Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come 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 changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet welcome dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via bus and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. What we will be able to experience during field trip can also be affected by local conditions in this dynamically active and changing environment. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 28 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour depending upon traffic. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; stairs at USS Arizona Museum theater and memorial. Getting on/off a Navy operated shuttle boat. (Boat rides may be cancelled by the Navy in the event of high winds and/or strong water currents.) Walking through USS Arizona Museum.
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, fruit including pineapple, oatmeal, breads, muffins, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll be joined by a local expert for an introductory class on Hawaiian culture. We’ll then board a bus and transfer to Pearl Harbor for lunch.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals and order from a select menu; iced tea and water included, other beverages available for purchase.
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. Our field trip will begin at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where we will visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. We will explore the museum, view a short documentary film in the theater, and board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial. As the National Park Service explains, “The Arizona was bombed on December 7, 1941, about 15 minutes into the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 1,177 sailors and Marines on board. Today she rests where she fell, just off the coast of Ford Island.” The memorial honors the memory of the Arizona crew and other service members and civilians who died during the attack: 2,335 sailors, soldiers, and Marines as well as 68 civilians.
Dinner: We'll walk to a nearby restaurant for a delicious plated meal; non-alcoholic beverages included, other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a delightful evening sharing “Aloha” with a local Hawaiian cultural organization and see a hula demonstration. “Aloha” is a word with varied and deep meanings beyond hello and goodbye and we’ll learn about its resonance in Hawaiian life.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt trails.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll board a bus with a local expert and set out on a field trip that will take us around Oahu's spectacular east as we travel along a coastal road with spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains of Oahu. This scenic route takes us by Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Halona Blowhole. Weather permitting, we may be able to see Molokai as well. We will then ride to Kako'o 'Oiwi, a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization 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). With a local expert, we will learn about retention and restoration of the agricultural wetlands for the local community as we explore the agricultural farm and see cultivation of native plants and traditional foods.
Lunch: At Kako'o 'Oiwi, we’ll have a buffet with local-style foods such as lomi lomi salmon (tomato and salmon salad) and kalua pig.
Afternoon: Next, we will ride to Heeia Fishpond managed by Paepae o He'eia, a private non-profit organization. While the He'eia Fishpond was built approximately 600-800 years ago, its distinctive aquaculture was technologically advanced and unique to Hawaii. The stone wall extends more than a mile, completely surrounding the pond, and is itself a complex construction that regulates the flow and salinity of the water. Scientists have estimated that it took hundreds and possibly thousands of people working several years to complete it. En route back to Waikiki, we’ll stop at the Pali Lookout to see the famous pali (cliffs) that played a role in the 1795 defeat of Oahu's warriors by King Kamehameha I.
Dinner: At a popular Waikiki restaurant with beautiful views, we’ll have a plated meal with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Flight from Honolulu to Hilo is approximately 1 hour. The drive to lower Puna on the east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano is approximately 1 hour. Hiking up to 2 miles, uneven ground, slippery steps and lava tubes. Kilauea is a dynamic volcano; lava conditions are highly changeable.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll be joined by a local expert for a class on island formation and learn how the Hawaiian Islands came into existence. We’ll then check out of hotel and depart via bus with our Group Leader 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: We’ll board our plane for the flight to Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, we will depart with a local expert via minicoach for lava viewing.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a boxed supper.
Evening: With our local expert, we’ll go on a nighttime field trip to look for lava, driving to where recent eruptive activity has crossed and closed the road. With the cooperation of nature and Madam Pele — the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, dance and volcanoes — 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 then have a late check-in to the lodge at Kilauea Military Camp (KMC).
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus, driving about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours total with multiple stops; Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; varied terrain; Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; about 50 stairs up and down.
Breakfast: At KMC's Crater Rim Café, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, oatmeal, seasonal fresh fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: A local expert will join us in the KMC meeting room for a Hawaiian cultural discussion class. We’ll then set out via bus for a field trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. From the National Park Service: “Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park displays the results of at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution in the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount chain — processes that would thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture.” Our full day of exploration, led by a local expert, will include multiple stops. Specific sites and activities will be determined by our expert based on local conditions at the time. Some of the possibilities 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 where an expert will introduce exhibits on island formation, how plant and animal life arrived, ecosystems including the rain forest, and of course volcanoes.
Lunch: At the Volcano House Restaurant within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, we’ll have a plated meal with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase. There are amazing views of the Kilauea caldera and the Halemaumau Crater.
Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the park before heading back KMC late afternoon.
Dinner: In KMC's Crater Rim Café, we’ll have a buffet dinner with home cooking including soup, salad, entrée, baked potato bar, and ice cream; beverage choices include a fountain drink, juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for early morning check-out and transfer for our flight to Maui.
Activity note: Early morning check-out and transfer to airport. The flight to Maui is about 1/2 hour. Getting on/off a minicoach; driving about 115 miles throughout the day, approximately 4 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day and standing; some uneven terrain, dirt trails. At Iao, elective climbing of 131 stairs.
Breakfast: We’ll have a packed breakfast from KMC to eat at the airport.
Morning: We will check out early in the morning and transfer via bus to Hilo Airport for our flight to Maui. Upon arrival in Maui, we’ll hop aboard a minicoach with a local expert for a field trip to Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. We’ll 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: At a restaurant in Kula (elevation 3,200'), we’ll have a plated meal.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to Iao Valley State Park. This lush green valley is considered sacred to the Hawaiian people and was once off limits to all but royalty. It was the site of a fierce battle in 1790 between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. The Iao Needle — Kuka'emoku in the Hawaiian language — is a peak that rises 1,200 feet above the landscape. Late afternoon, we’ll proceed to our resort in Kaanapali on Maui's west side and check in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.
Breakfast: In the resort’s Royal Ocean Terrace, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet that includes choices such as eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, other griddle delights, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast station, milk, juices including pineapple and POG (Passion Orange Guava), coffee, hot tea, water.
Morning: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to hang out at world-famous Kaanapali Beach right in front of the hotel or explore the local Kaanapali/Lahaina area independently. We will provide vouchers 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: Free time. Continue your independent explorations or just relax.
Dinner: At the resort, we’ll enjoy the Myths of Maui Luau in an oceanfront setting where the Pua’a Kalua (roast pig) is taken out of the in-ground Imu (oven) — the centerpiece of an elaborate, multi-course buffet of traditional island fare; open bar (cocktails, beer, wine), juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included.
Evening: Enjoy live music as we dine, culminating in a performance of music, song, and dance conjuring myths and stories from throughout Polynesia that ends with a spectacular fire dance finale.
Activity note: Early rising for field trip. Getting on/off vehicles; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1/2 hour driving. Getting on/off a boat; those who wish to snorkel must be competent swimmers; life guards on-board. Those susceptible to motion sickness should consider appropriate remedies.
Breakfast: Aboard the vessel during our snorkeling field trip, enjoy light fare such as fresh fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, water.
Morning: Morning with the ocean vessel staff at the pier and then embark on our snorkeling field trip and wild dolphin watch. Local naturalists will lead us as we see why Lanai has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world, and where we will be able to explore a dazzling coral reef that is home to abundant fish and other marine life. Wild dolphins are often found in these waters and we will be on the lookout for spinner, spotted, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as humpback whales that visit from December to April.
Lunch: Aboard the vessel, choose what you like from choices such as grilled chicken, hot dogs, garden burgers, veggie salad, soda, juice, water.
Afternoon: Our field trip will continue until mid-afternoon when we will return to the harbor and then the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free.
Dinner: At the resort's Royal Ocean Terrace, we will enjoy a farewell plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.
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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys. Aloha!