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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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21 days
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10,299
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Jan 23 - Feb 12, 2023
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Jan 23 - Feb 12, 2023
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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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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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John Stallman
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.

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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Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
by Liliuokalani
Islands in a Far Sea
by John Culliney
Shoal of Time (History of the Hawaiian Islands)
by Gavan Daws
Hawaiian Antiquities
by David Malo
Hawaii: A Natural History
by Carlquist
Hawaii's Plants & Animals
by Stone & Pratt
Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii
by A. Grove Day
The Burning Island
by Pam Frierson
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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. 4:00 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 a dinner buffet 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 motorcoach 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, Hawaii’s Ancient Places
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: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll have a class on Hawaiian history given by our Study Leader before setting out via motorcoach for a field trip to the Lyman Museum and Mission House, which tells the story of Hawaii, its islands, and its people. Upon arrival, we’ll split into small groups, each led by a docent who will provide commentary as we 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 old Hilo, we’ll order from a select menu with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll then board our motorcoach and drive uphill to Rainbow Falls – this picturesque river is the town boundary line of Hilo. Upon arrival, we’ll get off and go for a walk led by our Group Leader who will provide commentary on the local geology as well as native Hawaiian stories and legends. After returning to the motorcoach, we’ll carry on upriver 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 then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: At the hotel, our Study Leader will give a lecture on some of the ancient places of Hawaii to prepare us for tomorrow’s field trips.

DAY
3
North Hawaii Field Trip, Waipio Valley, 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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Beginning our full day North Hawaii field trip via motorcoach, we’ll travel first to 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 2 waterfalls 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 lunch at an old sugar plantation town.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have our pre-ordered meals with non-alcoholic beverages included.

Afternoon: Continuing, we’ll make a stop at Waipi'o Valley Overlook, which affords panoramic views of the largest valley on the island, previously used primarily as taro growing country. Our final destination for the day will be Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, a great temple constructed by King Kamehameha in 1790. This “heiau,” or temple, was constructed of stone and 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: At a restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have plated preordered meals with standard beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll walk half-mile back to the hotel after dinner (bring flashlights, it'll be dark), remainder of the evening will be at leisure.

DAY
4
Astronomy Center of Hilo, 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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With our Study Leader at the hotel, we’ll start our day with an introduction to the Hawaiian language during which we will learn about proper pronunciation and other tips to aid us throughout our journey. Then, we’ll travel to the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center where we will get to experience the facility’s interactive high-tech exhibits and planetarium on a docent-led exploration. Hawaii is one of the best places on Earth for astronomical observation due to its geographically isolated location, height atop mountains in the middle of the Pacific Ocean like Maunakea, and generally favorable environmental conditions. The island has 13 of the international community’s most significant telescopes. Throughout our exploration of the Astronomy Center, we will learn why everyone wants to study here.

Lunch: At the astronomy center’s restaurant, we’ll have a buffet meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water.

Afternoon: Also on site just outside is the Hawaiian Plant Garden, full of native plants brought to the islands ages ago by the ancient Polynesians. A docent will lead us around the beautiful grounds while explaining the history of the floral community. We’ll then have some time for independent exploration to explore more of the facility inside and outside, or return to the parts that interested you most. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner Buffet.

Evening: At the hotel, our Study Leader will entertain us with traditional Hawaiian creation stories and other lore revolving around Pele, the fire goddess of the islands. This will help to prepare us for our adventure 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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach and set out for our transfer to Kona with field trips en route. Upon arrival at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we’ll make a few stops with our Study Leader along the Crater Rim Drive with panoramic views of the giant caldera, feel the heat from steam vents, and walk through the Lava Tube, a geological tunnel formation formed by an ancient lava flow over 500 years ago. We’ll then continue with a drive to Na’alehu, "the southernmost town in the USA."

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Na’alehu, we’ll have plated meals with standard beverages.

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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll start out by traveling a short distance from Kailua-Kona by motorcoach to Kahalu’u Bay for a snorkeling class. 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 pizzas for lunch, shared group-style.

Afternoon: We’ll then return to the hotel the way we came and, after showering and freshening up, we’ll set out on a walking field trip to Hulihe’e Palace where docents will share the history and precious artifacts of Hawaii’s royal family with us.

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. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out from the hotel, we will travel to the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park for a ranger-led visit of this 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 home life of a coffee field-hand, and seeing the process of getting the beans ready for roasting. After sampling 100% pure Kona coffee, we'll return to the hotel.

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

Evening: Our Study Leader will then lead a session at the hotel on the music of Hawaii during which we will learn some traditional Hawaiian songs, and sing along with the help of song sheets. Afterwards, be sure to 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: Hotel buffet.

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
Lahaina, Printing Press Museum, Humpback Whale Talk
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: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet offering a variety of choices, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After breakfast, we’ll board a motorcoach to begin exploring historic Lahaina town. We'll begin with a visit to Lahainaluna School’s Hale Pa'i Printing Press Museum, which houses Hawaii’s 1st printing press. While here, a docent will provide a demonstration of how the missionary press works and explain how they printed Hawaiian money as well as the Hawaiian Bible.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Lahaina, we’ll have a family style meal, soft drinks and water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll learn about Humpback Whales that travel to the national marine sanctuary each winter to breed. Afterwards, enjoy a self-guided walk through Lahaina town. We’ll have brochures, maps and tickets to navigate the narrow streets of the old whaling capital of Hawaii. You may wish to find the 100 year-old Banyan Tree, the Old Lahaina Courthouse, Baldwin Home Museum or Wo Hing Temple Museum, with Thomas Edison's films of 19th century Hawaii.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Free Time, History of Sugar & Plantation Life
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: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free Time. Take this opportunity to relax, enjoy the area and do what interests you most. Inquire at hotel front desk for morning whale watching tours (on own, optional).

Lunch: At a nearby restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll then travel to Maui's Sugar Museum where museum docents will explain the dusty field work involved with growing and harvesting sugar cane, show the giant machinery used to transport cane to the mill, and comment on the long, arduous process of making sugar with attention to mill operations. This will help us to learn about life on a sugar plantation and how it has influenced generations of family traditions and values until today.

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 return to the hotel and prepare for 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 via Pa'ia town and Ho'okipa Beach.

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: Hotel buffet.

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 buffet 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 in the motorcoach, 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. You may also take some time for a self-led walk along the nature trail (1/2 mile) behind the museum. We’ll then return to the hotel area.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Kilauea and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuges
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: Shuttle by van to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, where we witness a profusion 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 plated 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: Hotel buffet.

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, the dinner buffet includes coffee, tea, water; no other beverages available for purchase.

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 a buffet breakfast with coffee, tea, juices and water 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
Hawaii State Capitol, Hawaiian Band Concert, 'Iolani Palace
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: Hotel buffet.

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 travel to the State Capitol Building where a docent will talk about the 50th State’s local government and how it works as they show us around the building. Next, we’ll walk to the ‘Iolani Palace where we will be treated to a performance of Hawaiian music performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band on the Palace grounds.

Lunch: During the outdoor concert, we’ll eat sandwiches and enjoy the music; water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: While still at the 'Iolani Palace, a docent will lead us through the building sharing commentary on its artifacts and history, the overthrow of the monarchy, and the annexation of Hawai’i to the United States of America in 1898.

Dinner: At a local Chinese restaurant, we’ll enjoy a family-style dinner featuring a variety of specialty dishes with tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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: Hotel buffet.

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: At the hotel, we’ll have a farewell dinner buffet with coffee, tea, water included; no other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: A local instructor will join us at the hotel for our Aloha activity providing materials and teaching us how to make our own leis to wear home. 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: Hotel buffet. 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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