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Hawaii

Best of Hawaii: Oahu, Big Island and Maui

Program No. 21586RJ
Join locals to explore Hawaii with an insider’s perspective, learning about unique island ecosystems, exploring Volcanoes National Park and snorkeling colorful reefs in Lanai!
Length
9 days
Rating (4.75)
Activity Level
Starts at
4,949

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DATES & PRICES

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Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

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Comfortable accommodations offering views of the areas scenery and partial ocean views.

Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2023
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Standard View 5,099
Upgraded View 5,499
Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 5,099
Upgraded View 5,499
Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 5,099
Upgraded View 5,499
Apr 22 - Apr 30, 2023
Standard View 4,949
Upgraded View 5,449
Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2023
Standard View 4,949
Upgraded View 5,449
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
Standard View 4,949
Upgraded View 5,449
Jan 13 - Jan 21, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Jan 20 - Jan 28, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Feb 10 - Feb 18, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Mar 23 - Mar 31, 2024
Standard View 5,349
Upgraded View 5,749
Apr 20 - Apr 28, 2024
Standard View 5,249
Upgraded View 5,649

DATES & PRICES

Standard View Upgraded View
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations offering views of the areas scenery and partial ocean views.

Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 6,199
Upgraded View 6,899
Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 6,199
Upgraded View 6,899
Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 6,199
Upgraded View 6,899
Apr 22 - Apr 30, 2023
Standard View 5,939
Upgraded View 6,729
Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2023
Standard View 5,939
Upgraded View 6,729
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
Standard View 5,939
Upgraded View 6,729
Jan 13 - Jan 21, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Jan 20 - Jan 28, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Feb 10 - Feb 18, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Mar 23 - Mar 31, 2024
Standard View 6,569
Upgraded View 7,329
Apr 20 - Apr 28, 2024
Standard View 6,399
Upgraded View 7,159

At a Glance

Be immersed in the natural wonders, culture and history of America’s paradise — Hawaii! On this three-island adventure that begins on Oahu, journey along the breathtaking East Coast to marvel in the iconic natural beauty of Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay. Experience Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, and cap off your learning adventure on Maui exploring a working pineapple farm and snorkeling its pristine waters.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily. Program logistics and flow are subject to change at short notice due to current local conditions and Covid19 Safety protocols. Your Group Leader will inform you of any adjustments along the way.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about environmental projects at a historic fish pond and non-profit community organizations on the east coast of Oahu.
  • Visit the home of the active Kilauea volcano!
  • Snorkel along the dazzling coral reef in Lanai.
Featured Expert
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Steve Kooiman
Steven served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and has visited many World War II battle sites. He moved to Hawaii in 1983 and has called it home ever since. An avid WWII history buff, Steven served as an instructor on the battleship Missouri. He eventually became the education manager, and enjoys teaching new staff members and students of all ages. Steve has had the honor of working at the USS Arizona memorial and leading groups at Pearl Harbor.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steve Kooiman View biography
Steven served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and has visited many World War II battle sites. He moved to Hawaii in 1983 and has called it home ever since. An avid WWII history buff, Steven served as an instructor on the battleship Missouri. He eventually became the education manager, and enjoys teaching new staff members and students of all ages. Steve has had the honor of working at the USS Arizona memorial and leading groups at Pearl Harbor.
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Andrew A Lockwood View biography
Andrew Lockwood is the President of Pacific Islands Institute, an educational travel company specializing in cultural and eco-experiences throughout Hawaii and the Pacific and has a great appreciation for the life-changing impact of global travel. He has been creating and coordinating Road Scholar programs since 1992 and carrying luggage for Elderhostel participants as a high school student in the early 1980s when his mother was the Hawaii Loa College Elderhostel Director. Andrew is an involved husband and parent of three children.
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Will McGough View biography
Will McGough has spent the better part of the last decade seeing the world as a travel writer. His contributions have appeared in many magazines and online publications, including Alaska Airlines Magazine, AFAR, Conde Nast and Forbes. In 2017, he was the Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s Travel Writer of the Year for his local travel publication, Wake and Wander Hawaii. Will graduated from Virginia Tech and now calls the windward side of Oahu home. When traveling, he enjoys a combination of culture, adventure, and scenic beauty.
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.
Shore Fishes of Hawaii
by John Randall
A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.
Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941
by Thurston Clarke
A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.
Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories
by Rick Carroll (Editor)
This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Hawaiian Islands Map
by Nelles
A map of all the individual Hawaiian Islands, including maps of O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i at 1:150,000 and of Hawai'i at 1:330,000. Includes an inset map of Waikiki.
From a Native Daughter, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
by Haunani-Kay Trask
Trask, a descendant of the Pi'ilani line of Maui and the Kahakumakaliua line of Kauai, explores issues of racism and imperialism in Hawaii, documenting the work of native Hawaiian student organizations and the native Hawaiian self-governing organization Ka Lahuni Hawaii.
Moloka'i
by Alan Brennert
Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, Brennert's richly imagined novel of seven-year-old Rachel Kalama -- full of tales of stories of old Hawaii -- draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'I.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
by Trails Illustrated
This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific
by H. Douglas Pratt
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
Lost Kingdom
by Julia Flynn Siler
Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.
Eyewitness Guide Hawaii
by Eyewitness Guides
An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.
Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii
by Mark Twain
These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.
Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii
by James L. Haley
A fascinating history of America’s youngest (and, arguably, most unique) state. Historian and biographer James Haley charts Hawaii’s epic journey from kingdom to statehood with authority.
Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
by Les Beletsky
This all-around field guide features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish with notes on Hawaii's geology and popular parks and reserves.
The Island Edge of America, A Political History of Hawaii
by Tom Coffman
Journalist Tom Coffman brings Hawaii's story into the twentieth century through this reinterpretation of major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959.
Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii
by Elizabeth Bentzel Buck
By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.
Aloha Betrayed
by Noenoe K. Silva
Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
Dismembering Lahui, A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887
by Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio
Osorio charts the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887.
Born in Paradise
by Armine von Tempski
The autobiographical tale of childhood on a Maui ranch in the early part of this century. A classic account of old Hawaii, warm-spirited and evocative.
Hotel Honolulu
by Paul Theroux
This hilarious sendup of ex-pats and their ilk, drawing on Theroux's time in the islands, where he has a home, features a full cast of eccentrics who reside in and visit a fleabag hotel on the coast of Oahu.
Hawaii Wildlife
by James Kavanagh
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
by Gavan Daws
A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.
Oahu Revealed
by Andrew Doughty
Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.
Unfamiliar Fishes
by Sarah Vowell
Tracking the Americanization of Hawaii from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1820 to the annexation in 1898 (Queen Liliuokalani was in Washington lobbying to save her nation during the McKinley inauguration), Vowell shows the complex interplay of god, business and tradition with her usual acerbic wit (and research).
Plague And Fire, Battling Black Death And the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown
by James C. Mohr
Mohr relates the gripping tale of the bubonic plague that reached Hawaii's shores just as the islands were about to become a U.S. territory through the eyes of the people caught up in the vast conflagration that engulfed Honolulu's Chinatown.
Nation Within, The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i
by Tom Coffman
Coffman follows the rising tensions between the U.S. and the once-independent Hawaii through the late 19th century, documenting how the native population resisted annexation.
The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage
by Rachel Laudan
Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history. With 150 recipes.
Hawaii
by James Michener
A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
by Liliuokalani
A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands.
Hawaii, Islands Under the Influence
by Noel J. Kent
A history of economic development in the islands from sandalwood and whaling to sugar, tourism and Japanese investment in the 1980s.





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