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EXTP Newsletter
March 2022

A Taste of Hawaii

Hawaii is home to a multiethnic restaurant and culinary scene inspired by global flavors and, at their best, menus defined by their inclusion of island-grown ingredients, all of it marking the Aloha State as a foodie paradise for clients. From innovative modern restaurants, venerable local cafes and family-owned eateries, to decadent dessert spots, cool coffee shops, unique food halls and more, many of Hawaii’s neighborhoods boast a diverse and vibrant food scene. No matter your client’s budget, where they’re staying, or the cuisine they crave, their next delicious meal awaits in one or more of the neighborhoods below, where they’ll experience much of what has made Hawaii an endlessly ono (delicious) destination.

Kauai: Poipu/South side: Eat Like a Local

Poipu/South side is a must-visit for clients traveling to the Garden Isle. From upscale dining, and local plate lunches, to resort luau and dishes chockful of island-grown ingredients, this warm and sunny area of the island has something for every appetite. It’s also a neighborhood where you can truly eat like a local, feasting on fresh-caught seafood, poke bowls and, of course, ever-chill shave ice topped by one, two or more of a multitude of syrup flavors. With a range of places to eat, from budget-friendly to fine dining, Kauai’s Poipu/South side assures your clients multiple memorable dining experiences.

Oahu: Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown: A Kaleidoscope of Dishes
There’s no better way for hungry or thirsty clients to explore the Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown neighborhood than popping in and out of the area’s restaurants and bars, wining, and dining as they sidewalk explore. From award-winning restaurants and multiethnic eateries to inspired bars with great food menus and spots for serious cocktails, the area is a definite hotspot for foodies. Here, some of the island’s most creative and talented chefs offer menus rich with traditional and modern dishes, many of these proudly boasting their local-ingredient credentials. While in the downtown/Chinatown area, clients will also enjoy shopping its iconic lei shoppes and open markets, great local art, ice cream, coffee, fashion and boutique retail stores.

Maui Nui: Wailuku: A Flavorful Journey Through Maui’s History
Clients traveling to the Valley Isle can experience Maui’s dining scene as a flavorful reflection of the island’s multicultural history. Wailuku is one of Maui’s best neighborhoods for exploring new and longtime-favorite local eateries, bakeries, coffee cafes, breakfast spots, lunch shops and more. Wailuku boasts numerous restaurants purchasing Maui-sourced ingredients for their dishes and locally made spirits and craft beer for their bar menus. While in Wailuku recommend clients take the Small Town * Big Art walking tour, a creative placemaking project aiming to develop a public-arts district focused on the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of Wailuku town.

Hawaii Island: Hilo: A Culinary Reflection of the Island’s Agricultural Diversity

Island of Hawaii-bound clients will discover for themselves how this island’s best eats are as diverse as its abundance of landscapes. From picturesque oceanside dinners and farm and coffee plantation tours and tastings, to savoring local comfort food favorites such as the Hawaii Island-born dish loco moco, the culinary scene in Hilo is endlessly explorable and infinitely delicious. Whether clients are spending a single night or multiple days in Hilo as their east-side base for exploring the island, their taste buds will also be rewarded should they venture around sampling multiethnic take-out spots, unique longtime drive-ins and okazuya, inventive bakeries, elevated plate lunch places, and farm-and-farmers-market-to-table restaurants.

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Give back and malama (care for) Hawaii by participating in Volunteer Week Hawaii, the state’s largest volunteer-focused campaign and the largest state-level celebration of National Volunteer Week in the United States. With more than 200 volunteer opportunities available statewide April 17-23, 2022, there’s something for everyone. This cross-sector campaign brings together residents, visitors, nonprofits, businesses, schools and government agencies in a concerted effort to take grassroots action that serves Hawaii’s communities. Visit KanuHawaii.org to learn more and browse unique opportunities to make a positive impact.


New Official Visitors' Guide

The 2022 Hawaii Statewide Official Visitors Guide is now available. Along with insider adventures by land, air or sea, you'll find opportunities for your clients to malama (care for) this unique place, its people and the culture that makes it so special. Download the visitors guide here hvcb.org/hawaiivisitorsguide/ or visit https://agents.gohawaii.com to access sales, marketing and training resources.

Malama Hawaii

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


Malama Hawaii 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 Malama Hawaii 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 Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the island of Hawaii offering voluntourism opportunities and special offers as part of the Malama Hawaii program.


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