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My Recent Seattle To Hawaii Business Trip

by Fergy Ferguson

Just thought I would catch you all up over the next week or so on my recent Seattle to Hawaii business trip.  The purpose of my trip was to get my O’ahu Master Specialist Certification.  I think I told all of you that this is the culmination of many training modules, called “Papa Courses”, plus on-island training.  A significant portion of our training is in the culture and history of the island of O’ahu.  We also participate in “site inspections” of hotels, resorts, visiting significant historical sites, and participated in specific activities that revolve around broadening our knowledge of the island.  This knowledge is important to all O’ahu Master Specialists,  so that we can help a Hawaii visitor develop a vacation trip of their dreams.I arrived at 1pm Honolulu time and transferred into Waikiki to my first of 4 hotels that I would stay in for this trip.  From my large suite at the Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel, I have a great view of The Pink Palace of The Pacific; The Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Plus I can see a peek of the water!  Earlier today after a quick site inspection of The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, a very good hotel located directly across from The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Village with great views of Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park, and Waikiki Beach.  I went for a bite at Duke’s Waikiki.  Located beachfront in the Outrigger Waikiki, Duke’s Waikiki is a perfect place to quench your thirst and get a Calamari appetizer, something I always try to enjoy within hours of arriving in Hawaii.

On my first night,  I attended a very special get-together with fellow classmates, the ‘Aha Aina Luau at the Royal Hawaiian.  Held only on Monday, this oceanfront sit-down dinner is hosted on the lawn fronting Waikiki beach.  In addition to serving excellent food and drinks, a bevy of staff, dancers, singers, and a fire dancer tell the story of Waikiki.  This dramatic performance of song, hula, and the guidance of your Kupuna (respected elder) commemorates the rich history and culture of Waikiki Beach dating back to the Kings and Ancient Royalty of Hawaii.

So, as you can see, on my first half day on the island of O’ahu.  I was able to start off with a traditional Lei greeting at the airport, check into well appointed moderate hotel, do a quick site-inspection on another hotel, sit down for a cocktail and calamari beachfront, and finally attend a very special and unique oceanfront Luau.  I have often told my active clients that Waikiki holds a treasure trove of fun things to do, and you could spend days just trying to cover a good sampling of restaurants, cultural events, and activities there, before you even start to hit the beach.

As I fill you in on more of my Seattle to Hawaii business trip last month, you will also notice that there are many more things to do on the island of O’ahu than most people even know about.  Plus, I will give you a sneek peak at my surfing trip……….

Fergy,
Seattle to Hawaii Vacation Consultant
Call 206-623-2490
email: fergy@fergystravel.com

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