Tropical Treasures: Hawaii’s Garden Delights & Lei Day Festivities

With AHS Host Keith Tomlinson
April 27 to May 3, 2025
Optional Extension: Big Island: May 3-7, 2025

 

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Embark on a breathtaking journey to the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Oahu. From ancient lava flows and craggy volcanic peaks to emerald river valleys and fluted sea cliffs, the Hawaiian Islands are an awe-inspiring horticultural and geological wonderland. Natural wonders on Kauai and Oahu include lush greenery, thundering waterfalls, deserts, rainforests, volcanoes, golden beaches, and more.  Appreciate a wide range of natural habitats and a fascinating diversity of marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and possibly humpback whales that migrate to Hawaiian waters for the winter. On relaxed hikes search for elusive forest birds, sea birds, spectacular geologic formations, and eye-catching endemic plants. Spring is celebrated all around the world, but only in Hawaii is it a cultural and historical celebration also known as Lei Day, marked by making and wearing leis, parades, crafts, music, and traditional hula. You will be joined by American Horticultural Society Host Keith Tomlinson, who will provide insight from his years as a student at the University of Hawaii and work in the Botany Department at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. An optional post-trip extension on the Big Island is also available.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the stunning Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Oahu and discover a diverse range of natural wonders, including lush greenery, thundering waterfalls, deserts, rainforests, volcanoes, and golden beaches.
  • Embark on relaxed hikes to search for elusive forest birds, sea birds, and spectacular geologic formations.
  • Explore lush botanical gardens on Kauai and marvel at breathtaking views of the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon.
  • Experience iconic sites on Oahu including Pearl Harbor and the Bishop Museum.
  • Explore culturally significant gardens like the Lyons Arboretum and the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.
  • Participate in the unique Lei Day celebration at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, featuring a festive parade, lei making competition, crafts, and hula performances.
  • Join an optional post-trip extension on the Big Island, including exploration of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and coffee and garden tours on the Kona coast.