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Best of Kauai's Natural and Cultural Wonders

Program Number: 10959RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/31/2015; 2/21/2015 - 2/27/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,727.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

A natural jewel among the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai’s pristine coastline begs to be explored and its history unearthed. Discover why Kauai is a place distinct from other islands of Hawaii as you venture to its nature preserves, study its prehistoric sites, and meet members of its diverse community as they share their cultural and ethnic traditions. Visit the village of Hanalei — with its rural valley landscape featuring taro farms, protected waterbird habitats, and historical architecture — and see for yourself why it is truly one of Kauai’s special places.




Highlights

• Explore Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest population of seabirds on the Hawaiian Islands.
• Immerse yourself in local history during field trips to Grove Farm Homestead Museum, Kauai Museum and the Kokee Natural History Museum.
• Trace the history of Kauai during an interactive afternoon at the West Side Technology Center.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; elevations of 3,000 feet.



Coordinated by University of Hawaii at Hilo.




Kauai

Kauai, or Kaua'i, is the oldest and northernmost of the major islands in the Hawaiian Island chain comprising gentle, rolling countrysides, jagged mountains, magnificent canyons and desert-like sand dunes, as well as 143 miles of coastline.



Accommodations
Elegant, oceanfront hotel centrally located on Kauai's Coconut Coast.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
  Kapaa, Hawaii 6 nights
 Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled right on Coconut Beach, Courtyard by Marriott Kauai Resort is one of the top Kapaa resorts, constantly reminding Kauai hotel guests why they chose the Garden Isle for their Hawaii getaway. Kauai Hawaii Marriott offers service levels that exceed Courtyard expectations, as well as stunning ocean views and a premier location to many island attractions, shopping, and restaurants.
  Contact info: 650 Aleka Loop
Kapaa, HI 96746 USA
phone: 808-822-3455
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lihku-courtyard-kauai-at-coconut-beach/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bottled water (for a fee), Coffee maker/tea service, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Bathroom Amenities, Hair dryer, phone and cable tv.
  Facility amenities: Coffee/tea in-room, complimentary local calls (time limit), concierge desk, safe deposit boxes (front desk), swimming pool and jacuzzi, spa (appointment required) and exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $140.00 ++ You may book and pre/post nights at the Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach directly with the hotel. For Kaua`i post program room reservations please contact Desiree Fagarang at dfagarang@courtyardkauai.com or (808) 320-3624.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $140.00 ++ You may book and pre/post nights at the Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach directly with the hotel. For Kaua`i post program room reservations please contact Desiree Fagarang at dfagarang@courtyardkauai.com or (808) 320-3624.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm Check-in time at hotel. You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm check-out time at hotel. You will be staying at Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kapaa, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kapaa
  Nearest highway: Kaumuali`i Highway
  Nearest airport:  Lihue
  From End of Program
  Location: Kapaa, Hawaii
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Kauai Taxi Company
phone: 808-246-9554

 
Driving Directions
  Continental US Air travel only to Hawai`i
Elevation Note: There is one field trip that is a little over 3000 feet but most of the week will be at sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes is required for full participation in field trips.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival to Hotel
(Sunday, January 25)
   
 Arrive To: 5:30 pm Check in with Road Scholar staff and pick up info packet at the front lobby area.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner at hotel with a brief orientation to follow.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Waimea Canyon Lookout and West Side Technology Center
(Monday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Your first full day on the Garden Isle will take you to Waimea Canyon which is the largest canyon in the Pacific. With breathtaking views, from the west side of Kaua’i, the vistas offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Hawai`i. The canyon is approximately ten miles (16km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900m) deep and it was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit.The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though Waimea Canyon is smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, we think you’ll agree that Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty in Arizona. Make sure you bring some light rain gear because some of the lookouts are among the wettest places on earth. Bring your cameras, too, because this will truly be one of your favorite photo opportunities.
 Lunch: Lunch at Koke`e State Park.
 Afternoon: If you are interested in history, high-tech, or engineering, you’ll be intrigued by Kauai’s innovative, high-tech, state-of-the-art Technology Center, with “touch-sensitive” screen. The Center offers a unique opportunity to explore Kauai`i’s engineering history. Using the theme, “Enduring Engineering,” you’ll be able to follow cultural and historic photographs showing the development of engineering on Kaua`i from ancient days to modern times and from the Polynesian voyagers to NASA’s most sophisticated technology. The historic photos even depict the “grass shacks” which dominated the landscape of Kaua`i and there is even a photo of the first movie ever filmed in Kaua`i, “White Heat”, by director Louis Weber. The museum blends history with the near by Pacific Missile Range Facility. The center is representative of the eclectic mix that gives definition to the tiny communities that co-mingle with the military base situated on this end of the island. With the Pacific Missile Range Facility and a growing number of high-tech companies, it is taking its place as the high technology hub of the island.
 Dinner: Dinner at Hotel.
 Evening: Introduction to Kaua’i Tonight, you’ll be introduced to the history, culture and the environment of Kauai. Once known as the land where sugar was king, the island is also affectionately called the “Garden Island”, because this Island, more than any other Hawaiian island, represents the stereotypical “Garden of Eden” with its lush carpets of green and tropical island beauty. Kaua’i has abundant valleys high cascading waterfalls, upland rain forests dense with tropical vegetation and high trees alive with rare birdlife. There are arid desert canyons populated with adapted plant life, mountain ridge trails, rivers and remote interior valleys and tranquil beaches. The coral reefs are filled with tropical fish and other diverse forms of marine life. Kauai’s tranquil island beauty will enrapture your imagination and meet all of your expectations with its intimate beauty and warm community.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kaua`i Museum and Grove Farm Homestead
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: The Kaua’i Museum is the best place to get acquainted with the island’s history. It is very unique because it houses a treasure of the island's heritage, everything from feathered leis to vintage photographs. A permanent display is called The Story of Lana'i and is filled with Hawaiian artifacts and history of the past. Many local people refer to this special Museum as a cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians because it nurtures the creative spirit of today’s artists. Your museum journey will enhance your discovery of how the islands have changed since Captain Cook’s arrival at Waimea in 1778. You’ll also be able to view a 30 minute aerial film tour of Kaua’i and see the diversity of the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain The museum’s gift shop contains some of the best historic Hawaiian titles and handicrafts.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the historic Grove Farm Homestead Museum located on an 80-acre sugar plantation that belonged to George N. Wilcox and his nieces who built their home here in 1864. The Grove Farm was one of the earliest sugar plantation homes and it was turned into a museum in 1978 and depicts the rise to fame of the prominent family. The main house is in pristine condition with walls and a staircase made of native Koa wood. Also on the grounds is a wash house, tea house, and guest cottage.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Evening Activity- "Coconut Weaving"
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: South Shore Tour
(Wednesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Eggberts (famed for its whirlwind service and great egg dishes. Before your finish ordering your meal… it will appear on your table.
 Morning: Visit the eastside of the island. All day field trip to Kauai Museum and Grove Farm Homestead Museum. is replaced with Your Naturalist today will be noted geoscientist, Chuck Blay who earned his Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University. Chuck’s first encounter with Kauai was in the late 70’s and in 1986 he walked and investigated the 111 miles of the island’s perimeter. Chuck co-authored the book Kauai’s Geologic History: A Simplified Guide, which provides a comprehensive summary of the geologic origins of the Hawaiian Island and the island of Kauai. Among other studies he presently investigating the Lithified Sand Dunes of Kauai’s Mahaulepu Coastal Area and the Character of Coral/Algal Fringing Reefs of Kauai. Chuck is one of Kauai’s most noted naturalists and field interpreters. Your day with Chuck will be awe-inspiring and his enthusiasm for the ‘aina (land), culture and history of Kaua’i, will be infectious. Maha`ulepu Beach: This is the site where King Kamehameha I, tried to capture the Island of Kaua’i, but failed in his attempt in 1796 due to a violent storm that forced his retreat. Moir Gardens Koloa Landing: Although, Koloa Landing is now a very popular dive spot, this historic site was – until this century- Kauai’s main port. Whaling ships used to winter here, and all goods brought to Kaua’i came through either Koloa Landing or Waimea.
 Lunch: Lunch & Swimming at Poipu Beach Park
 Afternoon: Prince Kuhio Monument: At this famed location, you’ll be able to see the monument to Prince Kuhio, the last royally designated heir to the Hawaiian throne. He went on to become a delegate to Congress until the early 1920’s. Kukuiula Harbor Spouting Horn: This natural wonder occurs when water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface. You’ll be able to see that every wave produces another spray. Spouting Horn frequently spurts salt water 50 ft. into the air. The phenomenon is especially exciting at sunset when the spray becomes incandescent with the colors of the rainbow.
 Dinner: Dinner at Coconut Market Place.
 Evening: Hula show at Coconut Market Place.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hanalei Pier and Swimming, Hanalei Overlook
(Thursday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit the North Shore to explore the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. One of the few wildlife refuges that is open to the public, it includes over 200 acres of protected land and serves as the home to migratory birds such as the Pacific golden plover, Laysan Albatross and the Nene Goose. The refuge is recognized as Hawaii’s largest seabird sanctuary, a place that is home to over 5,000 seabirds. Unfortunately, the refuge was struck hard by the 1992 hurricane Iniki and there was severe damage to the habitat and, of course, loss of birdlife and vegetations. The Refuge complex lost several buildings and received extensive damage due to the hurricane, but fortunately much has been repaired and it remains a very unique and inspiring place to visit. On this refuge is the Kilauea Lighthouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This historic lighthouse services as an important navigational aid for commercial shipping vessels sailing through the Hawaiian archipelago to and from the Orient. The history of the Kilauea Lighthouse began in 1909 when the property was purchased for a one dollar token from the Kilauea Plantation Company. The location was perfectly suited as the grass-covered bluff was surrounded by pounding surf on three sides. Work began on the Lighthouse in 1912 and was completed in 1913, with a light shinning to ships more than 20 nautical miles away. Hanalei Pier that was constructed in 1892. Hanalei means “lei shaped” and it is one of scenes you’ll remember if you saw the movie “South Pacific.” The wooden pier was constructed in 1892 and then reinforced with concrete 30 years later. The Pier was used by local farmers for shipping their rice until it was closed in 1933. In 1979, the Pier was put on the National Register of Historic places and has recently reconstructed and reinforced.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Take in the historical wonders of Hanalei Valley. Within the constrains of this beautiful valley, most of Hawai`i’s taro is grown here and cultivating can be dated as far back as 700 AD.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kilohana Plantation
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Spend your last day on basking in the beauty of Kilohana where you’ll catch a glimpse of the past on this authentic plantation estate. You’ll be taken back in time to sugar’s golden era some 75 years ago at this unique location. You’ll take a train ride into Hawaii’s agricultural history on the Kaua`i Plantation Railroad where you’ll tour over 100 acres of Historic Kilohana Sugar Plantation. You’ll come “up close and personal” with wild pigs, goats and sheep and get a glimpse of the wild horses and Clydesdales who live on this estate. The tours through the orchards and fruit farms add to this glorious day where you’ll learn much about Kauai’s history and agricultural past. Restored to its original splendor today, Kilohana stands as a reflection of a vanished age. The home, grounds and surrounding farm land speak to the the same distinctive Island hospitality as it did during sugar’s golden era 75 years ago. Historically speaking, for some this was a time of prosperty that was reflected in the homes built by the plantation’s owners. Kilohana, was probably the most beautiful of all the plantations built during this era and this Tudor mansion, may have been the most beautiful mansion in all of Hawaii. The lavish furnishings and grounds were a testament to the success of sugar… “Those were the days my friends”.. Your days highlights will include: - “Kaua`i Plantation Railway” – Train Ride - “Walk Through of a Tropical Rainforest” - Gourmet lunch in the shade on a private plantation - “Visit to the Exotic Fruit Orchard” - Shopping at the Galleries - Tour of the Kilohana Plantation Estate
 Lunch: Gourmet lunch at plantation.
 Dinner: Dinner at Smith's Lu`au.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Kaua`i at Coconut Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, January 31)
   
 Depart From: Program ends after breakfast.
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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