Magazine article Black Enterprise

Hawaiian Holiday

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Hawaiian Holiday

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Renewed interest in this island paradise makes for an attractive and affordable vacation

Warm, tropical trade winds; rich, turquoise-blue seas; soft, sandy beaches and the fragrant scent of colorful hibiscus all call, "Aloha."

If a Hawaiian holiday has been on your "dream vacation" list, there's no better time to take a trip. Most of us think this archipelago in the middle of the Pacific is out of our range--in distance, time and money. But Hawaii can be a value-added vacation, if you know where to look.

Actually, the state of Hawaii is made up of six islands. The most developed and popular among tourists are Oahu and Maui. Kauai and the "Big Island" of Hawaii are sparking more interest, while Molokai and Lanai are still bucolic local nests. Each island has its own unique geography and attraction, but most tourists think of Oahu's main city of Honolulu and its famous Waikiki Beach first.

The most expensive part of your trip will probably be getting there. Honolulu is about 13.5 hours from New York and about 5.5 hours from San Francisco. Eight years ago, a round-trip coach ticket cost around $500. Today, it's up to $640 with a 21-day advance purchase. Most major airlines have vacation packages that include hotel, often with one or two nights free. The average hotel cost per night is $116, but there's also a good mix of condominiums and time-share properties on the island. "People are assuming that because you go farther, you'll spend more, but that's not necessarily true," says Janet Clarke, executive director at Waikiki Oahu Visitors Association. …

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