National Parks of Hawaii

Expert biologists, naturalists, and cultural interpreters will introduce you to six Hawaiian National Parks. Witness the diversity of the island landscape, hear from a volcanologist, and participate in an authentic Hawaiian family lu’au.

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Schedule Highlights

DAY 1: HILO, HI, HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: Today, we arrive in Hilo on The Big Island, where we’ll gather with our guide in the early afternoon for a lei greeting. After a short highlight tour of the town of Hilo, we travel south to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and our hotel. Once settled, we enjoy a welcome dinner of tasty island cuisine.

DAY 2: HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: An expert volcanologist leads our way as we spend the day exploring Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The park boasts 150 miles of hiking trails that weave in and out of volcanic craters and through scalded deserts and rainforests. Next, we’ll hit the trails with a few short hikes that lie near the Kīlauea Caldera. In the afternoon, we can choose between spending more time with our expert guide or setting out to explore on our own.

DAY 3: HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: This morning we head out for an optional hike on a trail that runs along the crater and down to the floor of the Kīlauea Caldera. We spend the afternoon exploring the 20-mile-long Chain of Craters Road to get a closer look at the park’s recent eruptive activity and the largest concentration of petroglyphs. Top off the day with a sunset picnic dinner, followed by a return to Kīlauea’s summit at dusk.

DAY 4: PU’UHONUA O HŌNAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: We bid farewell to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park this morning, taking the day to drive around the southern side of the island to our next destination, the Kona-Kailua Coast. After a picnic lunch, we’ll walk through Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, marveling at some of the most significant traditional Hawaiian sites in the Hawaiian archipelago. Since our hotel is within easy walking distance to local shops and restaurants, we’ll get a few good dining suggestions from our guide and enjoy a night out on our own.

DAY 5: KALOKO-HONOKŌHAU AND PU’UKOHOLĀ HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC PARKS, AND BACKYARD LŪ‘AU: After breakfast, we’ll spend the day touring two national historic sites: Kaloko-Honokōhau, with its examples of aquaculture and ancient fishponds; and Pu’ukoholā Heiau, the home to the great temple of Kamehameha. At the end of the day, we are treated to a private backyard lū‘au—an intimate, traditional Hawaiian custom that few visitors get to experience.

DAY 6: CHARTER FLIGHT TO MOLOKAI AND KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, FLY ON TO MAUI: Board a private charter to Molokai, where we’ll have the rare opportunity to tour Kalaupapa National Historic Park. After a scenic picnic, we board an afternoon flight to Maui, with views of the West Maui Mountains en route to our next island destination, Ka‘anapali. We’ll get a feel for Ka‘anapali this evening with dinner and the evening on our own.

DAY 7: KA‘ANAPALI COAST, LAHAINA: Enjoy a day of leisure in Ka‘anapali, home of “America’s Best Beach.” An exciting array of optional tours are on the menu today – snorkeling, sailing, a submarine ride, visiting the Maui Ocean Center, and more. This evening, we gather for dinner in the historic whaling town of Lahaina, where we’ll share the day’s stories and experiences.

DAY 8: HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK, HULA SHOW AND FEAST: After breakfast, enjoy an interpretive session about Hawai‘i’s indigenous plants and animals and the world’s largest dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakalā. We’ll make our way up the mountain to a high point, where we take in the views and get a feel for Haleakalā’s immensity. This afternoon, explore the lush ‘Iao Valley State Park, a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and the location of a fierce battle. Tonight’s farewell dinner features a Polynesian lū‘au with contemporary hula show and island feast.

DAY 9: DEPARTURES HOME FROM KAHULUI, MAUI: We’ll have breakfast together this morning, then board our flights home, scheduled for after noon, or extend our stay before leaving the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.

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Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

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