According to Basso, travelers are salivating over Hawaii’s diverse cuisine
thanks to farm tours, food festivals and interactive programs.
“Hawaii’s new generation of chefs are constantly producing deliciously
innovative culinary concepts, events and hands-on experiences for visitors,”
For instance, ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT has debuted a monthly
offering called Soar + Savor. Guests take a 75-minute helicopter tour that
touches down in the Hana rainforest, where they learn about the history and
plants of the area. They then return to the hotel for an intimate cooking class
that incorporates fresh produce from Hana farmers.
Other tasty novelties include MAUNA KEA RESORT’S Legacy Dinner Series,
which features food and beverages from around Hawaii; a self-guided farm
tour at GARDEN ISLAND CHOCOLATE; and KOA KEA HOTEL & RESORT’S Taste of
Kauai package, which comes with a dinner showcasing local ingredients.
4. ROMANCE TRAVEL
Romance remains a robust but still-growing market for Hawaii, Basso says.
“Hawaii’s stunning landscapes provide an abundance of unique venues for
destination weddings,” she said. “Hotels offer comprehensive honeymoon
packages, and there’s no shortage of romantic activities throughout the islands.”
New options for lovers include FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI’S Picnic Under
the Stars. Ideally suited for an island with minimal light pollution, it takes guests
on a dreamy search for heavenly bodies as they sip prosecco and sample desserts.
Maui’s MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY is promoting Love is in the Air, a $25,000,
three-night package pampering twosomes with delights such as spa treatments
and a helicopter trip to Oahu for ring shopping. On Hawaii Island, HOLUALOA
INN caters to couples with its Unforgettable Proposal package, with indulgences
such as champagne, chocolates and a swim under a private waterfall.
Increasingly, clients are asking for pastimes that allow them to give back to
their vacation destination. For them, Hawaii makes a great choice.
“Travelers are making it a priority to identify volunteer opportunities that
help them reduce their environmental footprint in the places they’re visiting,”
On Oahu, clients can help restore an ancient fishpond during community
work days with PAEPAE O HEEIA. On Maui, PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION’S
Volunteers on Vacation program encourages visitors to join in on service
projects at scenic locations such as Haleakala National Park, Honokowai Valley
and Oo Farm.
SUSTAINABLE COASTLINES HAWAII coordinates fun beach cleanups around
the islands. It also provides corporate groups with memorable team-building
events focusing on voluntourism.
Bay is courting the
Garden Island Chocolate
has a new self-guided