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.
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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. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes and other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet welcome dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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: Up to (2) miles walking -10 minute walk to beach for surfing and 15 - 20 minute walk along Waikiki Beach to Aquarium on flat, sidewalks. Walking on sand at Waikiki Beach.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as eggs, pancakes, fruit including pineapple, oatmeal, breads, muffins, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: 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 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. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Wearing our bathing suits, we will have a short walk to beach for instructions from Waikiki's famous "Beach Boys." 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.

Afternoon: First we'll have a presentation on Hawaii’s Coral Reefs from a marine life specialist at the hotel meeting room 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: We'll walk to a restaurant located in Waikiki's iconic International Marketplace for a delicious plated meal; non-alcoholic beverages included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Hawaiian Fishpond, Kayaking & Snorkeling
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 35 miles, approximately 1.5 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt trails. Up to .5 mile kayaking; swimming and snorkeling.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a bus to the windward side of Oahu and ride to Heeia Fishpond, managed by Paepae o Heeia, a private non-profit organization. While the Heeia Fishpond was built approximately 600-800 years ago, its distinctive aquaculture was technologically advanced and unique to Hawaii. The stone wall extends more than a mile, completely surrounding the pond, and is itself a complex construction that regulates the flow and salinity of the water. Scientists have estimated that it took hundreds and possibly thousands of people working several years to complete it. We will give back to the local community this morning by assisting Heeia in a service project. Depart in bus to nearby Heeia State Park for lunch.

Lunch: BBQ lunch at Heeia State Park

Afternoon: We will experience a snorkel and kayak Adventure, by a professionally certified local expert. Operated by a not-for profit eco-tour provider, Holokai, the ocean acitivities "focus on the education and preservation of Hawaiian Culture and marine ecosystems" in beautiful Kaneohe Bay. We will first have a briefing of Kaneohe Bay, it's surrounding area and local marine life followed by a kayak and safety gear instruction before boarding our kayaks. We will have a kayak tow halfway to the coral reef where we will snorkel before we paddle our kayaks the rest of the way. Once there, our expert will conduct a safety and marine-life briefing and a short talk on the history of Coconut Island before we jump in the water and snorkel (approx. 45 min) with fish, live coral and sea cucumbers. If we are lucky, we may spot a protected Hawaii green sea turtle (honu)! On our return, there will be option to paddle downwind back to Heeia State Park or the safety boat will be available to tow those who wish to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views rather than paddle. We will have a opportunity to rinse off in fresh water showers and change. Return by bus to the hotel by late afternoon.

Dinner: Plated dinner at a local restaurant; nonalcoholic beverages included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Polynesian Cultural Center, Local Paina
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 75 miles, approximately 2.5 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt trails, pavement. Possible long periods of standing at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: We will depart on bus for the 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. Late afternoon, we will depart on bus for dinner.

Dinner: You are invited to traditional island-style paina (gathering) hosted by a local Hawaiian group for dinner.

Evening: We will continue our cultural exchange after dinner. Return to hotel mid-evening via bus.

DAY
5
Submarine Adventure, USS Arizona Memorial
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 30 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour depending upon traffic. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; stairs at USS Arizona Museum theater and memorial. Getting on/off a Navy operated shuttle boat. (Boat rides may be cancelled by the Navy in the event of high winds and/or strong water currents.) Walking through USS Arizona Museum.

Breakfast: Hotel Buffet

Morning: We will ride an open-air trolley through Waikiki to our underwater adventure. Explore the underwater ocean world off Waikiki in a passenger submarine with a local expert 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). We’ll then board a bus and transfer to Pearl Harbor for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals and order from a select menu; iced tea and water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Upon our arrival, we will have time for independent exploration of the memorial with your grandchild before gathering to experience the parks new virtual reality tour. Your virtual reality tour will allow you to walk the deck of the USS Arizona right before the attack on Pearl Harbor takes place, witness the attack on Battleship Row (with 180 degree viewpoint) & take a private virtual tour of the Arizona Memorial (including areas off limits to the public)! Your visit will continue in the theater where we will watch a historical film before boarding a boat for a narrated ride around Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. As the National Park Service explains, “The Arizona was bombed on December 7, 1941, about 15 minutes into the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 1,177 sailors and Marines on board. Today she rests where she fell, just off the coast of Ford Island.” The memorial honors the memory of the Arizona crew and other service members and civilians who died during the attack: 2,335 sailors, soldiers, and Marines as well as 68 civilians.

Dinner: We'll walk to a nearby restaurant for a delicious plated meal; non-alcoholic beverages included, other beverages available for purchase.

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: Walking up to 2 miles on pavement, sandy beach and uneven terrain. The flight from HNL to KOA is approximately 50 minutes. Getting on and off busses; driving approximately 20 miles for airport transfers, approximately 1 hour depending upon traffic.

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! There will be some time to walk back to the hotel to shower and prepare for departure. We will check out of the hotel and store our luggage with the porter before walking to lunch.

Lunch: At a local oceanfront restaurant in Waikiki, enjoy a decadent buffet featuring local and classic lunch favorites with your choice of coffee, iced tea, soft drinks, water

Afternoon: After lunch, we will walk back to the hotel and catch our bus 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, Luau, Performance
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 10 miles throughout the day, approximately 45 minutes depending upon local traffic. Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day on paved, sand or uneven terrain. Swimming and snorkeling.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant, Honu's on the Beach, plus coffee, tea, juice, milk, water.

Morning: We will start our day with a class at the hotel led by a local marine biologist introducing us to the marine environment of Kona and the Big Island of Hawaii. After this introduction, we will depart on bus with the same expert and embark on an exploration of tidepools and snorkeling at Kahaluu Bay, one of the best snorkeling and swimming spots near Kailua-Kona. Hawaiian 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. Depart on bus back to the hotel late morning.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel. The afternoon is at at leisure to explore the Kailua-Kona area. There are historic sites of interest, shops, restaurants and more. A farmer's market is open most days of the week.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy the Island Breeze Luau in a historical setting where the Puaa Kalua (roast pig) is taken out of the in-ground Imu (oven) — the centerpiece of an elaborate, multi-course buffet of traditional island fare; open bar (cocktails, beer, wine), juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: Enjoy live music as we dine, culminating in a performance of music, song, and dance conjuring myths and stories from throughout Polynesia.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 50 miles throughout the day, approximately 1.5 hours depending upon local traffic. Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day on pavement. Swimming and snorkeling from catamaran.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will depart on bus to Waikiloa, where our vessel awaits. We will board a catamaran for a remote bay along the Kohala coast. From the onboard naturalist, we will learn about the marine life then jump in the water and experience the adventure of seeing for ourselves!

Lunch: Deli lunch aboard the catamaran.

Afternoon: Our catamaran will return to shore in the early afternoon, where our bus will meet us and depart back to the hotel. Upon our return, there will be time at leisure to wash up, relax and prepare for tonight's farewell dinner.

Dinner: Plated dinner at a nearby local restaurant. Nonalcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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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