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
9 days
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8 nights
18 meals
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Arrive Honolulu, Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over 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 last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated Welcome Dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Orientation, Class, Queen Emma's Palace, Bishop Musuem
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Walking 1.5 to 2 miles, streets, sidewalks.

Breakfast: Enjoy a filling breakfast buffet at the hotel before the day's activities.

Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach, bus, school bus and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Orientation will be followed by an Introductory Hawaiian Culture Class from a local expert. Then depart on a field trip to Hanaiakamalama (Queen Emma Summer Palace) - A museum of rare artifacts and personal belongings of Hawaii’s royalty. Queen Emma (1836-1885) became Queen Consort upon her marriage to Kamehameha IV in 1856.

Lunch: Our midday meal will be a plated meal at the Bishop Museum Cafe before our afternoon visit.

Afternoon: After lunch, our field trip to Bishop Museum begins. Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Starting with a Docent-Guided visit of museum, you will also have some free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: After refreshing ourselves at the hotel, walk to a local restaurant in vibrant Waikiki where we will enjoy a delicious plated meal.

Evening: Listen to engaging "Stories of Hawaii" in a class taught by a local expert.

Oahu's East End, Date of Infamy
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Walking 1.5 to 2 miles, streets, sidewalks, parkland trails.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: This morning's field trip takes us around Oahu's spectacular east end which leads 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.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at the scenic Heeia State Park.

Afternoon: Continue our journey and visit Kawainui Marsh, the site of many heiau (ancient temples) and home to a number of endangered birds, fish, and Hawaiian plants. A scenic bus trip over the historic Nuuanu Pali will return you to the hotel after the field trip.

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

Evening: An optional class "Date of Infamy" will be held in the evening with a local expert.

Free Day
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Breakfast: On your own to explore local eateries

Morning: Free day to explore individual interests. You may wish to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center as an optional free time activity at a specially-arranged reduced rate (see notes section and purchase form attached). You may also want to consider a visit to one of many free time activities such as: Iolani Palace the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; or snorkeling 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 day continues

Dinner: On your own to explore local eateries

Evening: At leisure

Class, Punchbowl, USS Arizona, Cultural Event
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Walking through USS Arizona Museum.

Breakfast: Hotel Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Learn about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be while attending morning class: "Island Formation". 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: Lunch is a plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, depart on a 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.

Dinner: Enjoy a wonderful plated meal at a local restaurant that boasts spectacular views of Waikiki.

Evening: Spend the evening with a local Hawaiian cultural organization, sharing music, dance, and aloha.

Fly to Maui, Iao Valley, Class
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Flight to Maui lasts about 30 minutes. The drive to Iao Valley is scenic with interpretation on bus. Walking 1.5 to 2 miles over paved sidewalks with some stairs. At the Iao Valley State park, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the bottom or on the bus.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for a short 30 minute flight to Maui

Lunch: Indulge in a box lunch in the beautiful Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens. The park features structures representative of Hawaii’s cultural heritage.

Afternoon: Depart by bus on our field trip to 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'll discuss the area's natural and cultural history.

Dinner: Enjoy the hotel's buffet dinner at the Rainbow Dining Room.

Evening: Learn about Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Behavior from a local naturalist in this evening's class.

Class, Optional Lahaina Walking Excursion
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over streets and sidewalks. Bus ride to Lahaina takes 30-40 minutes.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: Find out "Where Did Everybody Come From" in an engaging lecture by a local educator. After the class, the group departs for a trip to Lahaina, on Maui's west side.

Lunch: Explore Lahaina's various restaurants on your own

Afternoon: Free Time. Vouchers will be provided 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: Plated meal at local restaurant in Lahaina.

Evening: At leisure.

Maui Ocean Center, Lei Making
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Walking around Maui Ocean Center includes some uneven ground, paved sidewalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: Depart by bus for the Maui Ocean Center field trip. This state-of-the-art marine park is dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Its collections include spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels, majestic lionfish, the colorful Hawaiian wrasse, green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.

Lunch: Lunch will be a plated meal at the Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center overlooking the harbor.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, 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 and your Aloha Program.

Dinner: Hotel dinner buffet.

Evening: Gather with the program staff and the rest of your fellow participants at the hotel on your final evening for an Aloha (Farewell) Program.

Program Concludes
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

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

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: Independent departures. This concludes our 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!

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