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$300 deposit per person
Includes airfare from Wichita

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Day 1: This morning we board our flight to Hawaii. The island of Oahu is called the Gathering Place. Arriving in Honolulu, we receive the traditional lei greeting welcoming us to the Islands. Our motorcoach takes us into the heart of Waikiki for our three-night stay. This evening we enjoy dinner with the group. (D)

Day 2: Rise and shine, it’s Hawaiian time! This morning, we visit Pearl Harbor. We will tour the USS Arizona (lottery requested), USS Missouri as well as the Bowfin Sub where we learn one of the world's most valuable history lessons: how men and women gave their lives on December 7, 1941, “The Day of Infamy.” Today’s experience makes us more grateful for the freedoms we enjoy. Next, it is on to a sightseeing tour of Honolulu. This narrated tour of the city winds its way through The National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and includes a picture stop at Queen Iolani Palace. Upon returning to the hotel, the evening is free to enjoy the Waikiki area. (B)

Day 3: This morning takes us on an Island Tour of Oahu. This breathtakingly beautiful, 120-mile trip around the island visits Hawaii’s most famous landmarks; Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, Pali Lookout, and the big wave beaches of the North Shore. The next stop is at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here you will travel through time as you experience thousands of years’ worth of culture from six different Polynesian island nations, each with its own flavor and appeal. Enjoy the afternoon Canoe Pageant before a Polynesian feast. Tonight, we witness a spectacular show, “Ha – The Breath of Life.” (B, D)

Day 4: We depart Honolulu Airport for our short, early morning flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Later we witness some of the Big Island’s most impressive and diverse natural wonders; from volcanoes to tropical forests to the world-famous black sand beaches. Volcanoes National Park is another highlight where we learn about Hawaii’s active volcanoes and see their features throughout the park. We also hear about the island’s seven ecological zones, it’s plant and animal communities, and a bit about how the area perpetuates native Hawaiian culture. Whether we are gazing at a lava tube, steam bluff, or waterfall, our guide provides fascinating insights into the island’s rich geology, history, and culture. After a full day of touring, we check into our hotel for two nights. (L)

Day 5: We begin our day with a visit to the Kona Coffee Company, where we see the process of coffee production from seed to cup, including samples! Next, we visit Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau. Imagine you had just broken the sacred laws, the Kapu, and the only punishment was death. Your only chance of survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the Puʻuhonua, a place of refuge. The Puʻuhonua protected the Kapu breaker, defeated warriors and civilians, during the time of battle. No physical harm could come to those who reached the boundaries of the Puʻuhonua. You get an in-depth look at the place of refuge and enjoy walking the grounds of this National Historic Park. For an afternoon treat it’s on to a Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, where we visit the farm and experience the process of chocolate production from seed to bar. (B, L)

Day 6: We depart the Big Island this morning for our short flight to Maui. First Stop, Hali'imaile General Store – Upcountry Maui Restaurant. Maui’s favorite hometown restaurant nestled in the pineapple fields on the lower slopes of Haleakala. History tells us that this area was once covered in the sweet-smelling vegetation and the moniker, Hali‘imaile, became a part of the oral tradition that describes this lovely hamlet today. After lunch we will experience a working pineapple farm. Learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques of Maui Gold Pineapple. Best of all, you get a FREE PINEAPPLE with the tour! The pineapples are approved and packaged for airport transport if you desire. It’s truly a fun and delicious tour!
(B, L)

Day 7: This morning see one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures up close as we take a Whale watching excursion. Throughout the tour, we learn about the whales’ annual migration from Alaska to Maui, their lives, and their ecosystems. Discover and celebrate Maui's agricultural bounty at the Maui Tropical Plantation! Tour, shop, explore and dine! Smell the flowers, see the fresh fruit, hear the stories, and ask questions! Tonight, enjoy a True Luau Experience. Situated next to the award-winning Ka‘anapali Beach, the Maui Nui Lū‘au shares the music, dance, and history of the islands at the foot of the famous cliff diving point, Black Rock. (B,D)

Day 8: Since we have been in Hawaii for a few days, here’s your opportunity to Hang Loose- Hawaiian Style. Maybe take the day to relax and lie on the beach, or maybe select optional activities like a Heavenly Hana Tour, a Catamaran snorkel cruise, or other options which are available for purchase. (B)

Day 9: This morning is your chance to sleep in, relax, lie on the beach, or shop for any last-minute gifts. Then it’s on to Haleakala which means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian. Towering over the island of Maui, Haleakala Crater is a force of nature in every sense. This dormant volcano is the stage for a breathtaking range of landscapes and skyscapes. This evening we make our way to the airport for our overnight return flight to the mainland. (B, L)

Day 10: Upon arrival at the airport, our motorcoach will be waiting to transfer us back to Yoder.

"What a way to bring Winter to an end! Angie has handed this tour to me because of my years living on Maui and my many return visits to hang out with my local friends and enjoy the local flair." -Carmon. Fly to the Islands while the cold winds are still blowing in Kansas. Sunshine, warm temperatures, white sandy beaches, and all the romance of the Islands are waiting to greet us. Enjoy the view, breeze, and smell from your oceanfront rooms on Maui.

$tbd in April

10 days
Feb 27-March 8, 2025
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Feb 27-March 8, 2025
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