Information on Hawaii Group Incentive Travel Planning

by: Luke Kreitner September 9, 2016

  • Because of this overall allure, the Hawaiian Islands are consistently voted among the world’s top incentive destinations.
  • “From farm to cup” is Greenwell Farm’s motto, and no trip to Hawaii Island is complete without a cup of Kona coffee. Greenwell Farms, located in Kealakeku, offers farm tours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday and personal group tours can be booked to observe coffee fields and processing facilities, and savor free samples of various coffee products.
  • Legend has it that King Kamehameha I trained his armies on Kahua Ranch, where groups now can enjoy the crisp, clean air of Kohala Volcano. The working ranch offers a variety of excursions, including horseback riding, ATV rides and a guided historical tour, as well as an authentic barbecue experience with live music and line dancing, perfect for groups.
  • Another option is The Legends of Hawaii Luau, highlighted by exotic dance and traditional themes. It takes place at Hilton Waikoloa Village, which has 235,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a ballroom that seats up to 2,400 people.
  • For thrill-seekers, a true bonding experience is the manta ray night snorkel from Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii. Starting right before sunset for optimal photo opportunities, the boat cruises along the Kona coast to the manta ray location. Mantas have no bite or sting to them; they are actually gentle giants and provide a safe, yet mesmerizing water encounter. Group discounts and charters are available.
  • At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors see the unforgettable spectacle of volcanic eruptions.

Hawaii's Secret Visitors

  • The total number of so-called incentive travelers coming to Hawaii was up 60 percent in the first half of 2013, already surpassing the total number of people from the same market in all of 2012.
  • As the economy improves, more and more companies will spend millions of dollars in Hawaii to reward their best performers.

Hawaii Incentive Travel Trends for 2014

  • Oahu, HI, continues to be a top incentive travel program destination for U.S.-based groups
  • “Any activities that involve golf, spa, and Hawaiian culture and/or history are the most popular activities…Outdoor adventures and wellness/health-based programs are also being offered as alternatives to the traditional golf option.”

How Oahu Caters to Group Travel

  • “Being on an island in a tropical setting really changed the atmosphere of the meeting,” said Candy Won, spokesperson for APA. “Everyone was in good spirits and relaxed.”
  • Increasing numbers of MCIs are asking to inject authentic culture into their itineraries, according to Marie Watanabe, director of sales for Oahu Visitors Bureau.
  • A unique Oahu gathering place is Waikiki Aquarium, where groups can mingle over cocktails and cuisine on a seaside lawn. During on-site soirees, attendees get exclusive access to galleries full of native fish, living corals, graceful jellyfish, reef sharks and Hawaiian monk seals.
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About Luke Kreitner

Luke Kreitner is the VP of Sales at Incentive Solutions, an Atlanta-based incentive company that specializes in helping B2B businesses accelerate growth, increase sales, motivate channel partners and retain B2B customers.