This pilgrimage follows in the footsteps of St. Damien & Mother Marianne Cope, and is hosted by Jason Jones, a film producer, author, activist, and human rights worker.
February 4, 2020: Today our pilgrimage begins as we take a flight from main land USA for Hawaii. Upon arrival, we meet our local Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel for check-in followed by leisure time. Tonight, we gather together for our welcome dinner. Overnight Honolulu
February 5: Today we will visit the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace where our pilgrimage chaplain will celebrate Mass. It was completed in 1843 and is known as the oldest continuously functioning Cathedral in the United States. It was here that St. Damien was ordained a priest in 1864. Next, we visit St. Patrick’s Church to view a collection of artifacts belonging to St. Damien including his carved meerschaum pipe, guava walking stick, vestments, chalice, and his prayer kneeler. We return to our hotel and enjoy an afternoon of leisure. Tonight, we will get a real taste of Hawaii at the THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN AHAINA LUAU right on Waikiki Beach. Overnight Honolulu
February 6: This morning following breakfast, we visit Pearl Harbor to participate in a 3-hour tour of the Arizona Memorial. We pay homage to the 2, 403 Americans who lost their lives and 1, 178 who were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. Our chaplain will celebrate Mass at the Pearl Harbor Catholic Chapel on the American Naval Base. This afternoon there will be some Leisure time. Overnight Honolulu
February 7: Following breakfast, we depart for the airport for a short flight to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai to honor St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope. Opportunity for Mass at St. Philomena Church. We will also visit the gravesites of St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope. Following lunch, we continue to St. Elizabeth’s Chapel and Convent for a visit before returning by plane to Honolulu. Overnight Honolulu
February 8: Today after breakfast, we tour the island! We head south to Diamond Head Crater and view the Amelia Earhart monument. We stop at the Hanauma Bay lookout, a pristine marine ecosystem with colorful living coral reefs, and marine life. We continue to the famous Halona Blowhole lookout, the location of “From Here to Eternity”. Sea turtles are often spotted in these emerald green waters. Our next stop is the Pali Lookout, called by Mark Twain the “most beautiful view on Earth”. Finally, we arrive at the Valley of the Temples and enter the Byodo-in Temple, a photographer’s dream! It is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950- year old Byodo-in Temple in Japan. As we depart, we pass the Chinaman’s Hat, a picturesque islet located in Kaneohe Bay. We celebrate Mass at St. Peter and Paul Church in Waimea. We continue to Waimea Valley, the location of over 5,000 flowering plants and the most scenic waterfall on the island. Our last stop is the Dole Planation where we marvel at the many colorful varieties of pineapple species from all over Hawaii. Overnight Honolulu
February 9: Today we take an excursion to the other side of the Island to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Waiula, Hawaii. At the monastery we will have time for a retreat with prayer and Mass. Overnight Honolulu
February 10: Today is a day at leisure to relax on the beach, possibly take a surf lesson, play golf, shop or further explore the island. We will also have the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Augustine by the Sea. Farewell dinner at the renown Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi! We celebrate our pilgrimage and bid farewell to Hawaii. Overnight Honolulu
February 11: After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.