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Hawaii
Tropical Splendor: Exploring the Hawaiian Islands
The Big Island was home to Kamehameha the Great, Maui is iconic for its lush island landscapes and Oahu is a history-buff’s mecca. Learn Hawaii’s story on this adventure of a lifetime.
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Program No. 11513RJ
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11 days
10 nights
27 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Prince Waikiki

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: After checking in at the hotel’s front desk, please go to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register, pick up your Arrival Packet, which will have the latest updated schedule, and find out the time of the next day’s Orientation. If your arrival is delayed, please ask the front desk for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Enjoy an award-winning and highly rated buffet in our private room . Beverage options include coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will have brief introductions but will call it an evening early to allow participants to adjust to the travel and the time difference.

DAY
2
Orientation, Class, Bishop Museum, "Punchbowl" Cemetery
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Prince Waikiki

Activity note: Getting on and off busses, walking through Bishop Museum. Stairs between levels at Bishop Museum, elevators available if required.

Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant. Enjoy an array of western breakfast choices (cereal, eggs, pastries, fresh fruit), as well as Asian breakfast options. Beverage options include juice, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After the orientation, enjoy an introduction to Oahu in a morning class.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch poolside, in your room, or find a nice quiet spot in the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to Bishop Museum, designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Start with an expert-led exploration of the museum, then enjoy free time to explore on your own. Next, we will depart on a drive-through of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, (commonly referred to as “Punchbowl”) and learn of its significance.

Dinner: Delicious buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy time at leisure to explore the excitement of Waikiki. Check out local music, walk along the beach, or just soak up the atmosphere.

DAY
3
Iolani Palace
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B
Prince Waikiki

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 mile, streets, sidewalks. Elevators at Iolani Palace.

Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.

Morning: Experience a field trip to Iolani Palace, the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii. It is a Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Learn about Hawaii's rich history before statehood.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Waikiki and Honolulu on your own. Your group leader will make suggestions based on your interests, or if you are in need of ideas to explore all of the culture and beautiful natural surroundings this paradise has to offer. 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).

Dinner: On your own to explore Hawaii's diverse island fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Class, Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial, Board Ship
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Getting on and off busses, walking through USS Arizona Museum.

Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and hear a fascinating lecture on "The Island Chain - Formation and Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands". Learn about Hawaii's unique natural history and the environment.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, plated.

Afternoon: At USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park, view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and upon returning, a short break to explore the museum and book shop. Transfer to the Honolulu Harbor to board the “Pride of America.”

Dinner: As a group aboard the ship in one of the fine dining establishments.

Evening: At leisure to explore the ship, relax and participate in shipboard activities and entertainment.

DAY
5
Arrival Maui, Class, Iao Valley, Overnight Maui
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: During the Iao Valley field trip, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or on the bus.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Enjoy the lecture “Where Did Everybody Come From?” Learn about Maui's unique history and its special qualities before your field trip in port.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own. Choose from the grill on the pool deck, sit down in the open restaurant or choose the buffet lunch.

Afternoon: Experience Iao Valley State Park, a lush green valley that 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.

Dinner: On your own aboard ship or explore the local fare at one of Maui's many restaurants as the ship is docked overnight.

Evening: Enjoy free time to continue exploring Maui on your own or to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions or visit the Shore Excursions desk for ideas. The ship overnights in Maui.

DAY
6
Haleakala National Park
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: The drive is only about 30 miles but can take up to 1.5 hours due to winding roads and local conditions Altitude at the summit area of Haleakala National Park is 10,023 feet. Short walk on trail leading into crater at summit.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Enjoy a spectacular day in 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: At a local Kula restaurant, plated.

Afternoon: Return to Kahului Harbor for some free time to explore Maui before dinner.

Dinner: As a group aboard ship. Be sure to be aboard as the ship will depart this evening.

Evening: Ship sails for Hilo. Enjoy free time on board to relax and participate in shipboard activities. You might consider several music venues and nightly entertainment in the showroom.

DAY
7
Arrival Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; 15-20 stairs down to the tube and 15-20 back up. There is 1-2 miles of walking on this day on varied terrain.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: There is an array of fascinating sights and hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You may consider Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera, or the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. You may walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows, or hike the Devastation Trail, which was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). Stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest and island formation.

Lunch: Enjoy a deli selection at the Crater Rim Cafe, Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). KMC is a 50-acre military “R&R” camp located within confines of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It was founded in 1916, the same year as the National Park.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the park. Along the way back to the ship, you'll make a brief stop at an impressive orchid nursery that has over 1,000 blooming orchids on display. It is one of the largest collections in Hawaii.

Dinner: Freestyle dining on your own aboard the ship. Return to a restaurant that you enjoyed or try out a new one.

Evening: Enjoy free time to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
8
Arrival Kona,Cloud Forest, Puuhonua o Honaunau NHP
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: This is a "tender" port. As Kona has a small port, the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to Kona's shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time. Walking up to 2 miles, sandy trails; bring hat, sunscreen, water. Puuhonoua is considered a sacred site; observe guidelines, stay on marked trails and paths, take only photographs.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Visit a privately owned cloud forest preserve on the slopes of Hualalai to learn about the plants of the tropical cloud forest. This exclusive excursion is not open to the general public and is a special place.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: Experience the historic site of Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) O Honaunau National Historical Park, which contains one of the most sacred heiau (traditional place of worship) in the islands. Through a self-guided walking exploration, learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).

Dinner: As a group aboard the ship at Moderno Churrascaria

Evening: Enjoy free time to relax and participate in shipboard activities. The ship sails to Kauai.

DAY
9
At Leisure, Overnight Kauai
Lihue, Kauai
B,L,D
Pride of America

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Experience Kauai on your own during a free day. You may also choose to remain on the ship and rest or enjoy shipboard activities. The ship’s spa often has specials while in port.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own, either in Kauai or aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue your free time in Kauai. You may want to sign up for the ship's luau, which is hosted ashore (there is a fee; book through ship's Shore Excursion desk).

Dinner: Aboard ship or on your own in port.

Evening: Enjoy free time to continue your exploration of Kauai, relax, or participate in shipboard activities. The ship overnights in Kauai.

DAY
10
Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast
Lihue, Kauai
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 mile on uneven terrain, on and off busses. Na Pali coast viewing only- no hike. Get your cameras ready to take pictures of breathtaking landscapes.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Today you experience the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii, and Kokee State Park. Learn about Kauai's natural history, including stops to view Waimea Canyon's incredible erosional valleys from several vantage points. At Kokee State Park, high in the rainforest, continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. You'll also visit the quaint Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Ship departs for Honolulu Harbor via the spectacular Na Pali ("the cliffs") coast of Kauai. While taking in the view, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner aboard ship. This is a last opportunity to socialize with new friends before disembarking tomorrow.

Evening: Enjoy a last evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
11
Disembark in Honolulu, Program Concludes
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B

Activity note: Ship arrives by 7:30 am Honolulu Harbor. Disembarkation process will follow and timing is based upon cabin location. Disembarkation is complete by 10:00 a.m. and everyone must be off the ship by this time.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own.

Morning: Disembark ship. This concludes our program. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. The ship's Shore Excursion desk does offer optional activities for this day for those of you who may have late flights and would be interested in an activities (there may be a fee; book through shore excursions desk aboard ship). 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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