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Story Land & Sea®

Story of the Hawaiian Islands


Your Hawaii Story awaits you.

Story Land & Sea® is proud to invite you and your friends and family to enjoy one of our most delightful itineraries through the islands of Hawaii. Story Land & Sea® offers you not one, but three, outstanding Hawaii Vacations, from which you can select the ideal one for you:

2 Islands: 8 days to Oahu and Maui
3 Islands: 10 days to Oahu, Maui and Kauai
4 Islands: 13 days to Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii

Experience Hawaii the way it should be experienced with deluxe, luxurious, beach-front resorts, with a guaranteed deluxe, ocean-view room, at each of our top-quality Hawaiian hotel/resort properties. Why settle for less? With breakfast included each morning as you begin your day in Paradise, and with special unique dinners (including a truly unique picnic on the beach at Waikiki with a spectacular fireworks show following), with entertaining luaus, and with memorable sunset dinner cruises included, you are sure to experience lasting memories for you, as well as for those who are your friends and family members, on your wonderful vacation to the islands of Hawaii.

Let Story Land & Sea® unwrap all the significant sites and places you should visit when vacationing on each of the major islands in Hawaii. Traveling with Story assures you, as well as your family and friends, a vacation to Paradise which will provide you with unique and special experiences and memories, which you will cherish for a lifetime.

Whether this is your first vacation trip to Hawaii, or perhaps a return visit to the Hawaiian Islands, why not allow Story Land & Sea® to be your guide to the beautiful, relaxing islands of Hawaii? Leave the herd behind, and experience Hawaii the way it was meant to be experienced

Palm Trees Hawaii


 



WE RECOMMEND YOU BOOK EARLY
Hotel availability may occassionally be an issue on this itinerary. This is due to popularity, high season, and/or if you are booking within 60 days of departure. A supplement (or reduction) may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city are not available. Book early!

2, 3 and 4 Island Daily Itinerary: Paradise Awaits

Day 1

Honolulu

HOME OF WAIKIKI BEACH, DIAMOND HEAD, PEARL HARBOR

Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, you will be met by Story Land & Sea®'s Hawaiian representative with an authentic Hawaiian lei greeting. Welcome to the Islands!

You will then be transferred to your deluxe hotel, the beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village, located right on world-famous Waikiki Beach.  Enjoy the rest of your day enjoying your upgraded deluxe ocean-view room with private balcony. Story Land & Sea® guests are guaranteed to receive our preferred hotel’s finest rooms — providing stunning views of both Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.    

May we suggest:  Take a  memorable sunset stroll along Waikiki  Beach on this, your first afternoon in paradise of the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy an optional dinner at your hotel/resort or at any of a number of excellent restaurants on Waikiki Beach. Then, relax and settle into your spacious, deluxe ocean-view room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Day 2

ISLAND OF OAHU
You begin your day with breakfast included at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Following breakfast, you will embark on an escorted, guided tour of  the island of Oahu. You will be met at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and  your professional Hawaiian guide will transport you to all the important, scenic sites and landmarks on the beautiful island of Oahu.   Your first stop of the morning will be at Diamond Head crater.  

KAHALA - HANAUMA BAY - DOLE PLANTATION
Next stop will be lovely Kahala.  Then, it’s on to Hanauma Bay, where you will have the opportunity to visit this, one of the locations made famous in the Elvis Presley’s movie, Blue Hawaii.  Your tour continues taking you to  a truly magical spot — Halona Blow Hole. We then visit Makapuu Lookout — a scenic location.   Next we shall visit Pali Lookout, where you will enjoy more beautiful vistas all around.  We then visit the famous Dole Plantation. You will have the wonderful opportunity to see and visit the Pineapple Fields on Oahu.

NORTH SHORE OAHU - POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
We then travel north to visit and view some of the breathtakingly-beautiful North Shore beaches.  We will then take time for a short visit to the Hawaii Temple on Oahu.    Finally, we arrive at the #1-paid attraction in Hawaii — the incomparable Polynesian Cultural Center, where you will have the opportunity to spend the entire afternoon visiting 7 different Polynesian villages, representing 7 different South Pacific Island nations:  Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Hawaii, Marquesas, Aotearoa, and Fiji.   You will enjoy exploring the 41  acres devoted to 7 different South Pacific Island nations.  Each Polynesian island village has natives who will introduce you to their unique culture and their special island way-of-life.  Mingle with natives as they demonstrate exotic hip-swaying dances, spear throwing, rubbing sticks to create fire, climbing coconut trees bare-footed, tribal tattooing, cooking in a fire pit, and so much more.   Also, be sure that you don’t miss the colorful Canoe Pageant Performance in the mid-afternoon.

A special evening awaits you, after your visit to 7 different Polynesian islands.   You will enjoy one of the most authentic of luaus, the popular Ali’i Luau — a sumptuous feast for a king. Following the special luau dinner, you will see and experience one of the finest professional performances on all of Oahu — HA:  The Breath of Life.    The evening show features song and dance, dramatic special effects, surround sound, concluding with a special fire-filled performance.  Following the spectacular evening show, you will then be driven back to your beautiful hotel/resort.   

Day 3

HANAUMA BAY SNORKELING OR AT LEISURE AT THE RESORT
Following breakfast, you will be transported on a memorable adventure from Hilton Hawaiian Village to spectacular Hanauma Bay, one of Hawaii’s “most-popular” sites for snorkeling.  Hanauma Bay is known for its crystal-blue waters.   Most early mornings, the waters are clear at Hanauma Bay, and you will see innumerable different species and varieties of beautiful, colorful fish in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.  The coral reefs at Hanauma Bay will amaze you!   For those who want to get up-close and personal with colorful marine life, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay is one of the most enjoyable, exciting adventures you will ever experience!   Situated just 10 miles east of Waikiki, Hanauma Bay is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling locations because its calm waters are protected by an offshore reef.   Sea turtles are known to nest around this famous curved bay.    You will receive your very own snorkel excursion package, which includes sanitized professional snorkeling equipment (masks, snorkels, and fins), along with instructions about how to use this equipment.   You will have a full morning to enjoy Hanauma Bay and enjoy snorkeling in some of the finest waters on the island of Oahu.  You will return to your lovely hotel about noon.   

Or, if you prefer, you may skip the morning excursion to Hanauma Bay , sleep in late, and enjoy a late-morning breakfast at your hotel/resort.   

Your afternoon is at leisure, so perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your beautiful hotel/resort right on Waikiki Beach. Story Land & Sea® believes that each of our esteemed guests deserves to stay in a hotel/resort which is located right on the sands of Waikiki Beach and  the Pacific Ocean — not in some hotel across the street from Waikiki Beach, as some tour operators offer.   

Perhaps you want a more-active afternoon.   If so, choose from numerous outdoor Waikiki activities:   swim in the clear waters of the blue Pacific Ocean; paddle a kayak; take a surfing lesson; or perhaps experience an Oahu dive tour.   Perhaps you would enjoy going shopping — the large mall connected to the Hilton Hawaiian Village is an excellent place to begin your shopping.   Not far away is the lively open-air market in the heart of Waikiki, the International Marketplace, featuring over 200 shops, carts, kiosks, artisan stands, and restaurants.   The energy-filled International Marketplace is built around a century-old banyan tree, and is a fun shopping stop for everyone.

Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day 4

PEARL HARBOR - USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL - PUNCHBOWL
Another delicious breakfast awaits you as you begin your day in Paradise!   

No visit to Oahu would be complete without visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.  You will be met at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and driven out to nearby Pearl Harbor.   Once there, you will tour the legendary USS Arizona Memorial, which marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines who perished during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.   This is a truly a special place of honor, inspiration, reflection, and quiet contemplation.  While here, you’ll see the 23-minute documentary film of the unforgettable events of that historic day.   Following the film, you will be transported out to the USS Arizona Memorial by an official U.S. Navy boat, where you will be given sufficient time to pay your respects and to view what is one of the most-important and emotionally-moving sites in World War II history.   The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the USS Arizona battleship without actually touching it, and is a fitting tribute to all those who lost their lives that fateful Sunday morning.  

Following our visit to Pearl Harbor, we then will visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where 33,230 military service men and women from four wars are buried. The Memorial and cemetery are awe-inspiring and visually breathtaking. You will never forget your visit to what is locally known as Punchbowl Cemetery, the burial site of some of America’s finest in what is an extinct volcano crater.  

Your final afternoon is yours to do as little or as much as you desire!    Lounge on the sands of Waikiki Beach, leisurely stroll along the two miles of white, sandy Waikiki Beach, try some of the water sports and activities on Waikiki Beach, or perhaps do some last-minute shopping while on Oahu.  Enjoy swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, and catamaran and outrigger canoe rides.

For those who are truly adventurous, perhaps you’ll choose to hike Diamond Head up to the 760-foot summit, where you can savor breathtaking panoramic views of the southern Oahu coastline — from the white-sand beaches of Waikiki Beach all the way to Koko Head.

The Waikiki Aquarium provides yet another option.   The Waikiki Aquarium exhibits 3,500 marine animals and aquatic plants, representing 500 species from Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Explore the breathtaking coral reef exhibit, look into the eye of a zebra shark or giant octopus, and see reef sharks, colorful tropical fish, living corals, graceful sea jellies, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

Perhaps you will want to visit Hawaii’s largest and oldest public park, Kapiolani Park, which offers 500 beautiful acres of recreation and relaxation.   Listed on Hawaii’s Historic Register, the park features 100-year-old trees, beautiful scenery, shady picnic spots, soccer and sports fields, tennis courts, an archery range, and a 3-mile running trail that is part of the annual Honolulu Marathon Course.  

Yet another choice on this “free” afternoon at Waikiki is the delightful Honolulu Zoo.  Set adjacent to beautiful Kapiolani Park, Honolulu Zoo is Hawaii’s oldest zoo and features over 1,000 animals, mammals, birds, reptiles and exotic wildlife.  Explore naturalistic animal exhibits of the Pacific Islands, African Savannah,Tropical Rainforest, and Kabuni Reserve.  Encounter a Sumatran tiger, Asian elephants, zebras, crocodiles, Komodo dragons, Hawaiian nene geese, and the first Galapagos tortoises born in captivity.  

Story Exclusive: Tonight is Story Land & Sea®’ grand finale to your stay on Oahu and Waikiki --- an experience and memory you will treasure forever!    This evening, you will be our guests on a special Oahu Sunset Dinner cruise.   You will enjoy a delicious 5-course dinner fit for King Kamehameha.  

The menu will include scrumptuos courses all in a setting with scenery unlike any other in beautiful Hawaii.  

This unforgettable dinner cruise will not only feature a 5-course dinner, but also a live Hawaiian-contemporary show with a cast of lively dancers and musicians.  You’ll enjoy spending time dancing as you cruise along the beautiful Kahala coastline.  The balmy Hawaiian breeze and sparkling lights of Honolulu and Waikiki are the perfect combination for this romantic dinner cruise you will never forget!  This is the only Oahu dinner cruise that, in addition to sailing along Waikiki Beach, also travels beyond Diamond Head to see the hidden shores of the Kahala coastline.  

Following your dinner cruise, you will be returned to your hotel/resort, the Hilton Hawaiian Village.   Perhaps you will want to spend this Saturday night enjoying a moonlit stroll along Waikiki Beach, or perhaps you will simply want to relax in your deluxe oceanview room at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Day 5

TO MAUI
Following your final breakfast at Hilton Hawaiian Village, you will be transported back to Honolulu International Airport for your short inter-island flight to Maui, which is the “Vally Isle”.   Upon arrival on the island of Maui, you will be driven to the lush, picturesque Iao Valley to take time to visit Maui’s iconic “Iao Needle”, an emerald-green mantled rock which rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor --- making it taller than the Eiffel Tower.    It is a beautiful natural wonder and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972.

We next will drive to lovely Lahaina, one of the most picturesque towns in all of Hawaii.    In the 19th century, Lahaina was the center of the global whaling industry, with sailing ships from around the world anchored at its beautiful waterfront location.    “Front Street”, Lahaina’s delightful main shopping street, has been ranked as one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets”by the American Planning Association.    You will be given an introductory orientation stroll through the streets of Lahaina before being given time to enjoy an optional lunch as well as do some shopping in this wonderful Hawaiian town.  We then travel to Kaanapali Beach, one of America’s most beautiful beaches.   Here you will enjoy your stay for three nights in one of Maui’s finest hotels --- the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort --- where Story Land & Sea®’ guests are “guaranteed” deluxe ocean-view rooms.

Day 6

MAUI

ENJOYING MAUI

What's your pleasure on Maui today? Options await you including the Road to Hana.

1)   Take a full-day tour on one of the most beautiful highways in the world --- the road to Hana, or

2)  Relax and enjoy a “day-of-leisure” at your beautiful hotel/resort, the Hyatt Regency on Kaanapali Beach.

THE ROAD TO HANA - Optional Excursion
For those who prefer to stay active, you will be awed by the beauty of the lush foliage as well as the spectacular waterfalls and pools, which await you on this, your 9-hour Road to Hana optional tour.   This is a special True Small-Group luxury tour of no more than 8 people.  The Road to Hana is one of Maui's most famous and amazing highways and is one of the most scenic, beautiful drives anywhere in all the world!  On this small-group tour, you'll be able to experience the road and all of the sights along the way at a relaxed pace and in total comfort. Tour this famous area in a deluxe, air-conditioned luxury limo-van with your professional guide and a group of no more than eight people, ensuring a more personalized experience. 

Your day begins as you will be met and picked up at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort.   You will be served a light morning snack in Pa’ia to fuel up for your trip to “Heavenly Hana”. Then, embark on your journey along the Road to Hana, where innumerable photo opportunities abound. You’ll make several stops along this spectacular coastal drive including Kaumahina State Park, offering splendid views of rugged lava sea cliffs; Ke’anae, a quaint Hawaiian village with peaceful taro fields; and Waikani Falls, glistening with fresh mountain rainwater. 

The scenic road leads, of course, to the peaceful Hawaiian village of Hana.  Hana is isolated from the rest of the island and is known for being the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui. Explore the village and stop at the Hana Tropical Gardens and nursery for an exclusive tour (included) and learn about the native Hawaiian people, their culture and land.

After traveling through a scenic tropical rain forest, delight in a delectable Pacific Rim lunch served on linen tablecloths -- not your average deli-style lunch! Your lunch will include hibachi- grilled chicken, fresh mahi-mahi and much more. Following lunch, you'll have plenty of time to stroll, swim, sunbathe, or just relax and enjoy the tropical paradise.

The return from Hana will be at a ‘Maui-style’ pace -- leisurely with plenty of stops. Bring your bathing suit and a towel to capture a lifetime of memories of swimming in a crystal-clear, freshwater pool under a cascading waterfall. In addition, the afternoon return journey will take you to Ho’okipa, giving you a glance at Maui’s world-class windsurfers. Arrive back at your Maui hotel late afternoon.

Day 7

MOUNT HALEAKALA
Following a delicious breakfast, Story Land & Sea® will transport you to Mount Haleakala, one of the most spectacular dormant volcanoes in the Hawaiian islands.   Our drive takes us to the summit of the 10,023-foot Mount Haleakala.   From the summit of Haleakala, you can look down into a deep, massive depression some 7 miles across, 2 miles wide, and almost 1 mile deep.     It’s a spectacular sight to behold (weather-permitting, of course).   Haleakala means, “the House of the Sun” --- truly awesome, majestic, and inspiring!

Story Land & Sea® has scheduled you a free afternoon so that you can do as much or as little as you want to do!  Perhaps you’ll want to explore our lovely resort and beautiful grounds, or perhaps you will choose to lounge by the large pool or to relax in a lounge chair on sandy Kaanapali Beach.      Perhaps you’ll choose to visit nearby “Whaler’s Village”, a really beautiful open-air mall on Kaanapali Beach.   There are over 90 stores and services, 3 family/fine-dining restaurants, and 7 food-court venues.   You also may find “Whaler’s Village Museum” to be of interest, as this museum will take you back in time through the eyes of an ordinary sailor (or “whalesman”).   This is the only ocean-front shopping area on Maui.    Perhaps you’ll want to enjoy your deluxe ocean-view room with private balcony and watch the sun set into the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. Remember --- you’re on a wonderful Story Land & Sea® vacation in Hawaii --- so relax and enjoy!

This evening, you will treated to what is arguably, the finest luau in Hawaii --- The Old Lahaina Luau.  The Old Lahaina Luau is the favorite Maui luau with Hawaiian visitors and locals alike. The attention to authentic Hawaiian detail sets this Maui luau apart from all others. That is why this Maui luau as often been named, the most Hawaiian Luau.  Arriving at the Old Lahaina Luau you will be greeted with a fresh tropical flower lei as well as a wonderful Maui mai tai. The grounds at this Maui luau nestle right up to the ocean, with incredible views of the Hawaiian islands of Lanai and Molokai. From here, you are virtually guaranteed a spectacular sunset.

Take a walk around The Old Lahaina Luau grounds and enjoy local arts and crafts which are available for purchase. A crowd will gather as the Kalua pig is unearthed from the imu, a traditional Hawaiian underground oven.

After the imu ceremony, dinner is served.  The Old Lahaina Luau food is legendary. Choose from Kalua pig, baked mahi mahi, pulehu steak, chicken long rice, guava glazed chicken, stir fry veggies, fried rice, sweet potato and more.  The salad bar includes lomi lomi salmon, taro salad, pahole salad, island crab salad, poke, poi, fresh green salad, fresh island fruits and an assortment of rolls and breads.  Pick up some delicious desserts from the sweets table, and help yourself to coffee, tea, tropical juices, soft drinks or you can try the open bar for your favorite tropical concoction.

The Old Lahaina Luau, more so than any other Maui luau, tells a story. This luau immerses you in Hawaiian history and culture beginning with the migration across the Pacific to Hawaii.  Learn about the history of hula --- tracing its routes from the kahiko to the more contemporary forms of hula. See the changes in hula during the times of the missionaries and due to the influence of tourism. The Old Lahaina Luau is a one-of-a-kind Maui luau experience that you and your family will never forget.

Day 8

End of 2 Islands Vacation ends this morning.

Following breakfast, those who choose the 2-island vacation will conclude their Story Land & Sea Tour.   
Those who chose the 3-island or 4-island vacation will continue their vacation experience.

You will be transported from your hotel/resort on Maui to the Maui International Airport this morning.  Those who continue with Story Land & Sea® 3 Islands Vacation will hop a short inter-island flight which will go to Kauai, the Garden Isle.   Those who wish to travel independently to the Big Island, Hawaii, will fly to Kona.   

3 Islands Vacation - Paradise Continues
The beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai is known for its lush foliage, beautiful flowers, and long, white-sand beaches.   Kauai is much more peaceful, serene, and slower-paced than are the islands of Oahu and Maui.    You will find Kauai a peaceful respite away from the “hustle-and-bustle” of  Oahu and Maui.   The tranquil island of Kauai is what most vacationers envision Hawaii to be!   Lush greenery abounds on the island of Kauai.   Vacationers will enjoy the laid-back pace as well as the natural beauty that abounds on the exquisite  island of Kauai.     

Upon arrival on the island of Kauai, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your magnificent, stunning resort --- the Marriott Kauai Resort.   When this world-class resort was originally built, it was the most-expensive resort ever built --- anywhere in the world --- costing more than $1 billion.   Hurricane Iniki in the early 1990’s completely destroyed this stellar resort, but it was meticulously and beautifully restored by Marriott several years ago.   Today, it was one of the finest hotel/resorts in all of Hawaii.   Many vacationers come to Kauai each year just to stay at this world-class resort.   

You’ll find it easy to relax and unwind at our gorgeous beach-front Kauai resort, with 800 acres fronting Kalapaki Bay.   The Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club features one of the largest resort pools in all of Hawaii --- the pool will likely take your breath away it is so large and luxurious!   In addition, the resort boasts an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course.   In addition, this magnificent resort offers 5 open-air restaurants and unique ocean-front dining options.  In short, the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club is the “perfect” resort for vacationers staying on the lush, green “Garden Isle” of Kauai.  

The rest of the day and evening, you’ll have time to “get acquainted” with your deluxe resort property.   Nearby, within walking distance, is a lovely outdoor mall, which you will likely want to visit during your 3-day stay on the island of Kauai.   

Day 9

KAUAI
((Remember, this is the continuation itinerary for the 3 Islands Vacation))

Day at Leisure to enjoy your resort and/or independently explore Kauai

You will thoroughly enjoy having a day-at-leisure at your world-class Kauai Marriott Resort. You can feel free to do as little or as much as you want to do on your day at leisure on the island of Kauai.

For those who would like to be more “adventurous”, may we suggest an optional sightseeing tour of the island of Kauai aboard a 6-passenger, jet-powered helicopter. This state-of-the-art helicopter marvel gives you 23% more interior room, individual Business-Class style seats, two-way communication with your pilot, and expansive glass for outstanding sweeping views of Kauai's incomparable natural beauty.

Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Mana Waiapuna, commonly referred to as Jurassic Park Falls. Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed Grand Canyon of the Pacific, where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the breathtakingly-spectacular Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, you'll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Flying into the center of the crater with its 5000-foot walls towering above and its 3000-foot waterfalls surrounding you, is a truly awe-inspiring finish to your awe-inspiring helicopter adventure tour over the Garden Isle.



This evening, a special dinner experience awaits you. You will be transferred to one of the most historic locations on the island of Kauai --- Kilohana Plantation. The exclusive restaurant at this Plantation, Gaylord's, offers one of Kauai's most beautiful settings for lunch or dinner. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, diners are seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. Gaylord’s kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting local farmers and fishermen. Their 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in our dishes and cocktails.

Before dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in their assorted boutiques, visit their rum shop, or take a ride on the plantation train.

Day 10

KAUAI OPTION (if selected)

Full-day of Sightseeing on Kauai

Today, Story Land & Sea® has arranged for you to enjoy a full day of sightseeing on Kauai. You'll enjoy unmatched comfort and superb views from a spacious, deluxe big-window Premier Mini coach as you cruise the Wailua River, visit Fern Grotto (admission included), Opaekaa Falls, Coco Palms Grove, Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe Lookout, Spouting Horn, Poipu Resorts drive-through, and enjoy picture-postcard views of Kauai's natural attractions. This highly personalized scenic Kauai tour is fully narrated by a specially trained driver/guide and features many stops to allow you to get the most from your day. It’s a tour you’ll long remember!

Following your full-day tour, sometime between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, you will either: 1) Be delivered to the Kauai Airport, where you will continue your Story Land & Sea Tour by flying to the “Big Island” of Hawaii, or 2) Be delivered to the Kauai Airport, where you will take your return overnight flight to the Mainland, or 3) Be delivered back to the Kauai Marriott Resort, where you will spend one or more additional nights. For those who fly from Kauai - Maui, upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Hilton Waikoloa Resort, one of the “Top 25 Best Hotels in Hawaii”, according to Travel & Leisure magazine. If you prefer to have your own 3-day rental vehicle while on the island of Hawaii, rather than be transferred to your hotel/resort, you may select that option instead. The “Big Island” is much larger than many tourists view it --- larger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined!

Day 11

HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Full-day, Professionally-Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Big Island”, Hawaii

There are so many wonderful sites to see, visit, and experience on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Following breakfast, you will be met at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort , where you will begin an all-day, 11.5-hour guided tour of the “Big Island” of Hawaii. This comprehensive all-day tour of the “Big Island” is the best way to see all of the “Big Island” in one day. Hawaii’s Big Island is blessed with spectacular landscapes, including an active, erupting volcano as well as verdant rain forests.

You’ll see all the following on your all-day tour of the “Big Island” of Hawaii:

Kailua Town:
Kailua Town was considered the premier place to live in ancient times;
kings called it home.

Kealakekua Bay:
Catch amazing Hawaiian views here.

Kona Coffee Plantation:
Sample Kona’s delicious export.

Volcanoes National Park:
The Grand Circle tour includes admission to the park. Built in 1916, the park features the results of 70 million years of volcanic activity, migration and evolution. See the Kilauea Iki crater, Thurston Lava Tube and the steam bluffs. Bring a light sweater or jacket to wear here.



Jagger Museum:
You can watch films of past eruptions and current volcano activity at this free, hands-on museum.

Volcano Observatory:
This is where the US Geological Survey monitors volcanic activity using a variety of technological and scientific data. You’ll be fascinated by what they know.

Additional stops on the tour include an orchid and anthurium nursery, a drive through Parker Ranch’s gentle hills and a view of flowing waterfalls along the gorgeous Hamakua Coast.

Day 12

HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Free Day on Hawaii

Following your buffet breakfast, your final day on the “Big Island” is see whatever you desire and to experience whatever you wish. For those who would like to relax and spend the day enjoying the luxurious Hilton Waikoloa Resort, you are free to do that --- there is plenty to see-and-do throughout the day at our preferred Hilton Waikoloa Resort. Our guests may avail themselves of all of the following:

3 fresh-water swimming pools
4-acre swimming and snorkeling lagoon with tropical fish, etc.
Dolphin Encounter Program (optional)
Waterfalls
Gardens
Tram rides
Canal boats

If you wish to be “active” away from your resort on this, your final day in Hawaii, you may wish to drive your rental vehicle to see more of the volcanic island of Hawaii --- enjoying sites you previously did not take time to visit.

Day 13

HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Departure to mainland.

Your wonderful Story Land & Sea® visit to the major islands of Hawaii comes to a close. You will be transferred back from HIlton Waikoloa Village to the Kona Airport, or if you have your rental vehicle, you will drive yourself back to the Kona Airport. You should check in at least 90 minutes prior to the departure of your plane. A-L-O-H-A! And Story Land & Sea® hopes that we were able to fulfill or exceed all your expectations!


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Hotel availability may occassionally be an issue on our True Small-Group® Tours. This is due to popularity, high season, and/or if you are booking within 60 days of departure. A supplement (or reduction) may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city are not available. Book early!

Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, you will be met  personally by Story Land & Sea®’s Hawaiian special representative and will also receive an authentic Hawaiian lei greeting! You will then be transferred to your deluxe hotel/resort, the beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village, located right on world-famous Waikiki Beach. 

Oahu Hotel - 4 Nights



Maui Hotel - 3 Nights



Kauai Hotel (with Kauai Option) - 2 Nights



Hawaii -The Big Island Hotel (with Hawaii Option) - 3 Nights


Our Hawaiian Tours INCLUDE the following:

Oahu & Maui Vacation includes:

  • 8 Days/7 Nights: TWO (2) HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
  • 4 Nights: Deluxe Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach in deluxe ocean-view room
  • 3 Nights: Deluxe Hyatt Regency Maui, Kaanapali Beach in deluxe ocean-view room
  • Hawaiian Lei Greeting
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Hawaiian Ali’i Luau Dinner on Oahu
  • 1 Deluxe Sunset Picnic Supper on Waikiki Beach with Fireworks Following
  • 1 Sunset 5-Course Dinner Cruise on Oahu
  • 1 Authentic Hawaiian Luau on Maui
  • Complimentary Wine and/or Soft Drinks with Dinners
  • Free Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms
  • Free Use of Health Club
  • All Baggage Handling & Gratuities
  • All Restaurant Gratuities
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transfer from Honolulu Airport to Waikiki hotel (Gratuities Included)
  • Transfer from Waikiki hotel to Honolulu Airport (Gratuities Included)
  • Inter-island Airfare from Oahu to Maui
  • Circle Island Tour of Oahu
  • Polynesian Cultural Center Admission (including Dinner Luau & Show)
  • Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Excursion (includes all snorkeling equipment)
  • Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial tickets
  • Punchbowl Cemetery Sightseeing
  • Downtown Honolulu Sightseeing
  • Visit to Iao Needle
  • Guided Orientation Walk in the town of Lahaina
  • Transfer from Maui Airport to Kaanapali Beach Resort
  • Transfer from Kaanapali Beach Resort to Maui Airport
  • Haleakala Crater Tour (Maui)
  • Optional True Small-Group Tour: Road to Hana

Everything listed above is included with our 8 Day Ohau & Maui Vacation.
If Kauai Extension is chosen, then this Vacation includes all of the above, plus the following:

  • 2 Nights: Marriott Kauai Resort & Beach Club in deluxe ocean-view room
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner Experience at Gaylord’s at Kilohana Plantation
  • All Restaurant Gratuities
  • All Baggage Handling and Gratuities
  • All taxes and fees
  • Free Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms
  • Free Use of Health Club
  • Inter-island Airfare from Maui to Kauai
  • Transfer from Kauai Airport to Kauai Resort
  • Transfer from Kauai Resort to Kauai Airport
  • All-Day Tour of Kauai, including visits to the following:
  • Wailua River; Fern Grotto (Admission included); Opaekaa Falls; Coco Palms Grove; Waimea Canyon; Hanapepe Lookout; Spouting Horn; Poipu Resorts Drive-Thru; and visits to Kauai’s natural attractions
  • Optional Helicopter Ride to view major natural wonders on Kauai

If Kauai and Hawaii (The Big Island) Extensions are chosen, then this Vacation includes all of the above, plus the following:

  • 3 Nights: Hilton Waikoloa Resort in deluxe ocean-view room
  • 3 Buffet Breakfasts
  • All Restaurant Gratuities
  • All Baggage Handling and Gratuities
  • Free Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms
  • Free Use of Health Club
  • Transfer from Kona Airport to Hawaii Resort
  • Transfer from Hawaii Resort to Kona Airport
  • Inter-island airfare (to Kona)
 
Itineraries & Pricing (Starting from...)
Double Per Person from...
Triple Per Person from...
Children (5-17) from...
8 Day
Oahu & Maui
Daily Departures
$2888
$2688
$1388
10 Day
Oahu, Maui & Kauai
Daily Departures
$3688
$3388
$1888
13 Day
Oahu, Maui, Kauai & Hawaii
 
$4876
$4476
$2288

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.


2017 Departure Dates:
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10,17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11
December 2, 9
 


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