Are you ready for the real Hawaii?

All these years as a travel writer, and I’ve never been to Hawaii. But that changes tomorrow.

Following our critically-acclaimed Southern California blog series this summer and our trip to Washington in July, we’re trekking out to the Aloha state. All five of us.

I’ll be touring Hawaii with my family and reporting on the experience. You can read about it on National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog and here, on this site. You can also follow me on Twitter for the very latest on our trip.

Some of you, particularly those who attended my presentation at the Travel Bloggers Show last weekend in Orlando, may be doing a double-take. Did I just refer to myself as a travel writer? What happened to the consumer advocate?

Well, as I said in my presentation, travel will always be part of my portfolio. And the opportunity to see Hawaii with my whole family — how could I say “no” to that?

I wanted to acknowledge everyone who made this trip possible, particularly Nathan Kam and my friends at McNeil Wilson Communications. They’ve been on my case for years to visit Hawaii, and I’m happy we could finally manage to do this.

Also, a big “thank you” to Jessica Ferracane at the Big Island Visitors Bureau, Darlene Morikawa at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and to all of our friends at the O’ahu Visitors Bureau.

A big shoutout to the folks who are getting us there, too, including Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Avis.

A nod is also in order to Mauna Lani Point, Lava Rock Villa at Kapoho Beach Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals, Hilton Hawaiian Village, and Outrigger Reef on the Beach, where we’ll be staying.

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This is not going to be your typical Hawaii adventure. Not even close. We are going places that few tourists visit.

I don’t want to give too much away. You’ll see.

(Photo: David Winie/Flickr Creative Commons)

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at Read more of Christopher's articles here.

  • Jjonas808

    Oh u mean the real Hawaii with crystal meth addiction, racism, car theft, gambling houses, fist-fights at any occasion, homeless indigenous Hawaiians, chicken fights, horrible traffic, and high cost of living?

    YAY!!! Hawaii no ka oi!!!

    Stay away mainland haoles….ur fears of a “tourist trap vacation” pale to the realities of life in da islands.

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