Welcome to Hawaii
Enjoy six nights on the island of Oahu, the cultural center of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the capital and most populous city in the state of Hawaii and the southernmost major city in the U.S. It is the center of Hawaiian government, transportation, and commerce, and it is home to Hawaii’s best-known destination, Waikiki Beach.
Honolulu’s cultural offerings are vast. Polynesian culture is preserved and respected in locations such as the Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Choral traditions are strong throughout the island of Oahu as well.
With a rich history and culture to explore and magnificent natural beauty to enjoy, your ensemble will love the “aloha spirit.” Embark on a concert tour of Oahu, and let yourself be immersed in all that Hawaii has to offer as you share your music with local people.
Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii! Enjoy an introduction to Oahu by your Music Contact International tour manager. Check in to your hotel in Waikiki and enjoy some time to refresh. Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon. Walk together from the hotel to Kapi’olani Regional Park, where a welcome dinner of local specialties is served to your group as your tour manager previews the days ahead and you watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Begin your first full day in Hawaii with a visit to the Bishop Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts.
Next, visit ‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. The estate has been meticulously restored to its former grandeur and has received designation as a National Historic Landmark.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before an evening workshop on hula, the iconic Hawaiian dance form.
This morning, provide the music for a morning worship service at a local venue such as Central Union Church. Perform for the congregation both during and after the service.
Midday, visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and browse for souvenirs.
Return to the hotel to enjoy time on Waikiki Beach. Surfing lessons can be arranged upon request.
Tonight, transfer to a community venue such as the Ala Moana Center to perform a concert for an enthusiastic crowd of both locals and tourists.
Begin the day with a visit to Pearl Harbor. Explore the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,777 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Next, perform a concert at the Visitor Center. Your performance will serve both as entertainment for the other visitors and a tribute to the sailors honored by the memorial.
This afternoon, perform a friendship concert with a local ensemble.
Dinner of traditional Hawaiian cuisine is served at a local restaurant tonight.
This morning, enjoy a guided hike of Waimea Falls.
Continue on to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here, experience island village life and join in on a variety of Polynesian activities and games. Watch a number of in-depth, entertaining presentations of unique aspects of various Polynesian cultures. As part of your visit, perform an informal concert for the other visitors on the outdoor stage.
This evening, enjoy a buffet dinner before experiencing “HA: Breath of Life,” a fantastic performance featuring Polynesian dance, music, and blazing fire knives.
Spend your last morning in Hawaii on a snorkeling excursion to Hanauma Bay. Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay is protected from ocean swells and is known for its calm, shallow water, white sand, sea turtles, and fish population.
Celebrate your last night in Hawaii at a festive Hawaiian luau. Enjoy a dinner feast including traditional Hawaiian dishes and local favorites followed by a Polynesian show against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset.
Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour.
Concert Tour Highlights
PEARL HARBOR VISITOR'S CENTER
Located on the south coast of Oahu, Pearl Harbor is Hawaii’s largest harbor. A US National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor is famous for being the target of a surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on December 7, 1941 that propelled the US into World War II. During your excursion, visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place for many of the USS Arizona battleship’s crew members who lost their lives when the ship was sunk. While at the memorial, you ensemble will perform an open air concert at the Visitor Center.
FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN HAWAII
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
At the Polynesian Cultural Center, learn about the distinct and rich cultures of the island nations of Polynesia: Tonga, Tahiti, Marquesas, Fiji, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Hawaii. The Center is divided into 7 regions, one for each distinct island culture. Performers present entertaining and culturally informative presentations throughout the day. Your ensemble will perform on open air concert for visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the covered band shell stage.
THE BISHOP MUSEUM
The Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. It was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific Island cultures. It is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific.