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Big fat Aloha Friday wrap

Get your fill of important industry updates from the Hawaiian islands in this handy wrap! And if that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, we recommend a cheeky kebab.

The Island of Hawaii Five Ways

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The Island of Hawaii is full of scenic surprises.

One lap around Hawaii’s largest island features everything from volcanic lava fields, rainforests and waterfalls to green pastures, white, green and black sand beaches and the state’s tallest mountain Mauna Kea (often snow-capped).

With all but four of the world’s climate zones existing on this Hawaiian Island, it’s a fascinating place to visit. The Island of Hawaii abounds in exclusive adventures, many of the land, sea and air tours can only be found on this island.

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WIN a trip to Hawaii!

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Are you an agent in need of an escape?

Hawaiian Airlines and Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort have teamed up to offer one top selling agent a trip for 2 to Hawaii!

For your chance to win 200,000 HawaiianMiles and 3 nights accommodation, start selling Hawaiian Airlines Extra Comfort seating.

Read more here.

Island of Hawaii Drive Itinerary

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The Island of Hawaii is the largest of all Hawaiian Islands making it the best island for renting a car and hitting the open road!

There’s so much to see, do and experience, not to mention eleven out of the world’s thirteen climate zones to discover. Follow this custom itinerary and spend six days ticking off the islands top attractions.

Read more here.

Hawaiian Airlines agent rates are back

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Getting to explore our beautiful islands your way is an experience you will never forget.

Now you can book industry fares for Hawaiian Airlines within 60 days of departure with Breakaway Travel Club from $469 return plus taxes.

Read more here.

Hawai’i Volcano National Park updates

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) has resumed normal operations, and have re-opened sections of the park that were closed during the government shutdown.

There are still road closures and restrictions in some parts of the park.

Read more here.

Hawaiian Airlines industry news

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Stay up to date on all the latest information from Hawaiian Airlines with their new industry newsletter.

Read more here.

Visitor Access to USS Arizona Memorial suspended

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Visitor access to the USS Arizona Memorial has been suspended for several months due to safety concerns.

The closure is due to movement of the loading dock and corresponding movement of the loading ramp to the memorial.

While repairs are made, the USS Arizona Memorial will remain closed. Repairs are expected to be completed by March 2019. Updates will be provided on our website and Facebook page.

Read more here.

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