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EXTP Newsletter
October 2021

“Let’s Go Surfing Now, Everybody’s Learning How!”

Hawaii is synonymous with surfing. From famed surf breaks Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore to Peahi (aka Jaws) on Maui, the Hawaiian Islands offer some of the world’s most excellent waves to catch the surf world’s best do what they do best. This is especially so during winter wave season when Hawaii surf is at its largest and most impressive. Surfing is also deeply ingrained in Hawaii’s history and culture. Known in some circles as the “sport of kings,” surfing was once reserved largely for Hawaiian royalty, including King Kamehameha I who enjoyed taking to the waves. Today, surfers of all levels paddle out on Hawaii’s surf breaks in search of the perfect ride. Whether your client is a newbie to surfing or an experienced wave rider, the surf is up pretty much year-round somewhere in Hawaii. Ocean safety experts recommend that surfers and beachgoers new to any of Hawaii’s beaches and surf breaks check in with lifeguards before entering the water for any activity. Lifeguards welcome inquiries and will explain potential daily hazards like rip currents and dangerous shore breaks. After that, you’ll be ready to experience the majesty of our surrounding Pacific Ocean the way we do — with reverence and respect for its awesome power. Check out our below list of some of Hawaii’s top surf schools and invite your client to hit the waves safely on their next visit!

One of the best ways for Kauai-bound clients to get their feet wet in the sport of surfing is by visiting a local surf school. Kauai Beach Boys, one of the island’s first surf schools, offers surf and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons, outrigger canoe rides, beach gear rentals, boat cruises, waterfall hikes, tours and more. For clients visiting Kauai’s south side, Poipu Beach Surf School offers year-round surfing lessons for all levels of surfers. First-time surfers will enjoy the school’s beginners lesson while advanced surfers can take on the adventure of a half-day instructor-led trip to island surf spots largely unknown to visitors.

From the wild winter waves of north shore Peahi to the year-round calmer waters of west side Kaanapali and Lahaina, Maui offers clients a diversity of surf breaks and opportunities for surfing and SUP. If your clients are beginners looking for a complete surf experience, have them check out Maui Surf Clinics, where they’ll receive a surfing lesson and also learn about water safety, ocean awareness and surfing etiquette. The island’s only female-owned surf school, Maui Surfer Girls offers lessons primarily led by female instructors, with co-ed classes on the waves of west side Ukumehame Beach Park, away from crowds. Clients interested in SUP should look into the offerings of Hawaiian Paddle Sports, an environmentally-conscious adventure company with a variety of surf, SUP, canoe and kayak lessons and tours. The company is known for its SUP tours, including two-hour ocean adventures at Makena, Olowalu and Kapalua Bay.

From Waikiki in the summer to its world-famous North Shore during winter, Oahu is a surfer’s paradise year-round. Encourage your clients interested in surfing on the island to check out surf schools like the one run by Hawaii Surf Guru Kimo Chung, who offers beginning, intermediate and advanced private surf and SUP lessons, and shares knowledge of Oahu’s local surf scene and culture. Got seasoned-surfer clients looking for surfboards or paddleboards to rent for their visit? Hawaii Surfboard Rentals offers competitive daily and weekly rental rates on a variety of boards, with free delivery island-wide. Located in Waikiki, the company also rent out car racks, beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers.

Island of Hawaii
Surfing-inclined clients visiting the west side of the island should check out Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors (HLSI), a native Hawaiian-run surf school founded in 1998 and located in Kailua-Kona. The HLSI team is committed to, in its own words, “perpetuating the heritage of surfing and the Hawaiian culture with aloha and a safety-first attitude.” The surf school’s two-hour lessons happen at Kahaluu Beach, just south of Kailua-Kona in Keauhou, and are led — as the name of the business implies — by professional lifeguards and watermen.

Festivals of Hawaii

41st Hawaii International Festival
November 04 - 21, 2021

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50th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
November 04-07, 2021

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Hawaii Island is the place to be for a java buzz, November 4 through 7, with the return of the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Happening both virtually and in-person, this year’s festival offers an excellent opportunity for your clients — even if they can’t be on the lovely Kona Coast — to learn firsthand from island coffee farmers and experts why Kona-grown coffee is world-renowned. The annual festival is a celebration of Kona’s cultural heritage and the accomplishments of the district’s coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans. One of Hawaii’s oldest and most successful food festivals, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The four-day event will feature coffee tastings, farm tours, contests, entertainment and more. Visit https://konacoffeefest.com for more details.

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 welcoming 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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