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Hawaii

All Hands on Deck: Maintaining the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor

Program No. 2617RJ
Leave your mark on history while maintaining the USS Missouri and enjoying time in Pearl Harbor. Also, experience privileged access to the ship on a unique overnight!
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,249

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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.

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Dec 2 - Dec 9, 2023
Standard View 2,249
Upgraded View 2,399
 
Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2024
 
 
Standard 2,699

DATES & PRICES

Standard Upgraded View Standard
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.

Accommodation Details

Standard

Dec 2 - Dec 9, 2023
Standard View 2,849
Upgraded View 3,249
 
Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2024
 
 
Standard 3,429

At a Glance

Walk the decks of the USS Missouri and recall its storied history as the site of Japanese surrender in World War II, a veteran of four wars and the last battleship to be active in any navy in the world. At one time, hundreds of sailors kept this powerful dreadnought fit and ready for duty. Now you will become a part of the “Mighty Mo’s” history.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day. Some stairs, walking on boat decks and uneven surfaces.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn intimate, little-known details about the ship through special classes and field trips.
  • Relive the experience of life aboard the “Mighty Mo” by spending a night on the ship.
  • Work in the beautiful Hawaiian weather with spectacular views of Pearl Harbor, mountains and ocean.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawaii
by James Michener
A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.
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.
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.
Pearl Harbor and Military Environs
by McElfresh Map Company
A detailed map of the US bases bombed at Pearl Harbor. The reverse features period postcard images depicting 1940s Pearl Harbor.
Fodor's O'ahu, With Honolulu, Waikiki, and the North Shore
by -
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining on the island of Kaua'i.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Dawn We Slept, The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
by Gordon W. Prange
A massive account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, long but readable.
From Here to Eternity
by James Jones
One of the finest books on the army and World War II, this powerful tale is set among the soldiers at the US Army base at Diamond Head in 1941. While the army is the primary subject of the book, it's also a vivid portrait of Hawaii just before Pearl Harbor.
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
6 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have checked in with the hotel front desk, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where dinner and introductions will take place. If you arrive late, please ask the hotel front desk for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone 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 will be via motorcoach, bus, and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. Periods in the schedule labeled and "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 circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Road Scholar Service Learning programs are short-term experiences that engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. These projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service learning project and activities, participants will earn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings. Orientation will be followed by an Overview of Service Projects presented by the USS Missouri Association Volunteer Department.

DAY
2
Mighty Mo Introduction & Orientation, Service Work
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Due to the military base security checkpoint required daily to access Ford Island, we depart early to make the most of our work day. Boarding bus, driving approx. 14 miles from hotel to Pearl Harbor; up to 45 minutes one way depending on Honolulu Traffic. Stairs unavoidable while aboard the USS Battleship Missouri.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Depart on motorcoach for the USS Missouri located on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Upon arrival, there will be an overview and quick tour of the Mighty Mo to get our bearings and be briefed on service projects.

Lunch: Pierside at the USS Missouri.

Afternoon: Service Work on Mighty Mo: Start Service Projects. Past Road Scholar projects have included the following: Compartment Refurbishment, TACC Room Set Up, Bookmark Creation, Painting, and Teak Wood Cleaning. Most projects will generally involve being outside with great views of Pearl Harbor, the ocean, and the mountains. Of course we do try to work in the shade where possible, and those who are particularly sensitive to the sun can be assigned projects out of the sun. No specific skills are required to participate in this service program, but we are certainly interested in identifying and using your specific talents, so let us know! Please fill out the Mighty Mo Skills Form at the end of this packet and send it back along with the other required forms before your program begins.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
3
Service Work, Punchbowl National Memorial
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Boarding bus, driving approx. 14 miles from hotel to Pearl Harbor; up to 45 minutes one way depending on Honolulu Traffic. Stairs unavoidable while aboard the USS Battleship Missouri.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Pearl Harbor and continue service work projects until lunch.

Lunch: Pierside at the USS Missouri.

Afternoon: Continue service projects into the afternoon. After cleaning up, we will depart on motorcoach for drive-through visit of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in a dramatic natural setting in extinct Puowaina crater which was formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Free Day
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Free Day

Breakfast: On your own to explore local eateries.

Morning: This day is at leisure to explore individual interests. All meals and activities are on your own today.

Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare your overnight bag for tomorrow's sleepover aboard the Mighty Mo. Sheets and bedding are provided in the crew’s quarters. You will want to bring your towel. We also recommend bringing shower shoes and a flashlight.

DAY
5
Service Work, Overnight on Mighty Mo
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
USS Missouri Memorial

Activity note: Boarding bus, driving approx. 14 miles from hotel to Pearl Harbor; up to 45 minutes one way depending on Honolulu Traffic. Stairs unavoidable while aboard the USS Battleship Missouri.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: As we all will be overnighting aboard the USS Missouri, we will check out of hotel rooms and store luggage with the porters, and bring overnight bags on the bus. The bus will depart for Pearl Harbor after breakfast. Once we arrive at Pearl Harbor, being service work.

Lunch: Pierside at the USS Missouri.

Afternoon: Continue service work. In the later afternoon, there will be time to shower and clean up for evening activities.

Dinner: Social Hour followed by a BBQ dinner on the pier.

Evening: Hit the sack early for an early morning departure tomorrow.

DAY
6
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony, Service Work
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Boarding bus, driving approx. 14 miles from hotel to Pearl Harbor; up to 45 minutes one way depending on Honolulu Traffic. Stairs unavoidable while aboard the USS Battleship Missouri.

Breakfast: Aboard Mighty Mo.

Morning: Pearl Harbor Day Anniversary Commemoration: The program varies annually but highlights of the ceremony generally include military band music, morning colors, a Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, wreath presentations, echo taps, special speakers and recognition of the men and women who survived that December 7, 1941 and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Free time to experience the commemorative events - listen and talk to special speakers and experience tours of the harbor or visit the USS Arizona Memorial or the USS Bowfin independently. Due to unprecedented demand, tickets for the boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial are limited and are not guaranteed for our group members in advance. There is a stand-by line available for those looking to take the boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial without a ticket. If you would like ensure a ticket in advance, you may purchase one for yourself directly on www.recreation.gov for $1. You may book a ticket to visit the USS Arizona on this day, your free day tomorrow, or any time the group will be onsite at the Mighty Mo. If your ticket time falls during scheduled volunteering time, you can take the free Pearl Harbor shuttle from the Mighty Mo to the USS Arizona Boat dock, then return to your volunteering work afterwards.

Lunch: A stipend will be provided by your group leader for lunch today. You can choose from any of the nearby options.

Afternoon: After lunch, take the free Pearl Harbor shuttle back to the Mighty Mo. Pick up service work projects where you left off until the bus departs back to Waikiki Resort Hotel late afternoon. Upon arrival, check into hotel and free time.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Conclusion of Service Work
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Boarding bus, driving approx. 14 miles from hotel to Pearl Harbor; up to 45 minutes one way depending on Honolulu Traffic. Stairs unavoidable while aboard the USS Battleship Missouri.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Pearl Harbor and continue service work projects until lunch.

Lunch: Pierside at the USS Missouri.

Afternoon: Complete service projects. Say goodbye to the Mighty Mo, and return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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 and a hui hou!






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