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
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53 meals
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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 start heading downhill for a short walk to old 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 take the short walk back to the hotel and the 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 various stops with our Study Leader at places along the Crater Rim Drive such as the Jaggar Museum (museum dedicated to volcanology) and the Lava Tube, a geological tunnel formation we’ll walk through that was 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, History 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: After walking the short way back to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure.

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. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. 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 on the grounds of the Kona Historical Society.

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. 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
Kaanapali Ocean Inn

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, Whaler’s Village Museum, Printing Press
Maui
B,L,D
Kaanapali Ocean Inn

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: To start out, we’ll walk to the Whaler’s Village Museum in Ka'anapali and gather for a lecture given by a Whaling Foundation docent that will focus on humpback whales and why they spend their winters in Hawaii each year. Afterwards, we’ll transfer by motorcoach to the 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: Next, take some time independently to enjoy a self-led 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. At the conclusion of the field trip, we’ll return to the hotel via local bus, about 5 miles, half-hour.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have plated, pre-ordered 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
Kaanapali Ocean Inn

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.

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 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
Kaanapali Ocean Inn

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
Courtyard Kaua'i Coconut Beach Hotel

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
Courtyard Kaua'i Coconut Beach Hotel

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
Courtyard Kaua'i Coconut Beach Hotel

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: After transferring to Hanapepe Town, we will walk across a historical footbridge over one of the island’s largest rivers while learning of the challenges that face the island’s agricultural economy. Continuing along in the bus, 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 into the eucalyptus forests and see some of the devastating effects Hurricane Iniki left behind in 1992.

Lunch: At the park pavilion, we’ll enjoy pre-ordered sandwiches with 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
Courtyard Kaua'i Coconut Beach Hotel

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: At Hanalei Beach pavilion, we’ll eat our pre-ordered sandwiches while gazing at the largest white sand beach on the island; water included, no other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Enter in van shuttles to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, where we witness a profusion of sea birds on the cliff side as well as overhead.

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, Waikiki Aquarium
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 transfer to the Waikiki Aquarium for a self-led field trip during which we will have the opportunity see live coral polyps, giant Pacific clams, tropical sea horses, and Hawaii’s rare monk seal. 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
Pearl Harbor, Bishop Museum, 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: We’ll begin by traveling to Pearl Harbor and exploring two World War II museums independently. Then, we’ll view a National Park Service documentary film commemorating the events of Dec. 7th, 1941. Weather and harbor conditions permitting, we’ll ride 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 the 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.

Lunch: At Pearl Harbor in the outdoor pavilion, we’ll have sandwiches with water included; soft drinks available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our next 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.

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 transfer 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 a local outdoor park pavilion in Waimea Valley Park, 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. Continuing past popular surfing beaches and pineapple fields aboard our motorcoach, our local expert will talk about each as we view them from the vehicle. 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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