1410
Hawaii
On the Road: Best of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu
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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Program No. 1410RJ
Length
21 days
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21 days
20 nights
53 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hilo, Hawaii
D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Walk along historic Banyan Drive and cross the bridge over to Coconut Island (Moku Ola) for sunset view of historic Hilo Bay.

Afternoon: Welcome and Registration 4:00 pm; Walk along Historic Banyan Drive 4:30 pm; Happy Hour 5:15 pm

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Orientation and Introductions 7:00 pm

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

Activity note: Guided visit of Lyman Mission House, the oldest building in town, and the Lyman Museum's world-class gem collection.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Hawaiian History Class; Lyman Museum & Mission House where we "tell the story of Hawaii, its Islands, and its People" - guided tour of Earth Heritage, Island Heritage, Cultural Galleries, and Mission House

Lunch: Lunch in "old Hilo town"

Afternoon: Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots - witness the shaping of land by water

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Ancient Places of Hawaii

DAY
3
North Hawaii Field Trip
Hilo, Hawaii
B,L,D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Experience Hilo's largest Farmers Market, Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley, and Kamehameha's ancient temple preserved as a national historic site.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: North Hawaii Field Trip: Hilo Farmers Market, Akaka Falls, Honoka'a

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Waipi'o Valley Overlook, Pu'ukohola Heiau (temple) National Historic Park, etc.

Dinner: Dinner Buffet

Evening: Free Evening

DAY
4
Astronomy Center of Hilo and Native Hawaiian Plant Garden
Hilo, Hawaii
B,L,D
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Activity note: Visit the Astronomy Center's newest exhibits and world-class planetarium, and the native Hawaiian Plant Garden.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Hawaiian Language Introduction; visit the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, with hands-on exhibits and planetarium.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant

Afternoon: Visit Hawaiian Plant Garden

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Traditional Hawaiian Stories

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

Activity note: See the latest eruptive activity at Kilauea's summit region along the Crater Rim Drive.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Hotel check-out; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Crater Rim Drive, Jaggar Museum, Lava Tube, etc. (motorcoach)

Lunch: Lunch at "southernmost town in the USA"

Afternoon: Travel to Kona; hotel check-in

Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room with ocean and sunset views 6:00 pm

Evening: Kona's Reef Talk

DAY
6
Snorkeling/History Walk
Kona, Hawaii
B,L,D
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Experience Kona's clear waters and view marine life up-close snorkeling in Kahalu'u Bay. View diverse, colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and fragile coral growth.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Snorkel Class; views of colorful reef fish, coral, and turtles

Lunch: Picnic at the beach

Afternoon: Return to hotel; Historical Walk of Kailua-Kona (half mile)

Dinner: Dinner at Thai Restaurant

DAY
7
Free Day
Kona, Hawaii
Royal Kona Resort

Activity note: Free day to explore on own, reflect on past week, and recharge for next week

Morning: Relax and enjoy free day: all meals on own this day; local church services, farmers market, boat cruises, submarine rides, glass-bottom boat rides, shops and restaurants all within walking distance of hotel

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

Activity note: Visit Kona Historical Museum and Uchida Coffee Farm, Painted Church, and Place of Refuge

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Kona Historical Museum & Living History Coffee Farm

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park

Dinner: Dinner at hotel dining room with ocean and sunset views 6:00 pm

Evening: Music of Hawaii - learn some Hawaiian songs

DAY
9
Fly to Maui Island; Field Trip to 'Iao Valley
Maui
B,L,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Inter-island flight to Maui Island; Experience the volcanic crater of 'Iao Valley and Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to Maui

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Arrive Maui, 'Iao Valley and Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens (motorcoach); hotel check-in

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

DAY
10
Lahaina Field Trip
Maui
B,L,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Field Trip to Lahaina, the whaling capital of Hawaii

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Lahainaluna School Hale Pa'i Printing Press Museum (1st printing press in Hawaii), Whaling Museum in Ka'anapali (motorcoach)

Lunch: Lunch at Lahaina Restaurant

Afternoon: Historical Walk of Lahaina Village; local bus back to hotel

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Hula: Hands that tell the story

DAY
11
History of Sugar and Plantation Life
Maui
B,L,D
Maui Beach Hotel

Activity note: Field trip to the last remaining sugar mill still operating in Hawaii

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Free morning

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant 12 noon

Afternoon: A Sweet Treat: Maui's Sugar Museum

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Preview of next day's field trip up the mountain

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

Activity note: Field trip to 10,000' summit of Haleakala National Park

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Haleakala National Park (motorcoach) - ascend from sea level to 10,000' elevation; crater views, short walks on trails

Lunch: Lunch in upcountry Makawao (cowboy) town

Afternoon: Pa'ia and Ho'okipa Beach windsurfers

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant 6:00 pm

DAY
13
Fly to Kaua'i Island; Field Trip to Spouting Horn and Botanical Garden
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Aloha Beach Resort

Activity note: Two inter-island flight segments to get to Kaua'i island, the northernmost island of the trip. Field trip to National Tropical Botanical Garden and world famous Spouting Horn.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

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

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Arrive Kaua'i, Spouting Horn and Botanical Garden Visitor Center, self-guided stroll though adjacent gardens; hotel check-in

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Culture and history of Kaua'i Island

DAY
14
Free Day
Kaua'i
Aloha Beach Resort

Activity note: Free day to relax, attend church, swim, etc.All meals on own this day.

Morning: Relax and enjoy free day: all meals on own this day; swimming and snorkeling at adjacent Lydgate State Park; helicopter rides, church services in nearby Kapa'a Town

DAY
15
Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Parks
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Aloha Beach Resort

Activity note: Field Trip to the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" at 4,000' elevation. Enjoy the "jungle fowl" at the meadow of Koke'e.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Waimea Canyon State Park ("Grand Canyon of the Pacific") - Hanapepe, Waimea Town, etc.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Koke'e State Park

Afternoon: Koke'e Natural History Museum - native plant walk or view Hurricane Iniki videos

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

DAY
16
Kilauea and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuges
Kaua'i
B,L,D
Aloha Beach Resort

Activity note: Field Trip to Kilauea Lighthouse National Wildlife Refuge - a place for the "birds"!

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Kilauea Point Lighthouse National Wildlife Refuge - best seabird viewing in Hawaii (school bus)

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hanalei Beach (3-mile-long white sand beach)

Afternoon: Swim at beach, return to hotel

Dinner: Dinner Buffet 6:00 pm

Evening: Hawaiian Craft Class

DAY
17
Fly to O'ahu Island; Field Trip to Pearl Harbor
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki

Activity note: Inter-island flight to O'ahu Island, and field trip to the USS Arizona Memorial to "Remember Pearl Harbor"

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Hotel check-out, flight to O'ahu

Lunch: Lunch at Pearl Harbor

Afternoon: USS Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl Cemetery of the Pacific; hotel check-in (motorcoach)

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm

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

Activity note: Field trip to the Bishop Museum (Hawaii's Museum of Natural History), and Waikiki Aquarium

Breakfast: Breakfast 7:00 am

Morning: Bishop Museum - Hawaii's natural and cultural history museum (motorcoach)

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Waikiki Aquarium - Hawaii's oldest tropical marine science institute, featuring unique displays of Hawaiian coral

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm

DAY
19
Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki

Activity note: Visit Hawaii's State Capitol and enjoy Royal Hawaiian Band Concert, visit 'Iolani Palace

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Pali Lookout, State Capitol, 'Iolani Palace Grounds (motorcoach)

Lunch: Lunch on Palace Grounds with Royal Hawaiian Band concert

Afternoon: 'Iolani Palace guided tour, King Kamehameha Statue

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm

DAY
20
Windward and North Shore O'ahu
Honolulu
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Waikiki

Activity note: Field Trip to East and North Shore O'ahu

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Blow Hole & Eternity Beach Lookout (motorcoach)

Lunch: Lunch in Haleiwa

Afternoon: North Shore (world famous surfing beaches), Haleiwa, pineapple fields, return to hotel

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm

Evening: Aloha Program - Lei-making

DAY
21
Program Concludes
Honolulu
B

Activity note: Program ends after breakfast, independent departures to airport

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am

Morning: Program officially ends after breakfast 8:00 am; hotel check-out time is 11 am; independent departures to Honolulu Airport available by taxi, no reservation required