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Aloha Friday Wrap: Hawaii’s latest news and developments, Hawaiian Airlines’ year in review + MORE!

It’s our first Aloha Friday Wrap for 2020, and we can guarantee you’ll be well-informed about all Hawaii has to offer after reading this mammoth collection of articles.

Hawaii’s latest hotel developments, attractions and activities

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In need of an update on Hawaii’s latest offerings?

Feel instantly more confident about selling the US island state with this.

Save the date for Aloha Down Under 2020!

It’s time to mark down Australia and New Zealand’s largest annual Hawaii roadshow in your calendar.

In 2020, Aloha Down Under will visit Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, running from 12 August to 20 August.

As an exclusive travel agent event, you will have the opportunity to network with Hawaii suppliers and improve your product knowledge.

Click here for more info.

Hawaiian Airlines’ 2019 in review

It’s safe to say 2019 was among the most eventful years Hawaiian Airlines has had in nine decades.

The year-long observance of the airline’s 90th anniversary – a milestone reserved to only a handful of commercial airlines – was marked by exciting new routes, renovations to our airport lobbies, a fleet expansion, and a host of sustainability and cultural initiatives.

Click here for a recap of Hawaiian Airlines’ 90th-anniversary celebrations and key accomplishments in 2019.

Outrigger’s ‘Australia Day in Waikiki’ event to raise funds for bushfire relief

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is joining the worldwide effort in supporting the Australian bushfire crisis by turning its inaugural Australia Day in Waikiki event into a fundraising effort to increase further awareness and money to assist the fire-ravaged country.

The event is taking place from 11am on Sunday 26 January at the iconic Duke’s Waikiki – the anchor restaurant at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

Click here for more details.

What’s new on Maui, Molokai and Lanai?

Looking to send your clients on holiday to somewhere tropical?

This handy update on three of Hawaii’s stunning islands would be a good place to start.

How Hawaiian Airlines honoured a waterman’s legacy at the 2019 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational

Widely recognised as the world’s most prestigious surf contest, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational honours the legacy of Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard and big-wave pioneer, the late Eddie Aikau.

In honouring Hawaii’s most celebrated waterman and surfing’s historical ties to the islands, Hawaiian Airlines has joined the invitational as a major sponsor.

Read more about this partnership here.

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