Our four island cruise tour is the best way to discover Hawaii. Visit Oahu, Maui, (the Big Island) Hawaii and Kauai to see how diverse this tropical paradise really is! Cruise in style and comfort from island to island instead of losing precious vacation time in airports each day. Explore a taro farm and learn how their flood irrigation works. Enjoy panoramic views from the deck of your ship that can’t be seen form any other perspective. Experience a real working macadamia nut farm that also grows coffee, pineapple, spices and tropical fruits. Inspect a sugarcane field and learn about its use in an organic vodka recipe. Enjoy the award-winning traditional Old Lahaina Luau in Maui, spend a night on Waikiki Beach and treasure other included tours of Volcanoes National Park and Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial. We’ve included the best so you’ll always have something fun to do!
- January 9 - 19, 2020
- February 13 - 23, 2020
Day 1: Honolulu
Arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii’s State Capital, and transfer to your 5 star hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day visiting Honolulu’s cultural, architectural and artistic past while traveling on the Waikiki trolley bus, admiring Diamond Head Volcano, or just strolling along the world famous Waikiki Beach. Whatever you choose, Waikiki offers limitless options to brighten your day. (In-flight Meal Service available for purchase)
Day 2: Honolulu Depart 7:00 PM
Wake up refreshed in this tropical paradise and journey with us on our included tour of the Lyon Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The many gardens include a world renowned collection of more than 5,000 tropical plant species, The Hawaiian Ethnobotany Garden, which showcases plants that are all documented to have been used for such diverse purposes as construction of traditional homes and canoes, making and dying of kappa (barkcloth), food and storage, weapons, tools, adornment and ceremonial use. Learn how The Arboretum supports Hawaii’s horticultural and agriculture industries, and how it works to preserve & restore Hawaii’s tropical forests.
Next we learn about the cultures and traditions of the native people of Hawaii with a visit to the Bishop Museum. Our guide will acquaint us with key moments in Hawaiian history and their beliefs. Learn how the locals live and work; focusing on the importance of the land and nature in daily life. Enjoy a variety of exhibits are always very interesting. This is a great way to learn about the real Hawaii. Enjoy an included lunch before returning to the hotel in the early afternoon for free time to enjoy Waikiki Beach, only steps away from our hotel. Make the most of your time in paradise! (B, L)
Day 3: Honolulu Depart 7:00 PM
Today, we prepare to board Norwegian’s luxury liner, the Pride of America. Her colorful island décor brings the Aloha spirit to every deck of this ship. Enjoy awesome views from the restaurants, pools, lounges and balconies, and check out the onboard Kumu Cultural Center for real Hawaiian history. Throughout the cruise there are many entertainment options: Broadway and Vegas-style shows, comedians, singers, and acrobats. If you like, you may dance the night away in one of the many fabulous night clubs, or enjoy a nightcap in one of the ship’s romantic lounges. With so many options and fun things to do, no matter what your preference, you will find ways to enjoy yourself! (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kahului (Maui) Arrive 8:00 AM
This morning we depart for an included tour of the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. This Vodka is the ONLY Vodka in the world made with ocean water and organic sugar cane, all while utilizing a distillery powered by the sun. It is a family run company based in Maui, Hawaii. They use deep ocean mineral water which originated as Greenland glacier melt over 2,000 years ago, having traveled around the world in deep ocean currents until it reaches Hawaii. The water is then sourced from a depth of 3,000 feet off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, where it is ice-cold, deeply pure, and full of naturally occurring minerals. The high mineral content of the water imparts a unique character to their vodka and adds great depth of flavor to the traditional vodka cocktail. We will have the opportunity to inspect the sugar cane crops and learn about the many different varieties of sugar cane grown at the farm. The discussions on the farm are always interesting, even if Vodka isn’t your drink of choice.
Next, we visit the Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm (AKL) in the uplands of Maui, nestled along the base of Haleakala (House of the Sun.) AKL resides at an elevation of roughly 4000 ft. and is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants, which are among 45 different varieties grown here, including olive trees, hydrangea and protea, all blooming on 10.5 acres.
This evening we will enjoy a special dinner and show at the Old Lahaina Luau. Its authenticity, intimacy, hospitality, cultural integrity, and sheer romantic beauty have made this Maui’s top Luau. The Old Lahaina Luau reflects the taste, tradition and the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands along with its history. Try a frozen daiquiri, mai tai or piña colada, as premium spirits and beer are included in tonight’s program. What’s a vacation in paradise without a little umbrella in your drink?!?! (B, L, D)
Day 5: Kahului (Maui) Depart 6:00 PM
Bordered by the Maui Mountains to the west and Haleakala to the east, there is something impossibly romantic about Maui. Central Maui is home to Maui’s largest town, Kahului, and its neighboring town of Wailuku. Spend the day enjoying the fragrance of the plumeria, orchids, hibiscus, and sweet ginger that grows wild throughout the island.
Life just doesn’t get any better than this! Meander the streets of Maui, browse the shops and restaurants, and lavish in the Hawaiian sunshine. If whale watching intrigues you, there’s an opportunity to view North Pacific whales that migrate to Hawaii during the winter. With a certified marine naturalist at your side, you can hear their ethereal songs, learn about recent discoveries related to these giant mammals, and experience the thrill of getting close to them. Choose your daytime adventure and enjoy free-style dining on board the ship. Experience Hawaii with a sense of spontaneity! (B, L, D)
Day 6: Hilo 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Our day begins on the Island of Hawaii, in the main port of Hilo. Also known as the Orchid Island, Hilo features a wealth of gardens and greenhouses, from which masses of orchids are shipped to the mainland. On today’s included tour, we visit Volcanoes National Park. Learn about two of the world’s most active volcanoes and how the Hawaiian Islands were formed. Kilauea is an active volcano which has been erupting continuously since 1983. The volcano is estimated to be between 300,000 and 600,000 years old. In Hawaiian myth Kilauea is home to Pele, the goddess of fire, and many of their songs and dances tell of eruptions that were caused by the fierce and angry Pele.
Proceed to Rainbow Falls State Park and watch the Wailuku River rush into a stunning pool of turquoise waters. The gorge is blanketed by lush, dense, and tropical foliage, while the pool is surrounded by beautiful wild ginger.
Our final private tour today includes a visit to OK Farms, a Hawaiian farming operation. We take you through the fields and explain how each crop is grown and harvested. This 500 acre farm specializes in macadamia nuts, coffee, oranges, tangerines, tangelos, limes, lemons, and pineapple as well as tropical fruits such as lychee, longans, lambutans, apple bananas, and rainbow lemons. OK Farms also grows a variety of spices. Test your knowledge by guessing which of the leaves are from the clove, nutmeg, cinnamon or all-spice trees as we walk through the orchards. OK Farms has 230+ acres of smooth shelled macadamia nut trees. The Hawaiian Islands are known as the macadamia nut capital of the world, growing nearly 95% of the world’s macadamia nuts. Our gracious host will have many samples for us to try!
*A special view of the top of Rainbow Falls can only be viewed from this property, so bring your cameras. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Kailua-Kona 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Once a small Hawaiian fishing village, Kailua grew to become the political, social, and commercial center of Kona in the 19th century. When King Kamehameha chose Kailua to be his final home, Kailua became the capital of Hawaii for many years. Historic structures such as Hulihe`e Palace, Moku`aikaua Church and St. Michael’s Catholic Church indicate Kailua’s importance as a favorite royal residence and center for early missionary activity. Spend the day walking through this quaint little village and immerse yourself in their history, or enjoy the ammeneties of the ship! There are always fun activities around the pool! (B, L, D)
Day 8: Nawiliwili (Kauai) Arrive 8:00 AM
Sailing through the night, we arrive in Nawiliwili on the island of Kauai. Many visitors are tempted to call Kauai their favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to the wettest spot on earth, Mt. Wai’ale’ale, which averages 485 inches of rain each year. This makes the island a lush, verdant paradise. Residents here embody the true “Aloha Spirit”. Waimea Canyon, dubbed by Mark Twain as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is an unforgettable dramatic sight. Nothing can prepare you for the sight of the Fern Grotto or spectacular waterfalls that dot the island. Here you will find the Allerton Gardens, considered one of the world’s premiere botanical research locations, and Kipu Ranch, a paradise of tropical fern grottos, mango, guava, papaya, and other exotic fruits.
Nawiliwili is really the name of the harbor rather than the name of a town. The port lies outside of Lihue, the main town on Kauai. While the port resides in Nawiliwili Bay, so does Kalapaki Beach. You may want to drive around to the north shore of Kauai making stops along the way. The Wailua River boat trip to the Fern Grotto is something first time visitors enjoy. There is great shopping at Coconut Plantation, just beyond the river, and as you make your way around the island, the scenery just gets better and better. The town of Hanalei (just beyond the first one-lane bridge that prohibits motor coaches from getting to this part of the island), is a wonderful little community with eclectic boutiques, shops, and small wonderfully rustic restaurants. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Nawiliwili (Kauai) Depart 2:00 PM
This morning on our included tour we head to the North shore of the Island of Kauai. Along the way we visit the only remaining rice mill in Hawaii. Ho`opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill is an agrarian museum located in the taro fields of Hanalei Valley. It is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and dates back to the 1800s. Built by the Chinese, it was purchased by the Haraguchi family in 1924. The Haraguchi family has restored the mill three times: following a fire in 1930, after Hurricane Iwa in 1982, and after Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The mill ceased operating in 1960 when Kaua`i’s rice industry collapsed.
Later we visit the Taro Fields along the Hanalei River. Taro, the root vegetable used to make poi, is one of Kauai’s first agricultural products, and plantation fields around the island display a beautiful patchwork of colors. Taro holds a rich cultural and spiritual value in the Hawaiian Islands. In ancient times it was prohibited to argue when a bowl of poi (a traditional dish made from taro) was placed on the table. Taro can be planted at any time of the year in Kauai, so harvests can be seen frequently on plantations near Hanalei. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Honolulu Arrive 7:00 AM
Arriving in Honolulu at 7:00 a.m. you’ll say goodbye to the Pride of America cruise ship. We make our way to our motor coach, where you will enjoy a tour of Pearl Harbor’s famous Battleship Row. Listen to a narration of the dramatic air attack of December 7, 1941, and visit the USS Arizona and the Memorial dedicated to the 1,102 men still entombed there. While visiting the museum you will learn about Pearl Harbor Day, the Japanese strategy, their military craft, and the individuals involved in the attack.
Later we head to the North Shore of Oahu. Along the way we will see some of Hawaii’s new diversified agriculture. The region from Wahiawa to the North Shore is now a bright patchwork of tropical crops including banana, taro, sweet corn, lychee, papaya, mango, coffee, cacao (chocolate), and seed corn.
Upon arrival at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, we can board the Pineapple Express Train. During this fully narrated twenty-minute mini train tour you’ll learn the story of pineapple in Hawaii, hear how James Drummond Dole founded his world-famous agricultural empire where the Dole Plantation stands today, and travel through the stunning scenery of the island’s famous North Shore.
Next we head towards the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific also known as “Punchbowl”. The crater’s Hawaiian name is Puowaina, which is most commonly translated as “Hill of Sacrifice”. Punchbowl is indeed a hill of sacrifice with hundreds of graves representing service and sacrifice for our nation.
After your day of sightseeing, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. Aloha! (B, L, In-flight Meal Service available)
Day 11: Arrive Home
Round-trip Airfare from Omaha, San Francisco, CA
or Your Preferred Airport (Slight price adjustment may be necessary from your preferred airport)
Two nights Pre-cruise Hilton Hotel by Waikiki Beach
Luxury Ocean Cruise Transportation • Gratuities for Tours & Ship Staff
Most Meals as Indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Port Charges • Taxes • Transfers To and From the Airport
Special Events and Sights
Included Land Tours
Macadamia Nut & Coffee Farm • Lyon Arboretum & Rainforest
Bishop Cultural Museum • Ocean Vodka Sugarcane Farm & Distillery
Lavender Farm • Hawaiian Luau • Volcanoes National Park
Rainbow Falls • Rice Mill • Taro Fields • Dole Pineapple Plantation
Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
Testimonials from 2017 Hawaiian Cruise Tour Participants
"All your tour guides were top notch. Always very informative and honest. Loved hearing little details about the area. Great support planning for the trip. Everyone was very helpful. Loved the video!"
- Bruce & Karen G. (Nebraska)
"We had a lot of fun. Everyone was very friendly. There was ample free time to explore on our own. We enjoyed the DVD - brought back wonderful memories."
- Roger & Kathy A. (Nebraska)
"Thank you for the "GREAT" trip to Hawaii. My 50th state with an itinerary and group that would be hard to beat. So nice to get to know you. I was happy with all that was included."
- Betty S. (South Dakota)
"Thank you for a wonderful trip and the experiences of being on a cruise. Thank you so much for the DVD. It was wonderful. I really enjoyed the farm and lavender fields."
- Kenneth & Nancy L. (Wisconsin)
"There is nothing we could have expected that would have made this trip any better. Top Quality. All Good!! Thanks for the DVD. Well done and better than anything we could have done."
- Jerry & Joni F. (Indiana)
"All was good. Our favorite sites were Pearl Harbor and OK Farms. Food on the ship was excellent!"
- Don B. (Iowa)
"No complaints! Have bragged about the tour to all of my friends! The guides were great - Made jokes, were friendly, and knew about their culture. Rupiper's staff were wonderful and helpful."
- Brenda & Walter L. (Missouri)
"The tour manager was a lot of fun - full of energy and smiles - always knew what she was doing. Rupiper Tours hasve never disappointed us. Our experiences have always been positive. Thanks for everything! PS: We loved the video!"
- Yaro & Mary C. (Iowa)
"I really enjoyed all the sites we visited. It was always convenient where the drivers would let us off to visit places. The tour manager did a great job. I was so thankful she could help when we had flight delays. I was thankful to be able to go with my son and daughter-in-law. We really enjoyed the video of our trip. I took lots of pictures, but this made my trip more complete. I thank you much for sending that to me."
- Darlene R. (Iowa)
"Some day we would like to do this trip again with you. Had a great time and the guides were the tops. All very good."
- Darrell & Arlene H. (Nebraska)
Testimonials from 2016 Hawaiian Cruise Tour Participants
"Everything was just great. We had very good information whatever was asked. It's hard to say what we liked best, everything was great. Thank you."
- Larry & Linda K. (Iowa)
"We always knew where to be and what was the plan. We really enjoyed all the farms. Always helpful. Thanks."
- Kerry & Bonnie S. (South Dakota)
"Suzi and Bill were accommodating and friendly and knowledgeable. We were never bored and there were no problems. It's nice to have an all inclusive trip paid in advance!"
"We had a great time - enjoyed our visit to Hawaii. Would travel with Rupiper again. Suzi was friendly and always helpful. We really enjoyed Pearl Harbor and the Luau."
- Gene & Sharon K. (Texas)
"I always enjoy a cruise ship tour. I enjoyed the DVD and seeing places we visited and all the people in our tour group. I thought Suzi and Bill did a great job. They were always available if I needed something. All the guides did an excellent job."
- Faye T. (Pennsylvania)
"I enjoyed the whole trip, everything was great. Bill & Suzi did an awesome job. Thank you."
- John O. (Pennsylvania)
"Excellent way to go - no packing and unpacking so time was able to be used more wisely. Did not take long to get into a routine. I really liked the idea of tips being included in the package. The tour manager was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, well-organized and gave good advice prior to experiences."
- Bill & Karen P. (Nebraska)
"We really enjoyed ourselves - this was our first cruise and first time to Hawaii. We would go back in a heartbeat. We also really enjoyed the DVD. It captured the overall trip very. Suzanne was an excellent tour manager. She was very well organized on our tours. She let us know what to expect and was very informative. Any problems, she took care of it right away. Loved her to death:)"
- Tim & Robin F. (Ohio)
"Great job. Answered every question."
- Don & Doris C. (Illinois)
"We enjoyed the history tour before the cruise. Nice balance of planned and free days. All the guides did well. Our favorite sites were the farms and Pearl Harbor."
- Mary Jo & George B. (Iowa)
"Well satisfied, the tour manager and guides did a good job and made us feel comfortable. We really liked the farms and Pearl Harbor. Thanks for the DVD. We appreciate all your efforts."
- Sam & Mary M. (Illinois)
"Everything was excellent! I liked talking with the farmers at their farms. Your staff were always helpful."
- Cliff B. (Ohio)
"The tour manager seemed to be organized and had interesting tours. Something for everyone. All the drivers were informative and fun. They had different takes on their island and the area we were going through."
- Cheryl C. (Pennsylvania)
Testimonials from 2015 Hawaiian Cruise Tour Participants
“We would recommend going on any one of your tours to our family and friends. We saw so much and it was so nice to have everything so organized. We enjoyed every day and time seemed to go too fast. Thanks for all your hard work, it truly was a fascinating and rewarding experience. Oh and we loved the DVD, it captured everything and really put the finishing touches on the vacation. Thanks! So!! Much!!”
- Dan & Dorothy B. (Nebraska)
“First time we have traveled with Rupiper, and we were very impressed with everything! We would recommend it to anyone. The tour manager was very knowledgeable about every island. Always very organized and also had a smile for you every time you asked a question. Thank you.”
- Ken & Joanne V. (Minnesota)
"We enjoyed the tour very much and the people who were on the tour with us were great. Bill and Suzi were exceptionally good guides and kept us all up to date as to what was happening and when we were to meet, etc. We really enjoyed Ok Farm and the Taro Farm. Enjoyed receiving the DVD, it is a wonderful keepsake! Thanks.
Jim & Margaret Anne H. (Manitoba, Canada)
“This was our first trip to Hawaii. Was on our “bucket list”! We are very glad we went! Beautiful Country! Enjoyed every minute! Saw a lot, and did a lot! Which we wouldn’t have seen going on our own. Rupiper Tours does a “great” job scheduling the tour and taking care of us!”
- Tom & Diane A. (Nebraska)
“We enjoyed the entire tour and all that it included. We are farmers so that was all that we could certainly relate to. We enjoyed and will definitely recommend to our friends. Thank you!”
- Allen & Blanche V. (South Dakota)
“This was our second Rupiper Tour, and we will be back. Great service.”
- Byron & Cheryl K. (Wisconsin)
“Superior in all areas. All tour guides and drivers were knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Had a wonderful time – encountered others that have done multiple tours with Rupiper and were very satisfied. Planning another with you folks, but unfortunately can’t fit in Alaska this year – prior plans.”
- Roger O. (South Dakota)
“A great group to travel with. I like the dining as a group experience. The island cruise is a great way to see Hawaii for the first time. The quality of product and everything included makes Rupiper Tours worth it. Hope to travel with Rupiper again.”
- Stan & Luanne M. (Indiana)
“It was a wonderful tour / cruise to Hawaii. I appreciated and thank Suzanne for all she did for us and worked very hard the entire time.”
- Sarah V. (South Dakota)