WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner is now taking travellers between Calgary and Maui.
“As the Canadian carrier with the most flights to Hawaii, we’re providing a superior experience for our guests flying across the Pacific this winter,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet chief commercial officer. “WestJet is the first to offer scheduled Dreamliner service to Maui, and we’re confident guests will enjoy their travel experience on board our Dreamliners, as they head to and from Hawaiian paradise.”
During peak season, WestJet will operate 22 weekly flights between Western Canada and Maui and up to 28 weekly flights between Vancouver and Honolulu, Lihue and Kona.
The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy.
Oahu’s Ko‘olau Distillery has launched new whiskey tours in which guests can learn more about the crafting of its Old Pali Road Whiskey.
“We have had a lot of requests to visit our working distillery and are now delighted to welcome guests to share our story and experience our unique whiskey-making process,” Ko‘olau Distillery co-founder and CEO Eric Dill.
Guests take a six-step journey through the entire whiskey-making process, beginning with an introduction to the local ingredients used and how they contribute to Old Pali Road Whiskey’s unique flavour. Next, guests learn about mashing, fermenting, distilling and aging, before bottle filling and labelling by hand. The tour ends with a whiskey tasting.
Tours are only available to adults 21 years and older and cost US$20. All tours include the guided six-step interactive experience with an Old Pali Road Whiskey tasting and souvenir glass.
Visitors can book a 45-minute informative, guided tour by whiskey aficionados by calling 1-808-261-0685 or online at: www.koolaudistillery.com
Formerly the Waikiki Parc Hotel, the Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani is now welcoming guest following a multi-million-dollar transformation to offer 284 guest rooms and four suites with Pacific Ocean views.
The luxury boutique hotel’s design is complemented by local artwork sourced in collaboration with the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Halepuna Waikiki’s opening also marked the debut of Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant, a full-service, all-day casual dining concept featuring a variety of pastries, cakes and artisanal breads crafted by a baker from the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
Travellers looking to experience the exotic ways of Hawaii have numerous Holland America Line (HAL) cruises to choose from between this fall and spring 2020.
Ranging from 16 to 28 days, the itineraries also include Collectors’ Voyages that combine the islands of Hawaii with a taste of the Mexican Riviera.
Each itinerary features an overnight call at Honolulu, providing extra time to visit historic Pearl Harbor, catch a golden sunset on Waikiki Beach, take in the views from Diamond Head State Monument or spend the evening at an authentic luau. The cruises also feature calls in Hilo, Lahaina and Kona. Hawaii sailings are available aboard Eurodam and Oosterdam, and depart from Seattle, Vancouver and San Diego.
“The Hawaiian Islands have long drawn travellers to this magical paradise, offering endless adventure, incomparable beauty and a deep, rich history,” said HAL president Orlando Ashford. “Our extended cruises to Hawaii create a truly immersive experience where guests can take part in authentic traditions, taste local flavours and enjoy activities that fill them with the warmth of the Hawaiian culture and a better understanding of this beautiful part of the world.”
Sailing round trip from Vancouver, Eurodam kicked off the season on Sept. 29.
Kaua‘i Coffee Company’s new farm tour escorts guests, via open-air truck, down the red-dirt roads of its plantation, home to more than four million coffee trees.
During the two-hour tour, guests learn about the production of coffee from seed to cup, including how trees are planted and how coffee is grown and manufactured.
Guests on the tour are also offered an inside look at plantation operations and a chance to plant a coffee tree. The farm tour ends with a cup of coffee grown, harvested and roasted on the estate.