Hawaii vacationers can have cake and eat it too!

Posted: June 7, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Hawaii, the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, On The Job, Random Raves & Rants, Travel
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A popular spot for visitors on Oahu is Kualoa Ranch where the hit ABC show "LOST" is filmed.

A popular spot for visitors traveling to Hawaii is Kualoa Ranch on Oahu where the hit ABC show “LOST” is filmed.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re probably aware that traveling to your favorite vacation destination is now more affordable (and probably cheaper) than ever.  Airlines, hotels, activities, and attractions are bringing down rates and adding value in an effort to entice visitors to get off the sofa and travel in this  challenging economy. Those with the means (or attitude) to kick the “recession” in the behind and continue with their vacations to places like Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York know what I’m talking about. And Hawaii is no exception!

Despite being a dream destination for many, Hawaii’s perception as an expensive vacation spot has likely kept some from coming. While I think terms like “expensive” and “cheap” are all relative, one thing is certain. Those who are planning a Hawaii vacation today are realizing they can have their cake and eat it too. You don’t have to sacrifice quality of the experience for price. Hawaii is offering both.

A good example of this was highlighted in an Associated Press story headlined “Hawaii hotels offer great (and bizarre) deals” examining some of the creative ways the tourism industry in the Hawaiian Islands is staying competitive and the significant deals being offered. Just search Google or Bing and up comes tons of Hawaii travel specials. And if you’re on Twitter, the hashtag #hideals (short for Hawaii Deals) brings up further examples of the great island savings available out there on a regular basis.

So with all the great Hawaii vacation deals available, is it enough to tip the scale and get people traveling? Will people pay for an incredible vacation experience or settle for a mediocre one to save $$? I decided to ask the question on Facebook and Twitter and got some interesting responses. Here’s the feedback from Facebook:

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Folks on Twitter had similar comments:

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Not surprisingly, folks are looking for an incredible vacation experience at a good value. Some will save their money until they can afford that trip. Others will use rewards programs to make the trip a reality now. Shorter trips are also an option. And some are going to travel regardless of what the economy is telling them.

Is it enough to tip the scales? Only time will tell. Bottom line is the tourism industry is rallying to keep travel affordable to places like Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island) and other popular destinations. Get while the getting is good! Now is the time to go, so what are you waiting for?


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  1. Sheila says:

    Nathan – I tell everyone who will listen to me that this is the year to go to Hawaii. I have never seen deals this good. I’ll give you a specific example of where you can have your cake and eat it too:

    – You can stay at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua for $299 per night, which is an amazing deal considering the lowest rate you could get there when they re-opened (Jan 2008) after their major renovation was $599. So, $299 is a good deal, right? On top of that you receive $100 resort credit AND breakfast for two daily.

    – If you just happen to be a golf nut 🙂 then you can take advantage of unlimited golf at Kapalua’s two world class courses for $399 over a five-day period. A single round there normally goes for $250.

    That’s having and eating cake with Chantilly icing on top. 🙂

  2. A Maui Blog says:

    I agree, now is the time to go – great deals going on; the places are not very crowded; people in the tourism industry are extra friendly 🙂

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