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Deaf Hawaii Cruise
March 19-26, 2011

School for the Deaf and the Blind
School for the Deaf and the Blind

In order to discover the island of Oahu a little bit more in depth, some of us arrived in Honolulu three days prior to the cruise. Since our hotel, the Marriott Waikiki, was only 15 minutes walking from the School for the Deaf and the Blind we visited the school. Although it was spring break we were lucky enough to get a guided tour.

The Luau, a must when visiting Hawaii, invited us to take a canoe ride, make our own beautiful flower leis, watch the Shower of Flowers, the Hukilau on the Beach, and the Royal Court Procession. Making Leis
Making Leis
Chinaman's Hat
The Grand Circle Island Tour was an all day tour that covered 120 miles of Oahu’s best sightseeing spots. Included were the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Kualoa Ranch where we had lunch and a tram ride, Kaneohe Bay, Waimea Bay and the Dole Plantation. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna of Hawaii. He even found a chameleon in the wilderness.

The Pearl Harbor & City Tour provided a chance to visit the Arizona Memorial. We drove through the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific, through downtown Honolulu and we had a view at Iolani Palace. Then we saw the Kawaiaha’o Church, the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, Honolulu City Hall, and Chinatown. After finishing the tour everybody embarked the Pride of America, our home for the next week. Cruise departure
Cruise departure
Haleakala Crater
Haelakala Crater
At our first port of call we took a scenic journey through Maui to the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala. The volcano last erupted in 1790. Haleakala Crater is the highest point on Maui with the top reaching more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
The second day at Maui combined all the highlights of West Maui like Iao Valley with the Iao Needle, a 2,250-foot cinder cone pinnacle, Maui Tropical Plantation where we had lunch and a nice tram tour. The tour ended at the Ocean Center where we experienced an 'underwater' journey. Iao Needle
Iao Needle
Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Our stop in Hilo allowed us another all day tour that started with a drive to Wailuku River State Park and Rainbow Falls. At Volcanoes National Park, we saw Kilauea Volcano, the earth's most active volcano. A visit at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum in the park helped us to understand the birth of the Hawaiian Islands as geologists see it. A video showed the most recent volcano activities and lava flows on the island. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. The last stop of our tour was the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.
The focal point of our tour in Kona was at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This place of refuge has served as a political and religious sanctuary since ancient times and is home to the sacred Hale o Keawe Heiau, a temple that once housed the bones of deceased chiefs. Welcome KonaWhile continuing our tour through Kona, we also saw the famous statue of King Kamehamea. A stop at a macadamia farm allowed us to sample different flavors of macadamia nuts.
In front of the King Kamehameha monument
In front of the King Kamehameha monument

Lei workshop
Lei workshop
Kauai was our port of call for the next two days. The first day we took a drive along the dramatic coastline to the Wailua River, Hawaii's longest navigable river. We embarked a flat-bottom motor boat for a tour of the river. We disembarked for a brief walk to the beautiful Fern Grotto. Back at the marina we continued to the valley of the Sleeping Giant.
The second day’s adventure was the breathtaking gorge, Waimea Canyon, the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific.' The canyon offers the visitor a spectacular view of rainbow colors. The colors were created by the reds and browns of exposed volcanic rock. The impressive canyon is 10 miles long, one mile wide and 3,400 feet deep.

Group Picture
Group Picture

What our clients said after the cruise:

We sure had a good time and enjoy every minute....thank you for your nice gift.... Jimmy and Sam

Aloha Kerstin,
I want to thank you for a wonderful time on both the cruise and the tours. You did a great job organizing all the details of our trip and I thank you for your hard work. You made our trip so enjoyable. I came home with lots of wonderful memories and pictures. It was indeed a pleasure going on a tour with you. I look forward to going on another trip with you in the future. Jane

you are welcome. We truly enjoyed in Hawaii very very much. We will never forget. We would like to travel with you again 2012 ... Deborah Cannady

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