Activity note: Hotel check-in is from 3:00 PM.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over 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, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet Welcome Dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program 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 conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: Getting on/off busses, driving approx. 28 miles total, about 1 hour total depending upon traffic. Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day; some stairs at USS Arizona Museum theater and memorial. Getting on/off boats for short shuttle ride to USS Arizona Memorial; dependent on local conditions and safety precautions.
Breakfast: In the hotel's restaurant, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, fruit including pineapple, oat meal, breads, muffins, juice, coffee, tea and water.
Morning: In the hotel meeting room, receive an overview of Hawaii in an Introductory Hawaiian Culture Class taught by a local expert. After class, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to Pearl Harbor for lunch.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll choose plated meals from a select menu. Iced tea, water included.
Afternoon: After lunch, visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. While here, we’ll view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial with National Park Service rangers, and upon returning, have some time to explore the museum.
Dinner: We'll take a short walk to a neighborhood restaurant in vibrant Waikiki where we will enjoy a delicious plated meal. Nonalcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: In the hotel meeting room, spend a fun evening sharing Aloha with a local Hawaiian cultural organization.
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approx. 50 miles total throughout the day with stops; about 2 hours altogether of drive time. Walking up to 2 miles total for the day; some uneven terrain and dirt trails. Bring sturdy walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.
Breakfast: Delicious buffet in the hotel restaurant.
Morning: With a local expert, board a motorcoach and begin the day with a field trip that journeys around Oahu's spectacular east end traverses along a coastal road providing spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains of Oahu (including views towards Molokai, weather permitting). This scenic route takes us by Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Halona Blowhole. Next, we will visit a local property on the windward side of Oahu whose mission is to perpetuate the cultural and spiritual practices of Native Hawaiians. Its programs are focused on environmental restoration to exemplify a lifestyle respectful of kanaka (people), aina (land) and kupuna (ancestors).
Lunch: Buffet, where we will sample local-style foods such as lomi lomi salmon (tomato and salmon salad) and kalua pig.
Afternoon: After reboarding the bus, we will travel to Heeia Fishpond. Fishponds were originally created by the Alii (chiefs) as stocking ponds to raise fish and provide for easy access to fish during the winter months when deep sea fishing was dangerous. The Heeia fishpond is a unique natural resource that was constructed over 600 years ago. Paepae o Heeia (Friends of Heeia) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and restocking this 88-acre ancient Hawaiian fishpond to its original state. Enroute back to Waikiki, we will make a stop at the Pali Lookout to see the famous pali (cliffs) which played a role in the 1795 defeat of Oahu's warriors by Kamehameha I.
Dinner: A plated meal in a popular Waikiki restaurant with beautiful views. Nonalcoholic beverage included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure to prepare for tomorrow's departure.
Activity note: The flight from Honolulu to Hilo is approximately 50 minutes. Hiking up to 2 miles, uneven ground, slippery steps and lava tubes; sturdy shoes and water. Kilauea is a dynamic volcano; lava conditions can change often.
Breakfast: At the hotel, buffet.
Morning: In the hotel meeting room, attend a morning class "Island Formation" by a local expert and learn about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be. After the lecture, check out of hotel and depart via motorcoach for Honolulu Airport.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at Honolulu Airport before we catch our flight to Hilo. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Afternoon: Fly to Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, we will depart with a local expert via minicoach for lava viewing.
Dinner: Enjoy a boxed supper before continuing on our field trip.
Evening: This evening's field trip is Nighttime Lava Viewing. We'll drive to where recent eruptive activity has crossed and closed the road. Nature and Madam Pele permitting, we may be able to see evidence of the active lava flow, perhaps as a glow on the bottom of clouds near the top of the pali (cliffs). We will have a late check in to the lodge at Kilauea Military Camp (KMC).
Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach for multiple stops throughout field trips; driving approx. 50 miles on field trips; about 2 hours total aboard motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day on varied terrain; Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; about 50 stairs total up and down.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at KMC's Crater Rim Cafe. Choices include scrambled eggs, bacon Portuguese sausage, biscuits, pancake, oatmeal and fresh fruit in season. The beverage station offers coffee, tea, juice and water, and milk for coffee only.
Morning: Start the morning with a Hawaiian Cultural Discussion Class led by a local expert in the KMC meeting room. On an exclusive Road Scholar field trip with a local expert, we’ll travel via motorcoach to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a full day of exploration including many stops. Specific activities will be dependent on local conditions and determined by our expert, but some attractions include the Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera as well as the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. Lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows, or hike the Devastation Trail, which was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). We’ll also stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest and island formation.
Lunch: At the Rim Restaurant Volcano House located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with non-alcoholic beverages included while soaking in glorious views of steam rising from an active crater!
Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the park after lunch before heading back KMC late afternoon.
Dinner: In KMC's Crater Rim Café, enjoy a dinner buffet of all American variety home cooking including a rotating entrée, with salad and baked potato bar, as well as soup and dessert of ice cream. Includes one beverage choice of juice, fountain drink, house coffee (1 refill) or tea.
Evening: At leisure to prepare for early morning departure and full travel/field trip day in Maui.
Activity note: Flight to Maui is about 30 minutes. Getting on/off minicoach; driving approx. 115 miles total throughout the day with stops; about 4 hours altogether of driving. Walking up to 2 miles total for the day; some uneven terrain and dirt trails. Bring sturdy walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. At Iao Valley, option of climbing 131 stairs to the top, staying at the bottom or on the bus.
Breakfast: Due to our early departure, breakfast will be take-out style from KMC to eat at the airport.
Morning: Leave early in the morning on motorcoach for Hilo Airport for our flight to Maui. Upon arrival in Maui, depart with a local expert via minicoach on our first field trip of Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. Learn about Hawaii's indigenous animals and plants, including the endemic Ahinahina (silversword). The park is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.
Lunch: Plated lunch at a local restaurant in Kula (elevation 3,200')
Afternoon: After lunch we will drive to Iao Valley State Park. Lush green Iao Valley is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. We will discuss the area's natural and cultural history.. We’ll proceed late afternoon to our hotel in Kaanapali on Maui's west side and check in.
Dinner: On your own to explore local fare
Evening: At leisure to relax after our busy day.
Breakfast: Enjoy the resort's breakfast buffet at leisure at Royal Ocean Terrace. The buffet includes fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, toast station, assortment of pastries, eggs benedict, omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and other daily griddle delights. Include orange, juice, pinapple juice, POG (Passion Organce Guava juice, milk, coffee, and hot tea.
Morning: Enjoy free time to explore Maui on your own. Your group leader will make suggestions based on your interests, or if you are in need of ideas to explore all of the culture and beautiful natural surroundings this paradise has to offer. You may wish to hang out at the world-famous Kaanapali Beach right in front of the hotel, book a day excursion through the concierge desk or explore the local Kaanapali/Lahaina area. You may also want to consider a visit to Lahaina. Vouchers will be provided for entrance to several Lahaina museums. Lahaina was a longtime residence of kings and chiefs of Maui, and served as the capital of the united kingdom of Hawaii from 1820-1845. It was also a key port for the whaling industry as well as a center of missionary activities. Today, this is some of the most expensive real estate in the islands.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: At leisure.
Dinner: At The Myths of Maui Luau located at Royal Lahaina Resort, we’ll enjoy a delicious and extensive buffet of regional Hawaiian cuisine. We’ll watch as the kalua pig is unearthed from the “Imu,” the traditional underground oven, and taste a variety of unique flavors. Open bar (cocktails, beer, wine), juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included.
Evening: Enjoy a luau in an oceanfront setting where a traditionally prepared pig, slowly roasted in an underground Imu, is the centerpiece of an elaborate, multi-course feast. Dance, music and song conjure the myths and stories from throughout Polynesia into an evening of unforgettable performances culminating in a spectacular Fire Dance Finale.
Activity note: Getting on/off vehicles; driving approx. 10 miles total; about 30 min of driving. Boarding boat, snorkeling skills and experience are not required; however, it is recommended you be a competent swimmer and comfortable in the water in order to snorkel. Life guards are on-board. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, consider an appropriate remedy. Up to 1 mile walking during the course of the day.
Breakfast: Enjoy lighter fare on-board vessel during our snorkel field trip. Fresh fruit, pastries, and coffee and juice.
Morning: Embark fairly early on motorcoach from the resort, for our short drive to Lahaina where we will check in and then embark on our Snorkel/Wild Dolphin Watch Local naturalists will lead us to discover why Lanai has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found off Lanai, too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Humpback whales may be viewed in season.
Lunch: Lunch will be served conveniently on-board vessel to refuel after our adventurous morning.
Afternoon: Our field trip concludes at approximately 2:30 pm with the boat returning to the harbor. We will return to the hotel, where there will be free time before dinner.
Dinner: Gather with your fellow participants and group leader for a plated Farewell Dinner at the resort's Royal Ocean Terrace.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Hotel check out is by 11:00 am.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. 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! Aloha!