Sea Salts of Hawaii – The Perfect Gourmet Gift

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We are happy to now offer Sea Salts of Hawai‘i’s Gourmet Cooking Salts to our gift and amenity options. A variety of different seasoned salts are available.

The salts are harvested from salt farms in the Hawaiian Islands and from ancient deep sea waters offer the Kona Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Traditionally, Hawaiian sea salt was used in ceremonial blessing of outgoing canoes and to preserve abundant catches. A tradition that carries on today. A gift of salt is considered a symbol of good luck and a blessing.

Some of the unique island salt blends include:
‘Alea- Red ‘Alea clay was traditionally added to Hawaiian sea salt to provide extra nutrition in the diets of the native people. Its fame has spread far from the islands and gourmet chefs use it to flavor the dishes of the world.
Kona – Pure sea-water evaporated by the warm Hawaiian sun, creates a seawater salt 33% lower in sodium than ordinary table salt. The clear and natural taste is prized by chefs of the seven seas and those who enjoy their cooking.
Uahi – Uahi is Hawaiian for the dark black smoke that rises from the coconut shell charcoal. The charcoal gives the alt its distinct color and antitoxin qualities. This black salt makes for a dramatic finish on fish and delicate foods and salads.

Maritz Partners with MC&A to Create an Award-Winning Program

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Maritz Travel partnered with MC&A, Inc. on a program for Cisco Systems’ Chairman’s Club that recently won a prestigious Crystal Award for Exceptional Motivational Travel Program from SITE, a global network of meeting, travel and event professionals with over 2,100 members in 87 countries.

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Its Chairman’s Club accomplishes many of their sales-related retention and motivation objectives: motivating and recognizing top sales people, enabling networking, and ensuring winners have exposure to senior leaders.

Cisco engaged Maritz Travel to create a unique motivational experience for the Big Island program that would inspire salespeople to strive for extraordinary business results and recognize them for their hard work and success. Top-performing sales individuals and their guests were invited to attend Chairman’s Club and, along with Cisco Executives, took over the Four Seasons Resort Hualalali, Kona, Hawaii – an ideal venue to offer winners an exclusive experience.

Chairman’s Club had been held in Hawaii for five years and Maritz Travel and Cisco had built strong relationships with MC&A, Inc. Together, a program was created that was filled with the celebration of success for the worldwide sales team and provided a unique experience that winners were able to share with leadership and peers.

Mike Dolan Voted President-Elect of MPI Aloha Chapter

We’d like to congratulate our own Vice President of Sales, Mike Dolan, for being voted as this year’s President-Elect for MPI’s Aloha Chapter.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) the world’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meeting and event industry is committed to positioning meetings and events as a key strategic component of an organizations success.

The Aloha Chapter of MPI, established in 1998, empowers its members to increase their strategic value with education, professional development and business growth opportunities.The Aloha Chapter of MPI (MPIAC), with nearly 100 members was established in 1999 and continues to build a rich, global meeting industry in the Hawaiian Islands. MPIAC delivers value and a high level of member satisfaction by connecting members to networking, educational and industry opportunities for greater success.

Keauhou Beach Resort To Close

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As reported in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, it was announced that the Keauhou Beach Resort will be closing.

Kamehameha Schools said today is plans to close the Keauhou Beach Hotel on Hawaii island in October, putting 112 employees out of work.

“Planning is underway to demolish the hotel structure itself in order to create the opportunity for Kamehameha Schools to re-claim and restore a portion of the cultural landscape in Kahaluu ma kai that has been covered or impacted by the hotel and its surrounding structures for decades,” Kamehameha Schools said in a news release.

Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer met with a majority of hotel employees this morning to tell them the news.

Kamehameha Schools said “financial losses at the hotel over the last six years have been substantial.”

The hotel is managed by Outrigger Hotels.

Tour a Pineapple Plantation for a Great Adventure in Maui

The beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii offers a plethora of exciting adventures waiting to be discovered. One is the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation in the historic town of Hali’imaile, Maui which provides you with a wonderful tour of the plantation grounds.

The Maui Gold Pineapple Company maintains 1,350 acres of harvesting grounds on the slopes of Maui’s national park Haleakala at an elevation of 1,100 feet. The quality of the land at this remarkable location is pertinent to the 18 month grow period of the delicious gold pineapples. The perfect Maui weather provides the current location of the plantation with rewarding fruit during the harvest season.

The pineapple is a simple fruit, and when eaten as a fresh fruit you will enjoy a true pineapple plant that will entice you to travel to Maui again and again. Employees are dedicated to assessing the quality of the pineapples before they are ripe to ensure the best quality possible.

The pineapple plantation gives you the opportunity to learn about how they harvest the fruit while participating in a guided tour that captures the agricultural process of the famous Maui Gold pineapple. The knowledgeable tour guide will inform you about the different stages of the harvesting process, encouraging you to taste the pineapple from each stage of the growing cycle to better understand the sweet history of this succulent and healthy fruit. You will learn about the story of the pineapple, as well as other facts about Hawaii and Maui excursions perfect for a family adventure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s what he’s there for!

Fleetwood’s on Front Street Opens

The next time you’re on Maui looking from someplace to eat, “You Can Go Your Own Way” or you can make your way to Fleetwood’s on Front Street. One of the newest restaurants on the Magic Isle and started by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame.

The restaurant features four levels and over 16,000 square feet of space. There is a beautiful view of both the ocean and the West Maui Mountains from its rooftop setting, especially at sunset.

Fleetwood’s On Front Street is the only roof-top dining in Lahaina and the views are breathtaking making any event a memorable one. There is a VIP Private Dining room on the Main Dining level perfect for small special events or business meetings.

The menu features dishes by celebrity chef Scott Leibfried, best known for his work hosting and participating in cooking-related competition programs such as Hell’s Kitchen and the Food Network Challenge. The wine list is exceptional and is a perfect match to the elegant cuisine presented. Contact us to add Fleetwood’s to your island dine around.

Hawaiian Airlines Announces Honolulu-Brisbane Tickets Now On Sale

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On July 3, Hawaiian Airlines  began selling tickets for its new nonstop route between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia, with an introductory round-trip fare of $1,106 (includes taxes and fees) offered for travel originating in Honolulu. The new thrice-weekly service begins November 27, 2012.

The special introductory fare for the Honolulu-Brisbane flight is available for purchase through Monday, July 18, and is good for a six-month travel period from November 27 through May 30, 2013, with a maximum stay of two months.

Tickets can now be purchased online at HawaiianAirlines.com, by calling Hawaiian’s reservations department toll-free at 1-800-367-5320, or through any professional travel agent.

Subject to Australian government approval, Hawaiian will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Brisbane. The capital city of the State of Queensland, Brisbane is centrally located on Australia’s east coast and is the gateway to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, the iconic Outback territory, and the renowned leisure destinations of Australia’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Along with providing nonstop service to a destination known for its popular sites and attractions, Hawaiian has designed its flight schedule for travelers to make same-day connections to other cities throughout Queensland and to other states across Australia through its interline partnership with Virgin Australia.

Beginning November 27, Hawaiian’s Flight HA 443 will depart Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline and land in Brisbane at 4:00 p.m. the following day.

Beginning November 28, the return flight HA 444 will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. the same day.

Hawaiian will operate its Honolulu-Brisbane service offering the comfort of its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in Economy Class.

HTA Releases Airline Seat Capacity for Third Quarter 2012

From the Director of Tourism Research. The Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, forecasts the continued growth of total scheduled nonstop air seats to Hawai’i in the third quarter of 2012. The projection is based on flights appearing in OAG and Diio Mi airlines schedules as of June 2012.

Total scheduled seat capacity to the state is expected to climb 12.6 percent during the third quarter, between July through September 2012, in comparison to the same period last year.  This increase is attributed by growth from domestic and most of Hawai’i’s major international source markets, including new flights from New York and Washington, D.C. as of June 2012.  With the anticipated increase in total air seats, third quarter seat capacity to the state is on track to reach record levels and exceed prior peak 2007 levels by 2.6 percent.

Japan
Scheduled seats from Japan are expected to increase 15.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012, mainly due to growth in seats from Osaka (16.3%) and Tokyo-Narita (6.2%), and recently launched service from Fukuoka  by both Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines.

Canada
The non-stop air seats from Canada to Hawai’i are expected to be even with prior year levels in the third quarter of 2012.

Other Asia
Other Asia is expected to continue to be Hawai’i’s fastest growing region for scheduled air seats during the July through September 2012 period, with anticipated gains from both South Korea (+55%) and Shanghai (48.3%).

Oceania
Oceania, boosted by gains from both Australia (32.9%) and New Zealand (12.4%), is the state’s second fastest growing region with air seats expected to grow 29.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

U.S. West
Scheduled third quarter seats from the U.S. West region are expected to rise 8.8 percent, with significant increases in capacity from Oakland (54.8%), San Diego (60.5%), San Jose (81.1%), Las Vegas (18.3%) and Los Angeles (11%) driving this growth.

U.S. East
Air seats from the U.S. East region are expected to increase by 25 percent in the third quarter, boosted by the launch of Hawaiian Airlines’ non-stop flights from New York (139%) and United Airlines’ non-stop flights from Washington, D.C. In addition, United is also expected to increase service from Houston (9.9%) during this period.

Sale of Lana‘i Finalized

According to local news station, Hawaii News Now, the sale of the island of Lana’i by David Murdock’s Castle and Cooke, Inc. to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has officially been completed.

The deal, which had been the works for at least two months, according to documents released by the state Public Utilities Commission Monday, is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It is very gratifying to me personally to see Lana’i now in the hands of Larry Ellison, a very committed individual who will bring his ideas and energy to sustain the beauty and heritage of Lâna’i,” said Murdock. I extend my sincerest thanks to the many employees, their families, business associates, State and County leaders and administrators who have supported my efforts and changes on Lâna’i.

According to documents filed with the Public Utilities Commission, Ellison’s purchase includes the island’s two resort hotels (the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Lodge at Koele) two championship golf courses and club houses (The Experience at Koele and The Challenge at Manele) and more than 88,000 acres of land.

Ellison, who is the third wealthiest American citizen with an estimated worth of $36.5 billion dollars, becomes the owner of 98 percent of the island’s 141 square miles.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Google Street View Shows Off Hawaii

Earlier this month, Google added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. The update utilizes Google’s 360-degree imagery and makes it easier than ever to virtually visit Hawaii.

It’s a great way to see the various landmarks and sites that you and your group will be visiting BEFORE you arrive.

Check it out! http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html#!/scenic-hawaii