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The Hawaiian Islands | Island of Hawaii Culinary Journey

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Hawaii, Hawaii Island

Trip Duration

5 nights / 6 days

From traditional luau feasts to romantic seaside dinners, Hawaii Island is full of rich culinary experiences. Savor organic produce, plantation-style gastronomy and Euro-Pacific fusion dishes. Or enjoy local coffees, fresh macadamia nuts and handmade chocolates. The possibilities are endless.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1:  Mainland USA / Island of Hawaii

Sit back and relax as you fly just five and a half short hours from the West Coast to your Island of Hawaii paradise. Once you land, secure your pre-registered convertible, roll down the top and quickly be on your way to the shores of the North Kona Coast. Be transported back to Hawaii's Golden Age, with five exquisite nights at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resort Collection in an exquisite oceanfront room. Paradise awaits in elegant rooms and suites, unique spa therapies, world-class golf and twilight storytelling. Unwind with a succulent seafood dinner at the CanoeHouse, boasting Pacific Rim tastes in an oceanfront venue. Savor a "Captain's Table" experience, an interactive evening with a blind tasting menu handcrafted by Chef Allen Hess. Enjoy plantation-style delights, complimented with premium wines.

Day 2:  Island of Hawaii

Known for its coffee, beer and chocolates, choose from a variety of factory and tasting options across the island. Visit the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, renowned for chocolates that are grown, handpicked and created on Hawaii Island. Explore the orchard and factory, enjoy delicious chocolate samples, and discover the entire process from growing trees to the final molding of chocolates. The Kona Brewing Company is known for specialized brews such as Pacific Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale and Longboard Island Lager. Explore the intricate beer-making process starting with volcanically purified Hawaiian water, then continuing with milling, fermenting and lautering. Discover Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, a certified organic coffee farm through a fun, interactive excursion. Taste the difference of 100% Kona coffee, and discover the unique secrets of the cloud forest estate, which produces coffee with unique chocolate and nutty flavors.

Day 3: Island of Hawaii

After a relaxing day at the resort, experience the Twilight Volcano Adventure. A local professional guides you through the history, culture and geology of the island with visits to rare black sand beaches, a walk through a lave tube, exploration of the famous Kona Coffee Farm and the magnificent Volcanoes National Park. After dinner at a local cafe, discover the night sky though a telescope, learning legends and folklore.

Day 4:  Island of Hawaii

A thrilling cultural evening awaits at LAVA - Legends and Legacy Luau, presented on the shores of the Pacific in a coconut grove. The call of the conch, the lighting of the torches and the beat of the native drums beckons you to escape, relax with a cool tropical drink as enchanting Hawaiian Melodies are preformed by the Tahiti Serenaders. This authentic journey features a vivacious cast of singers, drummers and dancers performing native songs and dances. Savor a traditional meal of Kalua pig, teriyaki chicken, mahi mahi, lomi lomi salmon, poi, white rice, sweet potato, haupia and pineapple upside down or coconut cake as you bask in the evenings entertainment.

Day 5: Island of Hawaii

Spend the day exploring the charming town of Kailua-Kona, with chic shopping, a variety of dining experiences and legendary beaches. Stroll the streets with a Hawaii Shave Ice or gather with the locals at one of the many Farmer's Markets. Complete your evening at Ray's on the Bay offering delicious Pacific Rim cuisine combined with nightly live entertainment and spectacular views of giant manta rays in the ocean below. Enjoy tropical flavors such as crab crusted Kona kampachi and smoked ahi poke, followed by passion cheesecake and chocolate banana tart.

Day 6: Island of Hawaii / Mainland USA

Following your delectable buffet breakfast at the Bay Terrace, drive your open-air convertible to the Kona airport for your homebound flight. Aloha and a Hui Hou!

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