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Traveling to Hawaii and the Philippines – Exploring the Truth behind the Tourism Industry

Hawaii is one of the most visited states in the United States of America today. With its high income from the tourism industry, which is 25% of the Gross State Product, Hawaii’s economy can be considered as a tourism-dependent nation among the many states and countries in the world.

However, exportation of foods, agricultural products and apparels is also the lifeline of the flourishing economy of Hawaii. There are eight major islands in this state that are helping together in achieving this tourism success. They are the Big Island, the Valley Isle, the Target Isle, the Pineapple Isle, the Friendly Isle, the Gathering Palace, the Garden Isle and the Forbidden Isle. With a close to 1.4 million population today, this island is very blessed with flora and fauna that are mainly attracting tourists and travelers from different parts of the world. Haleakala National Park in Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the main island of Hawaii are the two major national parks. The sceneries that you might have been viewed on several Hawaii official and sponsor websites could have been taken from the breath-taking and amazing wonders of the islands.


On the Photo: A View from Maui Island, Hawaii, USA





The Kuleana Resort is one of the most visited relaxation and recreational venues in the island of Maui. Being one of top-ranked resorts, it is equipped with the modern-day facilities and amenities that will fully entertain and comfort every visitor. It is ranked number 19 by the Trip Advisor on its top destination list, a well-known and most trusted travel advisor. Very visible also on the feedbacks of customers are the excellent quality and superb standard of their services. The condos and timeshares are affordable at their most attractive conditions. You can view from your room the beauty of the ocean and the very entertaining surrounding of the resort. Stroll around Kuleana and things will surely uplift your body and soul. Swimming pool, ocean park, tennis court, barbecue and picnic areas, landscapes and spectacular sunset view are all waiting for you to be experienced and enjoyed. Aside from these exhilarating features, snorkeling on the marine reserves and sight-seeing of many types of birds on the wildlife sanctuary are also the talk-of-the-town in this specific resort.


On the Photo: The Beautiful Kuleana Resort at Maui Island




Staying in the condo is nevertheless a one of a kind experience in this resort. The condo has very spacious and fully air-conditioned bedrooms, relaxing bath, complete kitchenette, cable TV, DVD player and a lanai where you can spend your time watching the nature’s beauty of the island. There is a nearby farmer market where you can shop and purchase Hawaii’s very own native products. Restaurants and grocery stores are everywhere. You can surely feel the ocean breeze and the nice temperature while eating your favorite meals on any of these restaurants and cafes. Fruit delicacies and menus are simply Hawaiian. Walk around the park, take photos of the green grasses and the surprising rainbow display, chat with your co-visitors and spend all your time at your own choice; they are all possible at the Kuleana Resort.


On the Photo: Sunset View in Hawaii




On the Photo: Spectacular Rainbow Display Viewed from Old Lahaina Luau




Old Lahaina Luau is in the same Island of Maui. Special dinners and delightful performances await in you in this multi-awarded Hawaiian traveler’s number one destination. The award-winning presentation of traditional Hawaiian music and hula will certainly complete your evening of visit. Regional cuisines will satisfy your taste for authentic foods while spending your romantic dinner together. Maui Style Mahi-Mahi, Island Style Chicken, Lomi-Lomi Salmon, Taro Salad and Pulehu Steak; there are lots of traditional menus to choose from. Taste the Hawaiian flavors of beverages by sipping your most preferred drinks at the premium open bar. Beer, wine, juices and tropical cocktails are serving while you’re listening to the music of a peaceful and calm night at the Old Lahaina Luau.


On the Photo: A Photo of a Friend and His Daughter at the Old Lahaina Luau




On the Photo: Hawaiians on their Traditional Hula Dance




On the Photo: An Ornamental Plant with Edible Petals that can be Found in Hawaii Forests



On the Photo: Mini Falls on a Hiking Area at Maui National Park




Hawaii is home to more than 200,000 Filipino-Americans. No wonder if one of the employees in these famous resorts are Filipinos or people with Filipino heritage. Hawaii and the Philippines are just oceans apart and they both have one thing in common; they are both archipelagos. If you will spend sometime reading the history of Hawaii, on how it became a heaven on earth place, you will be humbled and make proud somehow with the early people who molded this state. Hawaii was actually a kingdom before. Today, it is now one of the best states in the US. Honolulu is its capital city and it is earning a gross output of almost $50 billion each year. Pineapple, sugarcane and tourism are the industries that are continuously giving the Hawaiian people the bread and butter on their home.


On the Photo: Map of the Philippines Island



On the Photo: Map of Hawaii, United States of America



Philippines, on the other hand, is home to hundreds of beautiful resorts that they often call paradise. Boracay Island in Western Visayas, Hundred Islands in Pangasinan and Palawan Underground River are just among the major tourist attractions in the country today. There are many other places in the Philippines that, like of those in Hawaii, can become the sources of income of its native people. There is the so-called Caramoan Islands in the eastern part of the country. It is in the province of Camarines Sur and is considered still as unexploited from commercial tourism.


On the Photo: Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines








Tourism is all about protecting the environment. Like of the Old Lahaina Laua and Kuleana Resort in Hawaii, protection, maintenance and utmost care are needed in order to preserve the true beauty and wonder of any places on the planet. Many countries are enacting laws for the creation of national parks and wildlife reserves. Philippines and the Filipinos can do the same thing. Philippines is an archipelago that is so rich in natural resources and amazing wonders of nature. However, many of the people, natives and investors are not doing their part in preserving these gifts from the Creator. Giving life to these Mother Nature’s blessings is the true meaning of the tourism industry.



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