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Aloha Friday wrap: Five top Hawaii road trips, Hawaiian Airlines’ eco-friendly practices + MORE

This week’s Aloha Friday wrap is so good you’ll want to break out the ukulele and hula dance in celebration.

Five of Hawaii’s top road trips

Road in Maui, Hawaii

Are great road trips really possible on a collection of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with just under 10,931 square miles of total terra firma among them? You better believe it!

Road trippers sampling Hawaii’s uber-scenic island roadways simply have to adjust their definition of the Great American Road Trip a bit. Rather than hundreds of miles of driving, think dozens. Instead of multiple days to finish, think multiple hours.

Best of all? Hawaii’s road trips are as varied as they are unique. From stunning sea-level and sea-cliff coastal drives to cool inland countryside and mountain journeys, road trips in Hawaii boast nature, scenery and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Are your clients ready to put some miles on that rental car? Click HERE to discover five of Hawaii’s top road trips, complete with must-see scenery, activities, towns to check out and groovy stops along the way.

Breaking down Hawaiian Airlines’ fuel efficiency practices

Hawaiian Airlines ground crew

While passengers are kicking back and enjoying Hawaiian Airlines’ award-winning hospitality, the airline is hard at work to get them to the islands using the least amount of fuel possible.

Fuel efficiency takes place at every stage of the Hawaiian Airlines travel experience, from waiting to take-off to the moment the aircraft’s wheels touch the runway.

The airline is continuously analysing its operations to identify opportunities to be more efficient – both on the ground and in the air.

Last year, Hawaiian Airlines lowered its annual jet fuel burn by seven million gallons. This reduced its annual carbon output by 86,300 metric tons – the equivalent to removing 18,323 cars off the road for one year.

“Hawaii is our mission as a destination airline, but more importantly, it’s home to most of our employees,” said Art Parra, senior manager of fuel efficiency at Hawaiian Airlines.

“We have a big responsibility in protecting and preserving our islands’ natural resources, and a part of that duty is making sure we are operating at a high level of fuel efficiency.”

Find out some of the ways the airline is reducing its carbon footprint by clicking HERE.

Product managers treated to luxury Maui famil

Maui Famil 1

Last week, six product managers from Australia and New Zealand headed to Maui on a combined famil between Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania, Brand USA and Hawaiian Airlines.

Showcasing how Maui is the perfect stopover destination, the participants spent three nights on the island after their time in mainland USA, enjoying five-star accommodation, at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua and An Daz Maui.

Participants were treated to a cocktail mixology class, five-course dinner, a sunset sail, helicopter rainforest tour and a tour through upcountry Maui.

Read more about what the six lucky product managers got to experience on the famil HERE.

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