About Hawaii

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uring World War II, my father was based in Hawaii, serving on a Navy tanker that cruised the South Pacific delivering fuel to warships. He often told us kids about his time in the service... about all kinds of things that happened, where he went, what he saw.

He told us that Hawaii was "like paradise on earth," and I remember daydreaming about what it would be like to go there. Many years later, I did go.

I had been named managing editor of Travel Weekly, and I set out on a journey to visit the reporters and editors in our news bureaus. Our bureau in Honolulu was my second stop, after Los Angeles.

I toured Oahu and, like millions of visitors, fell in love with the place.

I climbed Diamond Head and spent a whole afternoon riding the waves at Waikiki in a dugout canoe. I visited the sobering Arizona Memorial, then drove all over the island, admiring the lush landscape and enjoying the incredible views from every hilltop.

I stayed at the historic Royal Hawaiian, the "pink palace" nestled among the more contemporary high-rise hotels on Waikiki Bay. The hotel's beachfront restaurant was the venue for a fun industry breakfast that I hosted, and it gave me the opportunity to meet the movers and shakers of Hawaii tourism.

My four nights in Hawaii flew by and I have not been back since. That was about six years ago.

Today, Travel Weekly launched an exciting Hawaii news product for the travel industry. It's called Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter.

Published and delivered by e-mail every Monday morning, the e-letter is geared to industry professionals who want to read exclusive Travel Weekly coverage of Hawaii news, including wholesale and retail updates, new product launches, airline and hotel offers, and much more.

People who ought to read this new product include agents who sell leisure or business travel to Hawaii; those offering wholesale Hawaii products; those involved in marketing Hawaii, and planners who bring business groups, like meetings and incentives, to the destination.

Our reports are filed by Doug Oakley, our Hawaii bureau chief based in Honolulu.

Many of you already received the first issue this morning. And you've been offered an "opt-in" to receive future Hawaii e-letters. I encourage you to do so. Doug and I will be working to make sure the content is worth your while... that it's relevant, timely, interesting, even entertaining.

If you have not received the first issue but would like to sign up for Hawaii E-Letter, click Edit Profile at the bottom of this page and check the option box marked Hawaii.

I'm delighted that we chose Hawaii to be Travel Weekly's launch product for industry e-letters. My father was right -- it is paradise.

But stay tuned. We'll introduce more e-letters about other exciting travel destinations, as well as about topics important to the trade, during the next few months.

Our goal, as always, is to give Travel Weekly's readers and Web site members information they need to run their businesses smarter and better.

Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly Crossroads, Travel Management Daily and Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter.

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