2015 Rotary Zones 25 26 Institute & Luana Concierge Service of Hawaii
Volcano and East Island Rotary Hospitality Tour
Wednesday October 28, 2015
Big Island Welcome
Welcome to the Big Island. Noko and I retired here some 7 years ago and we love it. When we were invited to help host the Zone 25-26 Institute, we jumped at the opportunity to show you our island. We live on the east side, where it is wet and lush with tropical forests, waterfalls and one of the world’s great wonders, Halema’uma’u Lava Lake. You are in for a special treat as the volcano has been showing record levels of activity lately
We have prepared a bus tour around the island for you. The following tour itinerary gives you the details. But this is not just another tour. We call it a Rotary hospitality tour. We will have members of the East Island clubs on the bus to tell you about life and Rotary on the Island. We will stop off to see some Rotary projects and have a reception with the East Island clubs at the Hilo Yacht Club. Volcano Rotarians will be on hand to show you the volcano.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the sights and learn about life on the island from your fellow Rotarians. But to do so, remember YOU MUST PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL IN KONA ON 27 OCTOBER OR BEFORE. The tour will depart at 10 AM on 28 October. Hope to see you.
We begin our day with a pick up at 10:00 am from the Hilton Waikoloa Village Lower Lobby. We make a quick stop at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center before setting off on our journey around the majestic Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
In Hilo, we stop for a buffet lunch and self-guided garden walk at Nani Mau Garden. We will continue to Rainbow Falls, known in the Hawaiian language as Waiānuenue (literally “rainbow water”). The falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. We will also visit the King Kamehameha Statue in Hilo. Dedicated in 1997 at Wailoa State Park and standing at fourteen feet, this is the tallest of the four statues of King Kamehameha. Before we depart the quaint town of Hilo, we will visit local Rotarians for a Rotary Reception at the Hilo Yacht Club.
Arriving at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we will visit the Thurston Lava Tube and the Jaggar Museum where you will be able to view Halumaumau Crater after sunset. We will spend approximately 90 minutes in Kilauea, which means “spewing” or “much spreading” in Hawaiian. Kīlauea is the home to the Hawaiian goddess Pele.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park displays the results of at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution in the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount chain-processes that would thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. Created to preserve the natural setting of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, the park is also a refuge for the island’s native plants and animals and a link to its human past. Much of Kīlauea’s southern ecosystem lies within the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, where a’e ferns, ʻōhiʻa trees and hapu’u are common. The park hosts a large variety of bird species, including the ‘apapane, the ‘amakihi, the ‘i’iwi, the ‘Ōma’o, the ʻelepaios, and the endangered ‘akepa, ‘akiapola’au, nēnē, ʻuaʻu, and ʻio species. Park managers and scientists work to protect the resources and promote understanding and appreciation of the park visitors. Research by scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory makes Kīlauea one of the best understood volcanoes in the world, shedding light on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and the beginnings of planet Earth. Each eruption is a reminder of the power of natural processes to change the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, and the sea that surrounds this volcanic island we call home
The Volcano Rotary Club will be on hand for a no host reception at the Volcano House, where participants will have a spectacular view of the volcano.
On our trip back to the Hilton Waikoloa, we will have light snacks available and will make a restroom stop if needed.
$99+ tax per person.
When and Where to Meet for Pick Up
Wednesday October 28, 2015
10:00AM. Departs from Hilton Lower Lobby.