Destinations

Aloha Friday Wrap: Island of Hawaii update, Hawaiian Airlines’ starring TV role + MORE

Looking to brush up on your knowledge of all things Hawaii? Go from novice to expert with this…

Island of Hawaii update: what’s new, and things you probably don’t know

Travellers may initially be inspired to visit the Island of Hawaii for its cerulean waters, verdant rainforests and valleys, and striking black sand beaches, but there is so much more to explore.

With an abundance of culture and history to share, the island is full of unique experiences and intriguing facts that inspire first-time and returning visitors.

Click here for a comprehensive, up-to-date lowdown on the Island of Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines to star in new season of Seven’s Step Outside with Paul Burt

If you and/or your clients love Hawaii, fishing, the great outdoors and food, mark your calendar for 8 December and a sneak peek of what’s in store in early 2020 with TV show Step Outside with Paul Burt.

Hawaiian Airlines recently flew Burt and his team on its nonstop daily flight between Sydney and Hawaii to film dozens of story segments, tips, fishing, and cooking adventures, which will feature in every episode of the 7mate show for three months, starting March next year.

Read more here.

HTO showcases Hawaiian Islands during MICE famil

Last week, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania (HTO) hosted a group of professional meeting planners for a MICE famil on Oahu and the Island of Hawaii.

The trip across the Hawaiian Islands was filled with unique experiences and Aloha hospitality, beginning with a champagne toast in the Qantas Lounge courtesy of Qantas.

Read all about it here.

How Hawaiian Airlines is flying cleaner

From investing in a more modern fleet, to utilising state-of-the-art technology and adopting industry best practices for all phases of flying, Hawaiian Airlines is intent on lowering fuel burn and reducing carbon emissions before, during and after each flight.

While Hawaiian’s guests are kicking back and enjoying award-winning hospitality, the airline’s ‘ohana is hard at work to transport passengers to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands while using the least amount of fuel possible.

Click here for outline of Hawaiian Airlines’ sustainability efforts so far, as well as its continuous approach to flying cleaner.

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Cruise

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Road & Rail

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