National Parks of the Hawaiian Islands

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

November 1, 2015 through November 9, 2015

NPCA Member Price

$5,495 per person double occupancy; $980 single supplement (rainforest view room at Volcano House)

$5,695 per person double occupancy; $980 single supplement (crater view room at Volcano House)

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Haleakala National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

November 1-9, 2015

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. Tour Haleakala National Park on Maui. And visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Molokai.

Experience unique cultural and natural beauty within Hawaii’s national parks. Expert biologists, naturalists, and cultural specialists will introduce you to six of the seven Hawaiian national parks on this NPCA tour, with an opportunity to explore the remaining national park site on your own either before or after the group tour.

Throughout the exciting nine-day itinerary, you will have a chance to meet the friendly people of Hawaii, witness the natural beauty of four Hawaiian Islands, and explore multiple historical sites. Meet with national park rangers to learn more about volcanic activity and view the effects of eruptions, participate in an authentic Hawaiian family luau, and witness the diversity of the island landscape on your inter-island flights.

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Tour Highlights

Hawaiian National Parks

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. Tour Haleakala National Park on Maui. And visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai.

Natural Resources

Hawaii boasts many uncommon natural features. It is home to over 100 volcanoes (five active ones), lush rainforest valleys, the highest coastal cliffs in the world, and a wide variety of endemic—and often endangered—plants and birds.

Cultural & Historical Heritage

Native Polynesians migrated to Hawaii hundreds of years ago; today, sacred sites cover the terrain. Ancient temples and age-old fishponds share Hawaiian stories with you—among them a ceremonial site that dates back to 1790 and a sanctuary to Hawaiians seeking refuge.

Hawaiian Luau

At a local backyard luau, learn to cook using a traditional underground oven, sing Hawaiian songs, and dance hula. At the award-winning Old Lahaina Luau, experience a professional hula show and buffet feast.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Hilo, Hawaii/Kahului, Maui

Length of Tour

9 days/8 nights

Pace

Easy to moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Round trip airfare to and from destination, baggage fees for inter-island flights, gratuities for guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 180 days prior to departure.  Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 180 days prior to tour start date are subject to $250 per person handling fee; between 179-121 days prior to tour start date result in the loss of 25% of your total cost; and within 120 days of departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

Special Recommendation: The WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument is only 15 minutes from the Honolulu Airport, and is an excellent pre-tour addition to your trip. We suggest arriving to in Honolulu at least one day prior to the tour start and making advance reservations at nps.gov.

November 1: Arrival in Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii

Gather in the early afternoon for a lei greeting with your guide at Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Take time for a short tour of the town of Hilo, then it’s off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and to your welcome dinner. Volcano House (D)

November 2: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Spend the day exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with an expert volcanologist. Hear the latest news on the active volcano of Kilauea and view measuring devices that predict eruptions. Enjoy several short walks within the Kilauea Caldera. Spend your afternoon exploring the area with your guide or on your own. Volcano House (B,L,D)

November 3: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Exploring the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center with a morning bird walk and discussion of conservation in the park. Spend the afternoon investigating the visitor center or hike with your guide. This evening offers a nighttime lava adventure on the ocean, viewing the newest land created by the flow and an opportunity enjoy the glow of the lava, if conditions allow. Volcano House (B,L,D)

November 4: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Bid farewell to Hawaii Volcanoes as you head south to Punalu`u Black Sand Beach to search for green sea turtles. Enjoy an afternoon walk through Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to learn about Hawaiian places of worship and how ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the laws. Your guide will offer some options for dinner on your own. Sheraton Kona Hotel (B,L)

November 5: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Spend your day touring the fishpond and heiau (sacred sites) of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. End the day at a private backyard luau—a part of the Hawaii that few visitors get to experience. Sheraton Kona Hotel (B,L,D)

November 6: Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Molokai

Board your private charter to Molokai, where you have the rare opportunity to tour Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Kalaupapa is home to the former Hansen’s disease (leprosy) settlement. The historic park is also home to the highest coastal cliffs in the world. Take an afternoon flight to Maui and enjoy views of the West Maui Mountains en route to Ka’anapali. Royal Lahaina Resort (B,L)

November 7: Ka'anapali, Maui

Enjoy a day of leisurely exploring the Ka’anapali area including swimming and snorkeling, and a selection of optional tours. We gather for dinner and exchange experiences of the day in the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Royal Lahaina Resort (B,D)

November 8: Haleakala National Park, Maui

Enjoy an interpretive session about Hawaii’s indigenous plants and animals and Mt. Haleakala—the world’s largest dormant volcano. Among the special features of Haleakala is the famous silversword plant. In the afternoon you will explore Iao Valley State Park. This lush green valley is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle. Our farewell dinner features a Polynesian luau with contemporary hula show and island feast. Royal Lahaina Resort (B,L,D)

November 9: Departures home from Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

Your tour concludes with breakfast in Maui. Individual departures home later this day, or choose to extend your stay before leaving the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. (B)

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price

$5,495 per person double occupancy; $980 single supplement (rainforest view room at Volcano House)

$5,695 per person double occupancy; $980 single supplement (crater view room at Volcano House)

Deposit

$500 per person

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Travel Partner

Pacific Islands Institute

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Lodging Info

Kilauea Military Camp

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Royal Lahaina Resort

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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