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The Hawaiian Islands | Traditional Oahu and Hawaii Island

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Hawaii, Hawaii Island, Oahu

Trip Duration

8 nights / 9 days

From Oahu's legendary surfing, vibrant capital and remarkable history to active volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and sacred royal grounds of Hawaii Island, celebrate the beauty, culture and spirit of The Hawaiian Islands for an all-encompassing Polynesian experience.

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Day 1: Mainland USA / Oahu |

Board your flight bound for your beautiful island oasis. With flight time just five and a half hours from the West Coast to Oahu, your tropical destination awaits. Upon arrival, secure your private limousine transfer to the legendary Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, where you will spend three nights in a Banyan Class Ocean Club guestroom. Combining Victorian flair and modern elegance, bask in the Westin's signature Heavenly Beds and Baths, sweeping Waikiki Beach views and complimentary Beach Club access featuring daily breakfast, and evening appetizers with complimentary beer and wine. Known as the First Lady of Waikiki this classic hotel boasts a wealth of amenities and cultural activities, vibrant island-inspired cuisine, a wine-centric lounge, Moana Lani Spa and live entertainment. Celebrate your first day in paradise under the shade of the historic banyan tree at Veranda at the Beachhouse, taking pleasure in a teatime tradition featuring fine teas, finger sandwiches and pastries.

Day 2: Oahu |

Travel back to the day of infamy as you visit America's famous symbols of freedom on the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri and Punchbowl Excursion. Stand aboard Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial and feel a part of history with a guided tour of the Battleship USS Missouri. Then visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater for a proud salute to military personnel who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

After a reverent morning of history, spend the afternoon on the famous Waikiki Beach, learn how to hula, make a flower lei or use your spa savings to experience the island's traditional healing massage with a Lomi Lomi Ola, utilizing techniques passed down through generations. Toast to your last night on Oahu with a signature Lilikoi and Coconut Mojito or traditional Mai Tai at the Beach Bar before an elegant oceanfront dining experience at Beachhouse at the Moana.

Day 3: Oahu |

For a mesmerizing journey into the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands, spend a full day on the Polynesian Cultural Center Excursion with Ambassador Seating, including a tour of the La'ie Hawaii temple grounds, IMAX viewing and exploration of five unique Polynesian villages. Then, indulge in an elegant restaurant dinner or genuine Hawaiian luau, and enjoy premium seating at the Breath of Life evening show.

Day 4: Oahu / Hawaii Island

Relax in your limousine transfer to the airport for your flight to Kailua-Kona. Upon arrival, pick up your pre-registered, full-size car and head to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the famed Kohala Coast, where you will spend five nights in a premier oceanfront deluxe guestroom. In a class by itself, bask in spacious Hawaiian elegance, with top floor panoramic views of beautiful Kauna'oa Bay, wall-less shower and private balcony. Built on a patch of black lava by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, delight in museum-class artwork, Mandara Spa, cultured island cuisine, extensive wine program and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. championship golf course, plus a variety of activities, events and festivals.

Days 5 - 6: Hawaii Island |

Enjoy your day on a narrated adventure on the Ultimate National Park Excursion. From stunning lava flows to the dry forest, travel to the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano with visits to the Painted Church, Punalu'u Bake Shop and black sand beaches. Explore the Kilauea Visitor's Center and step over sinkholes and cracks in the roads left behind the historic 2018 eruption, then on to Mauna Ulu, the Volcano House and its famous Volcano Winery.

Day 7:  Hawaii Island |

Spend the day with the resort's art docent for an informative complimentary morning tour to learn more about the priceless collection of Asian and Pacific Rim art displayed at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Tonight, embark on a special journey on the Mauna Kea Sunset and Stargazing Experience.. See spectacular views from the summit of the tallest volcano on earth, exploring the skies through Mauna Kea's telescopes before dinner and star gazing finale.

Days 8 - 9: Hawaii Island / Mainland USA |

For your grand finale in paradise, head out early for the scenic Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast guided excursion, featuring the tallest island waterfall ... Hi'ilawe Falls, and its stunning vistas. Visit a mile-long black sand beach, then traverse shallow river streams and taro fields as magical stories and ancient legends unfold. Feast on a gourmet lunch before continuing to the scenic Hamakua Coast, home to Akaka and Rainbow Falls before your return to the Kohala Coast. In the morning following your cup of delicious Kona coffee, drive to the Kona airport for your homebound flight. Until we meet again ... Aloha and a Hui Hou!

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