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
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8 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Dinner, Introductions and Orientation
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. 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 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 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. 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. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. “Free Time” and “At Leisure” indicate when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorable as possible according to your preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. “America the Beautiful” passes cover entrance fees at national parks and wildlife refuges for up to 4 adults. If you have one of these national park passes, please bring it with you to the program and on our field trips to benefit other members of the group.

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. Please be aware that boat rides out to the USS Arizona Memorial are sometimes suspended or cancelled due to high winds. This decision is made by the U.S. Navy, which operates the boats to the memorial. No bags or purses of any sort can be brought to the memorial or Ford Island.

Breakfast: At the hotel enjoy a breakfast buffet serving classic American & local breakfast favorites, plus coffee, juice, water.

Morning: Wearing our bathing suits, we will have a short walk to a local beach for instructions from Waikiki's famous "Beach Boys." Learn about and practice popular local beach activities including surfing, outrigger canoe wave-riding, and optional boogie boarding. No experience necessary or expected - great fun for grandparent and grandchild alike! A Hawaiian tradition, the Waikiki Beach Boys influenced visitors to Hawaii in the early 1900’s by welcoming and taking it upon themselves to make the visitors feel welcome. Excelling at water sports, it was their passion for board surfing and outrigger canoe surfing that helped save the sports from becoming extinct. James Michener perfectly described the Beach Boys as “perpetual adolescents of the ocean, the playboys of the Pacific.”

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

Afternoon: Field Trip: 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 (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)

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

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

Activity note: Walking on uneven ground and on dirt trails up to 1 mile during Hawaii Nature Center Field trip

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

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch includes bottled water.

Afternoon: 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.

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: Walking across a small suspension bridge; uneven surfaces. Walking shoes with good tread, sun glasses, hats and sun screen lotion highly recommended. Bring your water bottle, a backpack, and a change of clothes if you choose to get muddy in the taro patch!

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. 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.

Afternoon: Depart this remote valley via bus and return to the ship. There will be a little time to explore Maui on your own before the ship sails back to Oahu.

Dinner: As a group aboard the ship.

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
5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Ship departs for Kona
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. Walking on uneven ground, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1-2 miles walking.

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. 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 Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm. For over thirty years the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation has grown and created delicious Hawaiian treats.

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

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: 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. During the field trip, walking on uneven ground; less than 1/2 mile.

Breakfast: Choose any open dining venue 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: Freestyle dining on your own aboard the ship 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: As a group aboard the ship at one of the Main Dining Rooms

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).

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

Activity note: Walking shoes with good tread, sun glasses, hats and sun screen lotion highly recommended; be prepared to get wet (swimsuit under your clothes are bring along) if you choose to participate in the "splash" portion of the excursion!

Breakfast: Choose any open dining venue on your own.

Morning: Arrive in Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai at 10 am. Morning at leisure to rest and relax before lunch and this afternoon's field trip.

Lunch: Freestyle dining on your own aboard the ship.

Afternoon: 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 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.

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

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).

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: Freestyle dining 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
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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