Putting Hawaii Under the Christmas Tree
(Honolulu, Hawaii) – For those folks on your Christmas list that have things Hawaiian close to their hearts, there is a way to bring the Aloha to them. This year, you can do something different. Instead of plodding from store to store, just log on to Hawaii.com and do your shopping online.
That gift of Aloha will surely be appreciated, especially when delivered in the cold winter months.
Check out Hawaii.com for some unbeatable holiday gift ideas – some practical, some luxurious. This website doesn’t just promote travel to the Hawaiian Islands; it is your source for all things Hawaii.
Here are some great gift ideas:
Hawaii.com logo gifts: This is a fun way to share your love of all things Hawaiian. Logo gifts include t-shirts, mugs, notepads, camp shirts, tank shirts, back packs, flip-flops, luggage tags, tote bags and visors. (Hawaii.com members may use their points to purchase these items.)
The Hawaii Holiday Gift Pack: This includes a photo-scrapbook of the last 50 years of Hawaii's history, a calendar of choice, the “101 Things To Do Magazine” for the island of your choice, 100 Hawaii.com "Post-it" notes, four Hawaii.com travel bag tags, a bag of Hawaiian coffee and a bag of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. All for $39.99 with free shipping. Send this to everyone on your list!
Mountain Apple Records: Beautiful Hawaiian music from best sellers to Christmas, contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music. Preview and download the songs and albums of your choice.
Enjoy a Hawaiian game: Two board games are featured – the Ohana Mana Hawaiian Adventure ($22.09) and the Pele’s Perils Adventure ($16.99), or you can buy them together and get free shipping ($45.98). These are a great way to share the islands with your family.
Big Island Candies: From chocolate macadamia truffles to brownies and shortbreads, scrumptious treats to party favors…each taste is truly divine. They offer a wide variety of gift baskets beginning at $30.
Flavored Hawaiian coffees: Who on your gift list would not appreciate a steaming cup of coffee made with beans from Hawaii? Four flavors are offered: Kona roast, chocolate macadamia, hazelnut and vanilla macadamia. The cost is $5.95 (plus $2 handling) for almost a full pound. Be sure to order several pounds.
Need stocking stuffers for your friends heading to Hawaii? Then take advantage of the coupon deals offered on Hawai.com. For example, you can buy a $50 certificate for Hooters of Honolulu or Dave & Buster’s or Bobby V’s Italian restaurant for $35 each. There are also theater and sunset cruise tickets available.
Is someone on your gift list heading to the islands? Here are some nifty ideas for them:
Stand up surfboards: Get in on the new craze. Try a stand-up paddleboard. You can rent one for an entire day from Wet Feet of Honolulu for just $35 at Hawaii.com ($15 discount). Wet Feet can outfit the stand-up surfer with anything from a 10-foot tin wing swallow to an open ocean race board with steerable rudder.
Na Pali Sportfishing: Come aboard a 33-ft fully equipped Bertram Sportfisher and experience the thrill of big game sport fishing on this Kauai fishing charter! You’ll search for blue marlin, ahi (yellowfin tuna), mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo) and aku (skipjack tuna). All essential gear is provided. Light refreshments. From $130 per person (four-hour excursion).
A very special snorkeling trip from Maui: The Pacific Whale Foundation offers an early morning snorkeling trip from Maalaea to the small island of Molokini and a second site. Trip includes a tropical continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. A marine naturalist will guide your trip and a children’s program is available. Buy discounted tickets on Hawaii.com.
4x4 Drive/Hike Adventure: This is an exciting tour that will be long remembered. Mt. Waialeale, at the center of Kauai, is the wettest place on earth. This half-day adventure combines four-wheel-drive access and hiking to give you an unparalleled experience. From convenient departure locations our expert guides will lead you to the heart of Kauai. No children under 5. Adults $76.80, children (5-12) $48.
Surf’s Up: Titus Kinimaka, one of the last remaining professional big wave riders of pure Hawaiian descent, will meet his clients on the beach near the beautiful Hanalei pier on Kauai. He will provide a 90-minute lesson in the gentle waters of Hanalei and discuss his culture. Kinimaka is a world-renowned big-wave rider and has traveled to over 30 countries to teach others how to surf. At age 50, he is still competing in big-wave contests worldwide, so his clients will be learning from the best. Group lesson $60; private lesson $120.
Or, consider booking yourself a very special place to stay on your 2010 Hawaii vacation.
Turtle Bay Beach Cottages: Situated along the west shore of scenic Turtle Bay, the Beach Cottages at Turtle Bay Resort are grouped in clusters of six. Lavishly furnished and impressively appointed, each cottage accommodation features Five-Diamond quality and the inspired style of renowned Los Angeles designer Michael Smith. This is a haven of Hawaiian luxury on North Shore Oahu.
A Grand Suite at Wailea Beach Resort, Maui: Located in the exclusive Napua Tower, no expense was spared in designing each of the two exquisite 5,500-square-foot Grand Suites. The panoramic ocean views are simply breathtaking – the best in the resort. Relax in the sumptuous furnishings – complete with grand piano. Optional adjoining room is available to create a three-bedroom suite.
The ultimate suite: One of Hawaii's best-kept secrets, the Hapuna Suite on the Big Island's Kohala Coast, is an ultra-exclusive 8,000-square-foot villa discreetly set on the manicured grounds of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel at Mauna Kea Resort, overlooking one of the world's best beaches. As guests of the Hapuna Suite, you are welcomed by private limousine and transported through a private gate to your circular drive and porte cochere.
Or, book a Hawaii cruise: Is there a very, very special someone that you want to surprise? Then buy her or him a cruise to Hawaii (maybe for the two of you together) and you will be special friends forever. Hawaii.com offers a wide range of cruises. There are many seven-day cruises around the islands that depart from Honolulu on the Pride of America (a great way to sample many islands in one week) and there are 14- and 15-day cruises from the U.S. mainland that visit Hawaii.
Be sure to check out all of these possibilities on Hawaii.com and be sure to visit Hawaii.com on Facebook and Twitter.