HAWAII: AUGUST 2004
Next month's Monitor will feature much of the information you need to map out your trip to APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28-Aug. 1. In it you'll find registration materials, housing and airline information, and details on Oahu tours and travel to the outer islands.
In the meantime, you can start planning your pre- and post-convention Hawaii adventures. One option is a weeklong cruise of the Hawaiian islands sponsored by APA's Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging). The cruise will begin 10 days prior to convention and includes continuing-education opportunities each afternoon. Registration is open to all APA members on a first-come, first-served basis, and the cost is approximately $1,600 per person based on double occupancy. The Norwegian Cruise Line ship, the Pride of America, will depart from Honolulu on July 18 and visit the islands of Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. At each stop, cruisers can hike, sightsee or learn to scuba dive, snorkel, kayak or surf.
A cruise is the perfect way to take in more of Hawaii in less time, says cruise organizer Susan Whitbourne, PhD, council representative for Div. 20. "Seven days on a cruise in Hawaii is equal to 11 days traveling to islands by plane," she explains. "You don't have to waste time going from island to island by plane and changing hotels--you unpack once and one week later you pack up and off you go to convention." For more information, visit www.ncl.com or contact Whitbourne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members with the same adventurous spirit but less advance time can check out some of these adventure companies located right on the island of Oahu--home to Honolulu:
Adventures Extreme Hawaii offers sky diving, scuba diving, water skiing, race-car driving, jet skiing, windsurfing, hand gliding, mountain biking and other extreme sports. They also offer boogie boarding, snorkeling and catamaran sailing. E-mail email@example.com or visit adventuresextremehawaii.com.
Aloha Parasail offers parasailing over the Waikiki coastline. Call (808) 521-2446.
Atlantis Submarine Adventures offers submarine rides to sunken ships and airplanes. Call (800) 548-6262 or visit www.atlantisadventures.com.
Banana Boat Riders of Hawaii offers an ocean raft ride from Sand Island to Diamond Head and back. Call (808) 922-5588.
Owned and operated by three Honolulu firefighters, the Hawaiian Fire Surf School offers group or private surfing lessons on secluded Kalaeloa Beach. Call (808) 384-8855 or visit www.hawaiianfire.com.
Mauka Makai Excursions offers archaeological and hiking tours of the windward side of Oahu. Hikers explore sacred sites of the island and learn the myths and legends of each. Call (808) 593-3525.
Rainbow Pacific Helicopters offers 15-minute to one-hour helicopter tours of Oahu. Passengers can choose from five tours: Waikiki/Diamond Head/Pearl Harbor; Hanuama Bay/Pali Pass; Sacred Falls; North Shore; and Waikiki City Lights, a sunset tour. Call (808) 834-1111.