Travel-Planning Guide

Airlift: An increasing number of major carriers now fly directly from the mainland to Kauai, the Big Island and Maui. American Airlines (800-433-7300, and United Airlines (800-241-6522, serve all four major islands. Carriers for interisland travel include Hawaiian Airlines (800-367-5320,, Island Air (808-652-6541, and Aloha Airlines (800-367-5250, Island Air flies to both Lanai and Molokai.

Wholesalers: Companies like Creative Leisure International (800-413-1000,; agent contact is Laura Polley: 800-548-3566 ext. 201, [email protected]), Pleasant Holidays (800-448-3333,; agent contact is Nikki Shanley, 800-442-3234 or [email protected]) and Apple Vacations (800-517-2000,; agent contact is the inside sales department, 800-727-3550) offer commissions that usually start at 10 to 15 percent. It's often easier to collect activity commissions from wholesalers than from individual tour operators.


Lodging: The stretches of white sand in Waikiki sit within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Hilton Hawaiian Village (800-445-8667, puts your client in the middle of the activity. The Lagoon Tower has oceanfront suites with kitchens and additional space perfect for families. Contact Debbie Hogan: 808-947-7843, [email protected] The elegant Halekulani's (800-367-2343, 720-square-foot, corner Junior Ocean Suites have double lanais with views of the ocean and Diamond Head; connecting rooms are available. Contact Lynn Hirayama: 808-923-2311, [email protected] For a quiet atmosphere close in proximity to the city, book rooms at the Kahala Hotel and Resort (800-367-2525, Contact Rowena Anecito (808-347-1268, [email protected]).

Restaurants: Renowned chef George Mavrothalassitis emphasizes local ingredients on his seasonal, wine-matched menus at Chef Mavro ( Multi-course meals aboard the Star of Honolulu ( complement views of the city skyline.

Transportation: Exotic cars are available from carriers like Paradise Rent-a-Car (808-946-7777), but if your clients plan to spend time in remote areas, you may want to steer them away from flashy vehicles that can attract thieves.


Lodging: Prince Junior Suites at the Princeville Resort (866-716-8110, on the island's North Shore have a dining area for four and "magic" windows that front the ocean, providing privacy or ocean views with the flip of a switch. Contact Carol Diaz (808-826-2235, [email protected]). Hilton Kauai Beach Resort (808-245-1955, offers a moderately priced East Shore, oceanfront option. Contact Janet Lindsey (808-246-5502, [email protected]). The Grand Hyatt Beach Resort and Spa (800-554-9288, is on the South Shore and has 600-square-foot deluxe oceanview rooms. The spa is undergoing construction in phases, so you may want to inquire about available services. Contact Chris Winderberg (808-240-6428, [email protected]).

Restaurants: The moderately priced Hanalei Gourmet ( serves fish specials, burgers and crab cakes. Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill ( serves Hawaiian fusion cuisine.

Transportation: Tropicars (, 808-635-5383) offers airport and car service in a 1958 Ford.


Guests can interact with dolphins in the ocean-fed lagoon of the Hilton Waikoloa Village (808-886-1234, The Lagoon Tower is for families who value pool access, and couples looking for quiet romance pick the Ocean Tower. Contact Russ Kembel (808-886-2933, [email protected]) or Teresa Cosgrove (808-886-2933). Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort (808-332-3441, hangs over the edge of a point, giving guests in the deluxe oceanfront rooms—including three suites—a bird's-eye view of tide pools. Contact Annabelle Smith (808-324-2509, [email protected]).

Restaurants: Jameson's by the Sea ( serves fresh fish at tables overlooking Magic Sands Beach. Pahu i'a ( also comes with ocean views, serving Hawaiian-style dishes.

Transportation: A four-wheel-drive car will give your clients better access to beach roads. Most large rental companies operate in Maui and offer four-wheel-drive options.


A moderately priced option on the busy stretch of Kaanapali Beach is the Kaanapali Beach Hotel (800-262-8450, The hotel features oceanfront family suites, and the ground floor rooms of the Lanai and Maui wings offer more space. Contact Carol Santos: 808-667-0105, [email protected] Guests at the Grand Wailea Resort (800-888-6100, can stay in the Napua Tower. Connecting rooms accommodate families and ground floor rooms with lanais provide access to the pools. Contact Jasmine Valdez: 808-875-1234 ext. 3165,jasmine.val [email protected] For clients who want to get away from the crowds, try the Hotel Hana Maui (800-321-4262, For an adults-only vacation, visit in May and September when the hotel forbids kids. Contact Emma Park (808-248-8211, [email protected]).

Restaurants: The Pacific Rim seafood at Mama's Fish House ( is the best dining on Maui. Leilani's on the Beach ( offers island-style fresh fish and steak. Resources

Transportation: Expeditions ( and the Molokai-Maui Ferry depart daily from Lahaina Harbor, carrying passengers to Lanai and Molokai.


Lodging: There are panoramic views of the ocean from prime oceanfront corner rooms at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (808-565-2000, Koele deluxe corner rooms overlook the gardens at Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele (808-565-4000). For both, contact Jennifer Hess: 808-565-7700, [email protected]

Restaurants: Pele's Other Garden ( in Lanai City serves pastas and salads.


Lodging: The Lodge and Beach Villages at Molokai Ranch (808-660-2824, offers canvas "tentalows," solar-powered, beachfront bungalows with two bedrooms and a private bath. Contact Marlo Nishimoto (808-521-9561, [email protected]

Restaurants: Paddler's Inn ( has pub food, indoor and outdoor seating and live music.