The Hawaiian Islands
There’s no place on earth quite like the Hawaiian Islands. With Six Iconic Islands, The Hawaiian Islands deliver an unsurpassed variety of unforgettable experiences that keep clients coming back for more. But there’s more to Hawaii than what you’ve heard about. Learn uncommon details about what makes each island so distinctive, yet all part of one ohana (family). Once you complete the Hawaii Destination Specialist Program, you will possess the expertise to send your clients on a journey to experience the aloha spirit that can only be found in the Hawaiian Islands.
“Rejuvenating” is a word often used on Kauai, known for iconic spots like the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast, the panoramic views of Waimea Canyon and the peaceful currents of the Wailua River. From hidden waterfalls to secluded beaches, the northernmost and greenest of the Hawaiian Islands is a place to take a deep breath, kick back, relax and unwind.
This is where the action is. The lively center of the Hawaiian Islands. A vibrant gathering spot with a unique blend of relaxation and excitement. Oahu is famous for iconic Hawaii locations like Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and the surfing mecca of the North Shore, but there’s so much more to explore. From festivals to events, discover the diverse cultures that make Hawaii so unique.
Romance is always in the air on Maui. And why shouldn’t it be? This is the best of both worlds, offering a unique blend of sophistication with a small town feel. Start your day atop the summit of Haleakala for an epic sunrise. Spend the day along the scenic, winding road to Hana or travel through the lush gardens and farms of Upcountry Maui.
ISLAND OF HAWAII
Take a road trip on the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size and diversity is awe-inspiring. You can travel through all but four of the world’s different climate zones here. From the crystal blue waters of Kona and Kohala Coast to the black sands of Punaluu to the lush botanical gardens and waterfalls of the Hamakua Heritage corridor. There is so much more to see on an inspiring island just made for exploration.
THE OFFICIAL HAWAII DESTINATION SPECIALIST PROGRAM AVAILABLE AT AGENTS.GOHAWAII.COM
This tiered, self-guided course of study delivers in-depth knowledge and insights into the Hawaiian Islands, as well as effective sales tips to transform you into a booking pro. Best of all, the program is free, online and mobile-friendly so you can take it anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. The highly visual curriculum has been segmented into easily managed modules and features a convenient resume tool that allows you to pick up where you left off anytime.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN
Learn uncommon details about the destination’s six distinctive islands, how to match different traveler profiles with their perfect Hawaiian vacations and practical tips for cross-selling and upselling Hawaii to maximize your revenue. You’ll even sound like a pro, thanks to audio narration that will guide you through the proper pronunciation of Hawaiian words. This expertise is an important element in building credibility with your clients—which results in increased bookings, greater commission and more repeat business.
In Level 1, you’ll complete two easy to follow online certifications. Certification 1 provides an in-depth introduction to the Hawaiian Islands. Certification 2 is a roadmap for expertly selling vacations to Hawaii. Certifications 3-6 are in-depth courses on each of the islands.
Once you complete Certifications one and two, you’ll earn your Hawaii Destination Specialist designation and gain exclusive benefits, including:
- Consumer Referrals
- Specialist-Only Webinars
- Continuing Education Credits From The Travel Institute
- One-Year Subscription to HAWAII Magazine
- Use of the Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo
- Opportunity to be considered for an in-destination Master Specialist Program
Beyond the Destination Specialist designation, you can also become a specialist for a specific island – or all six of them – to achieve Destination Expert status. Once you complete all six certifications you can access the Imi Loa (Explore Hawaii) program which offers year-round travel agent discounts on accommodations, transportation and activities.
There’s even a Master Specialist designation upon completion of on-island training. The further you advance your education, the greater the benefits you receive – including priority ranking on gohawaii.com’s consumer referral tool.
DESTINATION INFORMATION AND SALES & MARKETING TOOLS
In addition to the Certification Courses, you can access destination information, collateral, and sales and marketing tools at agents.gohawaii.com.