Learn the story of Hawaii through the islands of Oahu and Kauai, where you’ll discover an ancient heiau (temple), explore historic sites and museums and visit a royal palace.
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Program No. 23248RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Experience true “aloha” as you are welcomed into the beauty of two of Hawaii’s islands. Oahu, home to most of Hawaii’s population, is rich in history, the arts and culture — and perfect for discovering the islands beyond the beautiful beaches. Kauai, the Garden Isle, will show you a relaxed side to island life and introduce you to “Hawaiian time” as you explore spectacular natural environments and Hawaiian culture. Study the geology behind the creation of the islands and the stunning Waimea Canyon. Learn about ancient Hawaiian peoples and their traditions, and find out how colonization changed the lives of locals.
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On Your Feet
Walking on uneven surfaces up to one mile over the course of the day; some stairs and uneven surfaces.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Hanaiakamalama, the 1848 palace where Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV and Prince Albert spent their summers.
  • Discover the significance of the ancient birthing stones as you visit several heiau – sacred Hawaiian temples.
  • Pay homage to those who sacrificed for us at Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial.
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Claire Durham
Born and raised in New York State, Claire Durham moved to Hawaii in 1966 after living in Japan for two years. She had a long and successful career in information technology, raised a daughter and retired in 2000. Since then, Claire has become a veteran group leader for Road Scholar, a world traveler and bona fide “kamaaina” (local) of Hawaii. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Hawaii and the aloha spirit with her groups.

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

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