4827
Hawaii
Hawaii Water Adventure: A Marine Exploration With Your Grandchild
Hawaii is home to surfing, under-sea volcanoes, colorful beaches and unique coral reefs. Come get your feet wet with your grandchild on a marine adventure through the islands.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 4827RJ
Length
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
21 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Afternoon: Independent arrivals to hotel. Program Registration and hotel check-in.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Ilima Café, lobby level

Evening: Welcome & Introductions

DAY
2
Surfing & Outrigger Canoe Wave Riding, Waikiki Aquarium
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Approximate 15 - 20 minute walk along Waikiki Beach to Aquarium on flat, sidewalks. 10 minute walk to beach for surfing.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Enjoy instruction from Waikiki's famous "beachboys" in 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!

Lunch: Return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: First we'll have a presentation on Hawai`i’s Coral Reefs at the hotel before walking along beautiful Waikiki Beach to the Waikiki Aquarium. As “Hawaii’s Window on the Sea,” the Aquarium features exhibits on Hawaiian and South Pacific Marine Communities, Fisheries & Conservation, Sharks, Diversity & Adaptation, Corals, and Monk Seals!

Dinner: Cheeseburger in Paradise. A great place for a burger right on Kalakaua Avenue!

Evening: Free evening to explore more of Waikiki.

DAY
3
Submarine Adventure, Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Ride an open-air trolley through Waikiki to our underwater adventure. Explore the underwater ocean world off Waikiki in a passenger submarine that will dive up to 100 feet where the marine environment, including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, reefs, sunken ships, and other underwater artifacts will be seen (as the animals are in their natural habitat, what you will see varies from trip to trip). Continue on to Bishop Museum. Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. After a docent-led visit of the museum, there will be time for lunch.

Lunch: At the Bishop Museum.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Bishop Museum. Head back to the hotel's swimming pool for snorkeling instruction and practice.

Dinner: Picnic Dinner

Evening: Optional Local Evening Activity: Enjoy a unique local “tradition”, the Honolulu Zoo’s Summer Concert Series featuring a Hawaiian band.

DAY
4
USS Arizona Memorial, Free Afternoon
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Suggestions for optional activities include: Diamond Head Hike- Hike up famous Diamond Head (Leahi) culminating with a fabulous view of the entire southwest portion of the island. (Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and bring water bottle, hat, rain gear, camera, etc.) - (Hike - 1.5 miles, elevation gain - 560 ft.) Please note: the park entrance closes at 4:30 pm. Hanauma Bay - Hanauma Bay is a coastal and marine preserve. After a lecture and video presentation by the educational staff, snorkel on the living reef with its abundant marine life.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own for a chance to explore and choose from the variety of eateries.

Afternoon: Field Trip: USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park (please note that for security reasons no purses or bags of any sort, including camera bags, may be taken to the Arizona Memorial). View historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, explore the museum and book shop.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Makitti Restaurant

Evening: Free evening

DAY
5
Snorkeling, Polynesian Cultural Center, Alii Luau Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Depart on bus for the North Shore via the East side of the island. Enroute, we will pass Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, and breathtaking views. Snorkel at Kaiona Beach, which is located at the south end of Waimanalo Bay on Oahu’s windward (eastern) coast. Showers and bathroom with changing room are available

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the beach

Afternoon: Located in the town of Laie, the Polynesian Cultural Center showcases the cultures of Polynesia, including Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and Hawaii. You will have free time to walk around (or take the canoes) and explore the different Polynesian villages.

Dinner: Experience a taste of local cuisine at this buffet dinner at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Evening: Attend the Polynesian Cultural Center's spectacular evening show - “Ha: the Breath of Life” for a look at dance and music of Polynesia.

DAY
6
Surfing & Catamaran Ride, Fly to Kona, Big Island
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet - Ilima Cafe

Morning: Part II of your surfing instruction from the Waikiki beachboys. Enjoy a catamaran ride offshore and get a coastal view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

Lunch: Ilima Cafe after check-out.

Afternoon: We'll have a short orientation to Kona at the hotel after lunch before we depart. Depart the hotel for Honolulu International Airport. Take a short flight to Kona and arrive at hotel for check in.

Dinner: Honu's Restaurant

Evening: Free Evening to relax

DAY
7
Snorkeling & Tidepool Exploration
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Breakfast: Paddlers

Morning: Start your day with a class that introduces you to the marine environment of Kona and the Big Island of Hawaii. Next, embark on a guided exploration of tidepools and snorkeling at Kahaluu Bay, one of the best snorkeling and swimming spots near Kailua-Kona. Sea turtles frequently swim here and often are up close with snorkelers. Please do not touch the turtles as they are protected and you may be fined.

Lunch: Lunch on own

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for a free afternoon to relax or explore the Kona area. There are historic sites of interest, shops, restaurants and more. A farmer's market is open most days of the week.

Dinner: Honu's Restaurant-Lobby Level

Evening: Free Evening to relax or explore the area.

DAY
8
Kohala Coast Snorkel & Sail, Backyard Luau
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Breakfast: Honu's Restaurant

Morning: Depart on a catamaran for a remote bay along the Kohala coast. Learn about the marine life while snorkeling - weather permitting.

Lunch: Deli-sandwich lunch aboard the catamaran.

Afternoon: Return to shore, take some time to shower and clean up. Depart north to Hawi for a unique cultural experience.

Dinner: This afternoon the group will experience a backyard luau with a local family. Learn about preparation and cooking in an imu for a luau.

Evening: This traditional cultural event includes local stories, imu (underground oven) preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities. Please understand that these types of experiences are a rare treat and may not be possible at the time the group visits.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B

Breakfast: Honu's Restaurant

Morning: Program ends after breakfast at the hotel. Hotel check out by 11 am. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys and Aloha!!






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