Meals and Lodgings
|| The Westgate Hotel
|| San Diego
|| MS Veendam
|| At Sea
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
At Sea/Ensenada, Mexico
| The Westgate Hotel
||Located 2.5 miles from the airport, the Westgate hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy Horton Plaza shopping center and trendy restaurants and nightclubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. Designed as a re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles, the Grand Lobby is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets.
1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
||Room amenities include minibars, DVD & CD players, iron/ironing board, clock radio, hair dryer, climate control, a desk and laptop-compatible safes. High-speed Internet access is complimentary, and TV-based Internet access is also available (surcharge).
||Guests enjoy access to two restaurants (Le Fontainebleau - Flagship restaurant known for romantic atmosphere and contemporary French cuisine and Le Grand Café featuring Continental-inspired California cuisine), 24 hour room service, an upscale grocery, a bar, afternoon tea served every weekday, a fitness center and a spa.
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| MS Veendam
||The MS Veendam's major upgrade in 2009 has transformed the ship into a trendsetter for its class. Now measuring 57,092 tons and carrying 1,350 passengers (up from 1,266), Veendam's enhancements include new lanai and spa cabin categories, a more contemporary look in public areas and cabins, additional dining options and a revamped theater experience. The overhaul has given new energy to this ship, which continues to delight passengers with a high passenger-to-space ratio, the latest in technological advances -- including a pool-side large screen for showing movies and nature films -- and beautiful Dutch art and antique displays.
||Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
Passenger capacity: 1,350
Crew members: 580
Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt.
Length: 719 feet
Beam: 101 feet
Maximum speed: 22 knots
Dedicated: January 1996, by actress Debbie Reynolds
Holland America Cruises
300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
||•Luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
•Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage 100% Egyptian cotton towels
•Premium massage showerheads
•5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
•Fragant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
•Complimentary fresh fruit on request
•Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
•Flat-panel TV and DVD player
•Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service
||•Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options
•Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens
•Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties
•The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests
•Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
•Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
•Rubens Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts
•Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270' views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening
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.
Free Time Opportunities
| Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Imiloa Astronomy Center
The relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a colorful variety of displays and interactive exhibits. There are daily Planetarium shows, an extensive Exhibit Hall to discover, landscape tours. Lunch is available at the on-site restaurant.
Hours of Operation are:
Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
Adults (13 and up) $17.50
Located at: Nowelo St, Hilo, HI 96720
For additional information, visit www.imiloahawaii.org
||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 www.gohawaii.com
| Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Sugar Cane Train
Railroads traveled through the history of Hawaii for more than 100 years and became a picturesque part of the Hawaiian landscape between fields of sugar cane and plantation villages. The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. Be transported from the Maui of yesteryear to the beauty and charm of Maui today.
17 Kaka'alaneo Drive
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone: (808) 661-0080
Fax: (808) 661-3444
One Way, Roundtrip and Dinner Tours Available.
For additional information, visit www.sugarcanetrain.com
||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 www.ulalena.com
| Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
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 www.huliheepalace.org
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.
For additional information, visit www.kahuaranch.com/
||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 www.konacoffeefest.com/vendors.html
| Lihue, Kauai
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
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm
General Public: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $8.00
For additional information, visit www.kauaimuseum.org
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
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 kilohanakauai.com/
| Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
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
Open: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Year round.
For additional information, visit http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/index.cfm?park_id=15
||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 www.honolulu.gov/moca/historichonolulu.htm
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 www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay
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
Hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
For additional information, visit www.honoluluzoo.org
||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.
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
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
(facility closes at 5:00 p.m.) For additional information, visit http://www.waquarium.org/
||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.
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.
Author: Noenoe K. Silva
Description: Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
At Dawn We Slept, The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
Author: Gordon W. Prange
Description: A massive account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, long but readable.
Beyond Paradise: Encounters in Hawaii Where the Tour Bus Never Runs
Author: Peter S. Adler
Description: A clear-sighted account of rambles and adventures in Hawaii.
Born in Paradise
Author: Armine von Tempski
Description: The autobiographical tale of childhood on a Maui ranch in the early part of this century. A classic account of old Hawaii, warm-spirited and evocative.
Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii
Author: James L. Haley
Description: A fascinating history of America’s youngest (and, arguably, most unique) state. Historian and biographer James Haley charts Hawaii’s epic journey from kingdom to statehood with authority.
Dismembering Lahui, A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887
Author: Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio
Description: Osorio charts the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887.
Eyewitness Guide Hawaii
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.
Feathered Gods and Fishhooks, An Introduction to Hawaiian Archaeology and Prehistory
Author: Patrick Vinton Kirch
Description: In this definitive, well-illustrated introduction to Hawaiian archaeology, Kirch provides an island-by-island overview of major sites, settlement patterns, agriculture, and cultural customs.
From a Native Daughter, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
Author: Haunani-Kay Trask
Description: Trask, a descendant of the Pi'ilani line of Maui and the Kahakumakaliua line of Kauai, explores issues of racism and imperialism in Hawaii, documenting the work of native Hawaiian student organizations and the native Hawaiian self-governing organization Ka Lahuni Hawaii.
Author: James Michener
Description: A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Author: Trails Illustrated
Description: This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.
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
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
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.
Author: Martha Warren Beckwith
Description: A classic study of Hawaiian ethnography and folklore.
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.
Author: Julia Flynn Siler
Description: Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.
Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii
Author: Mark Twain
Description: These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.
Nation Within, The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i
Author: Tom Coffman
Description: Coffman follows the rising tensions between the U.S. and the once-independent Hawaii through the late 19th century, documenting how the native population resisted annexation.
Author: Andrew Doughty
Description: Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.
Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii
Author: Elizabeth Bentzel Buck
Description: By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.
Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941
Author: Thurston Clarke
Description: A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.
Pearl Harbor and Military Environs
Author: McElfresh Map Company
Description: A detailed map of the US bases bombed at Pearl Harbor. The reverse features period postcard images depicting 1940s Pearl Harbor.
Plague And Fire, Battling Black Death And the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown
Author: James C. Mohr
Description: Mohr relates the gripping tale of the bubonic plague that reached Hawaii's shores just as the islands were about to become a U.S. territory through the eyes of the people caught up in the vast conflagration that engulfed Honolulu's Chinatown.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
Author: Gavan Daws
Description: A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Description: The bittersweet tale of a storied Hawaiian family in crisis, adapted for the Alexander Payne movie starring George Clooney.
The Island Edge of America, A Political History of Hawaii
Author: Tom Coffman
Description: Journalist Tom Coffman brings Hawaii's story into the twentieth century through this reinterpretation of major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959.
Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories
Author: Rick Carroll (Editor)
Description: This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.
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.