Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. 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 in the Ilima Café, enjoy a plated welcome dinner, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Wear your bathing suit and beachwear for the morning activities; bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and small pack with dry clothes.
Breakfast: At the hotel enjoy a breakfast buffet serving classic American & local breakfast favorites, plus coffee, juice, water.
Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach, bus, school bus and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. “America the Beautiful” passes cover entrance fees at national parks and wildlife refuges for up to 4 adults. If you have one of these national park passes, please bring it with you to the program and on our field trips to benefit other members of the group. Wearing our bathing suits, we will have a short walk to a local beach for instructions from Waikiki's famous "Beach Boys." Learn about and practice popular local beach activities including surfing, outrigger canoe wave-riding, and optional boogie boarding. No experience necessary or expected - great fun for grandparent and grandchild alike! A Hawaiian tradition, the Waikiki Beach Boys influenced visitors to Hawaii in the early 1900’s by welcoming and taking it upon themselves to make the visitors feel welcome. Excelling at water sports, it was their passion for board surfing and outrigger canoe surfing that helped save the sports from becoming extinct. James Michener perfectly described the Beach Boys as “perpetual adolescents of the ocean, the playboys of the Pacific.”
Lunch: At a local oceanfront restaurant in Waikiki, enjoy a decadent buffet featuring local and classic lunch favorites with your choice of coffee, iced tea, soft drinks, water.
Afternoon: At Leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: Meet your group leader in the hotel lobby and depart on foot for dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy a delicious plated meal, plus soft drinks, water.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Please be aware that boat rides out to the USS Arizona Memorial are sometimes suspended or cancelled due to high winds. This decision is made by the U.S. Navy, which operates the boats to the memorial. No bags or purses of any sort can be brought to the memorial or Ford Island. Walking at the Pacific Aviation Museum and visitors center, up to 30 minutes at the USS Arizona Memorial; benches available at all sites.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will board the bus for a field trip to the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park. Upon our arrival, we will have time for independent exploration of the memorial with your grandchild. In the theater, we will watch a historical film before boarding a boat for a short ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial.
Lunch: Among the planes in Hangar 37 at the Pacific Aviation Museum, enjoy a plated deli meal, plus nonalcoholic beverages.
Afternoon: At the Pacific Aviation Museum, we will learn about authentic World War II-era planes as we walk among them with a docent, including an actual Japanese Zero and a Stearman N2S-3 once piloted by former American President George H. W. Bush. We will return to the bus and transfer to the USS Missouri, nicknamed Mighty Mo, at pier F-5 to explore with a museum docent. Launched in January 1944, Mighty Mo fought several battles in the Pacific including the battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa as well as fighting in the Korean war from 1950 to 1953. Decommissioned in 1955, the ship entered the Navy’s reserve fleet before being recommissioned and modernized following the end of the Vietnam War in 1984. Mighty Mo was active for another 8 years providing fire support for Operation Desert Storm in early 1991 before being decommissioned for the last time on March 31, 1992. Six years later, the Missouri was donated to become a museum ship at Pearl Harbor. At the end of the day, we will return to the hotel.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for tomorrow's transfer to Hilo.
Activity note: Flight is approximately 40 minutes. Driving time is approximately 3/4 of an hour. Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on varied, uneven terrain; Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery, with 20 steps in and out.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Honolulu International Airport for our flight to Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii. Upon our arrival, we will board a motorcoach and ride to Volcanoes National Park. Take in the beautiful volcanic scenery as we ascend the slopes of Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes.
Lunch: At the Rim Restaurant in the Volcano House, we will have a plated meal, plus nonalcoholic beverages. Perched on the rim of Kilauea caldera with a view toward Halemaumau crater, the historic Volcano House Hotel has been in existence since 1846.
Afternoon: Boarding the motorcoach, we will stop at various sites throughout the park for expert-led nature walks and hikes. At the Jaggar Museum, explore its geologic and cultural exhibits and overlook in Kilauea Caldera. We will visit the Steam Vents, where ground water comes in contact with the hot volcanic rocks and returns to the surface as steam on the caldera’s edge. At Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), walk through the lush tropical rainforest in the natural cave formed by ancient lava flows. Walk among the cinder outfall on the Devastation Trail, formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from Kilauea Iki, or Little Kilauea crater. Our final stop brings us to the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforests, and island formations. Check into Kilauea Military Camp (KMC).
Dinner: At the Crater Rim Café at KMC, we will have a buffet, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, water.
Evening: Optional evening bowling at KMC's on-site bowling alley or evening at leisure to rest for tomorrows adventure.
Activity note: Service projects will be announced shortly before the program. Projects may include periods of standing and walking in the sun; please wear work clothes, hat, sunscreen, and bring bottled water.
Breakfast: At the Crater Rim Café, we will have a plated breakfast, plus coffee, tea, juice, milk, water.
Morning: We give back to the local community this morning by assisting a local not-for profit group. Volunteers are needed to help conserve the parks 330,000 acres of forest with projects ranging from native seed collecting, invasive species removal, and native seedling planting. The mission of valuing and sustaining the land is important in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to protect the spiritual, physical, and cultural beauty of the island of Hawaii for future generations.
Lunch: In the park, we will enjoy boxed lunches, plus nonalcoholic beverages
Afternoon: Continue our service work in Volcanoes National Park. In the mid-afternoon, return to KMC for an opportunity to relax and freshen up before dinner.
Dinner: Café buffet.
Evening: We will board the motorcoach to witness the flow from Halemaumau vent from the Jagger Museum’s overlook. One part of the larger Kilauea caldera, Halemaumau is home to the deity Pele, goddess of fire and volcanoes according the traditional Hawaiian mythology. Mauna Loa and Kilauea are two of the oldest and most active volcanoes in the world. Instead of loud explosions, these two produce fiery rivers of lava that continue to add to Hilo. As the lava cools, it creates a unique environment and a basis for life. In the morning we will depart KMC and cross the Big Island of Hawaii to Kona, on the western side of the island.
Activity note: Drive approximately 4 hours throughout the day; no more than about 2 hours at a time. Walk up to 2 miles on sandy trails. Bring hat, sunscreen, water. Puuhonoua is considered a sacred site; observe guidelines, stay on marked trails and paths, only take photographs.
Breakfast: Café plated meal.
Morning: Check out of the KMC and board the motorcoach for our journey to the opposite side of the island. Along the way, we’ll stop at Punaluu to see the “black sand” beach, where one can often see turtles near shore eating seaweed or sunning on the warm volcanic black sand.
Lunch: At a local restaurant in Naalehu, the southernmost town in the US, we will have a plated meal, plus nonalcoholic beverages.
Afternoon: Continuing our transfer, we will visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park where we will be led by a local expert. Meaning “Place of Refuge,” this historic site contains one of the most sacred places of worship (heiau) in the islands. As we walk through the park, we will learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws). You will even see some ancient tiki! Arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon and check in.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated meal, plus nonalcoholic beverages.
Evening: At leisure.
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet, plus coffee, tea, juice, milk, water.
Morning: On your own to see and do what interests you most in Kona from snorkeling with the marine life in the clear blue waters to exploring the quaint Kailua-Kona town.
Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.
Afternoon: Meeting at a set point and time, we will board a motorcoach for a unique cultural experience. This traditional cultural event includes local stories, traditional food preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities.
Dinner: With a local family, experience a traditional luau dinner.
Evening: Continue enjoying our farewell luau. We will return to the hotel for a relaxing last night in Hawaii.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: This concludes our 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!