This week, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines sent 52 Australian and New Zealand travel agents on the Experience Aloha Hawai‘i Mega Famil to the islands of Kaua‘i, Maui, O‘ahu and the Island of Hawai‘i.
The agents travelling on the four-day island adventure experienced some of the best of what Hawai‘i has to offer with each island itinerary carefully crafted to highlight its distinct environment.
Jetting off on 27 October 2018, the agents flew internationally and to neighbour islands with Hawaiian Airlines, enjoying four nights’ accommodation at a range of Hawaiian resorts and hotels. Taking part in an array of interesting and exciting Hawaiian experiences, the agents were treated to an unforgettable itinerary.
Agents on The Island of Hawai‘i famil took part in a volcano and rainforest helicopter tour, manta ray night snorkelling, a brewery tour and lunch at Kona Brewing and experienced harvesting and roasting their own coffee at Ueshima Coffee Company. On the Maui famil, agents took part in snorkelling around Molokini Crater, ziplining the slopes of Haleakalā, exploring an upcountry farm tour with a gourmet breakfast and freshly harvested brewed coffee, a lū‘au at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel and a helicopter tour along the Hāna Rainforest.
The Kaua‘i famil saw spectacular sights on a helicopter tour over Waimea Canyon and Napali Coast, tasted rum at Kōloa Rum and took part in an ATV tour at Kīpū Ranch. Agents on the O‘ahu famil experienced the Hawai‘i food and wine festival, explored SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, took an e-mountain bike tour at Kaualoa Ranch and rode horses at Turtle Bay Resort.
Throughout the Mega Famil, the agents were tasked with capturing their best photos, for the chance to win a $250 visa gift card. Check out the hashtags #MegaAloha #gohawaiiau and #hawaiianairlines on Instagram to choose your favourite of the submissions!
On the last evening of the Mega Famil, all four groups came together on the Island of O‘ahu at the newly renovated Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel for a night of Haku lei making and aloha apothecary sessions.
To reflect the many legends that can be found in Hawai‘i, each group had to present their own legendary story depicting their island journey. The winning group was the Island of Hawai‘i who adapted the legend of ‘ōhi‘a and Lehua around their own particular itinerary and experiences. The judges included Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Chris Sadayasu and Joy Tomita from the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel who noted that the winning presentation resonated the most from a Hawaiian perspective. Members of the winning team each won a $50 gift card as well as a night’s accommodation at the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel.
The famil was a huge success, igniting the aloha spirit in 52 Australian and New Zealand agents while also showcasing the depth of experiences and variety of activities on each of the Hawaiian islands.