Oahu may be warm and beautiful year-round, but a spring visit comes with its own rainbow of perks.
For starters, consider the price tag. Since spring is a shoulder season, Oahu airfares and hotel rates drop in April and May, giving clients more money to spend once they get there. Fewer crowds also translate into a more intimate connection with Hawaii’s most populated island.
Spring brings a range of special events and activities to Oahu. Clients can join in on such celebrations as Lei Day on May 1, which showcases the tradition of making and wearing garlands of flowers. Another lure is the annual Mele Mei, a series of Hawaiian music, hula and cultural happenings at various venues in April and May.
Oahu’s sports scene is equally robust come spring. Motivated by the island’s stunning natural backdrop, visiting fitness buffs can participate in energizing contests such as the Haleiwa Metric Century Ride; Honolulu Triathlon; and Hapalua, Hawaii’s largest half-marathon.
This spring in particular, travelers can feel like insiders as they check out Oahu’s newest hotels, including Espacio, Halepuna Waikiki, Renew and White Sands Hotel. They can also demonstrate their food and beverage savvy at trending hot spots such as Bar Maze, La Vie and Mugen.
For history-minded clients, spring 2020 is an exceptionally poignant time to experience Oahu. The coming year heralds the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, which was marked by a 1945 surrender ceremony on the battleship USS Missouri. Visitors can honor the occasion while touring the venerable ship and other Pearl Harbor attractions, adding meaning to the past for multiple generations.
As travel advisors map out spring Oahu itineraries for their clients, they should keep abreast of the island’s breaking news and make the most of its latest sales tools, says Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, executive director for Oahu Visitors Bureau.
Hawaii Specialists and Oahu Master Specialists should tout their expertise to potential clients, she adds.
In addition, advisors can take advantage of a new Hawaii tool called the Kuleana Campaign, which includes videos on Oahu culture, safety and conservation.
“These videos help agents ensure that their clients are well-prepared to enjoy Oahu safely and respectfully,” Schilling-Wheeler said.
Oahu Visitors Bureau