HONOLULU -- New products are seen as another way for Oahu to
attract more visitors, especially the repeat market.
The need for fresh attractions is an argument heard often, and
the island recently has seen a sprinkling of new arrivals.
In late January, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial opened at
Pearl Harbor, Oahu's first major new attraction in years. The
battleship, which saw action from World War II to the Gulf War, is
doing well, attracting 1,500 to 2,000 visitors a day, according to
Darrell Metzger, president of Atlantis Adventures, which provides
sales and marketing for the museum.
Atlantis recently came out with a $29 Missouri package, which is
made up of Waikiki transfers, admission and a guided tour of the
ship, including a section that is undergoing renovation and is not
yet open to the general public.
Sea Life Park added two $99 programs on April 1. The programs
allow visitors to interact with marine life.
In the Seawalker package, visitors wearing special helmets and
breathing apparatus walk on the bottom of the park's 300,000-gallon
aquarium. In the other program, they swim with dolphins.
Last year, Waimea Valley Adventure Park added Jungle Trek, an
interactive play area for children; a butterfly exhibit, and Camp
Waimea, with packages for overnight camping from March through
At Kapolei in west Oahu, the $14 million Hawaiian Waters
Adventure Park, one of the world's largest family-oriented water
theme parks, will open in late May. Late last year, Castle &
Cooke's Waialua Coffee plantation opened a visitor center on
Waialua's north shore.
A year ago, the company's Dole Plantation, in central Oahu,
opened a 100,000-square foot maze, featured in the Guinness Book of
World Records as the world's longest and largest permanent maze.
Also late last year, a children's museum -- the $12 million Hawaii
Children's Discovery Center -- opened at Honolulu's oceanfront
Kakaako State Park.