Some Of The Best Stuff in Hawaii is Free

We try to keep reminding you that this dismal economy actually is a very good time to be considering a Hawaii vacation. It’s the middle of the peak season, yet rates for lodging and attractions are amazingly low and special offers – twofers in particular – abound. The state tourism people are sending that message to all their markets – vacationers, business travelers, meeting planners, eco-tourists, golfers, people wanting alternative travel considerations …

An example of the lengths to which the state is going in that respect is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s (HVCB) “Hawaii Free” program, the bureau’s latest effort to show corporate-meeting and incentive groups how affordable the Islands of Aloha are for doing business.

HVCB has compiled a listing of more than 150 free activities for groups to incorporate into attendees’ itineraries while doing business in Hawaii. The listing, which includes the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Hawaii’s Big Island, can be found at HVCB’s new “Added Value Resource Center,” offered online to business groups at

The idea for groups is that the program helps them make the best use of their money and spare time by showing how they can put together a full schedule of free activities for function attendees to enjoy and soak up the unique Hawaii culture and way of life.

We who live here know about most of the arts and cultural displays, scenic sites, and historic locations that make Hawaii such a special place. HVCB has drawn on its resources to share that knowledge with visiting groups so their attendees can experience the rewards of meeting in Hawaii while saving on their bottom line. Here are some examples of what you’ll find on the list:

• Listening to the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band at Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park
• Touring the Waioli Mission House Museum in Hanalei, Kauai
• Enjoying Art Night each Friday in Lahaina, Maui
• Seeing the preserved ancient Hawaiian village
at Lapakahi State Historical Park in North Kohala, on Hawaii’s Big Island.

While the program is aimed at business groups, all that free stuff is available to you, too.

Hawaii Free is the fourth cost-savings program HVCB has introduced recently to help corporate meeting and incentive groups do business in the islands while staying within budget. The other three programs HVCB offers in its Added Value Resource Center are “Hot Rates, Hot Dates!”, which offers special savings on accommodations and activities at hotels and resorts statewide through 2010; Value-Added Discounts on retail goods and activities in partnership with the Retail Merchants of Hawaii and Activities and the Attractions Association of Hawaii; and the Hawaii Speakers Bureau offering elite Hawaii-based leaders to address groups meeting in the islands on various subjects, including Asian affairs, medicine, scientific research, and technology.

Here at Hawaii Aloha Travel we have early notice and access to virtually every deal and offer that pops up, and as is the case in all but the last of the foregoing, we can put you on to them as you make your plans.

Worth thinking about? Pick an agent from our home page, or call 1-800-843-8771. You’ll probably be surprised by how affordable a Hawaii vacation can be these days.

Posted by: Jamie Winpenny