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April 30 - May 5, 2023

Please join fellow SAMS members for an exciting art and culture trip to Honolulu! 

Registration opens February 6 at 9:00 am for all SAMS members.  


Sunday, April 30

Halepuna Waikiki Hotel check-in

Halekulani House without a Key Welcome gathering to enjoy sunset, drinks, hula, and dinner

Monday, May 1

Bishop Museum Tour of murals, Native Botanical Garden, Hawaiian Hall

Lei Day Celebration at Kapi’olani Park Festive gathering including music, hula, lei-making contests, princess contest 61 years old+,  and food trucks

No-host Dinner (restaurant recommendations will be provided)

Tuesday, May 2

Sunrise Hike to Diamond Head (optional)

Liljestrand House Guided tour 

Downtown Art Center Reception, art class, dinner

Wednesday, May 3

University of Hawaii at Manoa Tour of Jean Charlot mosaics and fresco with Malia Van Heukelem, art archivist librarian 

Cafe Julia No-host Lunch

Iolani Palace Historical tour of the only official royal palace in the United States, and the last residence of the Hawaiian Royal Monarchs.

No-host Dinner (restaurant recommendations will be provided)

Thursday, May 4

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design Tour featuring exhibition Jordan Nassar: Lēʻahi

HOMA - Hawaii Museum of Art

HOMA Café No-host Lunch

Oceanside Luau at Royal Hawaiian Hotel Dinner and show

Friday, May 5

Hawaiian History presentation by Hi’Inani, Head of Halekulani Cultural Center



We will be staying at the beautiful Halepuna Waikiki which was voted Best Hotel in Hawaii in 2021 by Condé Nast Traveler. Instructions on how to make your room reservation will be included in your registration confirmation email.


Space is limited to 25 SAMS members after which a waitlist will be kept.

$625 non-refundable payment is required at registration. This includes the Sunday welcome dinner, Tuesday’s reception and dinner at the Downtown Art Center, and Thursday’s ocean-side luau at the Royal Hawaiian. It also includes the entry fees to the museums and palace tour, the sunrise hike to Diamond Head, and the planting of a native tree to leave something positive behind, called Mālama ʻĀina (taking care of and respecting the land).

Additional trip expenses not included in $625 fee: airfare, lodging, Uber/Lyft transportation, additional activities, and other meals.

Please contact Destination Travel Co-chairs Alison Herber and Lisa Wahbe with any questions about the trip.

Destination Travel Committee Members: Kristin Bunce, Robin Martin, Kat Osler, and Katie Simmons

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