March 6-15, 2019
Deposit for this tour is $300 per person. Cancellation requires a 65 day before departure notice for refund. We have purchased a group protection plan for this tour on behalf of our travelers.
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 is free time to relax and unwind.
Day 2: Rise and shine, it’s Hawaiian time! This morning we visit the USS Arizona Memorial where we learn one of the worlds' most valuable history lessons: how men and women gave their lives on December 7, 1941, “The Day of Infamy.” Today’s experience will make you thankful for the freedoms we enjoy today. Now that we have seen the reason for the United States’ entry into WWII, let’s see where it ended, USS Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a deli-style lunch with a WWII historian. Next, take a docent guided walking tourof this enormous battleship, ending on the surrender deck where General MacArthur signed the treaty to end WWII in Tokyo Bay. Then it’s on to a sightseeing tour of Honolulu. This narrated tour of the city winds its way through The National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Washington Place (the Governor’s Mansion), The State Capitol Building, Chinatown, and the King Kamehameha Statue. Upon returning to the hotel, you have the evening to explore the city and beach. (L)
Day 3: This morning takes us on an Island Tour. This breathtakingly beautiful, 120-mile trip around the island of Oahu visits Hawaii’s most famous landmarks; Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Pali Lookout the Dole Pineapple Plantation, big wave beaches of the North Shore and the un-paralleled South Pacific vistas of the Eastern Side of the island. The next stop is at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Take a walk through the seven different cultures of Polynesia as we visit the village shows. You can also watch an IMAX Movie of your choice and then gather together for a Polynesian feast before the most spectacular show in the islands, “Ha – The Breath of Life.” (L, D)
Day 4: We depart Honolulu Airport for our short morning flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. On this full-day tour, we cover the very best of the Big Island. We witness some of the Big Island’s most impressive and diverse natural wonders, from its volcanoes to its tropical forests to its 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, its plant and animal communities, and a bit about how the area perpetuates native Hawaiian culture. Whether you’re gazing at a lava tube, steam bluff, or waterfall, our guide will provide fascinating insights into the island’s rich geology, history, and culture. After a full day of touring, we check into our hotel in Kailua-Kona for two nights. (L)
Day 5: We begin our day with a visit to Kona Coffee Company, where we see the process of coffee production from seed to cup, including samples! Next it’s on to the Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, where we visit the farm and experience the process of chocolate production from seed to bar. Finally, we visit Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau. Did you know that in Ancient Hawaii if you broke the law or Kapu the punishment was death? You get an in-depth look at the place of refuge and enjoy walking the grounds of this National Historic Park. Dinner and the evening are on your own to explore Historic Kona Town. (L)
Day 6: We depart the Big Island this morning for our short flight to Maui. From the airport, we descend into Iao Valleywhere the bright green Iao Needle shoots up from the ground and tropical plants, waterfalls, and swimming holes accentuate this tropical rain forest. The final stop of the tour is Lahaina Town, an old whaling seaport lined with restaurants, shops and over 40 art galleries. This afternoon we get settled into our hotel for our three night stay. Tonight we enjoy a sunset dinner as the sun drops into the blue Pacific. (D)
Day 7: Up we go from the sugar caned plain, through Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country, up beyond the protea farms of Kula, up Maui country, then above the tree line to where cacti and rare Hawaiian silver swords grow, to the very crest ofHaleakala, 10,000 feet above sea level. This volcano is Maui’s House of the Sun, her moonlike crater the size of Manhattan and her outlooks of the islands are a spectacular view like no other on earth. Next we visit O’o Farms on the slopes of Haleakala where we enjoy sweeping panoramic views, natural wildlife, and gourmet food – all in a cool mountain air setting. Our journey begins with the culinary creations of Chef JJ complimented with freshly-caught local fish of the day. We then experience a guided tour where we learn about natural farming and harvesting. (L)
Day 8: Since we have been in Hawaii for a few days now, here’s your opportunity to Hang Loose- Hawaiian Style. Maybe take the day to relax and lie on the beach. You may want to take the trolley as your transportation to and from Lahaina Town where you can enjoy the day exploring Hawaii’s first seat of Royalty. Or maybe select optional activities like a Heavenly Hana Tour or Whale Watching which are available for purchase. Tonight we have one last interesting and traditional activity, our special farewell evening. Are you ready to do the Hula? Let's all join in and say “ALOHA” with a traditional Hawaiian party where you’ll be doing the hula, enjoying traditional Hawaiian foods, music, entertainment and gracious island hospitality. (D)
Day 9: This morning is your chance to sleep in, relax, lie on the beach, or shop for any last minute gifts. We have to bid the Islands farewell after a relaxing vacation with many sights and a laid back atmosphere with the Islanders. We board our airliner for an overnight return flight to the mainland.
Day 10: Upon arrival at the airport, our motorcaoch will be waiting to transfer us back to Yoder.