Feb 27 - March 8, 2023
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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. I have us doing things that you will not read about in any flyers or brochures except ours. -Carmon

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 at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2: Rise and shine, it’s Hawaiian time! This morning we visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial 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, L)

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, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and the big wave beaches of the North Shore. The next stop is at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Take a walk through the seven different cultures of Polynesia. Enjoy the afternoon Canoe Pageant before a Polynesian feast. Tonight, we witness a spectacular show, “Ha – The Breath of Life.” (B, L, D)

Day 4: We depart Honolulu Airport for our short, early morning flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. This morning we enjoy a Hilo City tour. 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, its 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 in Kailua-Kona for two nights. (L)

Day 5: We begin our day with a visit to the Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, where we visit the farm and experience the process of chocolate production from seed to bar. Next, it’s on to Kona Coffee Company, where we see the process of coffee production from seed to cup, including samples! Finally, 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, as well as 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. (B, L)

Day 6: We depart the Big Island this morning for our short flight to Maui. This afternoon we have a beautiful drive along the ocean as we make our way to Lahaina Town, an old whaling seaport town. This afternoon we join locals at Hanakaoo (Canoe) Beach for an afternoon of canoe rides, stories, and a delicious Hawaiian mixed plate. This evening we check into our hotel for a three-night stay. (B, L, D)

Day 7: This morning you have an option to join a local church for a Sunday morning service in Lahaina. After church, there is time to explore the many restaurants and shops in this seaport village. This afternoon, 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. 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. Maybe spend more time in 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, 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)

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

$5,668

10 days
Feb 27 - March 8, 2023
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Hawaii

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