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Hawaii on the Horizon: A Transpacific Voyage Into Island Culture and Nature

Program Number: 16225RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/2/2015 - 1/20/2015; 3/23/2016 - 4/8/2016; 12/4/2016 - 12/20/2016; 1/13/2017 - 1/31/2017;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: Hawaii
Price starting at: $3,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages; National Parks
Meals: 53; 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners    

From tropical beaches to volcanoes, Hawaii is rich in natural and cultural wonders. Onboard lectures lay the groundwork for your Hawaiian discoveries as you voyage to the islands in the same relaxed style that preceded transpacific flights.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day, generally on paved walkways but occasionally over uneven terrain.

This program sails on Princess Cruises in 2016 and will follow a slightly modified itinerary.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

San Diego, Calif., 1 night; aboard ms Westerdam, 17 nights.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Days 1-2: Arrival San Diego, Calif. / embark ms Westerdam:

Lodging: Four-star deluxe hotel.

Days 3-7: At Sea:

Expert-led discussions may address the history of Pacific discovery, navigational methods and the geological evolution of the Hawaiian Islands.

Day 8: Lahaina, Maui:

Examine Hawaii's marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and visit the sacred Iao Valley.

Day 9: Honolulu, Oahu:

Visit the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park and the first-class Bishop Museum, dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific.

Day 10: Lihue, Kauai:

View Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"; and visit a coffee plantation.

Day 11: Kona, Big Island:

Visit Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) O Honaunau , a sacred heiau and learn how ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).

Day 12: Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii:

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and walk through Thurston Lava Tube, a natural phenomenon created during volcanic eruptions.

Days 13-17: At Sea:

Study the sea’s various moods with your own experts in discussions.

Day 18-19: At Sea / Ensenada (Mexico) / San Diego, Calif. / disembark / departure:

Enjoy an opportunity to explore a coastal village before continuing on to port in California.

ms Veendam

Designed to carry fewer guests than other ships in its class the ms Veendam is 720 feet long with a beam of 101 feet. The ship can carry 1200 passengers of whom approximately 48 are Road Scholar participants. All cabins have air-conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

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

Dorothy Pyle retired in 2010 as emeritus professor of history from the University of Hawaii Maui Campus. Her greatest interests and specializations have been in studying and teaching about Hawaii and the Pacific. Dorothy has used her storytelling abilities in lectures for Road Scholar on Maui for more than 20 years, as well as for senior citizen groups, farm explorations and judicial conferences. She has traveled widely in the Pacific, and has been the destination speaker twice on study cruises from New Zealand to Hawaii. Dorothy also maintains a long interest in cultural and historic preservation. She served two terms as the Chair of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission, 10 years as the Historian for the Hawaii Historic Places Review Board, and was a founding member of the grass-roots Alliance for the Heritage of East Maui.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Westgate Hotel
  San Diego 1 night
   MS Veendam
  At Sea
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Lihue, Kauai
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
At Sea
At Sea/Ensenada, Mexico
17 nights
 The Westgate Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Located 2.5 miles from the airport, the Westgate hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy Horton Plaza shopping center and trendy restaurants and nightclubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. Designed as a re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles, the Grand Lobby is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets.
  Contact info: 1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
phone: 800-522-1564
  Room amenities: Room amenities include minibars, DVD & CD players, iron/ironing board, clock radio, hair dryer, climate control, a desk and laptop-compatible safes. High-speed Internet access is complimentary, and TV-based Internet access is also available (surcharge).
  Facility amenities: Guests enjoy access to two restaurants (Le Fontainebleau - Flagship restaurant known for romantic atmosphere and contemporary French cuisine and Le Grand Café featuring Continental-inspired California cuisine), 24 hour room service, an upscale grocery, a bar, afternoon tea served every weekday, a fitness center and a spa.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See Additional Nights Comments 2015 Rates: $205 per night plus taxes (subject to change and availability)
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MS Veendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MS Veendam's major upgrade in 2009 has transformed the ship into a trendsetter for its class. Now measuring 57,092 tons and carrying 1,350 passengers (up from 1,266), Veendam's enhancements include new lanai and spa cabin categories, a more contemporary look in public areas and cabins, additional dining options and a revamped theater experience. The overhaul has given new energy to this ship, which continues to delight passengers with a high passenger-to-space ratio, the latest in technological advances -- including a pool-side large screen for showing movies and nature films -- and beautiful Dutch art and antique displays.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots Dedicated: January 1996, by actress Debbie Reynolds
  Contact info: Holland America Cruises
300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
  Room amenities: •Luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens •Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage 100% Egyptian cotton towels •Premium massage showerheads •5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers •Fragant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure •Complimentary fresh fruit on request •Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages •Flat-panel TV and DVD player •Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service
  Facility amenities: •Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options •Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens •Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties •The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests •Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper. •Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening. •Rubens Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts •Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270' views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Westgate 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 The Westgate Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Approximately 10:00 am upon disembarkation at San Diego Port, "B" Street Pier with independent departures. You will be staying at MS Veendam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Housing & Transportation form and Health & Safety Questionaire.
  Parking availability:
There is 24 hour valet parking (no self) serve for the Westgate Hotel. Overnight parking is $32. Long-term parking is also available at Park & Ride lots that service both the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Airport. Rates vary from $10 to $24 per day.
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Diego
  Nearest airport:  San Diego(SAN) airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea/San Diego
Travel Details

San Diego


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Various Shuttle Companies


Per Person/One Way:


Please call specific shuttle company for rate
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


Below lists shuttle companies frequently used by travelers. Advanced Shuttle: 800.719.3499 Access Shuttle: 619.282.1515 / 800.690.9090 Airport Shuttle: 619.234.4403 / 888.254.0333 Cloud 9 Shuttle/Super Shuttle:800.9.SHUTTLE (800.974.8885) Coronado Livery: 619.435.6310 EZ Ride: 800.777.0585 Prime Time Shuttle: 800.REDVANS (800.733.8267) Sea Breeze Shuttle: 619.297.7463 Xpress Shuttle: 800.900.RIDE (7433) The Flyer: 800.COMMUTE (266.6883)


San Diego


From Airport




Various Taxi Companies


Per Person/One Way:


Please call specific taxi company for rate
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 Minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi – unless you specify a particular taxicab company. Airport Yellow Cab of San Diego: 619.234.6161 American Cab: 619.234.1111 Orange Cab: 619.291.3333 San Diego Cab: 619.226.8294 / 800.368.2947 USA Cab: 619.231.1144


San Diego


From Airport




Public Transportation
The Coaster
phone: 800-262-7837


Per Person/One Way:


One way: $5.00, Round Trip: $10.00 (prices subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 10 minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


Travelers headed to and from San Diego International Airport can connect with the Coaster at Amtrak's Santa Fe Depot train station downtown by using Metropolitan Transit System Flyer Route No. 992 every 10 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 12:50 a.m.The Coaster operates Monday-Saturday. There is no Sunday service, and no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. For additional information,visit

Driving Directions
  San Diego Airport to The Westgate Hotel From Airport: Exit airport and follow signs to Downtown (east on Harbor Drive), left on Broadway, left on Second Avenue, hotel entrance is on the right hand side.
Elevation Note: 4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site

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: Registration/Welcome
(Friday, January 2)
 Afternoon: Program Registration
 Dinner: Welcome Buffet Dinner - The Westgate Room
 Evening: Brief introductions to the members of the group.
Accommodations: The Westgate Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Free Afternoon/Transfer to Ship
(Saturday, January 3)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Program Orientation. Free Time to pack and check out of hotel. Depart for ship; Arrive Port of San Diego, "B" Street Pier, and check-in
 Lunch: Aboard ship on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to get settled into your cabin and to explore the ship. Ship departs San Diego for Hawaii at 5:00 pm
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner - Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Classes/Free Time/Cocktail Party
(Sunday, January 4)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Formation and Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands/Geology of Hawaii
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in on-board activities. Welcome Cocktail party prior to dinner
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Classes/Free Afternoon
(Monday, January 5)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Introduction to the Pacific: Discovery and Exploration by Traditional Voyagers
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Classes/ Free Afternoon
(Tuesday, January 6)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: European Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Classes/ Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, January 7)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Plants and Animals of Hawaii
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Morning Classes/Free Afternoon
(Thursday, January 8)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: Corals and Coral Reefs
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arrive Lahaina/Iao Valley State Park/Maui Ocean Center/Depart Maui for Honolulu on the island of Oahu
(Friday, January 9)

Note: This is a "tender" port. As Lahaina has a small, shallow port, the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time. Iao Valley field trip: scenic drive with interpretation on bus. When you reach the the park, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the bottom at the visitor's center or on the bus.

 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Lahaina, Maui at 10:00 am.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Iao Valley State Park - This lush green valley 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.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant-Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Field trip to Maui Ocean Center. Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium which is devoted to Hawaii’s unique marine environment. This state-of-the-art marine park features spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels and majestic lionfish, colorful Hawaiian wrasses, Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
 Dinner: At leisure aboard ship or on your own in Lahaina
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 10:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Honolulu at 11:00 pm
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive Honolulu/Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial/Bishop Museum /Free Time/Depart Honolulu for Kauai
(Saturday, January 10)
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Honolulu Harbor, Oahu at 7:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field trip to World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument - view historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, explore the museum and book shop.
 Lunch: Picnic on the beautiful grounds of Bishop Museum
 Afternoon: Field trip to Bishop Museum. Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawai`i and its place in the Pacific.
 Dinner: On board ship or you are free to explore local dining options on your own.
 Evening: Free Evening to explore Oahu or participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: All aboard by 10:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Kauai at 11:00 pm.
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Waimea Canyon/Coffee Plantation/Depart Kauai for Kona
(Sunday, January 11)
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Nawiliwili, Kauai at 8:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Waimea Canyon - the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii - and Kokee State Park. Today we'll study 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 rain forest, we'll continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. We'll also visit tiny Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at beautiful, peaceful Kokee Park
 Afternoon: After lunch we will depart for the ship and stop at Kaua`i Coffee Company – Hawaii’s largest coffee grower with more than 3400 acres under cultivation. Visit includes a self-guided walking tour of the coffee growing and production process as well as opportunity to sample their different products. All aboard by 4:00 pm. Ship sets sail from Kauai for Kona at 5:00 pm
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Arrive Kona, Hawaii Island/Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) o Honaunau National Historical Park/Depart for Hilo
(Monday, January 12)

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: Aboard ship
 Morning: Ship arrives at Kona, Hawaii Island at 8:00 am

Field Trip: Puuhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park: This historic site contains one of the most sacred heiau (traditional place of worship) in the islands. Learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore Kona on your own. All aboard by 4:00 pm. Ship departs for Hilo at 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Arrive Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/Orchid Garden/Sail for Ensenada, Mexico
(Tuesday, January 13)

Note: Thurston Lava Tube: Can be wet and slippery, 15 -20 stairs down to the tube and 15- 20 back up. Walking on uneven ground, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1-2 miles walking.

 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Hilo, Hawaii Island at 8:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your exploration will include guided nature walks and hikes. Stops include: •Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera. •The Steam vents. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. •A walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows. •Devastation Trail. The Trail was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). •Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest, and island formation.
 Lunch: Deli lunch - 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: Continuation of Volcanoes field trip. Along the way back to the ship, we'll make a brief stop at an orchid nursery that has over 1000 blooming orchids on display - one of the largest collections in Hawaii. All aboard by 4:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Ensenada, Mexico at 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Free Day
(Wednesday, January 14)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free day to relax and/or participate in shipboard activities
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Morning Classes/ Free Afternoon
(Thursday, January 15)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: Wind Weather and Waves, Tides and Tsunamis
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Morning Classes/Free Afternoon
(Friday, January 16)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Fish Form and Function
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Morning Classes/Free Afternoon
(Saturday, January 17)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Animals Without Backbones: Hawaiian Marine Invertebrates
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Morning Classes/Free Afternoon
(Sunday, January 18)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Dangerous Marine Organisms
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Arrive Mexico/Depart Mexico for San Diego
(Monday, January 19)
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free Day to relax, participate in shipboard activities, or pack and get ready for disembarkation tomorrow morning
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Arrive Ensenada, Mexico at 12:00 pm– some free time in Ensenada. All Aboard at 5:00 pm. Ship Departs for San Diego at 6:00 pm
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Last opportunity to enjoy the ship's many activities.
Accommodations: MS Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Arrive San Diego/Disembark in San Diego and Aloha (Farewell)
(Tuesday, January 20)
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at the San Diego Port, #B Street Pier at 7:00 am. All ashore by 10:30 am.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 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 be interested in one of their activities (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
  Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Sugar Cane Train
Railroads traveled through the history of Hawaii for more than 100 years and became a picturesque part of the Hawaiian landscape between fields of sugar cane and plantation villages. The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. Be transported from the Maui of yesteryear to the beauty and charm of Maui today. 17 Kaka'alaneo Drive Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 Phone: (808) 661-0080 Fax: (808) 661-3444 One Way, Roundtrip and Dinner Tours Available. 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
  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
  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
  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
  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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