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.
Program No. 4827RJ
Length
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
21 meals
8 B 5 L 8 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introductions
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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.

DAY
2
Orientation, Surfing & 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: 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. 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: Return to the hotel for a plated meal. Non alcoholic beverages included. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: First we'll have a presentation on Hawai`i’s Coral Reefs from a marine life specialist 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: At a local restaurant, experience island fusion cuisine. Enjoy a plated meal, non alcoholic beverages included.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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). Depart on motorcoach 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 planetarium show and living stories presentation, there will be time for lunch.

Lunch: Local style plate lunch at the museum. Includes bottled water.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Bishop Museum on your own before departing back to hotel swimming pool for snorkeling instruction and practice.

Dinner: Deli style picnic dinner. You are provided a picnic dinner which you can take with you to the evening optional activity or you can find a quiet spot on the beach to enjoy the sunset.

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

DAY
4
Snorkeling, Polynesian Cultural Center, Alii Luau Dinner
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: driving time to North Shore is approximately 1 hr. Activities include getting on/off motorcoach. Swimming and walking up to 2 miles on varied, uneven terrain. Long periods of standing and walking especially at Cultural Center.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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. You will snorkel at a beautiful North Shore Beach. Showers and bathroom with changing room are available. If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, while summer waves are far smaller and more gentle – all of which makes the North Shore the perfect surf spot for beginners and veterans alike

Lunch: Deli style picnic lunch at the beach. Includes bottled water.

Afternoon: Depart on bus for Polynesian Cultural Center. 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 Polynesian Cultural Center's very own luau.

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

DAY
5
Free Morning, USS Arizona Memorial
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

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: Free Morning to explore on your own. 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: Depart on bus for 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: 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.

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

Activity note: Flight is approximately 40 minutes. Driving time is approximately 30 mins to hotel. Activities include getting on/off motorcoach. Surfing and or swimming and walking up to 2 miles on varied, uneven terrain. 10 minute walk to beach for surfing.

Breakfast: Hotel Buffet.

Morning: Depart on foot for Part II of your surfing instruction from the Waikiki beachboys. This is your last chance to surf or wave ride before leaving Oahu!

Lunch: Walk back to hotel for a plated meal in the Café. You will check out of hotel before coming to lunch.

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

Dinner: Honu's Restaurant at the hotel. Enjoy a plated meal, plus nonalcoholic beverages.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Activities include getting on/off motorcoach. Swimming and walking up to 2 miles on varied, uneven terrain including sand. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hat for protection.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet, plus coffee, tea, juice, milk, water.

Morning: Start your day with a class led by a Marine Biologist 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 is on your own for a chance to explore and choose from the variety of eateries.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to 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: Enjoy a plated meal at a local restaurant, plus nonalcoholic beverages.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Activities include getting on/off motorcoach and boarding catamaran. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hat for protection.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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 before the evening activities. Meeting at a set point and time, we will board a motorcoach for a unique cultural experience .

Dinner: With a local family, experience a traditional luau dinner.

Evening: This traditional cultural event includes local stories, traditional food preparation and cooking, local plant life, hula, music, and other cultural activities.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B

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!






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