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Best of Hawaii: Oahu, Big Island and Maui

Program Number: 21586RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/22/2015 - 8/30/2015; 2/13/2016 - 2/21/2016; 2/27/2016 - 3/6/2016; 4/9/2016 - 4/17/2016; 5/7/2016 - 5/15/2016; 9/17/2016 - 9/25/2016; 10/15/2016 - 10/23/2016; 11/12/2016 - 11/20/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
Price starting at: $2,699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks; History & Culture; Water Sports
Meals: 20; 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners    

Be immersed in the natural wonders, culture and history of America’s paradise — Hawaii! On this three-island adventure that begins on Oahu, journey along the breathtaking East Coast to marvel in the iconic natural beauty of Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay. Stay in lodging in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, and cap off your learning adventure on Maui to experience the “moonscapes” of Haleakala National Park and the lush rainforests of Iao Valley State Park.


• On the east coast of Oahu, learn about environmental projects at a historic fish pond and education center.
• If conditions allow, enjoy nighttime lava viewing at Volcanoes National Park after others have gone home!
• Snorkel along the dazzling coral reef in Lanai.

Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles per day. Elevations of 10,023 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Honolulu (Oahu), 3 nights; flight to Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), 2 nights; flight to Kaanapali (Maui), 3 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Honolulu (Oahu)

Honolulu, which means “Sheltered Bay,” possesses a unique blend of Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Asian and Pacific Islander influences that contribute to its cultural richness. Its Waikiki area, formerly wetlands, today evokes images of golden sand beaches and stunning sunsets.

Honolulu: Hotel near Waikiki Beach. Volcanoes National Park: Mountain-top military retreat. Kaanapali: Ocean-front hotel.

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

Born and raised in New York State, Claire Durham moved to Hawaii in 1966 after living in Japan for two years. She had a long and successful career in information technology, raised a daughter and retired in 2000. Since then, Claire has become a veteran group leader for Road School, a world traveler and bona fide “kamaaina” (local) of Hawaii. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Hawaii and the aloha spirit with her groups.
Frank Lau

From serving in community development on the border of Mexico to developing an English curriculum for the Olympics at a 5-star hotel in Beijing, Frank’s life has fed his passion for the cross-cultural. Traveling has drawn him to fascinating locales across the globe, but his Hawaiian roots are perhaps strongest of all. His interest in Hawaiian culture and his desire to show his students an “insider’s” view of the Islands have made him a perfect match for Road Scholar’s Hawaii programs.
Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown is originally from California, but her heart is in Hawaii. She moved there in 1980 with an adventurous spirit and a knack for singing and songwriting. She entered the travel industry, working at restaurants before joining a children’s choir and Camp Mokuleia. There, she led programs in environmental education and progressed to the program director. After 18 years, she developed Camp Timberline and Lani Kamahao before moving on to teach at Kawaiahao School which promotes Hawaiian language, history and culture. She is excited to share her life experiences with you!
Meals and Lodgings
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 3 nights
   KMC Lodging
  Volcanoes National Park (Volcano), HI 2 nights
   Royal Lahaina Resort
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) 3 nights
 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 prior: 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 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 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 after: between $259-$325 plus taxes Maui is an extremely popular destination; rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.The rate is between $259-$325 plus tax per night. There is no guarantee that the lower rate will be available. To make a reservation, call the resort at 808-270-9753 Ask for: Lori Moore. Guests MUST identify that they are with Road Scholar PII and have their program number & dates of stay ready. A credit card will be taken at time of reservation; applicable hotel cancellation policies will apply.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Waikiki Resort 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 Waikiki Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Independent check outs by 12:00 pm You will be staying at Royal Lahaina Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Papae o Heeia, the entity that will provide the Heeia Fish Pond visit during this program, and Papahana Kuaola, an entity we will visit on another excursion during this program, are required by their insurance carriers to obtain a signed liability release waivers from all program participants. Participants must sign Papae o Heeia's and Papahana Kuaola's liability waivers prior to participating in these field trips. These waivers will be included in the program preparatory materials participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program’s commencement.. Valid I.D. for adults is required for inter-island flights.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at Oahu Hotel is $22 per day (subject to change). Parking is free at Maui hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Honolulu
  Nearest highway: H-1 Freeway
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  From End 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
Travel Details

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




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.


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


Royal Lahaina Resort


To 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.


Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Roberts Hawaii
phone: 866-293-1782
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes to 1 hour depending upon traffic 




30 miles


Prices subject to change. For more information, visit


Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali


To Airport




Various Taxi Companies
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$90 per taxi
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes - 1 hour depending on traffic 




30 miles


Maui Taxi Companies: A. Maui Airport Taxi LLC (808) 875-6110 B. Sunshine Cabs of Maui (808) 879-2220 C. Royal Sedan & Taxi (808) 874-6900 Prices are subject to change.

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 major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United) and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to and from Maui, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If you need to transfer back from Maui to 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 Road Scholar Travel Services or over the Internet using the airline’s own website or through a travel website such as, or Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Waikiki Resort Hotel: 1.Follow signs to H1 East. 2.Go North on Rodgers Blvd. toward N. Nimitz Hwy. 3. Turn RIGHT onto N Nimitz Hwy/Kamehameha Hwy/HI-92 E 4. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Dillingham Blvd. 5. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Honolulu 6. Merge onto Interstate H1 E 7. Take the Punahou St. exit - exit 23 8. Turn RIGHT onto Punahou St. 9. Turn RIGHT onto S Beretania St. 10. Turn LEFT onto Kalakaua Ave. 11. Turn LEFT onto Lili`uokalani. 12. Hotel on LEFT side across from Pacific Beach Hotel and behind the Hyatt. Total Est. Time: 20 minutes Total Est. Distance: 10 miles
  Royal Lahaina Resort to Kahului Airport (OGG) 1. Head south on Kekaa Drive. 2. Turn left toward HI-30 E/Honoapiilani Road 3. Turn right onto HI-30 E/Honoapiilani Road and travel 19.8 miles. 4. Turn right onto HI-380 towards Kahului and travel 7 miles. 5. Turn right onto Lanui Circle; keep right to stay on Lanui Circle. Kahului Airport is on the right.
Elevation Note: 4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site, 10,000' at Haleakala National Park

Equipment Requirements: On the Lanai Dolphin Whale Watch Snorkeling excursion basic snorkel equipment (snorkel, mask and fins) are available for use onboard the vessel at no additional charge. If you are an avid snorkeler and wish to snorkel in addition to this excursion on your own on the free day in Maui, we recommend that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit, comfort, and experience.
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
(Saturday, August 22)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to hotel. Program Registration from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and hotel check-in.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Ilima Café, lobby level
 Evening: Introductions with members of the group and Program orientation
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Orientation/Hawaiian Culture Class/USS Arizona/Hawaiian Cultural Event
(Sunday, August 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Introductory Hawaiian Culture Class: “Eia Hawaii, He Moku, He Kanaka” (Here is Hawaii, an island, a human).
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip to the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park - View a historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the museum and book shop. Return to hotel and some free time to relax or explore on your own.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy an evening with a local Hawaiian cultural organization, sharing music, crafts and aloha.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Oahu's East End/ Papahana Kualoa/Heeia Fishpond
(Monday, August 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Field Trip: Oahu's spectacular east end which will take you along a coastal road providing spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains (including views towards Molokai, weather permitting). The scenic route will take us by Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Halona Blowhole. Field Trip: Visit a local property on the windward side of Oahu and whose mission is to create quality educational programs focused on environmental restoration to exemplify a lifestyle respectful of kanaka (people), aina (land) and kupuna (ancestors)
 Lunch: Local-Style lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Visit Heeia Fishpond -Fishponds were originally created by the Alii (chiefs) as stocking ponds to raise fish and provide for easy access to fish during the winter months when deep sea fishing was dangerous. The Heeia fishpond is a unique natural resource that was constructed over 600 years ago. Paepae o Heeia (Friends of Heeia) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and restocking this 88-acre ancient Hawaiian fishpond to its original state.
 Dinner: Hula Grill Restaurant with beautiful views of Waikiki.
 Evening: Free evening to prepare for tomorrow's departure.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class/Fly to Hilo/Nighttime Lava Viewing
(Tuesday, August 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Learn about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be while attending morning class: "Island Formation". Check out and depart for airport after class.
 Lunch: On your own at Honolulu International Airport
 Afternoon: Fly to Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, depart on motorcoach to Volcanoes National Park for nighttime lava viewing.
 Dinner: Picnic supper (box supper)
 Evening: Field Trip: Nighttime Lava Viewing. We'll drive to where we’ll see where recent eruptive activity has crossed and closed the road. Nature and Madam Pele permitting, we may be able to see evidence of the active lava flow, perhaps as a glow on the bottom of clouds near the top of the pali (cliffs).
Accommodations: KMC Lodging
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Class/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(Wednesday, August 26)

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

 Breakfast: Crater Rim Cafe
 Morning: Class: Hawaiian Cultural Discussion. Field Trip: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your exploration will include guided nature walks and hikes. Stops include: •Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera. •The Steam vents. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. •A walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows. •Devastation Trail. The Trail was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). •Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest, and island formation.
 Lunch: The Rim Restaurant- at the reopened Volcano House
 Afternoon: Continuation of Hawaii Volcanoes field Trip. Return to KMC and time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Crater Rim Cafe
 Evening: Free evening to prepare for early morning departure and full travel/field trip day in Maui.
Accommodations: KMC Lodging
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fly to Maui/Haleakala/Iao Valley
(Thursday, August 27)

Note: The high elevation (10,023 feet) at the summit area of Haleakala National Park may complicate health conditions and cause breathing difficulties. People should consult their doctors prior to traveling to high elevations. -Iao Valley field trip: scenic drive with interpretation on bus. When you reach the Iao Valley 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: Take out breakfast to eat at the airport.
 Morning: Early morning departure on motorcoach for Hilo Airport; flight to Maui. Upon arrival, depart immediately on field trip. Field Trip: Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. Learn about Hawaii's indigenous animals and plants, including the endemic Ahinahina (silversword). The park is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.
 Lunch: Local restaurant in Kula
 Afternoon: Field trip: Iao Valley State Park – Lush green Iao Valley is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. We will discuss the area's natural and cultural history.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Free Day/Luau
(Friday, August 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace
 Morning: Free time to explore Maui on your own. You may wish to hang out at the world-famous Kaanapali Beach right in front of the hotel, book a day excursion through the concierge desk or explore the local Kaanapali/Lahaina area. You may also want to consider a visit to Lahaina, and we suggest the Lahaina Walking Tour (tickets provided by your group leader) – a 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.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Free day continues
 Dinner: Royal Lahaina Luau at 5:15 pm
 Evening: Cultural Event: Enjoy a luau in an oceanfront setting where a traditionally prepared pig, slowly roasted in an underground Imu, is the centerpiece of an elaborate, multi-course feast. Dance, music and song conjure the myths and stories from throughout Polynesia into an evening of unforgettable performances culminating in a spectacular Fire Dance Finale.
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Snorkel Excursion/Farewell Dinner
(Saturday, August 29)

Note: Snorkel Dolphin Watch: Recommend motion sickness medicine if you are susceptible to seasickness. You are NOT required to snorkel during the Lanai Dolphin/Whale Watch excursion and can stay on the boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery while on board. Snorkeling skills and experience are not required; however we recommend you be a competent swimmer in order to snorkel. You should be comfortable in the water. You may enter and get out of the water as desired. Lifeguards are on-site.

 Breakfast: Onboard vessel
 Morning: Excursion: Snorkel/Wild Dolphin Watch: 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.
 Lunch: Onboard vessel
 Afternoon: Field trip concludes at approximately 2:30 pm. Return to hotel at approximately 3 pm. There will be an option to remain behind to explore Lahaina and return to hotel on own.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at Royal Ocean Terrace, lobby level, at 7:00 pm.
Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Program End/Departure
(Sunday, August 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at leisure- Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Lobby level
 Morning: Hotel check out by 12:00 pm and individual departures. 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
  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.
  Kaanapali, HI (Island of Maui) 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
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Suggested Reading List

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific

Author: H. Douglas Pratt

Description: This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.

Aloha Betrayed

Author: Noenoe K. Silva

Description: Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.

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 Volcanoes National Park

Author: Trails Illustrated

Description: This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.

Hawaii Wildlife

Author: James Kavanagh

Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.

Hawaii's 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.

Oahu Revealed

Author: Andrew Doughty

Description: Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.

Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii

Author: Elizabeth Bentzel Buck

Description: By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Author: Thurston Clarke

Description: A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.

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.

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 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.

Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories

Author: Rick Carroll (Editor)

Description: This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Author: Sarah Vowell

Description: Tracking the Americanization of Hawaii from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1820 to the annexation in 1898 (Queen Liliuokalani was in Washington lobbying to save her nation during the McKinley inauguration), Vowell shows the complex interplay of god, business and tradition with her usual acerbic wit (and research).

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