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Los Angeles Rams and Hawaii Tourism Authority team up to promote the Hawaiian Islands

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The Los Angeles Rams and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) are kicking off a partnership to promote tourism to the Hawaiian Islands, it was announced today.

As part of the agreement, the Rams will play a 2019 preseason game at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Game details including date, time and opponent will be announced later. Fans may sign up for more information at therams.com/Hawaii.

HTA will work with the Rams to activate year-round across Los Angeles. The partnership kicked off earlier today with The Hawaiian Islands serving as the presenting sponsor of the Rams-Seahawks game at the LA Memorial Coliseum. HTA will have signage featured on Rams gamedays near the iconic torch and will air spots during the Rams gameday broadcasts on ESPNLA 710 AM. HTA also will be featured on Rams digital and social platforms, including a contest that will launch later this year for fans to win a trip to Hawaii to see the Rams play.

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52 Travel Agents explore Hawaii and the photos are in!

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Over fifty travel agents from Australia and New Zealand discovered the best of Hawaii recently on Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania (HTO) and Hawaiian Airlines’ Experience Aloha Hawai‘i Mega Famil. The agents visited the islands of Kaua‘i, Maui, O‘ahu and the Island of Hawai‘i.

The agents enjoyed the 2018 Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, had a bird’s eye view of Maui on the Maverick Helicopters Hana Rainforest tour, explored Hawaii’s great outdoors on the Ultimate Ranch Tour by ATV and much, much more.

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What’s new in Hawaii?

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Thinking of going to Hawaii? Here’s all the updates on the tropical paradise!

The USS Arizona Memorial, which has been off-limits to visitors since workers first noticed structural damage on the visitor loading ramp this May, is set to be re-open by the end of March 2019. Currently, in lieu of USS Arizona Memorial programs, visitors will be taken on a 30-minute narrated harbour tour of Battleship Row and the area around the USS Arizona Memorial.

Tickets are still required. Visitors can get walk-in tickets at the visitor centre on a first come, first served basis, or reserve tickets online at www.recreation.gov. https://www.nps.gov/valr/faqs.htm.

Read more about what’s new in Hawaii here.

Pacific Rim Futsal Cup

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The 2018 Pacific Rim Futsal Cup is coming to the Hawai‘i Convention Center November 29-December 2, 2018. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor courts with a low-bounce ball.

The international tournament is open to youth ages 10-19 as well as men’s and women’s teams. The public is welcome to attend and watch these exciting games. For more information, visit http://pacificrimfutsalcup.com/

Hawaiian Airlines is turning 90!

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It’s little wonder that Hawaiian Airlines the Airline of Hawai’i is renowned worldwide for its signature Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host) hospitality – a reflection of the culture, people and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.

This week Hawaiian Airlines has commenced it’s 90th year of continuous operation, an amazing milestone that many of the world’s iconic airlines never reached.

Hawaiian was incorporated on January 30, 1929, under the name ‘Inter-Island Airways Ltd’. In the year prior, Stanley C. Kennedy, a Silver Star Navy pilot, convinced the board of directors of Inter-Island Steam Navigation of the importance of air service to the Territory and so formed Inter-Island Airways.

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Here’s what’s going on in Hawaii right now

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to introduce festive happenings on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

You’ll also find exciting updates on each island’s extraordinary cultural events, culinary indulgences, nature adventures, premier events, awards, and whale watching opportunities. With a remarkable collection of experiences on Maui Nui, creating lifetime memories is effortless.

There’s everything from whale-watching to golfing to events happening in Hawaii.

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