|Introduction to Hawaii
Aloha is not just a word meaning hello and goodbye it is a way of life. We want your clients to experience the Spirit of Aloha when they visit Hawaii. You may want to interest them in a luau where they can learn about the Hawaiian culture. From historical landmarks to zip lines, whale watching to scuba diving, there are a number of activities available for couples, families and friends.
Every island is unique and has something different to offer. Knowing your client’s needs, expectations and budget, will help you choose the perfect island and accommodations. Our Hawaii experts are here to help guide you through the process and create the perfect vacation for your clients.
Kauai – The Garden Isle
For those clients that want a quieter vacation or really want to explore nature, Kauai is a good recommendation. Your clients can choose to stay in Lihue, Poipu, Kapaa or Wailua where there are several resorts and hotels from luxurious to budget. There is ample shopping, restaurants and attractions. You may have a client that enjoys golfing and Princeville is the place for them with two signature golf courses designed by PGA legends.
Your clients can explore the Napali Coast which is only accessible by hiking, air or boat. They can go horseback riding, kayaking, mountain tubing, snorkeling, zip lining or take a spectacular helicopter tour. They can visit breathtaking Waimea Canyon, the Fern Grotto, the Kauai Coffee plantation, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Spouting Horn, Old Koloa Town or the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Lighthouse. On Kauai there is always something to discover.
Oahu – The Gathering Place
When most people think of Oahu they think of vibrant Waikiki. They can relax on world-famous Waikiki Beach in the morning, go shopping in the afternoon and have a fabulous dinner at a five star restaurant in the evening and perhaps go dancing after dinner. If they want to see the quieter side of the island, they can stay at Turtle Bay on the North Shore where they can surf the waves in the summer and watch the professionals hit the waves in the winter.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular attraction where your client can learn about the Polynesian culture, enjoy a luau and the dinner show Ha : A Breath of Life. They can also visit historic sites like iconic Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum and Diamond Head. Some clients may want to view the spectacular life under water without snorkeling so they can take the Atlantis Submarine Tour. For something a little more adventurous you can offer your clients a bus tour, ATV adventure or horseback riding at Kualoa Ranch where many popular movies were made.
Maui – The Valley Isle
This island offers the diversity of exciting Kaanapali Beach to remote Hana and everything in between. Many of your clients will want to stay at one of the popular resorts on Kaanapali Beach but not all can afford it. A less expensive alternative is the Honokowai area north of Kaanapali or Kihei south of Kaanapali. Both areas offer great beaches, affordable accommodations, shopping and are a short distance from Kaanapali. You can remind your clients that all beaches in Hawaii are public and therefore they can spend the day in Kaanapali if they choose. For clients that want something a little more remote you could recommend Kapalua, Nāpili, or Wailea. To really get away from it all they may want to stay a couple of nights in Hana. There is a great beach, but shopping and dining is limited.
Your clients will not want to miss Haleakala at sunrise. This awe-inspiring experience is one they will never forget. They may also want to visit Lahaina, Iao Valley, Maui Ocean Center, Alii Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy and Oo Farm where the world-famous Maui onions are grown. They may want to go snorkeling or diving at Molokini or take the ferry to Lanai for the day. Of course when visiting Hawaii a luau is a must and Old Lahania Luau is one of the best. If your clients are visiting between December and April a whale watching tour is also a must. With so much to do and see your clients will want to keep coming back.
Molokai – The Friendly Isle
Molokai is “Hawaiian by nature” and remains true to its Hawaiian traditions. This is the island for those clients that really want to get away and just enjoy nature. There are no traffic lights and no nightlife, but there are some great places to visit. Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white-sand beaches in Hawai‘i at 3 miles long and about 100 yards wide. Your clients can arrange to take a breath taking mule ride in Kalaupapa National Historic Park or hike the trail in Halawa Valley to the 250 foot Mooula Falls or watch as the fishermen haul in their catch on Kaunakakai wharf.
Lanai – The Pineapple Island
Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in the Hawaii. It has only one traffic light and only about 30 miles of paved roads. Your clients can enjoy Hulopoe Bay and take the short walk to Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock). They can visit Lanai City and have a picnic in Dole Park or have lunch at one of the many cafes. A popular spot is Kaiolohia (shipwreck beach) were a massive, rusting ghost-like WWII Liberty Ship sits marooned on a reef. They will also want to see Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) with its lunar-like spires and formations.
Hawaii Island – The Big Island
Hawaii island is bigger than the rest of the islands combined. It is also home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Most of your resorts and hotels are located on the Kialua/Kona and Waikoloa areas which are not far from the airport. The landscape is far different than the other islands because it displays lava rock and cactus along with white sand beaches. In Kona there is plenty to see and do and it is the annual home of the Triathlon World Championship. Your clients will want to drive over to the Hilo side of the island and visit Kīlauea in Volcanoes National Park. They can take the 11 mile drive around the rim of the active volcano and perhaps have lunch in the restaurant.
Your clients may want to take a helicopter tour and see the lava flowing in to the sea. Or perhaps they might want to take a night snorkel with the manta rays. Maybe a historical dinner cruise down the Kona coast to Captain Cook’s monument while the guide shows several historical points.