Monday, March 12, 2012

Online Ticket Sales for Pearl Harbor Historic Attractions

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Online and easy - now visitors to Hawaii can make reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial Tour and purchase admission to Pearl Harbor’s historic sites online at Recreation.gov, a website featuring information about thousands of federally sponsored activities. This website is a key objective of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and seeks to be the federal portal to recreation.

While the USS Arizona Memorial tours have historically been offered on a first-come, first-served bases, the new online reservation system will give individual visitors and group the ability to make advance reservations and avoid the wasting time standing in line.

Also available for purchase online is a Passport to Pearl Harbor package, including admission and audio tours for the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial Audio tour.

The Passport to Pearl Harbor package is $55 for adults and $30 for children. For an additional $10, visitors can purchase a two-day passport. Online reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial tour require a $1.50 convenience fee.

Visit www.recreation.gov for online reservations and more information.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mele Mei 2012

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii. Started in May 2011, Mele Mei 2012 represents anchor Hawaiian music and hula events throughout the entire month of May. Events in Mele Mei are held throughout Waikiki and will take place at various hotels, venues and the beach. Beginning on May 1st, and every weekend leading up to the Festival, partner events are scheduled including Lei of Stars dinner concert (Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame); Hawaii Book and Music Festival; International Hula Conference (Waikiki Improvement Association); Ka Leo Kiekie Contest, Hula Palua Competition, and Legends of Steel luncheon concert (Maiki Aiu Foundation); Slack Key All Stars Concert (East Hawaii Cultural Center); cultural walking/music tours of Waikiki; and several Hawaiian concerts for Mother’s Day.

On April 27th a media brunch will kick off Mele Mei to welcome participants, government officials, music educators from around the state, media and special guests. The brunch will feature music and comments from keynote speakers and provide media information on the events occurring in the four weeks to follow.

Additionally, there will be two concert events that weekend to kick-off Mele Mei on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2012. Both concerts will feature Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning artists.

For more information and a complete listing of all special offers, visit the Mele Mei web site at http://melemei.com/index.html.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

TSA Pre-Check Program Comes to Honolulu

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Changes are coming to the security line at the Honolulu airport.

The Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of a program that allows some passengers to go through pre-screening to expedite their trip through security. The program is called TSA PreCheck, but uses a checkmark in the logo. The expansion follows a pilot program at seven airlines.

More than 336,000 passengers have already been screened through TSA Pre-Check, which enables passengers to undergo screening free of charge before they fly. After being identified as low risk, fliers acquire special passes that allow them to speedily pass through security without removing shoes or belts.

TSA PreCheck is currently operating with American Airlines at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and with Delta Air Lines at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines are all opting in new passengers and will begin operations later this year.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the expansion of the program “part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security.”

“Immediately after the attacks of 9/11, we simply did not have the information and analytic capability to identify travelers who posed the greatest potential risk and so we had to take a one-size-fits-all approach.” Napolitano said during a press conference this morning at Reagan National. “Our experience over the past several years has made us smarter about the evolving threats we face and how best to deal with them.”

TSA PreCheck will be implemented at the following airports this year: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Denver International Airport (DEN), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Indianapolis International Airport (IND), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Portland International Airport (PDX), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

See http://www.globalentry.gov/ for more information.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hawaii offers more info on civil unions

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The Hawaii Department of Health released new information late last month regarding the state’s civil union law scheduled to take effect January 1st 2012, granting the Islands’ same-sex couples an opportunity to obtain essentially the same legal rights and benefits of a traditional marriage.

“People in Hawaii and in other parts of the world are eager to get more information and begin planning their civil union ceremonies in Hawaii,” Alvin Onaka, the Hawaii DOH state registrar, said in a statement. “We will be ready at midnight on Jan. 1 with an accurate and efficient online process that will serve the public well for submitting applications, paying fees, registering events and receiving their certificates for civil unions.”

The legislation, signed into law by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February, also allows gay and lesbian couples from out of state to apply for and receive civil union licenses during their visit.

See http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/civilunion/index.html for more information.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Hawaii Entertainment Expo: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The Hawaii Entertainment Expo (HEXXP) is Hawaii’s newest multi-genre convention.

The Hawaii Entertainment Expo (HEXXP) is Hawaii’s newest multi-genre convention, a locally based expo bringing you a popular culture event focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, comics, fashion shows, tournements, and art.

HEXXP builds an environment to bring people together that share the same hobbies and passions in order to create new friendships and a great experience.

Tickets - Blaisdell Box Office: $15.00

Neal Blaisdell Center
Friday, September 30 - 1:00pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:30pm

Find out more on the Hawaii Entertainment Expo website.