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Duration: 9 days Visiting: Hawaii
Hawaii’s traditional greeting, Aloha, signifies love and compassion for others and nature. Experience the magic of this tropical island and meet its gentle people, as you celebrate local traditions and discover lush rain forests, majestic waterfalls and palm-fringed beaches.
On select Chairman’s Collection departure dates meet Michael Lofaro, chef de cuisine at the prized Humuhumunukunukuaoua’a, and cultural expert Kainoa Horcajo, a renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TEDxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader. Start the day with a traditional sunrise ceremony, before visiting sites of cultural significance with Kainoa. In the evening enjoy a unique experience with food inspired by, fished and gathered according to the Hawaiian moon calendar. Both Kainoa and Michael will play a part in sourcing and creating your dinner.
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Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki.
You will be greeted with a smile and a traditional flower lei before being transferred to your elegant oceanfront resort. Your room will offer fantastic views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean from your balcony. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine. The Azure restaurant, adjacent to the famous Mai Tai Bar, is known for its daily fresh seafood brought together by Chef Shaymus Alwin.
Oahu Island Sightseeing.
Take an exclusive, local historian-guided tour of Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu viewing the Hawaii State Capitol, Washington Place, and the King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. A picturesque journey along the East Oahu shoreline provides views of Hanauma Bay and its crystal clear waters, the Halona Blowhole, and the slopes of Diamond Head.
As the sun sets over the Pacific, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with drinks and entertainment from storytellers, musicians and dancers of the Aha'aina Luau.
Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time.
Begin the day at historic Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. Later, enjoy a scenic drive into the volcanic crater known as Punchbowl, home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, your Highlight Dinner with wine is at the award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki, best known for his eclectic blend of Californian-French-Japanese traditions and fresh ingredients from the islands.
The Big Island of Hawaii.
In the morning, fly to the Big Island to discover Kailua-Kona, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Discover the history of coffee at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and learn the story of the 1900s local coffee farmers. The evening is at leisure so ask your Travelling Concierge for some tips or enjoy the spa facilities at your hotel. These include a Vichy shower, natural lava saunas, a meditation pavilion and a fragrance garden.
Leisure Time on Hawaii.
The day is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps try your hand at a round of golf, lounge on the beach, read by the pool, or take a helicopter flight above rainforests and an active volcano?
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo to Maui.
Discover the beauty of the volcanic landscape en route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Walk where lava once flowed in the Thurston Lava Tube and view the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as the active volcano, Kilauea. Visit the Jaggar Museum featuring exhibits of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian Deity of Volcanoes, before lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Fly from Hilo to Maui, your home for the next three days.
Your Choice Maui Activities.
Explore Maui Your Way, the choice is yours. Perhaps have a day of snorkelling off the coral reefs, take a whale watching cruise (seasonal) or travel the Road to Hana? Your Travelling Concierge is available to make all the arrangements. The evening is yours to enjoy at the resort.
Maui at Leisure.
The day is at leisure for you to indulge in the pleasures of your resort. Maybe make it a spa day or soak up the warm tropical sunshine on the beach? With so many options available at the resort, your Travelling Concierge will assist in planning the perfect day for you.
In the evening, join your fellow travellers at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant for a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, featuring Maui's Chef of the Year, Michael Lofaro.
Say 'a hui hou' as your nine-day tour concludes with a private transfer to Kahului Airport.
Waikiki, Oahu (Resort) - USA
Relax in Luxury Gold style within your oceanview Room at the Mailani Tower at the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast (Beachfront Wing Rooms).
Wailea, Maui (Resort) - USA
Immerse yourself in idyllic luxury in your Ocean View Room at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.
Our guests rate us
1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.
01 October, 2018
Trip: Other Hawaiian destinations were available which might have been more appealing to us than some that were visited.
Service: Tour concierge, Julie Bass, was wonderful. Every minute detail was taken care of.
23 April, 2018
Trip: Hotels were fabulous. Tour director awesome
Service: Awesome trip. Julie was great and hotels were amazing! Can’t wait to book another insight gold trip next year to Croatia!
23 April, 2018
Trip: The visit to the coffee farm was a waste of time. The bathroom (an outhouse) was not appropriate -- especially since we stopped AFTER lunch and had no warning of the bathroom facility.
Service: I enjoyed the trip. This is my first experience with taking flights within a tour (flying to the Big Island and then to Maui). Hotels were fabulous. Food was excellent. My spouse and I were not disappointed.
26 March, 2018
Trip: All of the highlight excursions on each island visited was addressed.
Service: Everything was completely spelled out.