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Legendary Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island and Kauai

Overview

Aloha is much more than simply hello or goodbye; it’s love, a mindset and a way of life. Live simply, live kindly… live aloha. On this tour, we combine Hawaiian history and legends with the spirit of aloha, to create a memorable Hawaiian experience.

Details

From the otherworldly volcanic terrain of the Big Island to Kauai’s lush tropical rainforests, the relaxing lull of surf crashing on the sand and the thrilling beat of Polynesian drums, Hawaii is truly a feast for the senses! From fine dining to casual pupu platters and Mai Tais, you’ll taste the best of the islands. 

  • 4 nights in Kona on the Big Island; 3 nights Kauai
  • Enjoy a luau in the historic spot King Kamehameha first landed on the island, learn about the gods the Hawaiians worshipped, the early explorers to the islands – visit ancient temples and ceremonial grounds
  • Tour a Seahorse Ranch, Orchid Farm and a Chocolate & Tropical Fruit Farm
  • Flightseeing over Kauai’s lush tropical jungles and Napali Coast
  • Sample Kauai’s local culinary specialties on a Foodie Tour
  • Roundtrip airfare to Kona/from Lihue, Kauai; inter-island airfare Kona to Lihue
     

    Ocean-view accommodation upgrade on Kauai:  3 nights – $60 p.p./dbl.occ or $120 single

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Daily Itinerary

Legendary Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island and Kauai
February 16-23, 2020

Day 1

Arrive on the Big Island and transfer to your Kona hotel, located on historic grounds right in the heart of the ocean side town. Tonight, enjoy a luau dinner and entertainment on the historic shores of Kamakahonu Bay, where King Kamehameha and his Royal Court landed. His arrival is reenacted through song and… fire dancers! Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Hotel – 4 nights (D)

Day 2

No need to saddle up at the Ocean Rider Seahorse Ranch. Learn about these unique and fragile creatures on an informative tour with a chance to hold a live seahorse! Afterwards, the history of Kona comes alive on a guided tour where Hawaiian mythology and history are intertwined to give a glimpse of the splendor of the lost Hawaiian Kingdom. After an included lunch, explore Kailua-Kona, mere steps from the front door of your hotel, or just grab a Mai Tai and slip into the Hawaiian vibe. (FB,L)

Day 3

It’s off to Paniolo Country; that’s Hawaiian for “cowboy”, but don’t worry it’s not all rough and tumble. Our destination is the Hawaiian Vanilla Farm for a tour and lunch. You won’t believe the amount of work it takes to grow vanilla, but you’ll appreciate the effort over a lunch that prominently features the aromatic ingredient. We will make a stop at Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company for samples and shopping. Spam flavored macadamia nuts, you say? Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. They are surprisingly tasty! Our Parker Ranch rest stop allows you to learn a little about Hawaiian cowboys. (FB,L)

Day 4

The Saddle Road traverses the middle of the island. On the way to Hilo, pass right between the slumbering volcanic giants, Mauna Kea and the Mauna Loa. It’s a beautiful, yet humbling sight to behold! A dazzling hardwood forest can also be viewed from the road. 

At world-famous Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, the family has been growing prized orchids for over 30 years. Tour the facility and enjoy lunch among the blooms! At Hawaii Volcano National Park the Visitor Center exhibits give a comprehensive overview of the inner working of one of nature’s most powerful entities. From the observation deck, peer into Kilauea’s massive crater. You never know what you’ll see as conditions vary from moment to moment. 

Day 5

A quick inter-island flight takes you from Hilo to Kauai’s Lihue Airport. Go for a relaxing drive north along the scenic Coconut Coast to Hanalei Bay, home to fabled Puff the Magic Dragon and the filming location for movie Jurassic Park. After lunch make a stop at the picturesque Kilauea Lighthouse on the bluff before a shave ice dessert! Finely shaved and fluffy ice topped with your choice of tropical flavors. Check into your completely renovated resort for the next three nights. Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort – 3 nights (FB,L)

Day 6

At Lydgate Farms, learn about how this tasty little cocoa bean shaped world civilization… while tasting chocolate, of course! You’ll also have the opportunity to sample lots of unusual tropical fruits on the tour. 

Drive along the island’s southern coast and have lunch at a popular local family-owned restaurant. Lilikoi (passion fruit) Chiffon Pie from the award-winning bakery across the street is for dessert! On the way back to the hotel stop for Kauai Coffee, cookies, gourmet salts and small batch jams using seasonal fruits. It’s our very own Island Foodie Tour! The evening is yours to kick back and relax. (FB,L)

Day 7

Kauai, the Garden Isle, is beautiful from every angle, but it’s only from the sky that you can access the rich, lush interior. Soar over the Waimea Canyon, dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and watch the waves crash along the sheer cliffs of the Napali Coast. Tonight, share your adventure over dinner at the Plantation Gardens in Poipu, where the young chef whips up impressive fare using fresh locally sourced ingredients in a tropical setting. A perfect ending to a fantastic day! Since the flightseeing only takes a couple of hours, you’ll have some free time today at your hotel. (FB,D)

Day 8

It’s time to leave the islands, but not before a decadent brunch at Gaylord’s. All the usual brunch fare with carved meats and a tropical flare! Kalua Pork Eggs benedict, anyone? There is no excuse for leaving hungry. With a full belly and wonderful memories, catch your nonstop flight to Sacramento. (FB,BR)


Optional Oahu Extension
February 23-25, 2020

Add-on to Legendary Aloha!

Visit https://www.sportsleisure.com/vacations/optional-oahu-extension to request booking.

Enjoy a guided tour of the acclaimed Bishop Museum where the rich history of the islands is on display. Pay your respects to those who perished on “The Day That Lives in Infamy” at the recently revamped World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; a must for any American History buff! Cruise the streets of the humble neighborhood where former President Obama spent his formative years and grab ice cream at the shop where the future president had his first job! 

You’ll be amazed at the expansive personal collection of Middle Eastern art and artifacts amassed by Doris Duke on a tour of her private home, now museum, Shangrila. A special dining treat is dinner at Chuck’s of Hawaii. (Longtime Sacramento residents will remember a Chuck’s of Hawaii across from Town and Country Village for many years.) This little “hole in the wall” serves a great meal.

All airfare included. Arrive on Oahu from Kauai; returning home to Sacramento from Honolulu. 4 meals: 2 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.
 

$1085 p.p./dbl.occ., $1295 single

This is an extension, not a stand alone trip.
Visit https://www.sportsleisure.com/vacations/optional-oahu-extension to request booking.

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Sunday, February 16, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020

8 Days, 15 Meals

7 full breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 brunch

$5000
p.p./dbl.occ.
$5755
single

Pricing

Ocean-view accommodation upgrade on Kauai: 3 nights – $60 p.p./dbl.occ or $120 single

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