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Hawaii’s National Parks: Exploring Four Islands from Volcanoes to Pearl Harbor

Program Number: 2810RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2015 - 6/17/2015; 10/10/2016 - 10/24/2016; 1/16/2017 - 1/30/2017; 2/13/2017 - 2/27/2017; 3/6/2017 - 3/20/2017;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Hilo (Hawaii), Hawaii
Price starting at: $5,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 47; 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners    

Follow the journey of Pele — Hawaii's volcano goddess — from Kilauea on Hawaii to Haleakala on Maui, to Kalaupapa on Molokai and to bustling Waikiki on Oahu. Led by former park rangers and local historians, delight in Hawaii's natural and cultural history while you traverse its national parks and historic sites.


• Study Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park with a volcanologist and get a bird's-eye view into Kilauea's crater.
• Explore and study St. Damien’s ministry to Hansen's Disease patients quarantined on an isolated portion of Molokai, Kalaupapa Peninsula.
• Journey on the famous road to Hana and see countless waterfalls on a scenic coastal road leading to a beautiful lunch spot with locals.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on groomed trails, cooled lava flows that are uneven surfaces, rainforests. Elevations up to 10,000 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Hilo 1 night, transfer to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 3 nights; coach to Kailua-Kona, 2 nights; flight to Maui, 3 nights; flight to Molokai, 3 nights; flight to Oahu, 2 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Hilo (Hawaii)

This is one of few surviving examples of a Hawaiian plantation town. The impact of Polynesians, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, other Pacific Islanders, and Europeans blend in the faces of the people who give Hilo its charm. With diverse shopping opportunities and its friendliness, Hilo is the perfect town to linger just a little longer.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Mountain-top military retreat. Other locations: Full-service hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii 1 night
   KMC Lodging
  Volcanoes National Park (Volcano), HI 3 nights
   Royal Kona Resort
  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii 2 nights
   Maui Beach Hotel
  Kahului, Maui, HI 3 nights
   Hotel Molokai
  Kaunakakai, Molokai 3 nights
   Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
  Kaunakakai, Molokai
Kapaa, Kauai
2 nights
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 2 nights
 Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Comfortable, laid back Hilo is the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and an authentic taste of Hawaii's Big Island. The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located right on Hilo Bay and only two miles from Hilo Airport. Old banyan trees line the drive to the hotel, most of which were planted in the 1930's by celebrities such as Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart and Cecil B. DeMille. Mauna Kea looms in the background and the arched bridge that leads to Coconut Island is only steps from the doors of the resort. The hotel is flanked by a beautiful beach, the Liliuokalani Gardens and the Naniloa Country Club.
  Contact info: 71 Banyan Drive
Hilo, HI 96720 USA
phone: 800-367-5004
  Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, clock/radio, television,coffee maker iron and ironing board (on request), hair dryer (on request), telephone, high-speed Internet access (additional fee) and air-conditioning. There is no Wi-Fi available in the rooms.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has a swimming pool, sun deck, Queen’s Court Restaurant, Waioli Lounge, gift shop, free parking, lcoin-operated laundromat (open 6:00 am - 10:00 pm), broadband Internet kiosk (fee) in the lobby with printing, free Wi-Fi in lobby, safety deposit box at front desk, 24- hour front desk and florist on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See below Special 2015 Road Scholar room rate is: (Rates are subject to change and based upon availability at time of booking) Standard Garden View Room - $125.00 + taxes Deluxe Ocean View Room - $150.00 + taxes Please note: * At the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, your program uses deluxe ocean view rooms. You may want to consider booking a deluxe room for your pre-program stay to avoid having to change rooms.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 KMC Lodging
Type: Lodge
  Description: Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) is a historic mountain-top setting inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Crater Rim Drive, yards from the summit caldera of Kilauea. Its history is as old as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park having been established in the same year 1916. What once began as an idea by Hilo Board of Trade members for a training ground for the National Guard and an Army "vacation and health recruiting station" has become one of Hawaii's most unique resorts for the military. In its eighty-nine years of existence, KMC had served as a training facility, housed a Navy camp, hosted numerous dignitaries including General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the president of the United States and briefly served as an internment camp and later as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. While the camp still maintains its historical charm, renovations to the camp in the last decade have enhanced KMC’s facilities and services making it one of the military’s favorite vacation resort.
  Contact info: Kilauea Military Camp
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718 USA
phone: 808-967-8333
  Room amenities: Each unit includes a mini-refrigerator, cable TV, telephones, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, flashlights, and even an umbrella for inclement weather. For your comfort, every cottage and apartment is also equipped with electric heat and a fireplace.
  Facility amenities: Mountain cabins, general store, post office, laundromats, wireless internet service (FREE within individual cabin rooms), gas station, fire & ambulance personnel, recreation facilities, etc.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Royal Kona Resort
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Royal Kona Resort is a full service hotel (former Hilton) in downtown historic Kailua-Kona village, on the ocean with three separate buildings/towers. It features a natural salt-water swimming lagoon and sandy sunning area, in addition to a split-level freshwater pool and children's pool.
  Contact info: 75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-329-3111
  Room amenities: The Royal Kona Resort offers 452 air-conditioned guestrooms positioned in three wings. .Amenities include refrigerators, hair dryers, iron and iron board, in-room, safe, coffeemakers, air-conditioning and cable television. All rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: The resort features four tennis courts, the Lotus Center Massage and Spa and on-property shops. Guests can experience oceanfront dining and entertainment at the oceanview Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Pacific Rim cuisine highlights include prime rib, seafood selections and the restaurant's signature dish, Huli Huli chicken prepared in the exhibition-style kitchen. Guests can stay in touch while traveling via wireless Internet access throughout the resort (surcharge). There is also a laundromat, shops, and it is within walking distance to shops and restaurants in town
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Maui Beach Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This kamaaina (local) property is located on the harbor side of Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui and is conveniently located near the airport and program sites. It is a 30 minute drive from several lovely beaches (shuttles available or cars can be rented from airport - hotel has a free shuttle to airport). There is a large shopping mall across the street.
  Contact info: 170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
  Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioner, complimentary broadband internet access (no Wi-Fi in rooms), cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock, telephone with voicemail, in- room safe, and iron/ironing boards.
  Facility amenities: This full service has a swimming pool and pool deck. As it is located on a “harbor” beach, swimming is not recommended here. The town of Kihei (a 30 minute drive) has several swimming beaches. There is free parking at the hotel, free airport Shuttle (6am to 9pm), free high speed internet, 24-Hour front desk, copy/fax service, computer internet kiosks through Shaka Net located in lobby, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and a coin operated laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Molokai
Type: Hotel
  Description: The only hotel on the island, charming A-frame architecture with Polynesian style decor, ocean front detached cottages, located a few miles from town and a genuine hideaway from all things mainstream. There is breathtaking natural beauty, deserted beaches, no high-rise buildings, and an ‘old’ Hawaii feel.
  Contact info: Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 USA
phone: 808-553-5347
  Room amenities: Rooms have coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, television, and telephones, Not all rooms are air conditioned. The average temperature for Moloka'i is 70-80 degrees and the rooms are open-air. These open-air rooms allow trade winds to go through and make it the perfect temperature with natural breezes blowing through screens. There is also an outside lanai sitting area.
  Facility amenities: Amenities include Swimming pool, outdoor dining room and bar, ATM/banking free self-parking, laundry facilities, gift shops or newsstand.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel has a spectacular beachfront location on the east coast of Kauai. This 216-room beachfront hotel next to scenic Wailua River offers a variety of delicious on-site dining options and thoughtful amenities to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable stay, along with breathtaking views of the lush mountains and the sparkling blue waters that surround it.
  Contact info: 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 877-997-6667
  Room amenities: Amenities include in room safe, refrigerators, in-room PlayStation®2 console to play DVD movies and games from unlimited access DVD (additional fee), hair edryer, daily in-room coffee and tea, and daily newspaper. Internet access and Wi-Fi is not available in rooms.
  Facility amenities: The resort features Kauai’s only protected swimming and snorkeling beach, two swimming pools, jacuzzi, fitness room, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, Now kiosk located in the lobby area, coin operated laundry, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and free parking. Also on-site are the Kuhio Lounge and the poolside Kahanu Bar & Grill.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Waikiki Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Waikiki Resort Hotel is very well located in the heart of Waikiki, half a block away from the Kuhio Beach section of world famous Waikiki Beach and in the shadow of iconic Diamond Head. Being near Kuhio Beach is a real plus, as it is the most interesting part of Waikiki Beach because it is wide, sandy, nicely landscaped, and it is home to the beachboy stands which send out surfers and outrigger canoes. The hotel is also within walking distance of other popular attractions such as Kapiolani Park (great for morning or evening walks), the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, King's Village shops, and a multitude of restaurants and other attractions.
  Contact info: 2460 Koa Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-922-4911
  Room amenities: Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, private balcony, high speed Internet access (plug in available in room, not Wi-Fi, for surcharge of $9.95 plus tax per 24 hour period as of 7/12), hair dryers, ironing boards with irons, refrigerator, shower or shower and 1/2 bath tub, clock radio, color TV with on demand movies and games, and an in-room safe (surcharge) .
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and pool deck, sundry and gift shops, self-service laundry, a laundry and dry cleaning service, a 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a 24-hour bell desk, front desk, Wi-Fi available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: See rates in comments section 2015 Double/Single Rates: $130.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $125.00 + tax for April-June, September -November
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 -5:00 pm in Hilo Hawaiian 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 Hilo Hawaiian Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Independent check outs by 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Additional Required Information for Program #2810 Form; Valid I.D. required for inter-island flights.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Parking fee at Oahu Hotel is $22 per day (subject to change).
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Hilo
  Nearest airport:  Hilo Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Honolulu
  Nearest highway: H-1 Freeway
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Travel Details

ITO (Hilo Airport)


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $10.00 - $11.00 (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




3 miles


There are many taxi cab companies that service Hilo International Airport. The designated exclusive taxi lane for queuing is in front of the Baggage Claim Area. Approximate taxi rate is $3.00 flip + $.30 per 1/8th mile + $.30 per minute for waiting time + $1.00 per bag. Shaka! Taxi & Tours (808) 987-1111 Marhysa Taxi & Island Tours (808) 938-3285 Hot Lava Taxi & Tours (808) 557-0879 Helen's Taxi (808) 895-4400


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


Honolulu (HNL)


From Airport




AMPCO Express
phone: 808-861-8294


Per Person/One Way:


Approx $45.00 - $55.00
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 (shirts with black lettering, and the wording TAXI DISPATCHER) for service.

Driving Directions
  From Continental US to Hawaii: Getting to Hawaii is Easier than You Think! 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, Kauai, and Hawaii's Big Island, 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 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. One way flights between islands will cost between $50 and $90 depending on the time and season. 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 Hawaii Airport Codes HNL (Honolulu, Oahu) OGG (Kahului, Maui) KOA (Kona, Hawaii's Big Island) ITO (Hilo, Hawai`'s Big Island) LIH (Lihue, Kauai) MKK (Molokai) Inter-island Airline Information: Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  Hilo International Airport (ITO) to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel The total distance is 3.1 mi (about 8 mins) 1. Head west on Airport Rd - 0.2 mi 2. Continue onto Kekuanaoa St - 0.1 mi 3. Continue onto Airport Rd - 1.4 mi 4. Turn right onto Hawaii Belt Rd - 0.7 mi 5. Continue onto Banyan Dr Destination will be on the right 0.6 mi
  Waikiki Resort Hotel to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) 1. Head northeast on Liliuokalani Ave toward Kuhio Ave 2. Turn right at Kuhio Ave - go 0.3 mi 3. Turn left at Kapahulu Ave - go 1.3 mi 4. Slight left to stay on Kapahulu Ave - go 256 ft 5. Slight left at Waialae Ave - go 0.3 mi 6. Take the ramp onto I-H1 W -go 6.0 mi 7. Take exit 18 to merge onto HI-92 W/N Nimitz Hwy - go 2.0 mi 8. Turn left at Rodgers Blvd - go 0.2 mi Total Est. Distance: 10.2 miles Total Est. Time: 21 mins
Elevation Note: 3 nights at 4,000' elevation, walking field trip to 10,000' with lunch at 3,200'

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: Independent arrivals/Introduction
(Monday, June 1)
 Afternoon: Road Scholar program registration -– Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Lobby
 Dinner: Queen’s Court Restaurant
 Evening: Introductions
Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hilo Walking Excursion/Travel to Volcano/Orientation
(Tuesday, June 2)
 Breakfast: Queen's Court Restaurant
 Morning: Orientation followed by Historic Hilo Overview Walking Excursion
 Lunch: At the hotel
 Afternoon: Depart on bus to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Arrive and check in to KMC. Social Hour before dinner.
 Dinner: Buffet at 6:00 PM
 Evening: Program Orientation
Accommodations: KMC Lodging
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Geology Lecture/Nature Walk
(Wednesday, June 3)

Note: 2 mile level hike from KMC to Volcano Art Gallery.

 Breakfast: Crater Rim Cafe
 Morning: A geology lecture introduces the formation of the Hawaiian Islands.
 Lunch: Crater Rim Cafe
 Afternoon: Nature walk to Hula Platform, Volcano Art Gallery, and Kilauea Visitor Center; 2 miles total
 Dinner: Buffet at Crater Rim Cafe
 Evening: Cultural Discussion
Accommodations: KMC Lodging
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Volcanoes Park Field Trip/Lava Field Trip
(Thursday, June 4)

Note: Hike out to views of active flow,approx 2 miles total; return after dark; good shoes, water, & flashlights required

 Breakfast: Crater Rim Cafe
 Morning: Field Trip: Volcano Museum, View Crater close-up, Devastation Trail - one-mile walk
 Lunch: Crater Rim Cafe
 Afternoon: Free time. Depart for Lava Field trip mid/late afternoon
 Dinner: Picnic supper (box supper)
 Evening: Night time views of lava at the coast (conditions permitting)
Accommodations: KMC Lodging
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kona Field Trip/National Historical Park
(Friday, June 5)

Note: Walk on sandy trails about 2 miles; hat, sunscreen, water recommended

 Breakfast: Crater Rim Cafe
 Morning: Field trip to Kona - stop at black sand beach
 Lunch: en route at southernmost town in USA
 Afternoon: Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park - located at sea level. Check-in hotel in Kona.
 Dinner: Hotel Restaurant
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trip to Kaloko-Honokohau NHP/Puukohola Heiau
(Saturday, June 6)
 Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Field Trip to Kaloko-Honokohau NHP, the newest national park in Hawaii and Puukohola Heiau Historic Site
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at coastal beach with views of ancient fishponds, Maui mountains, and local wind surfers
 Afternoon: Afternoon swim at sandy beach, views of turtles and reef fish; return to hotel
 Dinner: Hotel Restaurant
Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Flight to Maui / Iao Valley
(Sunday, June 7)

Note: 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.

 Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Free morning; check-out of hotel; transfer to Kona Airport
 Lunch: At the airport
 Afternoon: Flight to Maui Island; arrival & collect luggage; visit Iao Valley with Hawaiian cultural specialist; check-in hotel
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Field Trip to Hana/Hawaiian Style Lunch
(Monday, June 8)

Note: The famous road to Hana is 50 miles of hairpin curves and 54 narrow bridges. As a preventative measure, recommend motion sickness medication for those susceptible to car sickness.

 Breakfast: Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip to Hana, Maui's East End - 50 miles of sea cliffs, waterfalls, hairpin curves, and 54 narrow bridges. Visit the largest temple in Polynesia.
 Lunch: Hawaiian style lunch in Hana at private home located on the coastline
 Afternoon: Return trip along leeward coast, weather permitting. Journey completely around the edge of Haleakala, with changing landscape from lush rain forest to desert.
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Field Trip Haleakala National Park/Visit to Plantation Towns
(Tuesday, June 9)

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

 Breakfast: Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field Trip: Haleakala National Park; visitor center and spectacular crater views
 Lunch: At restaurant in Kula, 3200 ft. elevation
 Afternoon: Visit plantation towns of up-country Maui - Olinda, Makawao, and Paia with brief stop at Hookipa Beach Park, world-class wind surfing
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Class/Free Time in Lahaina/Ferry to Molokai
(Wednesday, June 10)

Note: The ferry ride is approximately 90 minutes - 2 hours, dependent upon conditions.

 Breakfast: Buffet-Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Class: "“Where Did Everybody Come From?”" Time to pack before lunch and departure to Lahaina.
 Lunch: Rainbow Dining Room
 Afternoon: Depart for Lahaina. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore and learn about this old whaling town and its history. Gather at Lahaina Harbor for a 2-hour ferry ride to Molokai Island.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant in Molokai
 Evening: Check In Hotel Molokai
Accommodations: Hotel Molokai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Field Trip East Molokai/Halawa Valley
(Thursday, June 11)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Field Trip in school bus to East Molokai - Molokai Museum & Sugar Mill, visit a private home and garden with tropical flowers and native birds
 Lunch: At local retaurant
 Afternoon: Continue on to Halawa Valley the oldest recorded habitation site on Molokai
 Dinner: Molokai Restaurant
 Evening: Preview of next day
Accommodations: Hotel Molokai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Kalaupapa National Historical Park
(Friday, June 12)

Note: Shuttle flights are 9-passenger, twin-engine prop planes; approx. 10 minute flight.

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: School bus transfer to Molokai Airport; 15-min. air shuttles in small commuter planes down to Kalaupapa National Historical Park; guided tour in school bus of the isolated peninsula where Saint Damien ministered to leprosy patients
 Lunch: At Kalaupapa
 Afternoon: After conclusion of national park visit, air shuttles return visitors to top-side; school bus transfers group to hotel
 Dinner: Hawaiian Paina/Luau presented at Molokai Museum
Accommodations: Hotel Molokai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Morning Flight to Kauai/Hanalei Valley/Kilauea Lighthouse
(Saturday, June 13)
 Breakfast: Tailgate Breakfast
 Morning: Morning flight from Molokai to Kauai via Honolulu. Depart from airport for Hanalei Valley - encircled by waterfall draped mountains. Visit Kilauea Lighthouse NWR with park guides, 1 mile walk to lighthouse; birders paradise with views of Hawaii's coastal sea birds - albatross, frigate, shearwater, etc.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hanalei Bay
 Afternoon: Optional swim at white sand beach in Hanalei, or walk to the historic town which was the setting for "South Pacific"; check into hotel
 Dinner: Palms Restaurant
Accommodations: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Field trip to Waimea/Kokee State Park
(Sunday, June 14)
 Breakfast: Palms Restaurant
 Morning: Depart for field trip to Waimea, on west end of island
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Kekaha Park, the gateway to Waimea Canyon; views of Ni'ihau Island
 Afternoon: Field trip to Waimea Canyon, 4,000 ft. elevation, and Kokee State Park. Panoramic views of oldest island, isolated valleys, waterfalls, unspoiled landscape; return to hotel
 Dinner: Palms Restaurant- Free Evening
Accommodations: Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Flight to Oahu/USS Arizona Memorial/National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific/Orientation
(Monday, June 15)
 Breakfast: Palms Restaurant
 Morning: Morning air flight to Oahu Island; upon arrival, board bus for lunch.
 Lunch: Local restaurant on the way to Pearl Harbor
 Afternoon: Visit the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park at Pearl Harbor and view a 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. From there we will travel to The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, commonly known as "Punchbowl" before heading the hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Ilima Cafe
 Evening: Oahu Orientation
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Oahu's East End/Kawainui Marsh/ Pali Lookout/Class: Hawaiian Values/Aloha Program
(Tuesday, June 16)
 Breakfast: Buffet - Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Field Trip today starts with a morning drive around Oahu’s spectacular east end by Diamond Head along a coastal road providing spectacular views. Arrive at Kailua Ahupuaa and Kawai Nui Marsh on windward O`ahu. Considered sacred to Hawaiians, Kawainui Marsh, is the largest remaining emergent wetland in Hawaii and Hawai`i’s largest ancient freshwater fishpond. Learn about Hawaiian Traditions and Conservation from a local conservation group. Trip continues with a scenic stop at the Koolau Mountains’ beautiful and historic Pali Lookout, and a drive through Historic Honolulu including Chinatown, Downtown Honolulu, and the capitol district before returning to the hotel.
 Lunch: Ilima Cafe
 Afternoon: Class: Hawaiian Values, with Hawaiian cultural specialist
 Dinner: Aloha Farewell Dinner
 Evening: Finale: Aloha Program with Hawaiian Club of singers, musicians, and dancers
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Aloha! End of Program and Departures
(Wednesday, June 17)
 Breakfast: Ilima Cafe; group farewell; program offically ends after breakfast
 Morning: Independent departures to Honolulu Airport. Check-out time from hotel is 11:00 AM. 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! Aloha!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii 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
  Kahului, Maui, HI Bailey House Museum
Built in 1833, the Bailey House is now a museum showcasing Hawaiian culture, artifacts, paintings, and furnishings from nineteenth-century Maui. Located in historic Wailuku Maui, built on the site of the Royal compound of Kahekili, last ruling chief of Maui, the house served as the Mission station for the Wailuku Female Seminary for Girls until 1847, then occupied by Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. 2375A Main Street Wailuku, HI 96793 Tel. (808) 244-3326 Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Major Holidays Adult $7, Senior $5 For additional information, visit
  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
  Kapaa, 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: $7 adults, $5 seniors For additional information, visit
  Kauai Village Shopping Center
Kauai Village Shopping Center is centrally located on east Kauai, midway between the southern resort area of Poipu and the northern resort area of Princeville. This eight acre complex features stores and restaurants that appeal to both local residents as well as to visitors of Kauai. The 30 shops are a good mixture of boutiques, gift shops, art galleries and restaurants from fast-food variety to fine dining. There is an open air court with a ten foot waterfall and a series of landscaped ponds and streams laced with small walking bridges and walkways. 4-831 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa, HI 96746 Ph: 808-822-4904
  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.
  Island of Kauai, Hawaii 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
  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: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm 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
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Suggested Reading List

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.

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.

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 Fishwatcher's Field Guide

Author: I. Greenberg

Description: A handy, laminated card featuring full color illustrations of 60 common and spectacular denizens of Hawaiian coral reefs.

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 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.

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.


Author: Alan Brennert

Description: Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, Brennert's richly imagined novel of seven-year-old Rachel Kalama -- full of tales of stories of old Hawaii -- draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'I.

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.

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.

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 Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage

Author: Rachel Laudan

Description: Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history. With 150 recipes.

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.

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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