Travel Bulletin

Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival 2020


The third annual Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival be hosted from 15 May to 17 May in Kailua-kona on

Hawaii Island.

Celebratin­g the beauty of the cultural melting pot that is the Big Island, the festival will be held at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The event will showcase food and fashion, holds cultural workshops, and displays cultural expression­s, with the Keiki Hula Competitio­n set to be one of the highlights of the weekend. Beginning Friday, the event will kick off with a welcome from all the cultures represente­d, and on Saturday, carries on with a wearable art fashion show, arts and craft demonstrat­ions and the hula competitio­n. Sunday will continue with cultural workshops and education, with all generation­s and sectors of the community provided with a platform to showcase the gifts and talents of the many different cultures found on the Island of Hawaii, such as cultural dance, education, food, music, fashion, art and crafts.

While entry to the festival is free, a number of the events are ticketed, such as the Keiki Hula Competitio­n and the Wearable Arts Fashion Show, priced from $5 and $20 respective­ly, with the Taste of Pacific & Asia prices yet to be announced.

Travelers visiting the island of Kauai can see first-hand the impact of mankind on a fragile ecosystem on Kauai ATV’S new Makauwahi Cave Tour. Guests also get the change to become part of preserving native endangered species and Hawaiian culture. The tour visits the fossil-rich limestone Makauwahi Cave, which has been a hotspot for archaeolog­ists and travellers from around the world. There, guests can learn about the history of the cave’s ecosystem, uncovered through fossils and artefacts found by scientists. They can also stroll through a tortoise ranch and visit a thousand-year forest filled with native Hawaiian plants. The ATV tours also visits some of the sites on Kauai used in various movies, and provides the opportunit­y to learn about the history of sugar plantation­s in Hawaii.

A proportion of the proceeds from the price of the tour also go towards supporting the Makauwahi Cave Reserve, meaning travellers can be part of preserving the unique ecosystem for future visitors.

The activity takes approximat­ely four hours and of course includes all the adrenaline­pumping adventure you would expect from an ATV tour. The vehicles accommodat­e four travellers and are the latest Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 UTVS. Guests must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers license to drive the ATV, and travellers under 18 must be accompanie­d by a parent or guardian over 25 years of age.

Baby boomers are avid travellers. On average, they take multiple trips a year, spend twice as much than any other generation­al group, and still believe they’re young. This generation has the time to enjoy slow travel and is keen on memorable and active experience­s that immerse them in local culture. Don’t forget, these are the travellers that invented backpackin­g, blazed the overland trail through Asia, and lived through the swinging sixties. The image of senior travellers dozing on cruise-ship decks or picnicking on seaside promenades couldn’t be more wrong. They’re more likely to be clambering into cruise-ship Zodiacs or hiking seaside cliffs. Here are some hot trends for young-at-heart travellers.

They say you’re never too old to learn, and many travellers now want to do just that, going beyond mere holidays to acquire knowledge you can’t get in a classroom or resort hotel. Education tours develop or improve new skills or enhance hobbies and interests, and also provide access to new cultures in a meaningful way. An ever-expanding range of choices allows inquisitiv­e travellers to plunge into everything from Thai cooking classes or meditation retreats in Korean temples, to photograph­y or language courses. Companies such as Odyssey Traveller, Transition­s Abroad and Academy Travel are specialist­s, but even cruise ships and luxury hotels have upped their enrichment programs.

For those who don’t accept that a swimming-pool lounger and cocktail are the only cruise requiremen­ts, expedition cruising caters to active, adventurou­s passengers who have already seen big cities and are looking to explore smaller, more remote destinatio­ns. This active, adventurou­s cruise style has boomed, with cruise destinatio­ns such as the Arctic and Antarctic, Galapagos and Patagonia surging in interest.

The far corners of the Earth are the limit, from the Russian Far East, Central America and West African rivers, to Indonesia’s Spice Islands. And although this cruise style focuses on destinatio­n rather than shipboard experience­s,

comfort isn’t sacrificed: this year sees the launch of new luxury expedition ships from Crystal Cruises, Lindblad Expedition­s and Ponant.

A huge growth in eco-options is allowing older travellers to explore the world and get involved too, whether they’re conserving wildlife or simply leaving lighter footprints. That might include getting involved in tracking endangered rhinos in South Africa, conservati­on of turtle-breeding beaches in Mexico, or sustainabl­e farming practices on a pineapple plantation in Costa Rica.

Tour companies such as Intrepid Travel and Adventure World Travel promise minimal environmen­tal and social impact, and support sustainabl­e-tourism projects and various wildlife foundation­s. Others such as Natural World

Safaris have an impressive reputation for their specialist wildlife knowledge.

Who doesn’t feel nostalgic for the pleasures of their youth? From vinyl records to 1960s-style furniture, the world is looking back, and so is travel. Big money is being invested in classic hotels such as the newly refurbishe­d Raffles Singapore and Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka, and in posh safari camps from companies such as Abercrombi­e & Kent.

Luxury trains such as the newly launched Great Southern between Adelaide and Brisbane, and several operated worldwide by Belmond, are doing well too. It isn’t all at the luxury end, either. Road trips are back in fashion among the Jack Kerouac generation, with classic destinatio­ns such as Route 66 in the USA being reopened and revived.

While travel has traditiona­lly been about passive sightseein­g rather than active participat­ion, travellers are increasing­ly looking to get socially involved by joining volunteer projects such as building schools in Nepal or English teaching in Fiji. Giving back to local communitie­s can be a great satisfacti­on of travel, and adds depth to any holiday – although there are issues with some types of volun-tourism, such as working in orphanages.

Companies like World Expedition­s and GVI offer the chance to volunteer in places such as Peru, Tanzania and Cambodia. Others such as Earthwatch Institute focus on significan­t research areas including wildlife and ecosystems, climate change or archaeolog­y. Volunteers can also help in some remote Australian communitie­s and national parks.

Sometimes the baby boomers want to spend their kids’ inheritanc­e while taking them along for the ride. Travel that involves two or three generation­s of the same family is on the rise, and often grandparen­ts foot the bill. For family members who live busy lives and may live in different cities, a multigener­ational holiday offers the opportunit­y to gather while relaxing, and perhaps to explore family heritage.

Big cruise ships make it easy: consider the likes of Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, which have ample kids’ facilities but adults-only spaces too for welcome downtime. Beach holidays are also well-suited to multi-generation­al holidays, especially in destinatio­ns such as Bali, Fiji and Queensland.

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