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Editor's note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, TravelAge West is encouraging all readers to stay at home and do their part in flattening the curve. This includes travel to Hawaii. We hope that the information in these stories will help readers stay up to date for when it’s once again safe to return to Hawaii.
The coronavirus may have sidelined tourism in Hawaii, but it’s also bringing out the best in island ingenuity.
From live-streamed concerts to multimedia outdoor adventures, creative online initiatives are reaching across thousands of miles and touching the hearts and minds of eager future visitors.
For clients who need a Hawaii fix right now, the following virtual experiences can be an invaluable gift from their trusted travel advisors.
Behind the Scenes at Sea Life ParkWilliam the Humboldt penguin and BJ the bottlenose dolphin are just two of the stars of “Bring the Park to You,” a new social media series from Sea Life Park.
The videos take viewers behind the scenes of the Oahu marine life attraction, following workers as they care for and train the park’s remarkable residents.
Cocktails and Art Classes From Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko OlinaChefs, artists and wellness gurus alternate hosting the luxury hotel’s online Aloha Friday parties called The Coconut Wire, with different themes each week.
Whether they’re learning how to arrange a charcuterie board, paint a sunset or mix a mai tai, viewers can start their weekends Hawaii-style. Plans call for the series to run through the beginning of summer.
Cooking With Chef ChaiFoodies have probably heard of Chai Chaowasaree, a celebrity chef specializing in Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Although they can’t visit his Honolulu restaurant in person, they can cook some of his simpler dishes, courtesy of demonstrational videos.
During his broadcasts, chef Chai leads viewers through the step-by-step process for making delicacies such as ginger chicken, pad thai noodles and spicy pork basil.
Cultural Insights From Hawaiian AirlinesThe Hawaii-based carrier is known for its onboard island hospitality. Now, Hawaiian Airlines extending that spirit to videos on its Instagram and Facebook pages.
Highlights include chef Lee Ann Wong showing how to make banana cereal pancakes; and Hawaiian Air employees who are also hula specialists, discussing preparations for Hawaii’s prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival.
Free Hawaiian Music ConcertsHawaii’s musicians can’t currently perform for live audiences, so they’re doing the next best thing: live-streaming their talents.
For instance, the well-loved family band Kapena is presenting the Quarantine Hawaii Concert Series, with performances from their home.
Then there’s Mele in the Hale, a brainchild of production company Haku Collective, featuring various island artists in virtual concerts.
Hawaii Island Tours With KapohoKine AdventuresKapohoKine Adventures’ online explorations whisk viewers around Hawaii Island to such stunning landscapes as South Point, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens in Hilo.
From hiking and kayaking to stargazing and helicopter flights, the ecotour company’s videos showcase the island from the land, sea and air. Content changes regularly to keep clients checking back for more.
History Lessons With Pearl Harbor Aviation MuseumSince this year marks the 75th commemoration of the end of World War II, the historic sites of Pearl Harbor are honoring the anniversary by creating meaningful online resources.
Case in point is Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, which is sharing insights into the past by posting content such as movies, oral histories and recordings of musical hits from 1942.
Island Lifestyle From Halekulani & HalepunaThe secrets of spearfishing, the art of quilting and other hallowed Hawaii traditions are explored on Living TV, a series of television shows offered by the Waikiki hotels Halekulani and Halepuna.
Additionally, since Halekulani sponsors the annual Hawaii International Film Festival, its website provides a link to compelling works by movie-makers in the islands and around the world.
Stories and Sneak Peeks From Maui Ocean CenterMaui’s popular aquarium is connecting to clients through a variety of online lures, such as underwater camera views of its 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit.
Other captivating content includes marine-inspired stories; the Hawaiian word of the week; spotlights on featured creatures; DIY crafts demonstrations; and glimpses of habitats for the center’s amazing animals.
You-Are-There Videos From Polynesian Cultural CenterAs one of Hawaii’s most enduring visitor attractions, the North Shore Oahu hub is keeping cultural learning front and center with its website’s education and history page.
There, guests can go virtual canoe paddling; play traditional games; find out how to husk a coconut; do some Tahitian dancing; and try making Samoan pani popo (coconut-glazed rolls).