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Hosted By: Jeff Thelen
NewsChannel 7 Anchor
Escape to tropical paradise with a trip to three distinct Hawaiian Islands, featuring spectacular accommodations during our three nights on Oahu, two nights on the Big Island, and three nights on Maui. Receive a traditional flower lei greeting as you begin your adventure with must-see planned attractions and time at leisure to find your own adventures on each island. Highlights include a Honolulu city tour, the USS Arizona Memorial* and Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and an authentic luau with Polynesian performances and cuisine. All inter-island flights are included!
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April 6th, 2024 - April 15th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 02/06/2024
Day 1 : Fly to Honolulu
We board our flight to paradise and step off the plane to feel the Aloha spirit that draws so many travelers to this lush island oasis. We are welcomed with a traditional lei greeting before checking in to our Waikiki Beach hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 : Pearl Harbor
After a delicious included breakfast, we embark on a tour of the capital city including the most moving site on Oahu, Pearl Harbor National Memorial. At the visitor center, we view the galleries and exhibits that recall December 7, 1941, the day that catapulted the U.S. into World War II. We watch a documentary film and take a Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to observe the sunken battleship. This afternoon, we mingle with new friends over a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch in Honolulu. We continue our city tour and have a chance to view the volcanic-shaped Hawaiian State Capitol building and Iolani Palace, home to Hawaii's last reigning monarchs. We also visit the Punchbowl, an extinct volcano and home of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. *Tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial are subject to availability through National Park Service and confirmed the day prior.
Day 3 : Oahu
Today is yours to explore the island of Oahu as you please. Relax on heavenly Waikiki Beach, sample the local Hawaiian fare on a food tour, return to Pearl Harbor to tour the USS Missouri Memorial, hike, snorkel, or explore the depths of the beautiful ocean on a submarine adventure. This evening, enjoy a fantastic included dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 : Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This morning, we fly to Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Following a delicious lunch just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we drive inside for a stop at the visitor center and pause along the way to appreciate the dramatic overlooks . The unique landscape of the park features volcanic craters, dried lava flows, and steam vents. Afterward, we check in to our Kona hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 5 : The Big Island
Enjoy a wonderful included breakfast at the hotel this morning before an exciting day of exploring the Big Island on your own. You may choose to tour a chocolate farm or the Kona Brewery, swim with manta rays, go flightseeing for an aerial view of the volcanoes, shop and dine in historic Kailua-Kona Village, or simply relax on your private lanai at the hotel.
Day 6 : Maui
This morning we fly to Maui, nicknamed the Valley Isle for the valleys carved into its mountains. Our lunch at the Maui Ocean Center offers stunning views of Ma’alaea Bay Harbor. This afternoon, there is time to explore the campus to view sea turtles, colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, and even touch coral. Learn about the area’s largest seasonal visitors and see them in 3D at the Humpbacks of Hawaii experience. Later, we arrive at our gorgeous hotel located right along Ka'anapali Beach and enjoy time at leisure.
Day 7 : The Valley Isle
Enjoy a relaxing morning with an included breakfast before venturing out on your own to discover all that Maui has to offer. Tour a working pineapple farm, visit a chocolate farm, or travel the winding Road to Hana.
Day 8 : Traditional Luau
This morning, you can choose to ascend to the top of Haleakala to watch the vibrant sunrise or sleep in and enjoy a morning at leisure. During free time today, consider taking a pleasant stroll from the hotel to Whalers Village, an inviting area of shops, dining, and live entertainment. Tonight, say farewell Hawaii-style at Drums of the Pacific luau and Polynesian show. Indulge in tropical drinks and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. Our evening ends with traditional music, dancing, and chants from islands across the South Pacific, featuring a thrilling fire knife finale!
Day 9 : Aloha Hawaii
Wake up well-rested and enjoy one last morning to spend as you please in tropical paradise. Later, we spend time exploring the Maui Tropical Plantation on a narrated tram tour, learning about the island’s iconic fruits and plants. We also gather for a fantastic Farewell Meal to commemorate our adventure on the islands of Aloha before boarding our overnight flight to the mainland.
Day 10 : Arrive Home
A hui hou (until we meet again).
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Jeff Thelen is the most veteran member of the Newschannel 7 team. He anchors the Newschannel 7 at noon, 4 and 5pm. The Campbellsport native started here as a part-time reporter in 1994 while working as news director at WDUX Radio in Waupaca.
He also runs the station’s annual “Share Your Holidays” food drive to help the Salvation Army and Neighbor’s Place food pantries.
Jeff has received awards for his work from the Military Reporters and Editors Association, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wausau Police Department, and Wisconsin Associated Press. He’s also been nominated for three Emmy awards in the Chicago Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He’s self is an avid Packer and Badger fan, and loves spending time with his family, friends, husband and dog, Nala.
Join Jeff and NewsChannel 7 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
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.