Hawaii

On the Road: Best of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu

Program No. 1410RJ
Hit the road for an in-depth exploration of four Hawaiian islands, learning about traditional culture, active volcanoes, vibrant wildlife and the true essence of this paradise on earth.

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At a Glance

Explore the unique beauty of four Hawaiian Islands: the Big Island of Hawaii, the Valley Isle of Maui, the Garden Isle of Kauai and Oahu, the Gathering Place. Hear the stories of Hawaii as told in song and dance and savor the “mana” or spiritual essence of the land. Experience aspects of the islands’ culture and environment not seen by the casual visitor, as you learn from local experts about ecology, language and history. Experience the spectacular beauty and vibrant history of Hawaii’s four main islands.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on uneven terrain. Elevations of 4,000-10,000 feet.

What You'll Learn

  • Visit Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, and Haleakala, the great dormant volcano with a summit 10,000 feet.
  • Experience Waimea, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
  • Honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 at the USS Arizona Memorial.
Featured Expert
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Tai Crouch
Tai Crouch was born and raised in O'ahu. He is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) cultural practitioner, lecturer, and carver. He taught at Punahou School for over 25 years. He currently resides in Hilo with his wife, and continues to lead Road Scholar groups throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Stallman has been an Interpretive Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. His background is biology and native plants of Hawaii, particularly sandalwood. He is a frequent lecturer on the natural history of Hawaii and a much sought after speaker on native Ohi'a trees. John currently lives in Puna on Hawaii Island, and advises community groups on ways to preserve the native landscape.
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Susan McGovern was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, of Chinese-Hawaiian ancestry. She has been leading Road Scholar groups since 1985. A former Park Ranger, she enjoys sharing the unique native plant and animal environment of Hawaii, as well as the values and traditions of her native culture. She and her Irish-born husband Rob have lived in Volcano for nearly 30 years, and continue to enjoy the dynamic life on the Big Island.
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Tai Crouch was born and raised in O'ahu. He is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) cultural practitioner, lecturer, and carver. He taught at Punahou School for over 25 years. He currently resides in Hilo with his wife, and continues to lead Road Scholar groups throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
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21 days
20 nights
53 meals
18 B 17 L 18 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hilo, Hawaii
D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day; flat terrain.

Afternoon: Program Registration. 3:30 p.m. 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 last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We’ll then set out for a walk along historic Banyan Drive and cross the bridge over to Coconut Island (Moku Ola) for sunset view of historic Hilo Bay while we enjoy a social hour with included tropical fruit juices and wine. Then, we walk back to hotel for dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have dinner with coffee, tea, water included; 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. Unless otherwise specified, transportation will be provided primarily by minibus requiring going up/down a few steps when getting on/off. Field trips and lectures will be led by the Group Leader, who is also the Study Leader, or local experts when indicated. The weather can be expected to be tropical and hot so be sure to bring sun protection and plenty of water with you each day. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Lyman Museum, Rainbow Falls
Hilo, Hawaii
B,L,D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; sidewalks; stairs in the 2-storey museum; elevators if needed; maintained trails. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approx. 10 miles; about 1.5 hours aboard throughout the day with multiple stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room, includes coffee.

Morning: Morning session at the Lyman Museum, includes class and guided visit. Hear the story of Hawaii, its islands, and its people. Split into small groups to explore exhibits dedicated to Earth’s Heritage, Island Heritage, and Cultural galleries, as well as the Mission House itself. After finishing up at the museum, we’ll walk half-mile to historic downtown Hilo.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in historic downtown Hilo, we’ll have lunch with non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit Rainbow Falls – this picturesque river is the town boundary line of Hilo. Move on to Boiling Pots where we’ll walk the trail and witness water shaping land and rock creating peculiar pools and pockets. As we go, our Study Leader will point out the volcanic and igneous geology of the area while also teaching us about the nearby flora and fauna. We’ll also visit the King Kamehameha Statue overlooking Hilo bay before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Prepare for tomorrow’s field trip.

DAY
3
North Hawaii Field Trip, Akaka Falls, Kamehameha’s Temple
Hilo, Hawaii
B,L,D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; sidewalks, paved paths, park trails. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approx. 200 miles; about 5 hours aboard throughout the day with multiple stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room.

Morning: Beginning our full day North Hawaii field trip, we’ll visit Hilo Farmers Market, the largest local farmers market on the island, where we will get to see and try tropical fruits and vegetables, meet local farmers (many of whom cannot speak English), and enjoy some time for independent exploration to see what we can learn from the local folks. Next, we’ll move on to Akaka Falls where we’ll set out on a beautiful walk on park trails to view the waterfall while enjoying commentary on the nearby flora including the bamboo grove and the towering trees. You may be surprised to find out that nothing in the vicinity is native! Afterwards, we’ll drive to Honoka'a for brown bag lunch.

Lunch: We’ll have brown bag sandwiches with water.

Afternoon: Our final destination for the day will be Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, the great temple constructed by King Kamehameha in 1790. This “heiau,” or temple, was constructed of stone with no mortar and dedicated by the king to his family’s war god, Kuka’ilimoku, as part of the fulfilment of a prophecy which foretold of the unification of all the Hawaiian Islands under one rule: Kamehameha’s. While here, we’ll go on an expert-led walk rich with history as we learn about this legendary Hawaiian leader. We’ll then return to town.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in Hilo, plated meals with standard beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Return to hotel after dark, flashlights are recommended.

DAY
4
Tsunami Museum, Native Hawaiian Plant Garden
Hilo, Hawaii
B,L,D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Walking about ½ mile on garden pathways; periods of standing.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room.

Morning: Visit to Pacific Tsunami Museum and learn about the history of tsunami, why Hilo is known as the "Tsunami Capital of the World" as well as the science of tsunami.

Lunch: Brown bag lunch in historic Hilo.

Afternoon: Visit native Hawaiian Plant Garden and learn of "canoe" plants brought by Polynesian voyagers to these isolated islands.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Prepare for departure and field trip to Volcanoes National Park tomorrow, Pele’s home. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kona
Kona, Hawaii
B,L,D
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; uneven, damp, potentially dark terrain, park trails. Driving approx. 100 miles throughout the day with stops; about 3-4 hours total aboard motorcoach.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll depart for field trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore some of park's iconic features, such as steam vents and Halema'uma'u Crater. br> We’ll then continue with a drive to Na’alehu, "the southernmost town in the USA."

Lunch: At a local restaurant, have local style lunch.

Afternoon: Continuing our transfer, we’ll arrive in Kona in the mid-afternoon and check into our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room with ocean and sunset views, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Preview of next day's snorkel adventure.

DAY
6
Snorkeling, Historical Kailua-Kona Walk
Kona, Hawaii
B,L,D
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; paved sidewalks. Snorkeling at local bay for 1-2 hours; swimming distance dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Morning snorkel at local beach featuring dazzling array of colorful reef fish. Local beach personnel will provide us with all rental equipment and basic instruction before letting us explore the fascinating world just below the surface on our own.

Lunch: At the beach, we’ll have pizza lunch, shared group-style.

Afternoon: After returning to hotel, we'll freshen up and set out on a walking field trip of historic Kailua-Kona village, including a visit to Hulihe’e Palace, where we'll view precious artifacts of Hawaiian royalty.

Dinner: At a local Thai restaurant, dinner will be served family style with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We'll walk back to hotel after dinner, half-mile.

DAY
7
Free Day
Kona, Hawaii
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, numerous restaurants within walking distance of hotel.

Morning: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to attend local church services, visit the farmers market, or explore further on your own.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau NHP, Kona Coffee Farm
Kona, Hawaii
B,L,D
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; rocky, sandy terrain in coastal environment. Typically very warm; bring sun protection, water, etc. Driving approx. 30 miles throughout the day with stops; about 2 hours total aboard motorcoach.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room.

Morning: Visit Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, an ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge. We’ll set foot on the royal grounds, experience the giant men’s canoe shed, see the 1,000-foot free-standing lava rock wall, which was built without mortar or wheel, yet has withstood over 500 years of rains, floods, hurricanes, and other weather events. We’ll also hear about ancient “kapu” laws and practices that impacted everyday life in pre-contact Hawaii.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy pre-ordered sandwiches and bottled water at the national park picnic area.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will travel to the Kona Coffee Living History Farm where docents will provide a live presentation illuminating what life was like in 19th century Kona. Activities will include harvesting coffee in the field, experiencing the house and home life of a coffee field-hand, and seeing the process of getting the beans ready for roasting.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, finish packing and prepare for check-out and our flight to Maui Island tomorrow.

DAY
9
Fly to Maui Island
Maui
B,L,D
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Activity note: Inter-island flight to Maui Island; about 1 hour. Driving about 40 miles throughout the day; approx. 1.5 hours total.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel/

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to the Kona airport (10 miles, ½ hour) for our flight to Maui.

Lunch: Depending on our flight schedule, we’ll have lunch either at the airport or before the flight.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Maui, we’ll board a motorcoach and drive to our hotel in Kaanapali (30 miles away, 1 hour) and check in.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have plated meals with standard beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Humpback Whale Talk, Free afternoon
Maui
B,L,D
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles throughout the day; flat terrain; standing approx. 1 hour in the museum. Driving approx. 10 miles throughout the day, about 1 hour total; motorcoach and use of local bus.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room.

Morning: The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary covers the waters just offshore. We'll learn why the whales favor these grounds for breeding and calving each year.

Lunch: Lunch nearby the hotel in the vicinity of Whalers village.

Afternoon: Free afternoon after lunch to explore the area on your own or take advantage of the hotel's cultural programs.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in town, we’ll enjoy ocean views and possible whale sightings at sunset. Dinner will be plated meals with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Historic Lahaina, Sugar Museum in Kahului
Maui
B,L,D
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Activity note: Driving about 30 miles one way; 1 hour. Minimal walking; standing in small museum (tight spaces) for 1 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Learn about the importance of Historic Lahaina town - from pre-contact times to the sugar era - from the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at place of your choice in the area.

Afternoon: We’ll then travel to downtown Kahului town, the capital of Maui. We'll visit the Sugar Museum and explore some of the town's famous historic landmarks and vibrant cultural scene.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have pre-ordered, plated meals with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel and gather with our Group Leader to preview tomorrow’s field trip up to Haleakala NP.

DAY
12
Haleakala National Park
Maui
B,L,D
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Activity note: Driving to Haleakala National Park is approx. 70 miles; about 2 hours each way. Slow and limited walking at 10,000 feet elevation with temperatures often in the 40s Fahrenheit with wind chill; bring some warm clothes.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: To begin our day, we’ll travel via motorcoach to Haleakala National Park. Our total change in elevation will be from sea level to 10,000 feet and our first stop is at Park Headquarters at 7,000’ elevation where we will hear a ranger talk about Maui’s famous Silversword plant found only on Haleakala while we adjust to the altitude. Ascending further, we’ll reach nearly 10,000 feet at the summit of Maui’s dormant volcano. Amidst the clouds, catch a glimpse of the giant eroded depression that measures nearly 20-miles around, colorful cinder cones, and, on clear days, distant views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. We’ll then board our vehicle and transfer back down to the cowboy town of Makawao at about 1,500 feet for lunch.

Lunch: At local outdoor restaurant in Makawao, we’ll have plated, pre-ordered meals with iced tea and soft drinks included; limited selection of other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Taking a little time for independent exploration in Makawao, we’ll explore some of the local artist studios, craft and flower stores hidden along the main street before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have plated meals with standard beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and flights in the morning.

DAY
13
Fly to Kaua’i, Spouting Horn Blowhole, Botanical Garden
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kaua'i

Activity note: Driving to Maui airport is approx. 40 miles; about 1 hour. Inter-island flight to Kaua’i Island is about 1 hour. Drive from Kaua’i airport to the hotel is approx. 40 miles; about 2 hours with stops. Walking about 1 mile total throughout the day; paved paths.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to Kaua'i (layover in Honolulu)

Lunch: Depending on our flight schedule, we’ll have lunch either at the airport or before the flight.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Kaua’i, we’ll board a motorcoach and transfer to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens where we will walk through the flower gardens, which feature rare endemic plants found nowhere else on earth. Then we’ll walk across the street to witness the natural phenomenon of the island’s famous blowhole, Spouting Horn, where ocean waves produce large water sprays through tiny fissures in the lava coastline. Afterwards, we’ll transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Our Group Leader will share information with us regarding activities that will be available during the next day’s free time, including dining options within walking distance.

DAY
14
Free Day
Kaua'i
Hilton Garden Inn Kaua'i

Activity note: Dependent on personal preference

Breakfast: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Morning: Free Time. Take the day to see and do what interests you most.

Lunch: On your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Waimea Canyon, Koke'e State Parks
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kaua'i

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles; approx. 1 hour; park trails at 4,000 feet elevation. Drive to Waimea is approx. 50 miles each way; about 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: En route to the Waimea Canyon, we'll detour through picturesque Hanapepe Town with historic plantation style store fronts. Continuing along, we’ll pass fields of corn and other produce on the island’s south side. As we drive the winding roads, we’ll climb to an elevation of about 4,000 feet and view the famous Waimea Canyon, nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, with colorful canyons and silvery waterfalls.

Lunch: We'll continue on to Koke'e State Park, where we'll enjoy picnic lunch at a park pavilion on the meadow, bottled water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll walk to nearby Koke’e Natural History Museum to independently explore the beautiful exhibits of the island’s rare forest birds. Time permitting, we'll walk a nature trail behind the museum before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Hanalei Town and Bay & National Wildlife Refuge
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kaua'i

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles throughout the day; beach and paved paths. Driving via school bus approx. 50 miles; 2-3 hours over the course of the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring via school bus to Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, witness some of the best birding opportunities in Hawaii. While here, we’ll have the chance to see native wetland birds in their natural habitat of newly planted taro fields.

Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch (sandwiches and bottled water) at historic Hanalei town, amidst the lush taro fields and waterfalls. If time permits, we’ll walk down to beautiful Hanalei Bay, white sand beach, where South Pacific was filmed.

Afternoon: Stop by the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge lookout, where we view colonies of sea birds on the cliff side as well as overhead, including red-footed boobies, Laysan albatrosses, and Hawaiian nene.

Dinner: In the dining room at the hotel, enjoy a buffet meal with coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
17
Fly to O'ahu Island, Pearl Harbor Memorial
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Activity note: Inter-island flight to O'ahu Island is about 1 hour. Driving approx. 15 miles; about 2 hours with stops. Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; on street and beach sidewalks.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll transfer to the Lihu’e airport for our flight to O'ahu.

Lunch: Depending on our flight schedule, we’ll have lunch either at the airport or before the flight.

Afternoon: Upon landing, we’ll head to Pearl Harbor where we'll have time to explore two World War II museums independently. Then, we’ll view a National Park Service documentary film detailing the events of Dec. 7th, 1941. Weather and harbor conditions permitting, we’ll board a Navy launch from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center across the harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial. The memorial floats above the sunken Battleship USS Arizona and honors the 1,177 crew of sailors and marines that were killed on board during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as all the other servicemen and women, and civilians who were injured and killed that day.. Following the field trip, we’ll proceed to our hotel for check-in with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll enjoy dinner in a private meeting space and talk about the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Bishop Museum, Waikiki Aquarium, Luau
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Activity note: Walking and standing in museums for about 1-2 hours. Driving approx. 15 miles, about 1 hour throughout the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have breakfast with coffee included.

Morning: Our first stop will be the Bishop Museum, Hawaii's State Museum. A docent will lead a visit over three floors through this commemoration of Hawaii’s natural and cultural history in the newly renovated Hawaiian Hall. We’ll view precious feathered capes, war clubs and other artifacts carved out of stone, bone, and wood. Afterwards, enjoy some time for independent exploration in the Science Hall and Nature Garden.

Lunch: At the museum's on-site cafe, we’ll have sandwiches with water or soft drinks included.

Afternoon: After lunch, our motorcoach will transport us to the Waikiki Aquarium, one of the oldest aquariums in the country. At our own pace, we'll view indoor and outdoor exhibits of live coral polyps, giant Pacific clams, tropical sea horses, and Hawaii’s rare monk seal.

Dinner: During the Polynesian Luau at a nearby hotel, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At the luau, enjoy a performance of Polynesian music, songs, and dances. We’ll then return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening at leisure.

DAY
19
Pali Lookout, 'Iolani Palace, Chinatown
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Activity note: Walking and standing in historic buildings for about 2 hours. Driving approx. 15 miles roundtrip, about 1 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After transferring to Pali Lookout, a local expert will provide an on site explanation of its geological formation. In addition to the scientific component, we will also learn about the historical and cultural significance of Pali Lookout, specifically regarding the epic Battle of Nu’uanu, which was fought by Kamehameha in his campaign to unify the Hawaiian Islands under one rule. Afterwards, we’ll by our State Capitol Building and onto the grounds of the historic ‘Iolani Palace.

Lunch: Lunch in historic downtown area.

Afternoon: Visit historic 'Iolani Palace as we learn of the painful overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the annexation of Hawai’i to the United States of America in 1898.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure.

DAY
20
Windward & North Shore O'ahu, Waimea Valley Park and Gardens
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Activity note: Walking about 1-2 miles throughout the day; paved paths and garden trails. Driving approx. 80 miles, about 2-3 hours over the course of the day with stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: While traveling aboard the motorcoach, a local expert will share information regarding the geology and history of various areas that we will see from the vehicle, and some that we will visit. Take the opportunity to gaze at the crater known as Diamond Head, and the majestic Hanauma Bay, as we pass. We’ll make stops at both Blow Hole to see wave powered geysers that spray through lava outcroppings, and Eternity Beach Lookout to soak in the beautiful views of Molokai and Maui on clear days.

Lunch: At Waimea Valley Park on the north shore, we’ll have a lunch of sandwiches with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Park docents from Waimea Valley Park will join us and share Hawaiian instruments, games, and household objects, giving demonstrations and explanations of each. We’ll then walk through the park’s extensive gardens featuring flowering plants from Asia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. Expert leaders from the park will lead us through the gardens while explaining some of the origins and uses of the various plants. On the way back to the hotel, we'll pass famous Dole pineapple fields. Time permitting, we may be able to squeeze in a quick stop for some pineapple ice cream. We’ll then return to hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Our farewell dinner will be overlooking famous Waikiki Beach as we share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
21
Program Concludes
Honolulu
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Independent departures to Honolulu Airport available by taxi, no reservation required. Transfer to the airport is included for those who booked transportation through Road Scholar Air.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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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