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Smith’s Fern Grotto
USS Arizona Memorial
Maui Ocean Center
featuring Oahu, Kauai, & Maui
Departs: June 20th, 2023 Tour Dates & Pricing
A tropical retreat showcasing the best of three distinct Hawaiian Islands with fabulous resort hotels that will take your breath away. Strike the perfect balance of scheduled activities and free time for optional excursions with three nights on Oahu, two nights on Kauai, and three nights on Maui. Stay at luxurious resort hotels every night with lavish amenities, private lanais, splendid dining options, and stunning views. Highlights include a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial & Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor, a Honolulu city tour, the Maui Ocean Center, a Maui Tropical Plantation tram tour, and a traditional luau and Polynesian show. Plus, all inter-island flights are included!
Hosted By: Darryl Bruffett
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Day 1 : Fly to Honolulu
The moment we step off the plane we feel the Aloha spirit that draws so many travelers to this lush island paradise. After a traditional flower lei greeting, we check in to our luxurious resort hotel for a three-night stay, ideally located by the beautiful white sands of Waikiki Beach.
Day 2 : Pearl Harbor
Our day begins with the most moving site on Oahu, Pearl Harbor National Memorial. View the galleries and exhibits that recall December 7, 1941, the day that catapulted the U.S. into World War II. A documentary film precedes our Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to observe the sunken battleship. Afterward, E Komo Mai (welcome) new friends over refreshing beverages during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch in Honolulu. Our city tour continues, bringing us past the volcanic shaped Hawaiian State Capitol building and Iolani Palace, the only palace in the U.S. once inhabited by a reigning monarch. We’ll also visit the Punchbowl, an extinct volcano and home of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Day 3 : Oahu
Today is yours to experience all Oahu has to offer. Enjoy warm island breezes while relaxing on Waikiki Beach or explore Diamond Head crater. Perhaps mingle with the fish at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, lose yourself in Honolulu’s downtown ambiance, or spend the day learning about the ancient cultures of six island nations at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Day 4 : Waimea Canyon
This morning we fly to Kauai, known as the Garden Isle for its lush, tropical landscapes. After lunch, we sample rich, aromatic coffee at the Kauai Coffee Company's Visitor Center, the country’s largest grower. Later we witness the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, a vast gorge in striking colors of red rock and emerald green vegetation. This evening we check in to our upscale Kauai accommodations.
Day 5 : Kauai
Kauai is known as the second wettest place on earth, resulting in lush rainforest, breathtaking scenery and balmy breezes. Today is yours to explore! Our included excursion features a relaxing ride on the Wailua River with songs, stories and hula lessons followed by a short nature walk through the rainforest to Smith’s Fern Grotto. Spend the rest of the day at leisure touring a botanical garden, flightseeing by helicopter, or relaxing by the pool at our resort hotel.
Day 6 : Maui
We fly to Maui today, nicknamed the Valley Isle for the valleys carved into its mountains. We enjoy lunch, then visit the Maui Ocean Center for an up-close view of the marine life that calls Hawaii home. Meet some of the most notable visitors to these waters during the 3D Humpbacks of Hawaii experience. Next we drive to Lahaina, an old whaling port dotted with historical landmarks, shops and galleries. The town is especially known for its gigantic Banyan tree with branches spanning an entire city block! Later we arrive at our hotel located on Ka'anapali Beach.
Day 7 : The Valley Isle
We have the day to relax at the hotel, play on a championship golf course, go on a snorkeling expedition, or travel the winding Road to Hana.
Day 8 : Traditional Luau
Sleep in or wake up early to watch the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala, House of the Sun. A pleasant stroll from the hotel leads to Whalers Village, an inviting area of shops, dining and live entertainment. Tonight, say farewell Hawaii style at the Drums of the Pacific Luau and Polynesian Show. Enjoy tropical drinks and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. Our evening ends with music and dances of the South Pacific!
Day 9 : Aloha Hawaii
After a morning at leisure we explore the Maui Tropical Plantation on a narrated tram tour to discover more of the diverse fruits and plants that grow here. View palm trees, bananas, avocados, and taro in various states of development. Then we gather for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner with new friends before boarding our overnight flight back to the mainland.
Day 10 : Arrive Home
A Hui Hou (until we meet again).
June 20th, 2023 - June 29th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 04/21/2023
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Darryl Bruffett, a graduate of SHSU, began his career at KBTX in 1987 and became Sports Director in 1990. He is the senior on-air talent at KBTX. Under his watch as sports director, News 3 Sports focuses on local sports coverage with KBTX’s Friday Football Fever as the longest running high school football highlight show in Central Texas. Since 2004, KBTX has produced “Aggie Game Day,” an award-winning pre-game show which originates from the Aggie Fan Zone during home football games at Kyle Field.
Darryl is heavily involved in his community serving as emcee for the annual Hospice Happening as well as other fundraising events in the area and has even served as a commencement speaker at local high school graduations. Darryl and his wife, Lori, have 3 grown children: Ryan, Tyler & Shelby. All call College Station home.
Join Darryl and KBTX viewers on this wonderful vacation!
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.