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.