A tropical retreat showcasing the best of three distinct islands, with deluxe resort hotels that will take your breath away.
Don was selected as South Dakota’s Broadcaster of the Year for 2010 by the South Dakota Broadcaster's Association.
Don first joined the KELOLAND News team in 1990, which now makes him one of the veterans of the newsroom. For nine years, he anchored Good Morning KELOLAND, helped launch After Nine and took over duties of Midday anchoring.
Before his television career, he made a living on the radio at 1140 KSOO AM Radio in Sioux Falls. In 1988 he was hired as assistant news director, but covered big stories, like President George Bush's inauguration in Washington, D.C. and the Sioux City plane crash. Now that his children are all grown up, Don spends most of his time riding motorcycle and watching sporting events with his girlfriend Pam. He retired from the South Dakota Air National Guard after 22 years of service. Don previously hosted several Holiday Vacations' tours. Join Don and KELOLAND viewers on this fabulous trip to Hawaii.
Join Don and KELOLAND viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 : Fly to Honolulu
The moment we step off the plane we feel the aloha spirit that draws so many travelers to this lush island paradise. Delight in a traditional flower lei greeting. Then, we check-in to the beautiful Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa for three nights. Each room features a private balcony.
Day 2 : Pearl Harbor
We begin our city tour with the most moving site on Oahu, Pearl Harbor. At the visitor center, we view the galleries and exhibits that recall December 7, 1941, the day that catapulted the U.S. into World War II. A documentary film precedes our Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to observe the sunken battleship. Welcome new friends over a Mai Tai during our WFRV Welcome Lunch at Gordon Biersch Brewery. Situated on the Honolulu Harbor waterfront we can enjoy views of passing ships while we dine. Afternoon brings us past the volcanic shaped Hawaiian State Capitol Building, Iolani Palace – the only palace in the U.S. once inhabited by a reigning monarch – and the Punchbowl, an extinct volcano and home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. B,L
Day 3 : Oahu
Today is your opportunity to explore everything Oahu has to offer. Relax on the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, explore Diamond Head crater, mingle with the fish at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, lose yourself in Honolulu’s downtown ambience, or spend the day immersed in culture at the Polynesian Culture Center. Enjoy
dinner at the hotel’s Kuhio Beach Grill at your leisure. D
Day 4 : Volcanoes National Park
This morning we fly to Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, enjoy an included lunch before we depart for Volcanoes National Park. On a private tour, we view volcanic craters, steaming pits and eerie lava formations. As we continue along the island’s southern coast, we visit Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. We retire to the lovely Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa perched on black lava rocks at the base of the famous Kona coffee region and overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific. L
Day 5 : Hawaii at Leisure
Breakfast is included this morning at our hotel. Today is free to enjoy the wide variety of activities the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer. Visit Kona and experience great shopping and dining opportunities. Flightsee, snorkel, golf or simply relax on your private balcony at the hotel. B
Day 6 : Maui
This morning we fly to Maui, nicknamed the Valley Isle for the valleys carved into its mountains. Lunch at the Maui Ocean Center offers stunning views of Ma’alaea Bay Harbor. After lunch, there will be time to browse the center’s unique collection of marine life and learn about the whales that pass by during migration season. Next, we drive to Lahaina, an old whaling port dotted with historical landmarks, shops, and galleries. The town is especially known for its gigantic Banyan tree whose branches reach out over an acre. Later, we arrive at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 40 oceanfront acres of lavish swimming pools, tropical plants, shopping, and multiple dining options. We have easy access to long beach strolls from here and a private balcony off your room. L
Day 7 : The Valley Isle
Our hotel is situated on lovely Ka’anapali Beach, three miles of gorgeous sand often cited as one of the world’s best beaches. We have the day to relax at the hotel, play on a championship golf course, go on a snorkeling expedition or travel the Road to Hana. B
Day 8 : Traditional Luau
Relax and enjoy a day of leisure or wake up early to watch sunrise from the summit of Haleakala, House of the Sun. A pleasant stroll from the hotel leads to Whalers Village, an inviting area of shops, dining and live entertainment. Tonight, say farewell Hawaiian style at the Drums of the Pacific Luau and Polynesian Show. Enjoy tropical drinks and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. Our evening ends with music and dances of the South Pacific! Aloha! D
Day 9 : Aloha Lunch
Today we explore the Maui Tropical Plantation producing papaya, mango, pineapple, and more. After a Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch, we board our flight to the mainland. L
Day 10 : Arrive Home
A Hui Hou (until we meet again).
B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea
Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
• All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
• All inter-island flights (minimum value of $250 per person)
• Baggage fees on inter-island flights
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced Hawaiian Drivers/Guides
• All accommodations
• Baggage handling at hotels
• $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
9 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Welcome Lunch at Aloha Tower
• Lunch at Maui Ocean Center
• Hawaiian luau dinner
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch
All Accommodations Featuring
• 3 nights at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• 2 nights at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa
• 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at Ka'anapali Beach
Attractions & Highlights
• Flower lei greeting
• Honolulu city tour
• Waikiki Beach
• USS Arizona Memorial & Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor
• Volcanoes National Park
• Hilo to Kona drive
• Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
• Maui Ocean Center
• Lahaina & Maui sights
• Ka'anapali Beach
• Drums of the Pacific Luau & Polynesian show
• Leisure time on Oahu, The Big Island & Maui
|Category - Occupancy||Price (Per Person)|
|Airports - Double||$4999|
|Airports - Triple||$4849|
|Airports - Quad||$4699|
|Airports - Single||$6099|
Tuesday, Jaunary 9
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
200 East 8th St.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
3400 8th Ave. Southeast
Wednesday, January 10
Dakota Event Center
720 Lamont St.
Wednesday, January 10
Highland Conference Center
2000 Highland Way
Thursday, January 11
505 North 5th St.
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.