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Hidden Gems and Friendly Folk of the Hawkeye State

Hawaii's Hidden Gems


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Each of Hawaii’s islands has its own allure, but like gems in a precious jewelry setting, their collective brilliance is all the more dazzling. Back by popular demand with a fresh new itinerary, this artfully paced, island-hopping adventure is designed to showcase the diverse natural, cultural, and culinary wonders of many beautiful Hawaiian islands – Oahu, Hawaii and Maui. Marvel at volcanic landscapes, rainbow-studded waterfalls, black sand beaches, rainforest lagoons, and the most stunning natural and resort settings on earth. Savor scents and tastes as only found in Paradise, from your morning Kona coffee to exotic blooms, succulent tropical fruit to amazingly fresh seafood.

A balanced itinerary allows for both guided discoveries of such highlights as Pearl Harbor, Polynesian cultural exhibits, an authentic Luau and more, as well as abundant free time to “do Hawaii” your way: ride a helicopter, play golf, snorkel in crystalline Pacific waters, or set sail to find the humpback whale. Experience thrilling Native drums, hula and “fire knife” dances, active plantations, and classic surf sites to round out an exhilarating winter escape you’ll never forget.


  • Explore three beautiful Hawaiian islands
  • Resort overnights at premium, oceanview hotels throughout
  • Visit both Halekala and Volcanoes National Parks
  • Moving visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
  • Exciting Polynesian and native Hawaiian cultural experiences, including tour with Chief Sielu
  • Sunset cocktail cruise among islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai
  • Experience fascinating geologic, rainforest and beach settings
  • Do-It-Your-Way options, from whale-watching cruises to traveling among the waterfalls and forests on the famous Road to Hana
  • Air transportation provided among included islands
  • See attractions and destinations named among the top this year by Lonely Planet, National Geographic, US News & World Report, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Trip Advisor and AARP.



*Sample itinerary, we will continue to monitor the volcanic eruptions on the Big Island and make tour itinerary changes as needed for our 2019 program.

Day 1Honolulu, Oahu: A warm Aloha and traditional fresh flower lei greet you in Honolulu, Oahu before your transfer to Waikiki, known as “The Gathering Place”. It is the 3rd largest island and home to the majority of Hawaii’s population. Relax by the warm tropical beach until tonight’s Welcome Reception.

Day 2Pearl Harbor/Waikiki Beach/Magic of Polynesia Show: Wake up in paradise to a tasty breakfast, followed by a fascinating and moving trip to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor, where you’ll witness the actual sunken hull where over 1,000 servicemen were entombed on Dec. 7, 1941. On the Historical Honolulu City Tour, see such highlights as Iolani Palace, State Capitol, Mission Houses, the majestic King Kamehameha Statue, and China Town. This evening, you’ll be dazzled by the masterful illusions, choreography and fire knife acts of the Magic of Polynesia Cocktail Show. Meals included: B, D

Day 3Grand Alii, North Shore and Dole Plantation tour: This morning starts with a narrated drive across the Koolau Mountains to visit the Nuuanu Pali, site of the bloody battle in which Kamehameha I conquered Oahu. You’ll find stunning panoramic views of Oahu’s windward side. Next, a Polynesian Chief shares some customs and tales of the native islanders. While strolling through botanical gardens, you’ll learn to make fire from sticks, open a coconut and more! On Oahu’s North Shore, see where competitive daredevil surfers gather to ride monster waves often taller than most buildings. En route, stop at the surfer haunt, Haleiwa Town, which retains much of old-style Hawaii. Next, discover Oahu’s pineapple heritage at the Dole Plantation, with exhibits tracing the history of the pineapple empire started by James Dole over a century ago. Meal included: B

Day 4 — Day at Leisure/Oahu: Today, explore more of Oahu at your leisure. Experience the popular Polynesian Cultural Center or take a tour inside I’olani Palace. Or, you might visit the nearby Zoo or Aquarium, hike Diamond Head, or soak up the sun at poolside or on famous Waikiki Beach. Meal included: B

Day 5Flight to Big Island of Hawaii, Kona: Today after a short flight, settle in at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and enjoy exploring this wonderful island. Stroll thru lively Kailua–Kona town for souvenir shopping, visit Hulihee Palace, or perhaps golf the Mauna Lani Bay Golf Course, a Golf Magazine Top 10 Course. Your tour director can help arrange tours to Stargazing at the Summit or Mauna Kea, Sunset Snorkeling. Meals included: B, D

Day 6 — Grand Island Circle Island of Discovery Tour/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:Today’s full-day adventure ranges from lush tropical rainforests to active volcanoes. Take in spectacular views of Kealakekua Bay during a Kona coffee stop while your guide regales you with stories of Captain Cook and area history. Then, at the famed Volcanoes National Park, a ranger will explain tectonic plates, the Ring of Fire and how Hawaii was formed through a “Hot Spot” in the Pacific Plate. Enjoy a tasty lunch along the Crater Rim and hear the story of the fire goddess Pele’s power! At the fascinating Jagger Museum, watch seismographs record earthquakes right under your feet and view the lava lake in Halemaumau Crater as it erupts. Your final Park stop is the ancient Thurston Lava Tube, a vast cavern in the middle of a tropical hapu’u fern forest. Next, admire Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Volcano, with a wide variety of tropical flowers on display and for sale. An expert gardener explains the orchid growing and hybridization process in an in depth guided greenhouse tour. Saving the best for last, visit the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory and learn how these yummy nut and chocolate treats are made! Meals included: B, L

Day 7Cacao Chocolate Tour: Start today at Kokoleka Lani farm, a sustainable, cacao and coffee farm. Visit a grove of cacao trees, watch as a ripe pod is sliced open for raw beans, learn the process of cacao-to-cocoa transformation, and taste-test cacao in three forms: raw, just roasted, and as a finished bar from local, small-batch chocolate makers. Join farm co-owner Greg Colden in the Polynesian pod-style home and soap factory to see how the cacao beans’ chaff-winnowing are used to make soap. The afternoon is at leisure at our luxurious, ocean-view Kona Beach hotel. Meal Included: B

Day 8Flight to Maui. Magical Maui

Landing in Maui, you’ll quickly learn that the island offers more than just the best beaches around. First, you’ll take in the lush Iao Valley and its famous Needle, a vegetation-covered lava tower. Learn how King Kamehameha’s defeat of Maui’s army dramatically altered Hawaiian history. Continue on to tour Lahaina Town, once a bustling 19th century whaling village, now known for popular restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Unpack for the next three nights at our lush, 4 Diamond resort on fashionable Ka’anapali Beach. Meals included: B, D

Day 9 — Maui: Aloha Hawaiian Luau Dinner and Polynesian Spectacular After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a full day to hit the beach, souvenir shop, golf or pamper yourself at the resort—even opt for a scenic helicopter ride. Tonight’s Luau invites you to join their Ohana (family) for spectacular traditional celebrations, dancing, feasts and fun! The evening includes dinner, drinks and an unforgettable Polynesian Revue. Meals included: B, D

Day 10Haleakala Mountain & Farm to Table Lunch at O’o Farms: The day starts gloriously at Haleakala, the now-sleeping volcano that gave birth to the island.Rising 10,023 feet, a mile deep, her crater seven miles across, “the House of the Sun” is truly awesome! Hear the legend about demigod Maui, the volcano and the sun. This Park is home to more endangered species than any other in the National Park Service, and we may even spot a Nene (Hawaiian goose) or a blooming silver sword plant. (Summit view is Subject to Weather conditions and Park opening). Next, in the misting forest of Waipoli, the flourishing, sustainable O’o Farms provides a true farm-to table gourmet lunch experience. Later, it’s time for fun and relaxation aboard a cocktail cruise, sailing into Maui’s breathtaking sunset. Find stunning views of Maui, Lanai and Molokai from a luxury catamaran at the “magic hour”. Meals included: B, L

Day 11Maui: This morning say “Aloha!” to your fellow travelers over breakfast, then head home with tranquil island memories. Meal included: B.




Average Temps

high 80°/ low 69°

Time Zone

Hawaii Standard Time

Arrival Time

Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel in Honolulu (Oahu) by 5:00 PM on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule your flight home to depart Kahului Airport (Maui) by any time after Noon on Day 11.

Airport-Hotel Shuttle

Lei greeting upon arrival at airport includes transfer to starting hotel

Walking Distance

Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking may be on uneven surfaces.


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Hotel Amenities

In room: Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, in-room safes, refrigerators & coffee makers throughout tour. Hotels throughout tour offer beautiful swimming pools, fitness centers, on-site restaurants & guest laundry services (for a fee).

Additional Information

Sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30 or greater, sunglasses, hats, visors, binoculars and you may want an umbrella for the occasional shower. Airline Baggage Fees for Inter-Island flights ARE included in the tour price.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.


Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/HAW.

Travel Protection Available?

Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.

Terms & Conditions

Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.


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