LOEX of the West 2006

Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Kohala (Kona) Coast of Hawaii's Big Island
June 8-10, 2006

Post-Conferences

All tours leave from the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii. Price information is
included on the conference registration form.

MAUANA KEA - CANADA FRANCE HAWAII TELESCOPE
Wednesday, June 7th (7:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

The Mauna Kea Observatories, astronomical observatory complex located on Mauna Kea peak, the white mountain on the island of Hawaii, are at an altitude of more than 13,600 feet. Because of its height and excellent seeing, this site supports by far the largest astronomical facility in the world. It is operated by the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawaii. Travel to this observatory complex and join Resident Astronomer, Remi Cabanac, to learn how a telescope works, see the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope itself, the control room, and learn about the modern instrumentation. Remi will provide you with a brief account of the evolution in the way scientists have used telescopes in the past 30 years. Guests are provided hooded parkas, but should bring a light sweater or jacket; wear long pants and covered walking shoes. Restrictions: Person with respiratory or heart conditions, pregnant women, or those in poor health should not access the summit. Scuba divers please note that summit attitude is over 13,000 feet (4000 meters). Children under 16 are not allowed on summit tours. Includes: Hooded winter parka, picnic style lunch and hot beverages.

MAUNA KEA SUMMIT & STARS ADVENTURE
Tour 1: Wednesday, June 7th (3:30 PM to 10:30 PM)
Tour 2: Saturday, June 10th (3:30 PM to 10:30 PM)
Tour 3: Sunday, June 11th (3:30 PM to 10:30PM)

The summit of Mauna Kea is renowned as the world's greatest astronomical observing site. It is also one of Hawaii's most sacred cultural sites. Learn about the remarkable evolution and changes our island's natural world has experienced. Our dinner stop at a historic ranch outpost features a hot, picnic style dinner. After dinner we make our way to the top for a sensational sunset. Stand in awe at the top of the world's tallest volcano amidst the largest collection of telescopes on earth and some of the most dramatic scenery you'll ever witness. And then, at a lower elevation, your interpretive Naturalist will reveal the wonders and world-class clarity of our Hawaiian night skies. Guests are provided hooded parkas, but should bring a light sweater or jacket; wear long pants and covered walking shoes. Restrictions: Person with respiratory or heart conditions, pregnant women, or those in poor health should not access the summit. Scuba divers please note that summit attitude is over 13,000 feet (4000 meters) Children under 16 are not allowed on summit tours. Includes: Hooded winter parka, hot picnic dinner at private location, private star show with telescope, hot cocoa and cookies, Dinner choice of BBQ Ribs; Baked Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, artichokes and cheese; Fresh local Fish encrusted with macadamia nuts; or Vegetarian Stir Fry. All served with tossed green salad, vegetable soup, chocolate-macadamia nut cookie, and hot beverages. (Tour Company: Hawaii Forest & Trail)

VALLEY WATERFALL ADVENTURE
Thursday, June 8th (1:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

Treat yourself to an once-in-a-lifetime Hawaiian journey in the heart of Pololu Valley. Imagine walking alongside a cliffside trail a thousand feet above the valley floor as your Interpretive Naturalist shares the history and nature of this remarkable place. You'll experience sparkling waterfalls, breathtaking views, and the best photo opportunity in the islands Kapoloa waterfall plunging 500 feet to the valley floor below. Described as the "Best waterfall hike in Hawaii" by the Travel Channel. Walk 3 miles with negligible elevation change. Rated Easy to Moderate. Guests should wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, shorts, short sleeved shirt, and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket. Restrictions: Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk over uneven terrain. Children must be 8 years or older. Includes: Walking Sticks, Raingear, Daypacks, snack, chips, chocolate-macadamia nut cookie, bottled water, sodas and juices. (Tour Company: Hawa ii Forest & Trail)

CHAMPAGE SUNSET SAIL
Saturday, June 10th (4:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

Sail into the Kohala Coast sunset aboard a world-class catamaran. You may see the legendary green flash or dolphins as they playfully escort our vessel. With sweet Hawaiian music playing in the background you'll sail along the rugged coastline taking in views including Mauna Kea Summit, Hualalai, Black sand beaches, and more. The sail includes Pacific Rim appetizers (called pupus in Hawaiian) including Oriental Tossed Salad, Thai Peanut Noodles, Vegetable Egg Rolls, Kalua Pork Luau Wraps, Pot Stickers, Teriyaki Steak. Mixed drinks, beer, wine, and other spirits are included in the price. (Tour Company: Ocean Sports)

CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR
Sunday, June 11th (6:15 AM to 7:00 PM)
Your Big Island discovery begins with a visit to a Kona Coffee Mill where you may sample this world-renowned beverage. Your voyage continues on the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, commonly known as the Place of Refuge. The next stop is the Black Sand Beach at Punaluu where Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are often seen frolicking in the surf. One of the highlights of the day is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is time in the park for visiting all of the major points of interest: The Jagger Museum and Observatory, the Steam Vents, the September 1982 Lava Flow, various craters, a walk through the Fern Forest and the Thurston Lava Tube. Next is a visit to an Orchid Nursery followed by a stop at a Macadamia Nut Plantation. In Hilo, pause to view Rainbow Falls before driving along the lovely Hamakua Coast and the Parker Ranch lands. Guests should wear good walking shoes and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket. Entrance fee to both National Parks included. (Tour Company: Big Island Discovery)