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Snorkeling Hawaii’s Spectacular Marine Environments

Program Number: 18116RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/13/2015 - 9/22/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Kahului (Maui), Hawaii
Price starting at: $3,447.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    

Explore spectacular marine environments of the Hawaiian Islands on a series of snorkeling field trips and on visits to premier research facilities. Get up close to sea life and ocean ecosystems in Molokini, Kahaluu Bay, the Kohala coast and Honaunau Bay. Experts discuss the islands’ diverse marine environments, coral reefs and sea species, and a local family hosts a traditional backyard luau.


• On a nighttime snorkel, observe manta rays feeding on plankton attracted by underwater lights.
• Enjoy an exclusive, expert-led visit of the Maui Ocean Center to see its collection of live coral and observe sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
• Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, the “Place of Refuge.”

Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles on uneven ground. No snorkeling experience required, must have basic swimming skills.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Kahului, Maui, 4 nights; fly to Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, 5 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Kahului (Maui)

Though the largest town on the island of Maui, Kahului is off Hawaii’s beaten track of mainstream tourism. The comparatively light crowds are a boon for visitors to the town’s natural and cultural destinations, including the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Oceanfront hotels with air-conditioning, outdoor pools. Meals in hotels, nearby restaurants and picnic-style
Meals and Lodgings
   Royal Lahaina Resort
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) 4 nights
   Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii 4 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
  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

 Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is a tourist-class hotel located on the Big Island's Kona Coast and is 8 miles from Kona International Airport and 105 miles from the city of Hilo. This former king's residence overlooks Kamakahonu Bay and is within walking distance to Hulihee Palace, shops, and restaurants in Kailua-Kona town. Historic artifacts and images are located throughout the hotel.
  Contact info: 75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 USA
phone: 808-329-2911
  Room amenities: Each room has a complimentary internet access, lanai (balcony), coffee maker, clock radio with MP3 outlet, 37" LCD television, complimentary in-room laptop safe, refrigerator, and digital telephone with voicemail and dataport.
  Facility amenities: The restaurant is open for breakfast daily, and offers buffet dinners on selected evenings. Onsite luaus provide entertainment and authentic cuisine while Billfish Bar serves snacks and drinks, poolside. There is direct access to the beach, and a marina and numerous water-related activities are nearby. WiFi is free.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Rates starting from $160 If you are going to be making reservations for pre/post dates only, please follow the following procedure: Call Hotel Reservations Department direct at (808) 329-2911 or toll free at (800) 367-2111 - Ask for special group rate for PII Pacific Islands Institute Program and your Road Scholar program number to receive special group rate (rates subject to availability) - Guests are responsible for their own room, tax, and incidental charges during their pre-stay
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at 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 Royal Lahaina Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast in Kona; check-out by 11:00 AM; independent departures You will be staying at Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Snorkeling Equipment/General Health Questionnaire, Risk Release Form, & Release of Liability form to visit Molokini must be signed and returned to Pacific Islands Institute. Valid photo I.D. is required for inter-island flights.
  Parking availability:
Self parking is $10 per day and valet parking is $15 per day at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Self parking is $10 and valet parking is $16 at the Sheraton Kona Resort. All prices subject to change.
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:  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kailua-Kona
  Nearest highway: Highway 19
  Nearest airport:  Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA)
Travel Details

Royal Lahaina Resort


From Airport




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 




30 miles


2 per person included. $8 each additional.


Sheraton Kona Resort


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle
phone: 866-570-2536
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20-40 minutes depending upon traffic 




15 miles


This shuttle provides a convenient mode of transportation between the Kona International Airport (KOA) and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Reservations are powered by Roberts Hawaii. Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle guarantees no more than 5 stops to your hotel destination. Cost: $33 per person one way or $62 round trip. Includes 2 standard pieces of luggage and one carry on. Oversized luggage fees may apply. You can also make reservations online at


Sheraton Kona Resort


To Airport




Various Taxi Companies


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $55.00 and up*; additional fees may apply for extra passengers, luggage
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 - 40 minutes depending upon traffic 




15 miles


Taxi companies in Kona: Mel's Taxi (808) 987-7254 Aloha Taxi (808) 325-5448 Aloha Taxi (808) 325-5448


Royal Lahaina Resort


From Airport




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 




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, 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, 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,, or Hawaii’s Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui KOA – Kona, Hawaii's Big Island Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines 1-888-435-9462 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Sheraton Kona Resort to Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA) From the Sheraton Kona Resort, turn left on Ehukai Street and head toward Kamehaha III Road. Turn right on Kaleiopapa Street. Continue to Alii Drive and turn left. Continue to Palani Road; Turn left on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. Remain on "Queen K" for approximately 7 miles. Turn right on Keahole Airport Drive.
  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
Equipment Requirements: It is strongly recommended that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit, comfort, and experience; however, snorkeling equipment will be available available for use at no additional charge.
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, Introductions & Orientation
(Sunday, September 13)
 Afternoon: Program Registration
 Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant- Lobby Level
 Evening: Brief Introductions to Fellow Group Members followed by orientation
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class:Coral Reefs & Fishes/Guided tour of Maui Ocean Center/Class /Snorkeling
(Monday, September 14)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Class: Coral Reefs and Fishes. Visit Maui Ocean Center - a guided tour of the aquarium which is devoted to Hawai`i’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, Hawai`i’s beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Snorkeling
 Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Island of Lanai Snorkel and Wild Dolphin cruise/Optional Walking Excursion Lahaina Town
(Tuesday, September 15)

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: Excursion: Snorkel/Whalewatch (Dec – Mar) or snorkel/Wild Dolphin Watch (Apr – Nov) Discover why Lanai has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found off Lanai, too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.
 Lunch: BBQ lunch aboard boat
 Afternoon: Field trip concludes at approximately 1:00 pm. Return to hotel by approximately 2 pm. There will be an option to remain behind to explore Lahaina and return to hotel on own. If you choose to stay behind, you might wish to consider the following suggested activity: Lahaina Walking Tour (tickets provided) – self-guided walk through historic Lahaina. Learn about the colorful past of this old whaling town and its history as the first capital of Hawaii as you visit sites on the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s walking tour of cultural and historic sites.
 Dinner: On own to explore local fare
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Snorkeling at Black Rock/Free afternoon
(Wednesday, September 16)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Field Trip: Snorkeling at nearby Black Rock. This large, black lava rock divides Ka'anapali Beach in half. Snorkeling around the rock is legendary. The rock is almost completely encrusted in coral with a large assortment of fish and sea turtles. Hawaiian legend states that the spirits of warriors left the earth to meet their ancestors by leaping from this rock.
 Lunch: Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax, prepare for tomorrow's departure and enjoy the resort's oceanfront facilities.
 Dinner: Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fly to Kona, Hawaii/Introduction to Kona's Marine Environment/Snorkeling
(Thursday, September 17)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ocean Terrace Restaurant
 Morning: Depart hotel for Airport. Take a short flight to Kona.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and attend Class: Introduction to Kona's Marine Environment. After class depart on a Field Trip: Guided snorkeling at Kahaluu Bay, one of the best snorkeling and swimming spots near Kailua-Kona.
 Dinner: Ainakai Restaurant
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Snorkel & Sail
(Friday, September 18)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Continental breakfast aboard snorkel boat
 Morning: Field Trip: Depart on a catamaran for a remote bay along the Kohala coast. A great opportunity for snorkeling, weather permitting.
 Lunch: Deli-style lunch aboard snorkel boat
 Afternoon: Upon returning to port, free time to explore beach area before departing for hotel. Once back at hotel, there will be a few hours of free time until dinner.
 Dinner: Ainakai Restaurant
 Evening: Free evening to explore Kona on your own
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Free Day in Kona/Night Time Manta Ray Snorkel Trip
(Saturday, September 19)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Breakfast on your own to choose your own local fare
 Morning: Free day to explore Kailua-Kona or snorkel along the Kona coast.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Continue your Free Afternoon before departing in the late afternoon for a night time Manta Ray Snorkeling excursion.
 Dinner: Picnic dinner aboard the snorkel boat
 Evening: Field Trip: Tonight we go in search of manta rays on a night time snorkel. Large underwater lights attract plankton which in turn attract feeding Manta Rays (if the mantas feel like turning up - they are "wild" after all). In any case, it will be a unique experience and we're sure to see a lot of fish.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 8: Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii/Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site/Backyard Luau
(Sunday, September 20)
 Breakfast: Ainakai Restaurant
 Morning: Field Trip: Today we head north up the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. Our first stop will be at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA). NELHA's mission is "to develop and diversify the Hawaii economy by providing resources and facilities for energy and ocean-related research, education, and commercial activities in an environmentally sound and culturally sensitive manner."
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at beautiful Spencer Beach Park
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Puukohola Heiau, the "Temple on the Hill of the Whale,” was built by Kamehameha I in 1790-1791 to incur the favor of the war god, Kuka`ilimoku. This was the last major heiau (traditional temple or place of worship) built in the islands.
 Dinner: The group will experience a backyard luau with a local family. Please understand that these types of experiences are a rare treat and may not be possible at the time the group visits.
 Evening: Cultural Event: This traditional cultural event includes local stories, imu (underground oven) preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park/Snorkeling in Honaunau Bay & Free Time in Kona
(Monday, September 21)

Note: The actual day we visit a particular snorkel site is dependent upon varying weather, tide, and other local conditions at the time and are subject to change

 Breakfast: Ainakai Restaurant
 Morning: Field Trip: Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park was a “Place of Refuge” provided to Hawaiians who broke a kapu (law) or were defeated in battle, giving them a second chance. It was a place of sanctuary where all was forgiven – sacred ground where life could begin anew.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at beach
 Afternoon: Snorkeling in beautiful Honaunau Bay. Upon returning to the hotel, there will be free time to explore Kona.
 Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner- Ainakai Restaurant
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Hotel Check Out/Independent Departures
(Tuesday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Hotel check out by 11:00 am and independent departures
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  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
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) Atlantis Submarines
Marvel at Maui's unique underwater paradise aboard a high-tech 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials. Guests view the unique fascinating natural coral reefs, fish and marine life in air-conditioned comfort and safety. NEW! Artificial Reef Added to Sub Tour Experience! The biggest attraction on Maui is more than 100 ft. below the ocean. Atlantis Submarines is your ticket to see it. Take an once-in-a-lifetime undersea adventure in an Atlantis Submarine, the world's first and most technologically advanced passenger submarine. You will journey into a spectacular blue world more than 100 feet below the surface in spacious air-conditioned comfort. To enhance its sub tour experience and help improve the marine environment, Atlantis embarked on creating an artificial reef in December 2005 by sinking the aged Carthaginian replica of a 19th century supply vessel. The sunken Carthaginian, which needed major repairs and would have been scuttled at sea otherwise, is anchored to a sandy bottom in 95 feet of water that is devoid of coral reef. The resulting artificial reef will develop into a self-sustaining habitat for indigenous fish, coral and other marine life. Join us aboard the Atlantis Submarine in Maui to witness the new resting home of the Carthaginian. From December through May, Atlantis guests may enjoy whale watching during the ship-to-shore journey. All tours provide narration in Japanese via headsets. Reservations for this tour are highly recommended. For additional information, visit
  Lahaina Town
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took leave in Lahaina including Herman Melville, who immortalized the era in his classic novel Moby Dick. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lahaina as you stroll down lively Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), the Pioneer Inn and other sites on the Lahaina Historic Trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.
  Ulalena - Maui Theatre
Ulalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60. For additional information, visit
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

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 Field Guide, Reef Fish

Author: Rainforest Publications

Description: A beautifully illustrated, double-sided laminated card depicting the reef fish of the Hawaiian Islands. Ideal for snorkelers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shore Fishes of Hawaii

Author: John Randall

Description: A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.

The Extreme Life of the Sea

Author: Stephen R. Palumbi, Anthony Palumbi

Description: Including the earliest, the most archaic, the smallest, the deepest, the oldest, the hottest and coldest marine life on Earth, this book by the Palumbi father-son team shows how marine life thrives against the odds. They probe the icy Arctic’s hydrothermal vents, the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches and every ocean and sea in between to describe some of the most extreme life on the planet.

The Grandest of Lives, Eye to Eye With Whales

Author: Douglas H. Chadwick

Description: Wildlife biologist Charwick opens with his eye-to-eye encounter with a humpback off the coast of Maui in this group portrait of the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale and orca.

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.

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

Author: Paddy Ryan

Description: This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Author: Mark Carwardine

Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.

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