From newly renovated cultural centers to inter-island airline service, here are just a few news and notes you can add to your Hawaii file and share with those clients who want to return to this Polynesian paradise, or have yet to understand the lure of this destination’s exotic beauty.
Once travelers arrive to the Hawaiian Islands, they can easily take advantage of the inter-island, regional airline, Island Air. Recently, the airline announced it is boasting a new brand and introducing new jet-propelled aircraft, both fuel efficient and able to carry more passengers. The airline now offers 352 weekly flights between the islands of O’ahu, Maui, Molokai, Lana’i, Kaua’i, and the island of Hawaii. For reservations and flight information, visit islandair.com.
Insight Vacations is now offering consumers a chance to save up to $460 on their Hawaiian Dreams getaway. These hot deals include guided tours and bookings at luxury hotels in a selection of destinations that include Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai. The travel company’s Hawaiian Dreams package offers travel to the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai where guests can visit the Pearl Harbour memorial, learn of the famed Maui sweet onions at Kula Country Farms, and take a guided tour of the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, just to name a few of the Polynesian expeditions available with this package. Prices start at $3,375 pp dbl (land-only) for a 10-day tour; $4,135 pp dbl (land-only) for the 12-day tour. For more information, visit insightvacations.com. And for more information on Insight Vacations’ itineraries to other parts of the world, click here.
A Cozy Hideaway
For clients looking for a warm and intimate experience not offered at the larger hotels, they can try The Plantation Inn, a bed and breakfast in the historic district of Maui. Rates are $158 pp and include complimentary breakfast, poolside, from Gerard’s Restaurant, a four-star French restaurant on the property. The Plantation Inn only houses 19 rooms and suites and allows guests access into the sister property, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, where they can take part in language classes, garden walks, lei-making classes and a free nightly Hula show with live music. Visit theplantationinn.com for more information.
The Culture and Crafts of Polynesia
Located in the small town of Laie, on the northeast end of Oahu, is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Recently, the center announced the completion and rebuilding of its Hawaii Village, which is a reflection of an ahupuaa–a land division used by ancient Hawaiians extending from the uplands to the sea. From learning about the local flora and fauna to understanding Hawaiian artifacts such as Polynesian tools, garments, and weapons, the village gives visitors a chance to experience what life was like day-to-day in an authentic Hawaiian setting, which also includes activities, architecture, and exhibits. For more information, visit polynesia.com.
A Blue Sky Bonus for Agents
The Hawaii-only vacation travel company, Blue Sky Tours, is making it easier for travel agents to book on its website now that they have launched a refurbished online booking engine for agents only. Some of the new options include easily modified reservations before and after booking, the ability to view commissions, and enhanced details when it comes to booking hotels for clients. In addition, agents can earn $40 in Mahalo Money on each Hawaii booking made through Blue Sky Tours—the bookings must be made for five nights or more at any hotel property on the island of Kauai. The money is added to a reloadable pre-paid VISA debit card for agents to use. Visit bonuscash.trucash.com for more information.