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Discover: Hawaii

Discover: Hawaii

June 9-19, 2017

Join President and Mrs. Bushman, BC alumni and Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger, Associate Professor of Biology, for a 10-day trip to the Hawaiian islands!

Drawing on her expertise as a biologist, Dr. Puffenbarger will guide you through the wildlife and ecology of the islands. Highlights include Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and the world-renowned Polynesian Cultural Center. You’ll tour coffee and chocolate plantations, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and much more. Experience the night stars of Mauna Kea. Go under the sea off the Kona coast. The trip includes airfare, accommodations, transportation and guided sightseeing tours.


Detailed itinerary to come. Highlights include:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Oahu Nature Tour
  • The world-renowned Polynesian Cultural Center (dinner included)
  • The Bishop Museum
  • Diamond Head National Park
  • Iolani Palace
  • Kona Coffee Plantation
  • Glass bottom boat tour in Kona
  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach
  • Kilauea Iki Crater
  • Parker Ranch
  • Rainbow Falls State Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Mauna Kea Summit & Night Stars tour (use of telescopes and dinner included)
  • Underwater submarine excursion off the Kona coast

Cost and Reservation Details

The cost of the trip covers:

  • Round-trip airfare from Dulles International Airport
  • Accommodation for nine nights
  • Inter-island airfare
  • Exclusive coach transportation
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • All breakfasts and two evening dinners

The total cost is $4,900 per person, based on double occupancy (single occupancy rates are available upon request).

A deposit of $500 is due to Lincoln Travel by January 16, 2017. The full balance is due by March 15, 2017.

All payments are payable to:
Lincoln Travel
102-C South Main St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812
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Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger

Photo of Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger joined the Bridgewater College Department of Biology in fall 2001 and became chair of the department in 2016. She did her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech in biology, with a minor in chemistry, and completed a Ph.D. at the Medical College of Virginia, studying the impacts of cannabinoids on the immune system. Her post-doctoral work was at SUNY-Stony Brook. At Bridgewater College, Dr. Puffenbarger has maintained an active research program in topics from the molecular expression of the CB2 receptor and DNA barcoding to identify species in the local environments to effective teaching strategies in genetics. She has served on many committees at the College and is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency certified master gardener. She is also a faculty advisor to the EcoAction sustainability group and the disc golf club. Dr. Puffenbarger is an avid bird-watcher. She did a reconnaissance trip to Hawaii in spring 2016 and saw 78 species total, including the amazing I’iwi, one of the Hawaiian endemic species.

Suggested Reading

Hawaii by James Michener

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (made into a 2011 movie) (a quick summary and introduction to biogeography)

Questions? Contact Us!

Contact Dr. Puffenbarger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-828-5713 for trip details.

For reservations and to make your deposit today, please contact Steve Lincoln of Lincoln Travel at 540-828-4204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.