Itinerary for Honolulu Hawaii 12/15-22 2003 (Handel's Messiah)

Monday December 15, 2003

Various times – Participants arrive at Honolulu International Airport (on the island of Ohau).

Participants flying to Honolulu will be met at the airport with a lei greeting. Participants are asked to proceed to the baggage claim area where they will be met by representatives of Ilma Tours and Transportaion. who will provide greeting, porterage of baggage and roundtrip transfers to hotels.

Ilima Tours & Transportation
(808) 836-1881



Tuesday December 16, 2003

8:00am – Participants met at hotels by bus for transfer and tour/visit to the Bishop Museum (Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum / Museum of Natual and Cultural History), the greatest collection in the world of historical relics and scholarly works related to Hawaii and the Pacific.

Transfer from Bishop Museum to visit Moanaloa Gardens. Private gardens open to the public. Enjoy picnic lunch amongst some magnificant old tress including a Buddah tree from Ceylon and many Monkey Pod trees, one called "the most beautifully shaped tree in the world" by Ripley's "Believe it or Not". An introduction to hula and a group hula lesson (much fun!).

pm – Afternoon free to explore on your own. ***

Evening Messiah Rehearsal at St. Agustine Church, 130 Ohua Ave. (near Kalakaua Ave. between Pacific Beach Hotel and Marriot Resort Hotel). Limited free parking available in church parking lot.




Wednesday December 17, 2003

Early morning transfer and visit to Aloha Stadium Flea Market.

am – Transfer to visit the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

pm – Transfer to hotel for afternooon free to explore on your own. ***

5:00pm – Group dinner - Chinese Banquet

6:00pm – Meet the Artist concert/workshop featuring baritone soloist Marcus DeLoach (at St. Agustine Church)

7:30pm – Messiah Rehearal (St. Agustine Church)



Thursday December 18, 2003

8:00 – Transfer from hotels to visit Hanauma Bay. Bring beach/swimming gear, snorkel gear will be provided.

9:00am – Introduction and visit to Hanauma Bay Sate Underwater Park

Ideal for snorkeling, swimming & strolling on the beach, Hanauma Bay is one of Hawaii's premiere beach destinations. It is formed from the sea-eroded crater of an extinct volcano. A dramatic, beautiful setting combinined with the change to see and swim with a great variety of tropical fish, and often, sea turtles.

Catered picnic lunch on thegrounds of Hanauma Bay Sate Underwater Park

pm – Afternoon free ***

6:00pm – Meet the Artist concert/workshop featuring soprano soloist Louise Toppin (St. Agustine Church)

7:30pm – Messiah Rehearsal (St. Agustine Church)



Friday December 19, 2003

Choose either hiking or shopping!

am – Option #1: Eco-tour - stretch your legs with a hike to visit a Hawaiian forest and waterfall.

am – Option #2: Shopping - stretch your luggage with a shopping trip to Ward Center and Ala Moana Center shopping areas.

pm – Afternoon free. ***

6:00pm – Messiah Rehearsal (with a break from 7:30-8:00)



Saturday December 20, 2003

9:30am – Messiah Dress Rehearsal (St. Agustine Church)

3:30pm – Transfer and visit to Kualoa Ranch and Luau

Located on Hawaii's windward shore, Kuoloa Ranch is truly a tropical location. Steep verdant cliffs falling to the ocean, dotted with tropical fruit and macadamia plantation provide a setting that is truly spectacular! There will be a variety of afternoon activites including swimming, lei making, a tour of the fish pond, and canoe rides, culminating in an evening of music, dance, and good food. Our guide and leader of the festivities will be Chief Sielu Avea.


Sunday December 21, 2003

Morning and afternoon free.

5:00pm – Choir warm-up

5:30pm – Orchestra & Choir review

6:00pm – Break

7:00pm – CONCERT



Monday December 22, 2003

10:00am – Group Brunch, photographs & concert recordings may be available.

Various times – Transfers to airport for departure and return home



*** Note:
Special excursions, tours, and lessons may be arranged upon request. We are happy to help you arrange opportunites to surf, sail, snorkel or visit destinations of special interest.