So Much More Hawaii… Lucky We Live in Hawaii

So I’ve posted a lot of posts on my blog about the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and I have had a couple people question my intentions on my posts.

Just another view from my lanai at the Hilton Waikoloa

Just another view from my lanai at the Hilton Waikoloa

Any of you that live in Hawaii know that the economy is tanking.  I myself have had a problem finding full time employment after working nearly 10 years at a State office over on Oahu.

Inside the cave pool

Inside the cave pool

My family has always been a priority to me, even if it means being broke ass and working at jobs for less pay then what I was making on Oahu, I know that for the benefit of my son’s future, that it was important for me to move back home and be closer to him.

Playing Checkers on Giant Board

Playing Checkers on Giant Board

If you have followed my blog, you will know that my wife and I lived on Oahu but a year after my son was born, my wife got a job with the USDA on the Big Island and childcare was going to be a problem for us as we did not feel comfortable leaving our one year old son with someone outside of our family while we both worked during the days.

Hammock over looking the ocean

Hammock over looking the ocean

I understand that Hawaii’s economy is tanking right now and that we as bloggers can make a difference in the economy.

Just a casual cruise

Just a casual cruise

By spreading the word about how good things are here in Hawaii despite how tough things can be at times, we can all benefit in the future.

Just kicking back and reading a book, what more can you ask for?

Just kicking back and reading a book, what more can you ask for?

Hawaii will always be looked upon as the Tourist destination of the world.  Oahu is called the gathering place for a reason.  Many tourist dollars don’t ever leave Waikiki.

Did you know the Waikoloa has a concierge desk just for the Japanese Tourists?

Did you know the Waikoloa has a concierge desk just for the Japanese Tourists?

Even though the economy is tanking right now… I don’t think it will always be tanking.  I also don’t see my blog going away anytime soon.

One of the three towers at the Waikoloa

One of the three towers at the Waikoloa

By marking and tagging posts on my blogs about good things that happen in Hawaii, and hotels that have been really nice to me, hopefully these places will benefit in 2-3 years when people are doing their google searches on places to visit in Hawaii.

Lots of Exotic Birds all over the Waikoloa

Lots of Exotic Birds all over the Waikoloa

My blog is visited by nearly 30,000 visits a month.  You can watch the live feed of visitors on the bottom right.  People from throughout the world use google to find things on the internet.

Seaside Mini Golf Putting Green

Seaside Mini Golf Putting Green

I was very fortunate through some twitter friends and my blog that I was able to get a “Complimentary Room” at the Hilton Waikoloa the night that the mainland bloggers came in.

Bridge over Koi Pond

Bridge over Koi Pond

Not only was I able to meet with the bloggers personally, I will continue to discuss things and just entertain eachother with thoughts about random life for the rest of our lives.

Shade Cover by the Ocean

Shade Cover by the Ocean

About a week before the bloggers even arrived on the Big Island I through out the question on Twitter:  Does anyone know of a cheap hotel on the Big Island.

Karma?

Karma?

Within minutes I had responses coming from not only the Kona side of the island, but Hilo side, as well as a couple people from Oahu with suggestions on sites to visit for cheap places to stay.

Mirrored Corner

Mirrored Corner

My goal was to find a cheap hotel so that I wouldn’t have to drive so far after meeting with them because I knew they would be on Hawaii Time by the time they got to the planned Tweet up and I knew I wasn’t going to be in any mood to drive back across the island again after the tweet up.

Waikoloa View

Waikoloa View

I had pretty much given up hopes about any reasonably priced hotel when someone tweeted me and said… do you know that the Waikoloa is only $40.00 more then Uncle Billys for Kama’aina.

No, I didn't take flipper home with me

No, I didn't take flipper home with me

I thought wow… that’s a pretty good deal… but it’s still a bit out of my range, and I was just content to follow the Bloggers trip to the Big Island via many different sites.  So I prayed of a way to do this… j/k.

Nice statue figures

Nice statue figures

Next thing I know about 3:00 on Monday, the day the bloggers were to arrive on the Big Island, I got a message from someone at the Big Island Visitors Bureau telling me that they weren’t able to make the trip and that they would talk to the the public relations people at the Hilton Waikoloa and switch the name to my name.

Big Island Visitors Bureau

Heck, I was stoked… and I wasn’t going to turn this down.

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Car parked at the Waikola

Car parked at the Waikoloa

Guess where I’m going next?  I’ll keep that a secret for now.

7 Responses

  1. I just mentioned to someone in Bellingham, Washington state that now is the time to go to Hawaii because there are so many great deals. They acted surprised and said they would look into it. It’s great that you can get the word out. Keep at it. You might twitter too. It’s one more way to let people know.

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