacious viewport, you can exchange glances with hundreds of different fish. 658 Front Street, Suite 175 Lahaina, HI 96761 Reservation Info: Toll Free:(800) 548-6262 For additional information, visit www.atlantisadventures.com/maui
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


Hawaii's Humpback Whales


Author: Kaufman, Gregory D. and Forestell, Paul H.


Description: Hawaii's Humpback Whales is an informative and richly illustrated description of the humpback whale and its behavior. This book is unique in providing the opportunity to learn about one species of whale in sufficient degree to recognize its behaviors and displays, and perhaps even interpret the significance of many of them. This fine volue includes a behavior "key" describing activities and the contexts in which they occur; detailed information on where and how to watch for whales; regulations govering human activity in the vicinity of whales; what to do in case of a stranding; and a discussion of the future management and conservation of humpback whale populations.



The Whales of Hawaii


Author: Balcomb, Kenneth C. III and Stanley M. Minasian


Description: Produced by the Marine Mammal Fund, this information-packed, beautifully designed volume provides great insights on Hawaii's whales, spinner dolphins, monk seals and other marine mammals. Includes full-color photography.



Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology


Author: Gulko, David


Description: Filled with color photographs, graphics, diagrams and cartoons, each page will pull you into the process of discovery as you learn more about the vital role coral reefs play.



Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide


Author: Gulko, David and Eckert, Karen


Description: Explore the amazing world of sea turtles – their natural history, their life cycles, habitats and their struggles against the mounting threats posed by humans. Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide is a must-have for educators, biologists, conservationists, and divers. Over 200 photographs and illustrations clearly depict every facet of a sea turtle’s life and habitat. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefits the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST.) Dr. Gulko is a widely recognized expert in coral reef ecosystems who is now a coral reef ecology manager for the state of Hawaii. Dr. Eckert is a sea turtle ecologist and a professor at Duke University.



Hawaii's Fishes


Author: Hoover, John P.


Description: First Published in 1996, this new edition of Shore Fishes of Hawaii updates our knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and has been expanded to include 372 species. Because it is necessary to use some scientific terminology when giving the principal diagnostic characteristics of families or species of fishes and what they eat, a handy glossary appears at the back of the book before the Index.



Hawai`i's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawai`i's Marine Invertebrates


Author: Hoover, John P.


Description: Hawaii's seas teem with life. Living creatures--swimming, creeping, floating or crawling--have invaded every possible undersea habitat. They have multiplied and diversified into every imaginable shape and form, from 20-foot giant squids to tiny creatures living between sand grains. Ninety percent of these animals are invertebrates-- animals without backbones. Many are beautiful, a few are bizarre, all are fascinating. This book, a sequel to the John Hoover's best-selling guide Hawai`i's Fishes, leads the reader deeper into the undersea realm with 660 underwater photographs of over 500 species of lobsters, shrimps, crabs, shells, octopus, corals, anemones, urchins, stars, sponges, slugs and a host of other lesser-known creatures. Virtually all the animals encountered by snorkelers, divers and beachgoers in Hawai`i are here. Hoover provides scientific, common and Hawaiian names for each animal, as well as a wealth of information on its natural history, ecology, cultural importance, and even suitability for aquariums.



Islands in a Far Sea: Nature and Man in Hawai`i


Author: Culliney, John L.


Description: Beginning some 1,500 years ago, Hawai‘i was one of the last Edens to be exploited by human beings, and its transformation has been among the most rapid. Seeking to improve life, humans have grossly altered the living nature of the Islands from the coral reefs to the volcanic summits. Since the first arrival of Polynesian canoes, Hawai‘i has been a venue of accelerating extinction and today leads the United States in the rate of permanent loss of native plants and animals.



Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.





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