Hawaii Kings Tour with 100.5 The River’s Andy Rent and YMT Vacations
They are all on the Hawaii Kings Tour, a 13-day Hawaiian escape. The trek includes explorations of the rich history and tradition of the Hawaiian Islands along with relaxation, entertainment, food, libations and culture.
Highlights include historic Pearl Harbor, scenic Waikiki Beach, the “Garden Isle” of Kauai, cruising the Wailua River, venturing on Maui, exploring the Iao Valley and Lahaina, traipsing across the Big Island of Hawaii from Hilo, discovering the Mauna Kea and Kilauea volcanoes, enjoying the black sand beaches at Punalu’u and soaking in the rays of Kona, which gets 354 days of sunshine annually.
The trek started Wednesday by taking off for Hawaii from Gerald R. Ford International Airport via Delta. The Hawaiian explorations begin in earnest today when the group arrives in Honolulu.
Arrive in Honolulu.
The aloha welcome included a beautiful flower lei and and transfer to the Ohana Waikiki East Hotel in Waikiki.
Tour Pearl Harbor and Honolulu.
At Pearl Harbor, take a U.S. Navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese forces’ attack to ignite U.S. participation in World War II.
Explore the visitor center, a 23-minute film and the museums’ exhibits.
Next, head off to see the sights of Honolulu.
En route is Pali lookout for stunning views of the windward coastline of Oahu and once the scene of the greatest battle victory by King Kamehameha. Set foot in a dormant volcano, visit Punchbowl Crater and tour the National Cemetery of the Pacific before continuing to downtown Honolulu.
See the State Capitol and Iolani Palace, which is recognizable as police headquarters for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.” In reality, it was the residence of the last queen of Hawaii.
Drive through China Town and view King Kamehameha’s statue before returning to Waikiki.
Enjoy another day in paradise in Waikiki.
The famous Waikiki Beach and shopping on Kalakaua Avenue are within strolling distance.
Options over the next couple days include entertainment at Legends in Concert Waikiki Royal Hawaiian Theater at Royal Hawaiian Center; the spectacular Illusions of Polynesia; and Polynesian Cultural Center’s diversity, history and tradition.
This is a leisurely day.
Spend the day in Waikiki.
Stroll Waikiki Beach. Do some snorkeling.
Visit the Hawaii Army Museum, which shares tells the military stories of Hawaii, from ancient times to the Gulf War and the War in Iraq.
In the morning, fly to Kauai.
The tropical island paradise is known as the “Garden Isle” because of its daily rainbows, lush forests, majestic mountains and emerald valleys.
Visit the magnificent Opaekaa Falls.
Then, head to Wailua River Marina, and take a leisurely cruise along the scenic Wailua River to the amazingly tropical and romantic Fern Grotto.
Arrive in early afternoon at the Courtyard by Marriott Coconut Kauai hotel.
It’s no wonder that an impressive list of Hollywood productions have used this emerald island as a setting, including “Jurassic Park,” “South Pacific” and “Fantasy Island.”
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, with tropical rain forests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls.
If ever there was a place to have an experience of a lifetime, it’s on Kauai.
The island includes spectacular scenery, waterfalls and the stunning Napali coastline.
An option: Take a helicopter sightseeing flight.
In the morning, fly to the island of Maui.
Known as the Valley Isle, tour its stunning Iao Valley. The valley’s spectacular waterfalls and lush tropical foliage surround the Iao Needle, a rock formation rising more than 2,000 feet. Stop at Iao Needle Lookout Trail, a paved loop trail through an ethno-botanical garden adjacent to Iao stream with a scenic viewpoint of the needle.
You can also explore the town of Lahaina, the picturesque old whaling capital of the Pacific. It looks much today as it did at the end of the 19th century.
Arrive at Kaanapali Beach Hotel in the resort of Kaanapali in the afternoon.
Kaanapali is one of the best beaches in Hawaii.
From December to April, see whales swimming just off shore. It’s an amazing natural sight.
In the morning, fly to Hilo on the Island of Hawai’i (the Big Island).
Head for the waiting motorcoach for a full-day sightseeing tour from Hilo en route to Kona.
First, make two short stops at a Macadamia nut factory and an orchid nursery, both important Hawaiian exports.
Then, head off to ascend the rugged countryside to Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See a smoking and steaming volcano as you look out across the Kilauea Caldera, within which lies the Halemaumau Crater.
Also vist Jaggar Museum & Visitor Center to learn about the geology and history of the volcano.
Next, take a walk through Thurston’s Lava Tube.
Before leaving the park, head for Kona to view the expansove Kilauea Crater and its steam vents.
Then, depart to Punalu’u’s black sand volcanic beach.
After a lunch stop, journey across the island and arrive in Kona in late afternoon.
Check into Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.
Nearing the end of your Hawaii stay in Hawaii, today relax by the beach or stroll along the bay to explore the quaint waterfront old town of Kona, with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes.
It’s a perfect way to spend your final full day in Kona.
Enjoy Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel amenities or the relaxed pace of this sleepy town on your last full day.
In the evening, hang out with your new friends at the optional farewell event of the King Kamehameha Feast.
Transfer to Kona’s airport to head to Honolulu, continuing your journey home.