Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Walk Through Japan

jts-logo.jpg Thomas Koehler, who used to work as a marketing manager for a tour operator and travel agency specialized in Japan, has left the company and made taken the decisive step to walk the length of Japan, starting from the northernmost tip of Hokkaido Island on August 1st, 2011 to the southernmost tip of Kyushu Island, a distance of more than 2500 km – all on foot.

Share his journey through Japan at his daily weblog -

Thursday, August 11, 2011

31st Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held from October 13-23, 2011 in Honolulu, Oahu with the majority of films being shown at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatre. Select screenings will also be held at the Hawaii Theatre Center and on Waikiki Beach. Featured movies will number over 200 from over 40 Asia-Pacific countries including Hawaii produced films that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way. The 10-day festival will also offer discussions with the film-makers, award presentations, and other special events.

HIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim. As a premier international film event, HIFF has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe and is an official partner with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for Oscar Night America. HIFF is also the sister festival of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). The first HIFF screened seven films from six countries to an audience of 5,000 in 1981. Today, HIFF draws an audience of 80,000 or more from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to be one of the first to view world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

November and December Cunard Insights Speakers

cunard-logo.jpg Join Queen Mary 2’s Cunard Insights Speakers!

Enrichment and discovery are immensely thrilling features of every Transatlantic Crossing. You will be delighted by the extraordinary talent we are featuring through the award-winning Cunard Insights on board enrichment programme.

Stephen Payne - Lead Naval Architect of QUEEN MARY 2
Voyage date: 10 November 2011

Stephen Payne’s appointment as project manager for Cunard’s QUEEN MARY 2 is no doubt the greatest and most prestigious assignment that any naval architect could wish for. Stephen has been involved in ship planning and building for 26 years. His stellar career was the ultimate realisation of a dream and an ambition that he first set his sights on at the age of nine years. Stephen’s interests in ship design lead him to enrol in the Ship Sciences and Naval Architecture programme at Southampton University. After working a short while for Marconi Marine, who was bidding on contracts for naval replenishment ships, Stephen was contacted in late 1984 by the naval architectural firm, Technical Marine Planning, with an offer to work on passenger ship design. Stephen is now Senior Naval Architect for Carnival Corporation Technical Services division in London.

Glenmore Trenear-Harvey
Voyage date: 12 December 2011

A writer, broadcaster, and lecturer on security, intelligence, and espionage matters, Glenmore Trenear-Harvey is an Intelligence Analyst for Sky News TV, the Editor-in-Chief of World Intelligence Review, an Associate Editor of Eye Spy intelligence magazine, and Publisher of Intelligence Digest. A respected commentator, he broadcasts regularly on MSNBC, NBC, CNN, the BBC, and many other international networks. A featured speaker at conferences around the world, talking on intelligence and marketing subjects, Mr. Trenear-Harvey also lectures on security and intelligence issues to a range of audiences including the Defence Intelligence & Security Centre. He receives regular briefings from Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Security Service (MI5) and maintains contact with former (and serving) intelligence officers of the American, British, and former Soviet security and intelligence services. A former RAF pilot and international businessman in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States, he has been involved with the clandestine world for over 40 years.

Contact us to book a Cunard Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, sails legendary voyages including Transatlantic Crossings and World Voyages. Sailing the world’s oceans for over 170 years, Cunard was the first to operate a Transatlantic liner service between England and America and is the only company to provide regularly scheduled service today. Cunard was also the first to sail an around the world voyage in 1922. Cunard Line is the most iconic British liner company in the world sailing flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria - Cunard honors its British heritage by maintaining traditions on board, including a traditional English pub, white-gloved afternoon tea service and Royal Nights themed formal balls

Monday, August 8, 2011

Festivals of Hawaii Launches Free Smartphone App

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Festivals of Hawaii has launched a smartphone application. The free app, sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, is available for download on iTunes for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. When opening the app, the user can select any of the six Hawaiian Islands to see what’s happening that day. Events closest in terms of the date will appear first. Users also can search by categories, with the most popular — arts and music, cuisine, and sports — featured at the bottom of the homepage. Users can also choose “More” to see the full range of categories. The “Near Me” button pulls up and displays events closest to users based on their location in the Hawaiian Islands.

Each profile includes a photo, along with a brief description of the event. Selecting “Favorite” bookmarks the event, while Facebook and Twitter links enable users to share the event with friends. Selecting “Directions” will pull up Google maps. The next phase of the app will widen the searchable database to include other events happening in Hawai’i. All events featured in the app are imported from

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011
Aloha Festivals from HAWAII Magazine!

HAWAII Magazine is giving away a free Hawaiian Airlines round-trip for two to Oahu and a five-day, four-night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals in September!

The Aloha Festivals, now in its 65th year, is one of Hawaii’s longest-running cultural celebrations. Among the highlights: the 59th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea street party, spanning more than 12 blocks of Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main drag; and the Downtown Honolulu Aloha Street Festival. And you could be on Oahu to attend both, and much more, from Sept. 15-19!

Click here for all the details on entering, but make sure you enter soon! The 2011 Aloha Fest Oahu flyaway contest ends Aug. 19, 2011.

For more information about the 2011 Aloha Festivals, click here.

Official Rules

1. All contest entries must be received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011.

2. Winner and guest from the U.S. Mainland must be able to depart for Honolulu, Oahu, from one of the 10 U.S. Mainland gateway cities served by Hawaiian Airlines on Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011, with the return flight departing Honolulu, Oahu, on Mon., Sept. 19, 2011. Winning tickets are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a Hawaii resident not residing on the island of Oahu, he or she and guest will depart for Honolulu, Oahu, on the dates above from the nearest Hawaii airport served by Hawaiian Airlines. Winning airline tickets, hotel accommodations and other prizes are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a resident of Oahu, Hawaiian Airlines airfare will not be awarded as part of the prize.

3. Winner and guest must travel on the same Hawaiian Airlines departure and return flights and will be responsible for their own ground transportation.

4. Winner and guest will be responsible for any Hawaiian Airlines baggage fees or onboard fees incurred.

5. Winner and guest will be responsible for all incidental charges (parking, Internet, food, beverages, etc.) incurred while staying at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

6. Employees of aio and its companies, Aloha Festivals, Hawaiian Airlines and Marriott Resorts Hawaii, and their immediate families, are prohibited from entering the contest.

7. We’ll select one winner, at random, from all entries received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011, and notify the winner via e-mail on Mon., Aug. 22, 2011. The winner will be given 24 hours from the time prize winning notification is sent to reply via email before the prize is awarded to another winner.