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EXTP Newsletter
February 2022

Hawaii's National Parks

In the Hawaiian Islands, our National Park Service (NPS) national and historical parks, historic sites, monuments and trails preserve the history and cultural knowledge of Hawaii and its people, as well as the natural beauty and native plant and wildlife habitats of lands they protect and manage in perpetuity. Dynamic in their features and accessible experiences, Hawaii’s NPS-managed parks have something to offer every client from thrill seekers, historians, photographers, environmentalists, backpackers and adventurers, to travelers who simply want to see Hawaii’s unique-in-all-the-world landscapes in-person, for themselves.

Whether trekking through its mist-cloaked forests of gigantic hapuu ferns or gazing upon the landscape of Halemaumau crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reminds us that the island of Hawaii is still a living, growing entity. A place of contrasting environments and landscapes that will satisfy the exploratory notions of single-day guests, and immensely reward multiday and return visitors seeking deeper self-guided exploration of its rugged lava fields, rainforest flora and fauna, lava tubes and craters, coastline meetings of lava and ocean, Hawaiian cultural sites, ash-covered deserts, and even alpine tundra. For clients staying on the west side, encourage them to visit Puuhonua o Honaunau. The Hawaiian language place name Puuhonua o Honaunau translates as “place of refuge of Honaunau” in English, and in Hawaiian antiquity was a place where persons fleeing death or harm could find full protection at this serene oceanfront sanctuary at Honaunau Bay on the south Kona Coast. After being absolved by priests, all were free to leave, protected by the mana (spiritual power) of alii (royalty) buried at the puuhonua who were deified as protection gods. For modern-day visitors, the park preserves the scenic 420-acre site’s sanctuary area, fishponds and palm grove of its royal grounds, and remnants of Kiilae village.

Encourage your Maui-bound clients to book a visit to Haleakala National Park, which always delivers an awe-inspiring, ethereal experience. Towering over the island of Maui and visible from just about any point, at 10,023 feet above sea level, this dormant volcano is the stage for a breathtaking range of landscapes—and skyscapes. With more endangered species than any other park in the National Park Service, clients will see rare plants like blooming ahinahina (silversword) and may even spot a nene (Hawaiian goose), the state bird. Clients can take advantage of the numerous hiking trails that offer solitude and scenic vistas, including Haleakala Crater hiking trails and wilderness areas, Keoneheehee (Sliding Sands) Trail and Halemauu Trail.

Visitors to Puuloa (more famously known as Pearl Harbor) on the island of Oahu will wish to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, home to the iconic USS Arizona Memorial. The memorial’s interactive, highly informative visitor center shares knowledge of the 1941 attack on U.S. military installations at Pearl Harbor – which hastened America’s entry into World War II – as well as the history of the Pacific War prior to and after the attack. Encourage memorial visitors to also seek out the historical remnants of Battleship Row and other Pearl Harbor museums, memorials and historical artifacts, which honor the memory of those who fought for a cause larger than themselves.

The island of Kauai is home to incredible must-see state parks unlike any other in the world. Waimea Canyon, located on Kauai's West Side, is described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Stretching 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges, as well as a myriad of unique hiking trails. North of Waimea Canyon, continuing up the road, is Kokee State Park. Spread over 4,345 acres on a plateau 3,200 to 4,200 feet above sea level, Kokee State Park is abundant in forest, wildflowers and hiking trails making it an excellent spot to see native plants and colorful endemic Hawaiian forest birds like the apapane, iiwi and moa. Clients can explore the park’s roughly 45 miles of the state's hiking trails which will satisfy beginners and seasoned hikers alike. Please inform your Kauai-bound clients that pay stations have been installed and are located in the parking lots. Before visiting, please visit dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/ for the most up to date information and avoid relying on social media to determine accessibility.

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Clients visiting Oahu this spring with an affinity for art can check out the Hawaii Triennial 2022 (HT22). This citywide art exhibition will be framed around the concept of Pacific Century — E Hoomau no Moananuiakea, interweaving themes of history, place, social activism, environmental change and identity within the context of Hawaii’s unique location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania. One of the largest periodic showcases of contemporary art in Hawaii, HT22 will be presented across seven exhibition venues on Oahu, from February 18 through May 8, 2022. The 11-week exhibition’s venues are Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaii Theatre Center, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Visit HawaiiContemporary.org to learn more.


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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