2010 Travel Writing Contest: 1st Prize

Outrigger Reef on the Beach

The Outrigger Reef on the Beach is ideally situated between beautiful Waikiki Beach and the exciting new Waikiki Beach Walk district. The hotel recently completed a stunning $110 million makeover and has been transformed into Oahu’s newest haven of elegance, gracious hospitality and unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture. The property offers enlarged guest rooms and superbly appointed suites, beachfront restaurants, new shops, a day spa featuring specialty services and products by Aveda, and an array of complimentary cultural activities. The adjacent Waikiki Beach Walk® is Oahu’s newest entertainment destination, home to shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Prize: 4 night stay at the Outrigger Reef with a $50 gift certificate to the Kani Ka Pila Grille

Connect with the Outrigger by visiting their website www.outriggerreef.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @OutriggerReef.

Hula Grill Waikiki


Located oceanside in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel, Hula Grill Waikiki combines nostalgic Hawaiian plantation décor with a bountiful Island-style menu to create an elegant beachside bistro dining experience. Reminiscent of a Hawaiian waterfront home of the early 1900’s, the restaurant boasts an open-air layout where nearly every seat offers spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and the turquoise Pacific Ocean. The menu features Hawaii Regional Seafood, showcasing the best of Hawaii’s locally-produced seafood, prime steaks and more. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Prize: $75 gift certificate toward a dinner for two.

Connect with the Hula Grill Waikiki by visiting their website hulagrillwaikiki.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @hulagrillwaikik.


Kualoa Ranch

Offering residents and visitors an authentic Hawaiian cultural and recreational experience, Kualoa Ranch features an array of outdoor activities and adventures showcasing Hawaii’s spectacular natural beauty and aloha spirit. Stretching across 4,000 acres from the mountains to the Pacific, activities include ATV tours, horseback rides, ocean voyaging and hula lessons as well as tours of the Ranch’s 800-year-old Moli`i fishpond, tropical gardens, movie sites and remote valley.
Prize: A full-day Hawaiian Experience package, which includes escorted round-trip transportation from Waikiki, buffet lunch and choice of four of the following one-hour Hawaii Experience tours:
• Ocean Voyaging
• Hawaiian Fishpond & Garden
• Legends & Legacy Tour
• Jungle Expedition
• Movie Sites & Ranch Tour
• Hula Lesson

Connect with Kualoa Ranch by visiting their website www.kualoa.com or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley is a living pu’uhonua, a place of peace and safety, for Hawai’i and the world and one of O’ahu’s last partially intact ahupua`a. Waimea is significant in the history of Hawai’i and a repository for Hawaiian spirituality and traditions. The 1, 800-acre valleys offers an authentic cultural window into the lifestyle and customs of the Hawaiian people through daily programs and activities.
Prize:  4 Waimea Valley admissions

Connect with Waimea Valley by visiting their website www.waimeavalley.net, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @WaimeaValley.


 Ala Moana Center 

Ala Moana Center is the world’s largest outdoor shopping center and Hawaii’s premier shopping, entertainment and ining destination. A favorite among Hawaii’s visitors and residents, Ala Moana Center features more than 290 stores, including 70 dining options, one of the largest collections of luxury retailers in the world, four major department stores, and several only-in-Hawaii retailers featuring locally made products and souvenirs.
Prize: $100 Gift Card

Connect with Ala Moana Center by visiting their website www.AlaMoanaCenter.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @AlaMoanaCenter.

Segway of Hawaii

Step aboard as your Segway Personal Transporter takes you up-close-and-personal as you glide effortlessly through Waikiki, Kapiolani Park, Diamond Head, Magic Island & Ala Moana Beach Park, Downtown Honolulu, Chinatown, Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, historic Mission Houses and Kawaiahao Church or a Sunset on the Beach Ride. Our tours and glide rides are the newest ‘eco-friendly’ adventure experience on the latest in personal transportation: The Segway! It’s easy and fun to learn to ride a Segway, training included.
Prize: 2 Person Waikiki/Diamond Head Tour on the only ‘eco-activity’ in Waikiki!

Connect with Segway of Hawaii by visiting their website www.segwayofhawaii.com.



Wild Side Specialty Tours

Wild Side Specialty Tours (SailHawaii.com), Oahu’s only marine-biologist founded and led ocean wildlife tours, specializes in intimate wildlife encounters onboard in waters home to giant humpback whales (winter season), protected sea turtles, resident pods of varied species of smaller whales and wild dolphins, migratory sea birds, and tropical reef fish in Oahu’s oldest coral ecosystems.
Prize: Morning Wildlife Cruise for two.

Connect with Wild Side Specialty Tours by visiting their website www.sailhawaii.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @WildSideHawaii.


Waikiki Aquarium 

Located next to a living coral reef, the award winning Waikiki Aquarium brings guests face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more! Exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 3,500 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants.
Prize: Four admission passes for one day access to the Waikiki Aquarium and a free Audio Tour Wand.

Connect with Waikiki Aquarium by visiting their website www.waquarium.org, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @WaikikiAquarium.


Wet’n’Wild Hawaii

Set on 29 acres in lush, tropical surrounds in Kapolei, Oahu’s “second city”, the all-new Wet’n’Wild water park delivers over 25 rides and attractions for families and thrill-seekers alike. It is Hawaii’s only water park and the #1 family attraction and #1 local attraction on the island.
Prize: Two admission passes

Connect with Wet’n’Wild Hawaii by visiting their website www.hawaii.mywetnwild.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @WetnWildHawaii.

Oahu Ghost Tours

"On Oahu Ghost Tours, guests will experience up close and personal some of the most haunted places on O’ahu, if not in all of the Hawaiian islands. Many of these places are history by day, and haunts by night! From a supernatural hotspot made famous in countless books, to a cemetery that houses a portal between the living and the dead, Oahu Ghost Tours shows guests a more dark side of Hawaii."
Prize: Tickets for “Orbs of Oahu” night-time Driving Tour for two, valued at $98.00

Connect with Oahu Ghost Tours by visiting their website www.oahughosttours.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or joining their Twitter page @OahuGhostTours.

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