HAWAIIAN ORIGINS: FROM THE DEPTHS TO THE SKIES
MAY 11 - MAY 20, 2015
MAY 11 - MAY 20, 2015
Join Glenn Starkman and Patricia Princehouse for this amazing opportunity to travel to the islands of Hawaii and experience all that they have to offer from a unique, scientific perspective! Enjoy visits to the Big Island, Maui, and Molokai, with special stops at the telescopes of Mauna Kea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the Halawa Valley. Participants will also experience a variety of Hawaiian cultural events.
Estimated Fees (airfare not included):
Single Occupancy: $10345
Double Occupancy: $8995
Hotel Moloka’I, Molokai Island
Royal Lahaina, Maui Island
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Big Island
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island
Deposit and Cancellation Terms:
Monday, May 11 -
Fly independently to Molokai Island and transfer to the Hotel Molokai. Join the group this evening for a welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Tuesday, May 12 -
Tour Molokai Museum, enjoy a picnic lunch at a private home with a local Molokai family, and explore the Halawa Valley.
Wednesday, May 13 -
In Pala'au State Park, see Kalaupapa Lookout and a lava flow from Kauhako Crater. Visit a macadamia farm. Then take a ferry to the island of Maui and check into the Royal Lahaina Resort on Kaanapali Beach.
Thursday, May 14 -
Tour Haleakala National Park with a local naturalist.
Friday, May 15 -
With a naturalist guide, tour the Maui Ocean Center, a three-acre tropical reef aquarium and marine science center. Optional Polynesian Luau in the evening.
Saturday, May 16 -
Visit ‘Iao Valley State Monument and Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Gardens. Fly to Hilo on the Big Island and check into the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Afternoon lava excursion with a volcanologist including Lava Tree State Park and a picnic-style dinner on a black sand beach.
Sunday, May 17 -
Check out and drive along Crater Rim Road to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. Hike with a local geologist and see Steaming Bluff, Thurston Lava Tube, Halemaumau Fire Pit, and Jaggar Museum. Continue along the Kona coast and stop to observe green sea turtles. Learn about traditional Hawaiian lifestyles at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park before checking into the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.
Monday, May 18 -
Take four-wheel-drive vehicles to the summit of Mauna Kea and take a telescope tour at the Observatory Complex. Enjoy sunset and dinner at the summit. After sunset, star gaze from telescopes at the Visitors Information Station.
Tuesday, May 19 -
Choose one of the three options below:
Visit the Kaloko Cloud Forest with a horticulturalist. Free afternoon for independent exploration. In the evening, gather for a memorable farewell paina (luau-style party) with a local family.
Wednesday, May 20 -
Check out of the hotel. Independent departures.