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EXTP Newsletter
June 2022

How-To Savor Hawaiʻi’s Island-Grown Flavors

It's no secret that the dining scene on the Hawaiian Islands is a food lover’s paradise. With a culinary landscape that blends an international influence with locally raised ingredients, the Hawaiian Islands provide clients with a range of gourmet dishes. In addition to experiencing legendary restaurants and unique food tours, one of the best ways to experience locally-grown eats are via lively farmer’s markets!

Kauaʻi-bound clients will be delighted to explore the island’s dynamic and vibrant farmers markets. The Kauai Community Market is a gathering place that features the beautiful sights of fresh fruits and veggies, local treats such as poi and kūlolo, tropical flowers and more. For clients looking to shop for goodies, fresh coffee, goat cheese, spices, honey and baked goods make the perfect snacks and gifts for family and friends back home. Food tours are ideal for clients to sip and taste locally sourced ingredients on the Garden Island. Lydgate Farms is renowned for their three-hour guided chocolate tour. Clients will stroll through botanical gardens, sample palm-blossom honey, experience vanilla beans and participate in an extensive tropical fruit tasting.


The Gathering Place provides clients with farmer’s markets from Waikīkī to the North Shore. From island delicacies, handmade crafts to freshly-picked produce, Mahiku Farmer's Market at International Market Place is perfect for clients to buy local and support locally made products. We encourage clients to head to the north shore during the weekday to mitigate traffic congestion on the weekends by visiting the farmer’s market in Waimea Valley. The cornerstones of Waimea Valley’s farmer’s market features smoothies, skincare and pet treats, produce, gourmet plate lunches, art, crafts and more for clients.

From the island famed banana bread, vibrant roadside fruit stands, fresh seafood, clients visiting Maui will embark on a flavorful journey. We recommend clients to venture on a food tour to appreciate Maui’s best bites. Perched above 3,500-foot elevation on the slopes of Haleakala, O‘o Farm's Gourmet Lunch & Farm Tour provides clients with a special farm to table experience. Clients will stroll through the farm to pick their own veggies and eat a tasteful lunch that features the vegetables that were picked from the tour. Widely known for its farmers markets, the sights, sounds, scents and flavors at Upcountry Farmers Market features fresh and island grown produce. In addition to supporting local vendors, clients will explore island favorites such as husked coconuts, tangy lilikoʻi (passion fruit) butter and much more.

Island of Hawai‘i

The island of Hawaiʻi’s spirit is reflected in its cuisine where clients will marvel at how diverse tthe cuisine is as the outdoor landscape. From starting off the day with homegrown Kona coffee, enjoying freshly caught seafood for lunch, exploring island favorites such as kālua pig at a lū‘au to devouring shaved ice, the island of Hawaiʻi is filled with beloved local comfort foods for clients. A great adventure for clients to eat like a local on the island of Hawaiʻi is to embark on a farm and food tasting tour. The island of Hawaiʻi offers ample farm and food tasting tours where clients will experience and taste a variety of island grown treats and confections such as coffee, cacao, honey, vanilla, tea, chocolate, wine and more. Clients can also consider spending some time discovering the farmers markets from Kona to Volcano, and everywhere in between, such as the Hāwī’s Farmers Market, Waimea Town Market, Kamuela Farmer’s Market, Hilo Farmers Market, and the Night Market at Uncle Robert’s ‘Awa Bar and Farmers Market. These open-air markets are a great way for clients to taste island famed treats and engage with local artisan vendors.

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Duke’s OceanFest is Hawaiʻi’s annual premier ocean sports festival that celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, athletic contributions, and spirit. Clients can experience the event from August 20 – 28, 2022 on the shores of Waikīkī. Duke’s OceanFest features a variety of lifestyle sports disciplines that represent Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy and the culture of Hawaiʻi: surfing, swimming, paddleboard racing, menehune surfing, surfboard water polo, foil surfing, beach Volleyball, and Hawaiʻi’s only dog surfing competition! Festivities throughout the week also include cultural, hula, film and music presentations. Clients can get all the event details here: www.dukesoceanfest.com.

Mālama Hawai‘i

With a hope of inspiring mindful travel while in Hawai‘i, almost 100 businesses and volunteer organizations across the Hawaiian Islands have partnered to create the Mālama Hawai‘i program. Think of it as more than just an invitation to visit Hawai‘i, but a unique and uplifting experience inviting your clients to visit in a way that offers something back to Hawai‘i. A visit where they personally give the gift of their mālama (“care”) to restore, perpetuate and regenerate Hawai‘i’s places, landscapes and natural resources through their volunteer efforts.


Mālama Hawai‘i volunteer projects welcome and truly appreciating your clients desire to work with them range from reforestation and tree planting to self-directed beach cleanups, ocean-reef preservation and more. As an incentive and mahalo (thank you) for the positive impact of volunteering, multiple Mālama Hawai‘i hotel partners are even offering complimentary additional room nights and special surprises to guests participating in qualified volunteer community-giving projects and activities.

Click this link for a list of hotel, airline and volunteer organizations on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and the island of Hawai‘i offering voluntourism opportunities and special offers as part of the Mālama Hawai‘i program.


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