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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.
Length
21 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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10,299
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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 23 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
10,299
Feb 27 - Mar 19, 2023
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10,299
Apr 17 - May 7, 2023
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10,299
Jan 22 - Feb 11, 2024
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11,499
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Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Feb 26 - Mar 17, 2024
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11,499
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Apr 8 - Apr 28, 2024
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11,499
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 23 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
14,139
Feb 27 - Mar 19, 2023
Starting at
14,139
Apr 17 - May 7, 2023
Starting at
14,139
Jan 22 - Feb 11, 2024
Starting at
15,649
Special Offer

Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Feb 26 - Mar 17, 2024
Starting at
15,649
Special Offer

Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Apr 8 - Apr 28, 2024
Starting at
15,649
Special Offer

Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

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 View biography
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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Hawaiian Antiquities
by David Malo
The Burning Island
by Pam Frierson
Hawaii: A Natural History
by Carlquist
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
by Liliuokalani
Islands in a Far Sea
by John Culliney
Hawaii's Plants & Animals
by Stone & Pratt
Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii
by A. Grove Day
Shoal of Time (History of the Hawaiian Islands)
by Gavan Daws
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(5) Review left 4/02/2022

Outstanding program that provided an excellent, comprehensive view of Hawaii - both educational and fun. The leaders (Susan McGovern and John Stallman) were the best! This was a perfect program, with a great mix of activities and free time. Besides the listed activities listed in the program, there were several other highlights -- the Pacific Tsunami Museum (and lecture by Dr. Dudley) in Hilo, the presentation at the Hawaii Wildlife Center at Kaanapali, the drive on Saddle Road, whale sightings, and much more. Food was overall excellent (try guri-guri!). Accommodations were very nice, with incredible water views at four of the five places stayed. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and I highly recommend it. Two suggestions, if you are considering this trip: (1) arrive a day early in Hilo. The hotel is great with an incredible view and great nearby activities, plus it helps to recover from the long, long flight to Hawaii, and (2) bring water shoes. Although there were many sandy beaches, the lagoon at Kona, the snorkeling experience and the beach / swimming pond at Lydgate State Park required water shoes to cope with the lava rocks.

(5) Review left 2/16/2022

This four island tour was fantastic. We learned so much about Hawaii while enjoying its beauty and Hawaii's nice winter weather.

(5) Review left 3/25/2020

The On the Go Hawaii program is educational, with fabulous scenery and the best guide I’ve had, Susan McGovern.

(5) Review left 3/19/2020

The "On the Road: Best of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu" 20-day program from which I just returned was the best (of seven) Road Scholar trips I have taken. It exceeded my expectations. Tour leaders Susan McGovern and John Stallman were superb!

(5) Review left 3/17/2020

What an awesome learning adventure!

(5) Review left 2/22/2019

A trip of a lifetime. Our program leader and her husband were dynamic, gifted educators. They were skilled at immersing us in the history, culture, volcanic activity, flora and fauna. An added bonus for us was the fact that the participants quickly bonded which made for a most pleasant trip and a somewhat sad departure.






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