4827
Hawaii
Snorkeling, Surfing & Submarines in Hawaii With Your Grandchild
Get your feet wet with your grandchild on a marine adventure through the islands as you surf, snorkel and ride a submarine through the warm, tropical waters of Hawaii.
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Program No. 4827RJ
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 4 L 6 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, Hawaiian Fishpond
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Up to (2) miles walking -10 minute walk to beach for surfing. 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.

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 as "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 at all times. 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 the beach for instructions from Waikiki's highly trained surf instructors. 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! We'll return to the hotel for time to refresh. We’ll then board a bus to the windward side of Oahu to Heeia State Park for lunch.

Lunch: BBQ lunch at Heeia State Park. Non alcoholic beverages included.

Afternoon: We’ll board a bus to the nearby 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. Return by bus to the hotel by late afternoon.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Submarine Adventure, Local Paina
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,D
Waikiki Resort Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 70 miles, approximately 2 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt trails, pavement.

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 transfer back to the hotel by trolley, where you will have free time.

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: Mid-afternoon, we will travel on bus to a taro farm on the North Shore for a cultural experience and dinner with a local Hawaiian group. We will "talk story" and learn about the aina (land) through the eyes of a Hawaiian, make our own laulau (a traditional Hawaiian dish of pork or fish wrapped in taro leaf), and watch and experience hula with a local halau.

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
4
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
5
Snorkeling & Tidepool Exploration
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: Plated dinner at a nearby local restaurant. Nonalcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Hawaiian Uses of the Sea, Flumin Kohala
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off busses; driving about 120 miles throughout the day, approximately 3 hours depending upon local traffic. Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day on paved, sand or uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Led by an local expert, learn about and experience some of the Hawaiian uses of the sea.

Lunch: Plated lunch at a local restaurant. Non-alcoholic beverages included.

Afternoon: We'll depart on bus up the Kohala coast to the quaint town of Hawi. With a local expert, we will experience "Flumin Kohala". Flumin Kohala offers a unique adventure deep in the historically rich and verdant mountains of Kohala. Explore the much storied Kohala Ditch, a 110 year old system of hand-wrought tunnels, elevated flumes and concrete channels that once supplied millions of gallons of fresh water to the vast sugar cane plantations. Floating in a kayak though 3 miles of the system, we will access lush private lands, streams waterfalls and other natural and man-made wonders inaccessible by any other means. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Kohala Coast Snorkel & Sail, Farewell Luau
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 Waikoloa, 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 luau.

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
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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