12426
Hawaii
Surfing, Volcanoes and Rainforests: Hawaii With Your Grandchild
Create memories with your grandchild through an interactive learning experience as you explore active volcanoes, coastal reefs and tropical rainforests on this land and sea adventure.
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Program No. 12426RJ
Length
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
23 meals
8 B 7 L 8 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introductions
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in available 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 up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where dinner and introductions will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in at the front desk. The remainder of the afternoon is free to freshen up and relax, stretch your legs, and enjoy the views.

Dinner: At the hotel in the Ilima Café, enjoy a buffet welcome dinner, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Introductions and Orientation will occur this 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. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. Meals aboard ship are all-inclusive. This is also a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach, bus, 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
Surfing & Canoe Wave Riding, USS Arizona, Sail to Maui
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Approximate 10 - 15 minute walk along Waikiki Beach on flat sidewalks to get to surfing activity. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1 hour depending on traffic. Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; streets and sidewalks. Getting on/off a Navy-operated shuttle boat. (Boat rides may be delayed or cancelled by the Navy in the event of high winds and/or strong water currents.) Walking through USS Arizona Museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Restaurant, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Wearing our bathing suits, we will have a short walk to the famous Waikiki Beach to learn about and practice popular local beach activities including surfing and outrigger canoe wave-riding. No experience necessary or expected - great fun for grandparent and grandchild alike!

Lunch: Deli style Picnic Lunch at USS Arizona Memorial. Includes bottled water.

Afternoon: Our field trip will begin at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where we will view a short documentary film in the theater, then board a Navy-operated shuttle boat and ride across Pearl Harbor to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial. (please note that for security reasons no purses or bags of any sort, including camera bags, may be taken to the Arizona Memorial – you may leave them on the bus if you wish) As the National Park Service reminds us, “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 to Honolulu Harbor and board the “Pride of America.” Settle in to your cabin, freshen up, and start becoming familiar with the ship. We will participate with everyone on board in the ship’s safety drill when announced.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we will dine together in one of the main dining rooms. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. You may register for the Supervised Kid's Crew program available on the ship from approximately 7:00 - 10:00 pm Monday-Saturday. Ship sails for Maui at 7:00 p.m.

DAY
3
Hawaii Nature Center, Maui Ocean Center, Luau Dinner & Show
Kahului, Maui, HI
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round-trip; Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; Walking on uneven ground, dirt trails and around shallow streams during Hawaii Nature Center Field trip.

Breakfast: Aboard ship, freestyle dining. Choose any open dining venue before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Depart on bus for field trip to Hawaii Nature Center. The Nature Center is located inside Iao Valley. Iao Valley is a lush green 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. Our field trip will be lead by a local Environmental Educator which will take us on a hike to explore the natural surroundings of the valley. Stop at a fresh water stream for some net fishing.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch includes bottled water.

Afternoon: Depart on bus 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.

Dinner: Old Lahaina Luau, an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and island crafts.

Evening: Luau and show continue, before returning to the ship for the evening. Ship overnights in Maui.

DAY
4
Hidden Valley Exploration, Sail to Hilo
Kahului, Maui, HI
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round-trip; Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; Walking across a small suspension bridge; uneven surfaces; slippery and muddy surfaces.

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

Morning: Depart ship for Kahakuloa Valley. Visit a hidden valley to explore native Hawaiian practices and ethnobotany - includes getting muddy in the loi kalo (taro terrace), where kids and adults can help plant, harvest, or weed taro, depending on what's happening at the time of the visit. Walking shoes with good tread and a change of clothes if you choose to get muddy in the taro patch are a must! Taro is a very important plant to the Hawaiians, both nutritionally and spiritually - it is regarded as an ancestor.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious bbq picnic lunch in the Valley.

Afternoon: Depart this remote valley via bus and return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we will dine together in one of the main dining rooms. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available from ship from approximately 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Ship sails for Hilo at 6:00 p.m.

DAY
5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Ship departs for Kona
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; Driving about 60 miles round-trip; Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; Walking on uneven ground; Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery, 15 -20 stairs down to the tube and 15- 20 back up.

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

Morning: Depart ship on bus for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From the National Park Service: “Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park displays the results of at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution in the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount chain — processes that would thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture.” On a Road Scholar exclusive field trip with a local expert, we’ll travel via motorcoach to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for a day of exploration including many stops. We’ll stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on island formation, how plant and animal life arrived, ecosystems including the rain forest, and of course volcanoes. Other field trip sites will be determined by our expert based on local conditions such as volcanic activity. Potential highlights include the Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera as well as the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. 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).

Lunch: Enjoy a make your own deli sandwich bar 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 Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm. For over thirty years the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has grown and created delicious Hawaiian treats.

Dinner: Aboard ship on your own. Return to a restaurant you enjoyed or try a new one.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available on ship from approximately 7:00 - 10:00 pm (included in cruise fare). Ship sails for Kona at 6:00 p.m.

DAY
6
Cloud Forest, Free Time in Kailua-Kona, Sail to Kauai
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: The ship is scheduled to arrive at Kailua-Kona by 7:00 a.m. The port is shallow and requires docking off-shore; shuttle to land via small tender boats. Getting on/off a tender boats and motorcoach; driving about 15 miles total throughout the day; Walking approximately 1 mile; uneven trails, uneven ground.

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

Morning: The legendary Kona Coast is famous for its fine weather and inviting beaches. Many Hawaiian people tend to anthropomorphize the beach saying “Kona is sunning herself” in its sunny and dry climate. Kona, a district of the Big Island, encompasses the western coast and lies at the foot of towering Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and ride to Kaloko Cloud Sanctuary, a privately-owned forest preserve on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano, where we will set out on a field trip led by a horticultural expert. A cloud forest is defined generally as “a wet tropical mountain forest at an altitude usually between 3,000 and 8,000 feet that is characterized by a profusion of epiphytes and the presence of clouds even in the dry season.” The mission of the Kaloko Cloud Forest Sanctuary is to protect the array of species that thrive here while inspiring appreciation and respect for tropical ecosystems. Covered by native and, in some sections, a variety of non-indigenous plants, the fragrance and color of the sanctuary is truly captivating.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own or in Kailua-Kona town. There are a variety of eateries along Alii Drive.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore the historic town of Kailua-Kona or to enjoy the ship. There is a good snorkeling spot about 10 minutes outside of the main part of Kona - a great optional activity for those who want to snorkel during the program.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we will dine together in one of the main dining rooms. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available from ship from 7:00 - 10:00 pm (included in cruise fare). Ship sails for Kauai at 5:30 p.m.

DAY
7
Kauai Zip & Splash, Free Evening - in port on Kauai
Lihue, Kauai
B,L,D
Pride of America

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; Driving about 30 miles round-trip; Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; Walking on uneven ground; Walking on suspension bridges; Climbing ladder to zip line platform.

Breakfast: Choose any open dining venue on your own.

Morning: Depart ship on bus for Zipline excursion. Soar high above towering trees and beside breathtaking mountains on a series of suspension bridges and 6 zip lines totaling well over a mile of air time. Four of the six lines are tandems or side by side which gives you the opportunity to share the thrills with a partner as they happen. A short hike through a swaying bamboo forest will bring you to the spectacular Bamboo Pool and the Water Zip.

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

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Aboard ship or independently in port.

Evening: Evening at leisure to continue exploring Kauai or to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available from ship from 7:00 - 10:00 pm (included in cruise fare). Ship overnights in Kauai.

DAY
8
Free Morning, Sail for Oahu via Na Pali Coast
Lihue, Kauai
B,L,D
Pride of America

Breakfast: Choose any open dining venue on your own.

Morning: Morning at leisure to explore Kauai on your own.

Lunch: On your own aboard the ship.

Afternoon: At 2:00 pm, the ship departs for Honolulu, Oahu via the spectacular Na Pali ("the cliffs") coast of Kauai. Afternoon at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available from ship from approximately 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

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

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Supervised Kid's Crew program available from ship from approximately 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

DAY
9
Arrive Honolulu, Disembark, Program Concludes
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B

Activity note: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu Harbor by 7:30 a.m. Disembarkation will begin shortly thereafter with timing based on cabin location. The process will be complete by 10:00 a.m. and everyone must be off the ship by this time.

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

Morning: We will begin disembarkation when announced. This concludes our program. For those who may have late flights or are staying on, the ship's Shore Excursion desk offers optional activities at additional cost. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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