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Na Waiwai – Mauka to Makai

Press Release

New, Authentic, Hawaiian Cultural and Educational Tour Launches on the Oldest Island in Hawai’i – Kaua’i

“Na Waiwai, native Hawaiian land & sea exploration fulfills biggest buzz word in Hawaii tourism industry.”

Port Allen, Kaua’i, Hawaii – March 29, 2019 Are you looking for a purposeful activity, combined with cultural immersions, infused with the thrill of adventure? Holo Holo Charters teamed up with the National Tropical Botanical Gardens to launch Na Waiwai, an interactive guided land and sea tour rooted in Kaua’i history, for visitors of all ages.

“Our goal at Holo Holo Charters is to provide memorable experiences for our valued passengers, while sharing the Hawaiian culture, history, and values. Our Kaua’i tour, Na Waiwai, gives visitors a one-of-a-kind Native Hawaiian cultural experience” says Chandra Bertsch, General Manager of Holo Holo Charters.

According to Paula Simpson Takamori, owner of Travel to Paradise for more than 20 years, “There are plenty of people who come to Hawaii for the weather in the winter, to get away from the snow. But for many, it’s not about just going to the beach. Island visitors are looking for real Hawaiian experiences, where they can immerse themselves in the history and culture. The biggest buzz word in Hawaii’s tourism industry today is authentic experience. Tours like Holo Holo Charters’ Na Waiwai Land & Sea Tour on Kaua’i, give people the authenticity they’re looking for” said Takamori.

The Hawaiian term, Na Waiwai, literally translated means “Treasured Values.” Na Waiwai provides visitors a glimpse into the early life of the first Polynesian settlers from Tahiti, who sailed to Kaua’i in voyaging canoes over 1,000 years ago.

The expedition starts with a visit to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, with more than 15,000 thriving native Hawaiian plants, housing one of the largest collections of native Hawaiian flora in existence. The sea portion of the tour begins with a short course about the Hokule’a, the star compass, which is the foundational framework behind the master art of wayfinding. Visitor’s then embark on a Hawaiian-style dinner sail listening to classic Hawaiian music.

For additional information, contact Cindy Kauanui at 808-335-0815 or [email protected]