Making Hawaii vacations as simple as a stroll on the beach – that’s Nancy Kummerer’s goal. "It is just overwhelming for people," Nancy says. "Especially with Hawai‘i, there is almost too much to choose from. There are so many islands, so many things to do!" As an agent for Hawaii Aloha Travel, Nancy helps simplify the process.
Nancy and her husband moved to Hawaii with the military five years ago and have used that time to explore. They have visited many parts of Oahu and the neighbor islands, and have enjoyed the cruise around the islands. (Nancy’s father works on that ship, he moved to Hawaii about the same time that she did, looking for something new.) She now draws on this experience as a visitor in helping to craft trips for others.
Nancy has a degree in hospitality management from Ohio State University and had worked in hotels, including a stint as an event planner in Las Vegas. Even with a background in the hospitality industry, Nancy says she was surprised at how much travel agents can help in vacation planning. "I had never gone through travel agents before I began working here," she says. "It’s amazing how great the rates are that we have with hotels and airlines. It is better than you can get on your own or online."
Nancy lives on the North Shore of Oahu, in Wailua, near the water. "When people ask what the surf is like, I just look out the window," she says. She enjoys walking her dog on the beach in front of her apartment building. "We see sea turtles on the beach sunning themselves all the time; Monk Seals come up."
Nancy loves to travel, so her job as an agent is perfect. She gets to learn about new hotels and activities. She still hasn’t done everything she’d like to on, even on Oahu. I asked the best part of her job. As much as Nancy loves to travel herself, she said, "Bringing people to paradise! It couldn’t get much better than that. People don’t realize how affordable it can be to get here, I love to show them." And to help them navigate the many vacation opportunities that Hawaii offers.
September 5th, 2010