We’ll visit Oahu and the “Big Island” of Hawaii, exploring natural and historic sites and learning about the cultural context of our fiftieth state. In Honolulu, we will learn about early Hawaiian culture, the Hawaiian monarchy and its eventual overthrow, and the sovereignty movement. Given Hawaii’s history as a colonized nation, we will consider the importance of indigenous education. A highlight of the program will be a visit to the renowned Kamehameha schools, which are dedicated to the well-being and education of native Hawaiians and play a major role in the preservation of Hawaiian language and culture. In addition to taking in museums and sites of historical importance (e.g., Pearl Harbor), we will revel in the temperate climate and lush setting through activities like hiking Diamond Head crater, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, and relaxing on quiet, north shore beaches.
To finish the program, we will fly to the Big Island and take in its volcanic landscape. We will land in Hilo and drive to Akaka Falls State Park where we’ll stroll through tropical rainforest en route to two picturesque waterfalls. At Volcanoes National Park, we will hike through lava tubes and observe active volcanos along the Crater Rim Drive. On the island’s western coast, we will visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, or “place of refuge” for ancient Hawaiian breakers of the sacred “kapu” laws. Our last destination, historic Kailua-Kona, is the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii and home of the world-famous Kona coffee.
We invite you to enjoy the beauty, culture, and history of the Hawaiian Islands!
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