Online Resources

Oahu’s family-friendly Web sites offer insight

By: Marty Wentzel

Clients can go onilne to find family fun
Clients can go online to find family fun.
TravelAge West asked Oahu tourism industry members about Web sites they find helpful for planning family travel to the island. Here’s what they had to say.

Bert Momotomi, guest services director, Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa:
A client recently told me about Aloha Friends Hawaii’s Web site, which has good island information as well as fun stuff like translating your name into Hawaiian I also like to use the city’s parade and street activities site

Ristuko Kukonu, concierge, Outrigger Waikiki On the Beach:
The Pleasant Holidays Web site features an activities page that provides extremely helpful and detailed information on what to see and do for all ages, and it’s easy to navigate

Roy Nacapuy, head concierge, Turtle Bay Resort:
A Web site about Oahu’s North Shore comes in handy for families. Not only does it have information on things to do and places to stay, it has handy coupons that clients can download

Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, senior director of sales and marketing, Oahu Visitors Bureau:
Check out OVB’s Web site, which takes agents to a link about family travel . I also recommend Hawaiirama, which has up-to-the-minute scoops on family-oriented news and activities

Kawai Cummings, concierge, Kahala Hotel:
We find that the Bishop Museum’s Web site keeps families alerted to new attractions, exhibits, cultural events and ticket information The Dolphin Quest site is a good reference, too

Maria Takao, concierge, Westin Moana Surfrider:
The Hawaii Travel Newsletter is quite informative and user-friendly. There’s a section about Oahu activities for kids, including a guide to children’s programs at hotels

Stacey Alford, director of travel industry sales, Oahu Visitors Bureau:
I often refer to the Honolulu Advertiser’s Web site, especially its TGIF section. It does an awesome job with its calendar of events for the upcoming week

Shaun Ono, director of guest services, Westin Moana Surfrider:
Family Travel Forum offers family travel planners access to tips, deals and destination information ( Another good reference tool is Disney’s family information resource, with general as well as Hawaii-specific aids