• Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort: Features two distinct courses: the 18-hole Makai Course and the 9-hole Woods Course; Seashore Paspalum turf; reshaped bunkers; and carts equipped with GPS systems. Kauai.
• Apps for iPhones: “Hawaii’s Best Beaches” app allowing users to search photos of Hawaii’s beaches by location or activity; “What Chefs Eat”offers recommendations on restaurants and favourite foods by highly acclaimed Hawaii chefs and purveyors.
Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: See unique volcanic formations, steaming craters and the results of 70 million years of volcanism. Big Island.
• Hawaii’s Plantation Village: Living history museum situated just below the Oahu Sugar Mill in Waipahu.
• Kauai Plantation Railway: Travel through Kilohana Plantation’s grounds and former cane fields now thriving with tropical exotic fruits and hardwood trees.
• Polynesian Cultural Center: Recreation of heritage, lifestyles and culture of Polynesia. Oahu.
• USS Arizona National Memorial: Tribute to 1,177 sailors and marines killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Oahu.
• Iolani Palace: Once the playground of King Kamehameha, the only royal palace in the United States. Oahu.
• Haleakala National Park: See the visual splendour of Maui at the majestic Haleakala, or “House of the Sun”, a 3,000-metre volcano with a crater more than 11 kilometres long. Maui.
• New Year’s Ohana Festival (January), Oahu.
• Prince Kuhio Celebration of the Arts (March), Kauai.
• Kona Chocolate Festival (late March-early April), Big Island.
• Merrie Monarch Festival (April), Big Island.
• Kapalua Wine and Food Festival (June), Maui.
• Koloa Plantation Days (July), Kauai.
• Ukelele Festival (July), Oahu.
• Kauai Mokihana Festival (September).
• Aloha Festivals (October), Statewide.
• Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November), Big Island.
• Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November–December), Oahu.
• Parker Ranch Museum & Historic Homes: One of America’s largest and oldest ranches, home of Hawaii’s cowboy, the paniolo. Big Island.
• Waimea Canyon: Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and renowned for its depth, breadth and jewel-tone colours.
• Waikiki Beach: Billed as “life’s greatest beach”, Waikiki is just a few minutes from downtown Honolulu, and features the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium and activities from golf to historical walking tours. Oahu.
• Oahu’s North Shore: The place to take in surfing competitions or ride the waves at Pipeline and Waimea Bay; or drive through Haleiwa and enjoy a shrimp plate lunch and shave ice.
• Hawaii’s Neighbourhoods: Venture into Koloa Town on Kauai and find a neighbourhood still rooted in its rich plantation history. On Oahu, stroll through “mom and pop” shops and multi-cultural eateries dotted along Kapahulu on the edge of Waikiki. Maui’s quaint town of Makawao is a flourishing art community with a hint of paniolo past.
Did You Know?
State Motto: The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness
State Flower: Yellow Hibiscus
State Bird: Hawaiian Goose
Region: THE ISLANDS
Airlines: Air Canada, WestJet (seasonally)
Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Hapad-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International
Sales Tools: Hawaii travel trade resource centre: www.Agents.GoHawaii.com; Ke Kula O Hawaii Destination Specialist Certification Program; visitor guides, maps, itineraries, full-colour posters; bi-weekly Tourism Industry Update reports; Personalized Pre-Arrival Welcome Guidebook Packets.
Info: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau