2617
Hawaii
All Hands on Deck: Maintaining the USS Missouri (The Mighty Mo) in Pearl Harbor
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!
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Program No. 2617RJ
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8 days
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8 days
7 nights
15 meals
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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 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's Ilima Cafe, lobby level, we will have a buffet dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water, and soda.

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, Class
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: Enjoy a filling breakfast buffet at the hotel's Ilima Café, lobby level, before the day's activities. The breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, fruit, breads, muffins, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Depart on air-conditioned 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: There are daily lunch locations available on Ford Island including a grill located pier-side of the Mighty Mo and the restaurant located at the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Afternoon: Service Work on Mighty Mo: Start Service Projects. Past Road Scholar projects have included the following: Compartment Refurbishment, TACC Room Set Up, Sign/Display Painting, and Teak Wood Cleaning. Most projects will generally involve being outside in the beautiful Hawaiian weather 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: After refreshing ourselves at the hotel, we will walk to a popular Waikiki restaurant near the hotel where we will enjoy a delicious, plated meal with beverage options including soft drink, iced tea or coffee; other beverages available for purchase

Evening: An engaging lecture on the "The Road to Pearl Harbor" will be held at the hotel in the evening with a local expert. There will be some time to pack an 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
3
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 restaurant, buffet.

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. After arrival at the USS Missouri Memorial, there will be time to stow overnight gear in crew’s quarters. Service Work projects continue until lunch.

Lunch: Boxed lunch, pierside.

Afternoon: Continue service projects into the afternoon. There will be time to shower and clean up for evening activities. Before the BBQ, there will be a Behind the Scenes exploration of the Mighty Mo. We’ll engage you in shipboard life and the experiences of a battleship sailor. We will visit the officer's wardroom and radio room, where the word of Japanese surrender was sent to other ships throughout the fleet. We will also visit the Chief Petty Officer's legacy center where we'll learn what it means to "Ask The Chief.”

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

Evening: There will be the option of viewing a Historical War movie or hitting the sack early for an early morning departure.

DAY
4
December 7 Ceremony, Service Work
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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

Breakfast: Enjoy an early continental breakfast at the Mighty Mo

Morning: Pearl Harbor Day 76th Anniversary Commemoration: 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. Catch the Pearl Harbor free shuttle back to the Mighty Mo at leisure.

Lunch: On Ford Island-your choice of location.

Afternoon: 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: 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. Suggested Evening Activity: Visit the original site of the Hawaii Calls radio program, the Banyan Court, at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel.

DAY
5
Free Day
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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. You may wish to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center as a free time activity at a specially-arranged reduced rate (see notes section and purchase form attached). You may also want to consider a visit to some of the other free time activities such as: Iolani Palace the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; or snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State.

Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Service Work, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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: At the hotel restaurant, buffet.

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

Lunch: Boxed lunch, pierside.

Afternoon: Continue service work. After cleaning up, we will depart on motorcoach for an exploration 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. We will return to the hotel by 5:00 p.m.

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 restaurant, buffet.

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

Lunch: On Ford Island-your choice of location.

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

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant that boasts spectacular views of Waikiki. Enjoy a wonderful plated meal.

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: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures. 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! Aloha!






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