HAWAII-ALOHA.COM is the official web site for HAWAII ALOHA TRAVEL, LLC (HAT),
a licensed Travel Agency located in Honolulu, License #5750. HAT is a (IATAN)
International Airlines Travel Agent Network certified agency and carries
memberships and certifications in the following organizations: (HVCB) Hawaii
Convention and Visitors Bureau, (CLIA) Cruise Line International Association
certified. (BBB) Better Business Bureau, (ASTA) American Society of Travel
Agents, and (OSSN) Outside Sales Support Network and (NACTA) National
Association of Commission Travel Agents. HAT carries a 1 million errors and
omissions policy and maintains a client trust account at First Hawaiian Bank.
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About Yaling Yu Fisher, Owner
Yaling Yu is native of Taiwan who moved to the United States in 1992 and got her bachelor's degree in marketing, management and retailing at Southern Illinois University after studying engineering and working with micro fibers in the garment industry for 3 years in Taiwan. She then went on to get her Masters Degree in Fashion Design at Western Michigan University with a strong focus on marketing, CAD and computer science. Before moving into the private sector, she got certified in purchasing management at San Jose State University and then began working in Silicon valley during the Internet Technology boom of the mid to late 90's. Yaling was quickly promoted from purchasing agent to product management working for major computer companies such as Microland Inc. and Synnex Information Technology Corporation.
Yaling began Hawaii Aloha Travel in 2000 after to moving to Hawaii to start a new chapter in her life and to fulfill a lifetime goal of being a business owner. Under her guidance Hawaii Aloha Travel has grown to become one of the largest locally owned inbound travel agencies in Hawaii. In May 2007 the agency was recognized in Travel Agent Magazine for its innovative approach to travel and in May of the same year, Agent at Home Magazine featured the company's success story. In 2008 Yaling received the Circle of Excellence award from Nexion Travel Corporation for outstanding sales and service. In March 2009 Hawaii Aloha Travel was rated as one of the top 10 travel agencies in Hawaii by Pacific Business News. In 2010, the company received a 2010 Travel Age West Trendsetter award. My Blog
About Bruce Fisher, Owner Bruce is originally from Miami Beach Florida, but has lived in Hawaii for the last 19 years where he received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. Bruce came to Hawaii 1991 as a journalist for KGU radio and in 1992 was the first reporter to reach Kauai after Hurricane Iniki on September. 11, 1992. He did National feeds for CBS and Associated Press.
In 1995 Bruce left radio to start MCS Internet solutions which provided programming and connectivity solutions to businesses. That company spun off a local ISP called Pacific Internet Connections. In 1997 after acquiring the domain HAWAI-ALOHA .COM Bruce merged all three companies and founded HAWAII-ALOHA.COM, INC which went on to design, develop and market numerous websites in Hawaii including the PLANET-HAWAII.COM, HAWAII CONVENTION CENTER, ASTON HOTELS AND RESORTS, HAWAII PRINCE HOTELS, DOUBLETREE HAWAII, HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
In 2000 he partnered with Yaling Yu and entered into an agreement to turn HAWAII-ALOHA.COM's focus completely on to the inbound Hawaii Tourism market by transitioning the site into a Online Travel & Tour Agency for Hawaii only. In the last nine years, under his direction, the company has grown from a small two person agency to a multimillion dollar company with 15 full time Agents.
Since 2006 Bruce has been producing The Hawaii Vacation Connection podcast which is devoted to Hawaii Travel and Tourism. The podcast receives over 13,000 downloads a month. His podcast led to an appearance on the Travel Channel which is still airing. Additionally, Bruce produces the Hawaii Vacation Blog which has 5 writers who create daily content . He is very active in Social media with over 6500 followers on Twitter. He also has a Iphone application and produces video reviews of local Hotels and events around the island on his Youtube channel MRBRUCE 1
Bruce enjoys writing and has contributed/appeared in stories for the WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, TRAVEL WEEKLY, TRAVEL AGENT MAGAZINE, TRAVEL AGENT MAGAZINE - HOME BASED, TRAVELAGE WEST, TRAVEL TRADE, SMARTER TRAVEL, HONOLULU ADVERTISER, HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN, PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS, HAWAII BUSINESS, KGMB NWS HAWAII, TRAVEL CHANNEL - HAWAII'S DO'S AND DONT'S. Our Podcast My Blog
About Om Prakash Sharma - Chief Technology Officer Om Prakash Sharma is a PHP programmer, software designer, Web architect and Chief Technology Officer for HAWAII-ALOHA.COM
Om has worked for several technology based companies during his career, including Truila.com and A1-Technologies, Om began his career in 2001 as a junior programmer for A1 Future Technologies. His duties included PHP programming and working as a lead team member. In 2002 he was promoted to lead programmer and then by 2003 he was in charge of the entire PHP Department as a PHP proficient.
In 2004, and was hired by 123India.com, a leading Web portal specializing auction bidding. Om used his skills to modify the company's scripts which increased the efficiency of their systems. Additionally, he created software systems that allowed for user friendly interfaces and developed creative applications.
In 2005 he was hired by Hawaii-Aloha.Com located in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his time with this company he has held all positions related to the technology piece of the business. He has taken what was a very small static website and has developed it into a state-of-the-art dynamic, database driven Web portal for Hawaii.
In 2009 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer for HAWAII-ALOHA.COM and was given a H1-B visa to come to the United States. Om is responsible for all aspects of the company's technology including building, designing and integrating a completely new website for the company in 2009. This new state-of-the-art website includes sophisticated content management functionality usually reserved for huge companies with hundreds of programmers. With the use of PHP. Ajax and CSS Om has done the monumental task of combining design with functionality to create a robust and efficient Web portal.
HAWAII-ALOHA.COM has created an agent network team second to none in the industry. We have pioneered a system that is a win-win for everyone involved. Each agent is responsible for his/hers booking and at the same time backed by our support team and customer services personnel. All HAT agents are home based, in Hawaii, and are connected real time using VOIP phones, instant messaging and email to our main office. Our agents have a vested interest in making sure everything goes smoothly with their bookings and that customers are 100 percent satisfied because agents are commissioned on every booking they do for clients. As a result, they are very customer service oriented and involved in every detail of the bookings they do for customers.
We work directly with you, giving you valuable advice and personal service, we actually live in Hawaii and have helped thousands of people plan trips to the islands. We're a new breed of travel agents who understand Internet travel purchasing, understand what people want and seek to meet their needs in this very competitive arena. Every quote we provide to potential customers is researched by comparing our prices to that of major vendors such as Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and many others travel vendors. Additionally, we offer a price matching lowest price guarantee program for those customers who wish to use the priceline or Hotwire model to book travel. Pay when YOU want to, no pressure
No high pressure tactics are used to get you to purchase a package, on the contrary we want you to know all the details about your trip BEFORE making a commitment. You do not have to pay for your trip up front. With a deposit of 50.00 per person your reservation is booked, the balance has to be paid 30 days before your departure. Many customers put themselves on their own payment plans by calling in payments to us as they wish as funds become available. We take all major credit cards for your purchase and can take multiple credit cards, checks are also welcome.
We offer cancellation/waiver insurance, depending on which package you go with, which costs as low as 26.00 dollars per person. With this insurance you can cancel or change your plans up until the day you leave with no penalty. You can also take advantage of lower prices if the price of the package goes down before you scheduled departure date.
Hawaii Aloha Travel (HAT) is backed and endorsed by Hawaii's largest wholesale travel providers. These wholesalers are a major driving force in Hawaii's travel industry representing 80 percent of all travel booked to the islands. As a result, they have tremendous buying power by blocking thousands of airline tickets, hotel/condo properties and cars. HAT taps into this buying power by choosing best possible value, selection and savings for each of its customers. We match our customers with the right wholesaler, for the right price, with the best value, the first time. That's our
Kalei - Hawaii Specialist
From: City – Honolulu
Favorite thing about Hawaii: Born and raised here in paradise, I am blessed. The ocean is my playground and the mountains are my refuge. Beauty is everywhere!
Expertise: Being a native here is definitely an advantage.I have great insights and can personalize your vacation to meet Your individual needs. Just tell me what you’d like and allow me to make your dreams come true! Myblog
Tara - Hawaii Specialist
City: Kona, Hawaii Favorite thing about Hawaii: I have been here for most of my life and could never leave. I love the nature and beauty that is Hawaii. Expertise: Multi-Island packages, help with planning complete itineraries including activities. I like to help make dreams come true and work very hard to make sure my customers are always taken care of properly.
Lisa - Travel Agent (Certified; Las Vegas, Disney)
City: Ewa Beach, Hawaii (Oahu) Favorite thing about Hawaii:
I have lived in Hawaii my whole life and have been a travel agent for
12 years. I love traveling and especially helping people get the most
out of their Hawaiian Vacations. My Blog
Paul - Travel Agent, Hawaii specialist
City: Waikiki Favorite thing about Hawaii: I’ve lived here in Waikiki for 16 years and I’m not going back!It still amazes me everyday how beautiful HAWAII is and how lucky I am. Expertise: Let me share my knowledge of “The Islands” with you and help you book that perfect holiday. I am very familiar with ALL Hawaii Hotels and I specialize in LOW AIR FARE’s to Hawaii and I am a Norwegian Cruise Line Specialist !!!
Abby - Hawaii Specialist
City: Kailua, Hawaii Favorive thing about Hawaii: After graduating from the
Sydney, I came to
Hawaii because I love the
magic of the ocean, the beautiful mountains, and I wanted a mango tree in my
backyard. Now I live on the windward side of Oahu, and I love
helping people plan their dream vacations here in paradise. Expertise: I particularly
enjoy planning multi-island packages for my customers so they can experience the
amazing diversity of the different islands. My Blog
Ashely - Hawaii Specialist
Ashley - Hawai Specialist City: Waikele, Hawaii Favorite thing about Hawaii: It's so laid back here and that makes it so great! Living here has allowed me to take a step back and enjoy this beautiful environment. And the Aloha spirit. Living here is surreal. I love to fly to the other islands and enjoy them individually. Every Island has its own unique beauty. I am centrally located so I am 20 minutes from the beautiful North Shore and 20 Minutes from the Famous Waikiki Beach Expertise: honeymoons, groups, family vacations and cruises
Melissa - Hawaii Specialist
City: Honolulu Favorite thing about Hawaii: I have
been in Hawaii almost my whole life and love the beauty of the islands.
I love camping on the North Shore with my family and enjoy swimming . Expertise: Hawaii vacation packages and Hawaii cruises
September 30, 2008 - Hi Ashley, Thank you for helping us with our vacation planning. We all had a great time! It was the first time we took my mother out on vacation and she loved spending More...