10910
Hawaii
The Best of Oahu and Maui
Learn the story of Hawaii through the islands of Oahu and Maui, where you’ll discover an ancient heiau (temple), explore historic sites and museums, and visit a royal palace.
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Program No. 10910RJ
Length
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
18 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet welcome dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Orientation, Oahu's East End, Classes
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt trails.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, fruit including pineapple, oatmeal, breads, muffins, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll be joined by a local expert for an introductory class on Hawaiian culture. We’ll board a motorcoach with a local expert and set out on a field trip that will take us around Oahu's spectacular east as we travel along a coastal road with spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains of Oahu. This scenic route takes us by Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Halona Blowhole. Weather permitting, we may be able to see Molokai as well.

Lunch: At a local park, we'll enjoy boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We'll board our motorcoach and depart for a visit to Kawainui Marsh, the site of many heiau (ancient temples) and home to a number of endangered birds, fish, and Hawaiian plants. A scenic route over the historic Nuuanu Pali (cliffs) will return us to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and experience Waikiki — once the playground of Hawaiian royalty — to check out live music, walk along the beach, or just soak up the atmosphere.

DAY
3
Queen Emma's Palace, Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles, approximately 1 hour depending on traffic. Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; paved walkways; grassy path at Queen Emma's Palace, stairs at Bishop Museum, elevators available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and set out on a field trip that will take us first to Queen Emma's Summer Palace, known in Hawaiian as Hanaiakamalama. An expert will lead us through this secluded retreat where she, King Kamehameha IV and their son, Prince Albert, spent summers. Next, we will drive to Bishop Museum, where we will enjoy lunch before our field trip.

Lunch: At the Bishop Museum Cafe, we’ll have a plated and served meal and order from a select menu; choice of plantation iced tea or POG (pineapple-orange-guava juice) included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll experience Bishop Museum, the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. It was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. It began with her extensive collection of Hawaii an objects and royal family heirlooms and now includes millions of objects, documents, and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures. We will have an expert-led exploration through the museum followed by independent time to see what interests you most.

Dinner: We'll walk to a nearby restaurant for a delicious plated meal; non-alcoholic beverages included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Back at the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local expert who will present an engaging lecture on the road leading up to and the attack at Pearl Harbor.

DAY
4
Free Day
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Breakfast: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Morning: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to visit sites such as Iolani Palace, the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; or snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State.

Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries.

Afternoon: Free time. Continue your independent explorations or just relax.

Dinner: On your own to experience the amazing variety of fare Hawaii has to offer.

Evening: Free Time.

DAY
5
Class, Punchbowl, USS Arizona, Cultural Event
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 30 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour depending upon traffic. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; stairs at USS Arizona Museum theater and memorial. Getting on/off a Navy operated shuttle boat. (Boat rides may be cancelled by the Navy in the event of high winds and/or strong water currents.) Walking through USS Arizona Museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our meeting room, we’ll be joined by a local expert who will give us a fascinating presentation on the formation and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands, their unique natural history, and environment. We will then depart on motorcoach for a drive through of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific — commonly referred to as “Punchbowl” — and learn of its significance. The cemetery is situated in the extinct Puowaina volcanic crater formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. The Hawaiian name Puowaina has been translated as “hill of sacrifice.” More than 13,000 soldiers and sailors who died in World War II are interred here. After the class, we will have a drive thru tour of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in a dramatic natural setting in extinct Puowaina crater which was formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Pearl Harbor, we’ll have a plated and served meal and order from a select menu; coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our field trip will begin at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where we will visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. We will explore the museum, view a short documentary film in the theater, and board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial. As the National Park Service explains, “The Arizona was bombed on December 7, 1941, about 15 minutes into the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 1,177 sailors and Marines on board. Today she rests where she fell, just off the coast of Ford Island.” The memorial honors the memory of the Arizona crew and other service members and civilians who died during the attack: 2,335 sailors, soldiers, and Marines as well as 68 civilians. Returning from the field trip, we’ll transfer via motorcoach back to the hotel.

Dinner: We'lll enjoy a wonderful plated meal served with nonalcoholic beverages at a local restaurant that boasts spectacular views of Waikiki. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a delightful evening sharing “Aloha” with a local Hawaiian cultural organization. “Aloha” is a word with varied and deep meanings beyond hello and goodbye and we’ll learn about its resonance in Hawaiian life.

DAY
6
Fly to Maui, Iao Valley, Class
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B,L,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Flight from Honolulu to Maui is approximately 30 minutes. On Maui, driving about 14 miles, approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; uneven ground, standing during field trip. During the Iao Valley field trip, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying on the vehicle.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out mid- morning and transfer via motorcoach to Honolulu Airport for our flight to Maui. Upon arrival in Maui, we’ll hop aboard a motorcoach and transfer to lunch.

Lunch: We'll enjoy boxed lunches at the beautiful Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens. The park features structures representative of Hawaii’s cultural heritage.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to Iao Valley State Park. This lush green valley is considered sacred to the Hawaiian people and was once off limits to all but royalty. It was the site of a fierce battle in 1790 between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. The Iao Needle — Kukaemoku in the Hawaiian language — is a peak that rises 1,200 feet above the landscape. Late afternoon, we’ll proceed to our hotel in Kahului and check in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, plated meal with non-alcoholic beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At the hotel, learn about Hawaii’s humpback whale behavior from a local naturalist in this evening's class.

DAY
7
Class, Free Time in Lahaina
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over streets and sidewalks. On Maui, driving about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours depending on traffic

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, find out "Where Did Everybody Come From?" in an engaging lecture by a local educator. After class, we will depart via motorcoach for Lahaina town, located on Maui's west side.

Lunch: Explore Lahaina's various restaurants on your own

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We will provide vouchers for entrance to several Lahaina museums. Lahaina was a longtime residence of kings and chiefs of Maui, and served as the capital of the united kingdom of Hawaii from 1820-1845. It was also a key port for the whaling industry as well as a center of missionary activities. Today, this is some of the most expensive real estate in the islands.

Dinner: We'll gather together for a plated meal at local restaurant on Lahaina's Front Street. Nonalcoholic beverages included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We'll return to our hotel via motorcoach by 8:30 pm and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
8
Maui Ocean Center, Lei Making
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B,L,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Walking around Maui Ocean Center includes some uneven ground, paved sidewalks and stairs. Driving about 20 miles, approximately 1 hour depending on traffic.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll will depart via motorcoach for Maui Ocean Center. Our interpretive visit to 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, Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.

Lunch: At a restaurant overlooking Maalaea Harbor, we’ll have a plated and served meal with an included non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After returning to the hotel via motorcoach in the afternoon, we will receive lessons in Hawaiian Lei making with a local expert where you will learn how to string your very own fresh flower lei to wear to dinner!

Dinner: At the hotel's Rainbow Dining Room, we will enjoy a farewell plated dinner with included nonalcoholic beverages. Other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 AM.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Aloha!






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