January 18- January 25, 2014
depart from Honolulu Saturday, January 18 on the cruise ship,
Please plan your flights to Hawaii so you can board the ship by 4:00pm.
Board the ship at pier #2 near Aloha Tower in Honolulu.
~ Saturday, Jan 18th ~
you board the cruise ship, Pride
of America, in Honolulu and settle into
your cabin, you are invited to spend the afternoon hours enjoying food
by the pool. At 6:00pm, your hosts will hold an orientation and get
acquainted meeting for runners and guests in a designated meeting room
After that you will be on your own for the evening to dine as you wish
and enjoy the
evening lounges and stage shows. Our ship departs Honolulu pier at 7:00pm
recommend you go topside to view the warm, sparkling Honolulu night
we sail away
~ Sunday, Jan 19th ~
"JOIN THE MAUI OCEANFRONT MARATHON IN PROGRESS"
as we did in 2012, we will be joining the Maui oceanfront marathon in
entering the 15k and 5k races.
ship will dock at 8 AM. As soon as we can disembark we will jump on
bus & drive the 30 minutes to the start of the 15k. We will off load
those wanting to run
this distance and then proceed to the start of the 5k. If anyone chooses
not to run at all,
they can still ride along, watch the fun and enjoy Lahaina Town at the
you cross the finish line you will be eligible for any of the finish
including the official t-shirt and medal. For more information about
the race go to
We will be entering you in your race of choice and your entry fee is
included in your
Run-Hawaii cost. Your time will be officially recorded, but will be
slow since the races
will already have started. You can time yourself to see how you might
Or, you may be more interested in the fun aspects - visiting with marathon
still on the course and looking for whales in the adjoining ocean.
This is whale season in Hawaii.
When you register at www.active.com , you will be asked to sign two
waivers. The first will
be the standard Run-Hawaii waiver and the second is for the Maui Oceanfront
About noon, we will take you back to the ship. You are now on your own
in Maui until the ship
sails at 6 PM the next afternoon.
There are a number of Maui options from renting a car and exploring
on your own to taking
some of the ship's optional afternoon tours. The ship is in port overnight,
so stay out as late
as you wish . No matter what time you come back your bed will be waiting
for you tonight.
Lisa showing off
Maui Ocean Front Marathon
Monday, Jan 20th ~
may want to join a short early morning "wake-up" run from
ship that next morning and others may choose to sleep in - its up to
you can continue your exploration of Maui. You can take a short run
the ship - go see the sunrise in Haleakala Crater - bike down from the
top - hike in the
Crater - go to the beach - whatever. If you intend to go for any activities
at the Crater,
come prepared. It can be cold, rainy, hot, sunny, & mountain top
snow - all in the same day.
Please be back to the ship by 5 PM, as the ship sails at 6 PM.
~ Tuesday, Jan 21st ~
- The Big Island
DAY ON THE VOLCANO
as you awake, our ship will be docking in Hilo, Hawaii. Enjoy an early
ship's buffet breakfast at your leisure. Since you will not be back
to ship for lunch,
we suggest you gather fruits and other staples from the buffet to snack
the day. Lunch facilities at Volcanos National Park are limited.
We will provide secure storage for knapsacks at the event.
At 8:30am, our transportation will depart Hilo pier for a 45 minute
ride up to the
Kilauea Volcano and into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The day will
be spent in
the park where you may hike, explore, or run as individuals, experiencing
The trails vary by length and difficulty and we will have someone to
direct or lead to a suitable
trail. We will provide you with water, and energy gel or bars to take
with you on your hike.
The tropical weather at the Park is changeable and may be quite chilly,
or warm, or rainy
all in the same day. We suggest bringing suitable clothes for any of
mid-day, we plan to drive the Crater Rim Road around the volcano for
with stops for photo opportunities along with a visit to the Jaggar
Museum and the Thurston
Lava Tube to view more of the Park’s wonders followed by return back
will leave the Park by 4:00pm - Our ship sails at 6:00pm
after dark tonight our ship plans to sail near the base of the volcano
very close to the
Kilauea lava flow where glowing red lava flows into the sea. This is
an awesome sight !
of Our Group At Volcano National Park, Hawaii
Wednesday, Jan 22nd ~
Run Part of The Famed "Ironman" Triathlon
is officially scheduled on our Off day. It is a day for rest and enjoyment
Kona area. This is the only port of call where we are not at dockside.
Today we arrive Kona
about 7:00am and anchor off shore for the day. Ship's tenders will shuttle
guests into Kona
throughout the day. Kona is easy to walk around and enjoy, but time
constraints will make car
rental a challenge. Be sure to be back to dock in time to catch the
last tender back out
to ship - we sail for Kauai at 6:00pm.
The ships tender will drop you at the Kona pier, which is the start
of all three legs of the
famous Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. If you feel like a run, you can do
so on Ali’I Drive, a part
of the marathon run. We expect you will meet some locals out for their
morning run. There
are a couple of small beaches along the route 2 to 3 miles from the
pier, or you can swim
at the beach next to the pier. We will arrange to have someone watch
your gear while you
go for your run or swim. For those of you who may want to bike, there
is a bike rental
shop just down the street with mountain and hybrid bikes available.
Pride of America off coast of Kona, Hawaii
Thursday, Jan 23rd ~
is officially scheduled for today. It is a day for exploration and enjoyment
of Kauai. Our ship arrives in Nawiliwili Harbor at 8:00am and then stays
This is a great day to really get out and do it since there is no concern
about when you
return to the ship. We will provide maps for anyone who wants to run
or hike that day.
There is a 5-mile jogging route around the Marriott Resort, which can
be reached by a
short walk from the ship.
Friday, Jan 24th ~
Poipu Beach Run & Ocean Dip
our lazy day (or not) on Thursday, we need to be up and ready for the
Poipu Beach by 7:30 on Friday. Poipu Beach is about a 30-minute drive
from the pier.
Shannon Wigent and her volunteers will meet us at Poipu Beach Park.
her volunteers are all runners and triathletes and have participated
in this event for
several years. You will have a choice of a 5K, 10K, and 10-mile run
with aid stations for
each distance. Each group will have a run escort and there will also
be escorts on bikes
to provide encouragement and directions along the way.
Our run here is along the Poipu beach roads, some of which run adjacent
to the ocean.
This is a very scenic area and you will see some locals also out for
their morning walk
or jog. After the run you can enjoy the beach. We will have some muffins
juice so you will not get too hungry before you return to the ship.
Since our ship sails at 2 PM we will leave the beach by no later than
Runners Along Ocean at Poipu Beach,
& Thank You Reception
We invite everyone to join us for a hosted cocktail party at 4 PM.
It is our way of saying "THANKS" for joining us in this Hawaii adventure.
We also invite comments as to how we can make the events better in future
At about 5 PM the ship will approach the beautiful Na Pali coast of
Kauai and loiter
there to give you a last look at beautiful Kauai before heading to Honolulu.
6:30 PM there will be a no host farewell dinner in one of the specialty
If possible it will be in the Italian restaurant and seated in the open
on the back deck.
We have done this before and it was a great ending to the trip.
Napili cliffs & farewell reception
on the fantail of Pride of America
Saturday, Jan 25th ~
fabulous week ends as ship arrives at Honolulu pier at 7:00am and departures
begin about 8:00am
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