“Hawaii is not that special, it’s nice but I wouldn’t want to live here…”
This is what I thought many years ago after the first week of my Hawaiian vacation. I was going from tourist attraction to tourist attraction seeing beautiful places but was missing something.
On the second week I stopped being a tourist,
I stopped rushing around, and I took time to feel
the spirit of Hawaii, and I fell in love with the Islands. I gave notice at work, left home and moved to Hawaii for an unforgettable adventure…and the start of a life of travel!
I worked at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the second hotel to be built on Waikiki beach, known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific. I was hired because I wore shoes to the interview…but that’s another story!
It was a good lesson to learn, to take time to really know what is special about a place and not be a trophy tourist – checking off places of interest listed in a guide book – but to look deeper, too feel what is special.
I have been designated a Hawaii Destination Expert by the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau. Each Hawaiian Island is different, with its own attractions and unique charm – do you know which is best for you?
Do you know…
- Hawaii (the Big Island) – contains 11 of the 13 officially recognized climatic zones found in the Earth’s atmosphere?
- Kauai – is where you will find The Grand Canyon of the Pacific and location for many movies including South Pacific, Jurassic Park and The Descents.
- Lanai – is an island without traffic lights, home of two world class golf courses…and where Bill Gates was married.
- Maui – has more miles of swimmable beach, the largest dormant volcano in the world and cowboys.
- Oahu – has the only royal palace on American soil, International Surfing Championships and is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population.
The Travel by Tatten Advantage
When you book one of my partner hotels and resorts worldwide you receive a special amenity; breakfast for two daily, a dining or resort credit, spa credits, complimentary round of golf and welcome amenities – Benefits vary by property. On thousands of cruises enjoy exclusive benefits such as exclusive savings, upgrades, shipboard credits and more.
Resort, House or Condo?
The Hawaiian Islands offer a wide range of accommodations. Are you looking to pamper yourself? The Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton are included in the luxury hotels available for that special vacation, or imagine yourself in an oceanfront bungalow or a private home. There are mega resorts and small hotels, or maybe a condo is what you need…Hawaii has them all!
Cruising the Islands
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, the only cruise ship sailing round trip from Hawaii, sails year round. Their award winning itinerary gives you the most time in port, seven nights, four islands with two overnight stays on each island. Time to explore without packing and unpacking. Extend your stay – arrive before your cruise or stay after, to explore and enjoy world famous Waikiki Beach.
Sail from the West Coast – Several cruise lines sail round trip to Hawaii from the west coast.
Learn more about cruises.
Destination weddings are popular, imagine standing on a beach with the sun setting as you say your vows, or if you want something a bit different maybe a Stand-Up Paddleboard, Wedding or a Canoe Wedding! Same sex marriages have been legal since 2013. Hawaii is LGBT friendly and had already legalized civil unions in 2011.
Honeymoon or Anniversary
Sail on a sunset cruise, walk along a beach, visit the spa and have dinner under the stars. Hawaii is romance!
Hawaii has it all for families. Hiking in nature, beautiful beaches, zip-lining, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving, helicopter tours, horseback riding and so much more. Hotels including the Four Seasons, Sheraton, Hilton and The Fairmont offer programs for families and there is Aulani, a Disney Resort on Oahu. Lots of choices.
Girls Hawaiian Getaway
Spend time with special friends on a Hawaiian getaway! A package can be put together to fit your group – Are you an active group or more spa, pool and chocolate? Or a little of both? Let me help you Imagine the possibilities…
So much to see and do, let me help you find the right island to make your stay special and memorable. Come discover your dreams! Contact me today!
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