1412
Hawaii
Molokai: “The Friendly Isle” Is a Classroom
Immerse yourself in authentic Hawaiian culture as you join local experts to learn the art of hula dancing, explore Kalaupapa Peninsula and visit local homes and schools.
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Program No. 1412RJ
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Kaunakakai, HI
D
Hotel Molokai

Afternoon: 4:00 pm - Check-in Front Desk 4:00 pm - Road Scholar Registration - look for Road Scholar welcome table

Dinner: Welcome Dinner buffet at local restaurant followed by evening orientation.

DAY
2
Getting Acquainted with Molokai
Kaunakakai, HI
B,L,D
Hotel Molokai

Activity note: Classes in morning and afternoon, air-conditioned classroom.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at local restaurant.

Morning: Class: Primordial Beginnings to Modern Day Molokai. The islands of the Pacific were the last lands on earth to be settled. The Hawaiians believe the gods prepared this land, sea, plants, sky and all living things. They knew the nearest people lived to the south. Examine Hawaiian legends of creation of how the islands and life came to be and compare it to what we learn from geologists and anthropologists. Each island is unique and different. In depth study of: 1) Molokai Geology, Geography & Weather; 2) The Ahupua'a, From the Mountains to the Sea; 3) E Molokai, Aina Kaulana - Modern Molokai.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Class: Nation Within-The Story of America's Annexation of The Nation of Hawaii. You may never think of the history of Hawaii the same say again. Class: Island People, Island Values. Who are the island people? Why are their values so important to the survival of their culture? What is their future? Is there a place for them in the world?

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY
3
Molokai Museum, Hawaiian Immersion School, Hula Class
Kaunakakai, HI
B,L,D
Hotel Molokai

Activity note: All-day Field Trip

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at local restaurant.

Morning: Ground transportation in air-conditioned vans. A native Hawaiian guide rides along and talks about the various places on our journey. Molokai Museum: The 1878 R. W. Meyer Sugar Mill is the Museum's largest artifact. A museum docent takes you on an historical walk through the Mill, on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Examine the original Mill equipment and handwritten records of the German-Hawaiian family who started it all. Museum Gallery Exhibit: Enjoy this award-winning photo exhibit of Kalaupapa's history. Pohaku - Stones: Stones have spiritual power. The Ku'ula, an important stone of the fishermen, and the Pohaku Hanau, a great birth stone to support chiefly mothers in a semi-sitting position while giving birth give us an appreciation of the great knowledge of the Hawaiians. Examine these two stones and hear their voices. View Hawaiian Quilts owned by Molokai Museum, including an award-winning contemporary quilt of the 1878 R. W. Meyer Sugar Mill. Class: A Balance of Economics and Values. Molokai is the "last Hawaiian Island' with a population of approximately 7,500, of which 52 percent are native Hawaiians. They are passionate about "Keeping Molokai Molokai" and preserving their culture and lands for future generations. Our native Hawaiian instructor shares his feelings, ideas, thoughts and current issues facing our island and its future.

Lunch: At Molokai Museum. Prepared by our Museum staff using their treasured family recipes. Fresh fruits harvested from our garden and other delectable entrées are served. The recipes used will be given as a gift.

Afternoon: Hawaiian Immersion School: In 1896 the native Hawaiian language was banned in all public schools and public places. The ban was removed by state law in 1986 and within a year two immersion schools opened. You are there! Take your place in first or second grade for a unique Hawaiian educational experience with the keiki (children) leading the way. Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm: In 1921, the U.S. Congress passed the Hawaiian Homestead Act for the rehabilitation of Hawaiians. Meet the Purdy family, native Hawaiian homesteaders, for an on-site visit to their farm--the only Hawaiian Homestead Macadamia Nut Farm in Hawaii. Discuss their business and compare it to other macadamia nut farms in the state. Enjoy delicious, fresh samples of all their products.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Hula Class: Your chance at trying basic hula steps while learning the art of Hula Dancing. Fun!

DAY
4
Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Polynesian Voyaging
Kaunakakai, HI
B,L,D
Hotel Molokai

Activity note: Round-trip flight in 9-seater plane to isolated peninsula of Kalaupapa; all-day field trip. Transportation in non air-conditioned school bus, some gravel roads.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at local restaurant.

Morning: Descend by plane to Kalaupapa National Historic Park where a local expert takes you on a pilgrimage through the "lands of Father Damien". Once a thriving Hawaiian village, Kalaupapa became a "living tomb" when the land was purchased in 1865 by the Hawaiian government for a leper colony. The Kalaupapa story is about more than 8,000 persons--men, women and children--taken from their families, man's inhumanity to man, and the courage and dedication of humanitarians who served the lepers.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Kalaupapa National Historic Park.

Afternoon: Picnic at Kalawao, cold, wet and windswept, where the first inmates, yes, they were called inmates, came ashore. The beauty of the magnificent sea cliffs, a National Historic Landmark, are the only witnesses to the horror so many of mankind endured for being diagnosed with leprosy. What is next for Kalaupapa when the last patient passes away?

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Class: Voyage of Rediscovery - The Hokule'a Hokule'a: Polynesians sailed the entire Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean, larger than all the land in the world put together. They perfected wayfinding, sailing millions of square miles of open ocean with a purpose, using their knowledge of astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, navigation and birds to find land. One of the first two women in modern times (1975) to sail on the double-hull, voyaging canoe Hokule'a, takes you on her voyage of self discovery.

DAY
5
Molokai's East End: Nene, Fishponds, Halawa Valley
Kaunakakai, HI
B,L,D
Hotel Molokai

Activity note: All-day field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at a local restaurant

Morning: Ride in air-conditioned vans with a native Hawaiian guide to the dramatic East end of Molokai. Travel a coastal two-lane road with the islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe and Maui in clear view. Visit Nene, the most endangered goose in the world, and other birds of the Hawaiian flyway. Learn about endemic coastal plants, then step inside the beautiful, oceanfront home of our hosts for a brief lesson on the benefits of recycling and Hawaiian architectural design. The Hawaiian system of land use allowed access to all resources from the mountains to the sea. Fishponds required specialized technology to ensure an abundance of food from the sea from generation to generation. Our visit to a restored fishpond allows us insight into the Hawaiian concept of aquaculture, history, use and decline, restoration, issues and concerns.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at old Hawaiian church in historic Halawa Valley.

Afternoon: Enjoy a walk back in time to Halawa Valley, site of the first settlers of the island. Halawa is the oldest known human habitation on Molokai - 650 A.D. View the efforts of local families to live sustainably without electricity and telephones.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Lei Making, Luau at Molokai Museum
Kaunakakai, HI
B,L,D
Hotel Molokai

Activity note: Hands-on class

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at local restaurant.

Morning: Class: Lei Making. Learn the art of lei making using fresh, picked flowers. Sew your lei for the proper adornment for tonight's luau.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at West End beach, one of the longest white sand beaches in the state.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to walk, swim, relax, meditate, or dip toes in the ocean before returning to hotel. Later, join the weekly gathering of Hawaiian musicians and dancers until it's time to leave for the luau at Molokai Museum.

Dinner: Luau at Molokai Museum.

Evening: Your week with us calls for a celebration. Experience a traditional luau in your honor through food, music, hula and conversation. The luau is prepared by our staff; entertainment by our Museum family.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Kaunakakai, HI
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at local restaurant

Morning: "Aloha is Spoken Here" on Molokai. When you leave, please take the aloha spirit with you. We do not have a word for goodbye. The Hawaiians say, "A Hui Hou" - until we meet again. And so we bid you "A Hui Hou". Program ends after breakfast at 8:30 am






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